Monday, November 23, 2015

Featured Book: Exploring Big Historical Data: The Historian's Macroscope

I've just ordered a copy of Exploring Big Historical Data: The Historian's Macroscope for the Library, but have also discovered that there is a pre-press version available online.

You can find more information about the book at the publisher's website.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Event: Maps and More: Drought/Deluge

Friday, Nov. 20
11 am - Noon
Earth Sciences & Map Library
50 McCone Hall

Alexander Arroyo and Phil Campanile, two graduate students from the Geography Department are co-curating this month's exhibit, which ties in with a seminar they are leading this year at the Social Sciences Matrix called "Re-Representing the Earth Through Landscape, Infrastructure, and Data."

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Event: Bancroft Roundtable: "Literary Industries: Hubert Howe Bancroft's History Company and the Privatization of the Historical Profession on the Pacific Coast."

Travis E. Ross, a doctoral candidate in history at the University of Utah, will present "Literary Industries: Hubert Howe Bancroft's History Company and the Privatization of the Historical Profession on the Pacific Coast." The event will take place in the Lewis-Latimer Room of The Faculty Club at noon on Thursday, November 19.

By the end of the nineteenth century, history writing was in the process of transitioning from a leisure activity for wealthy amateurs into a disciplined profession for a new class of academically trained historians whose research and publishing was underwritten by their university salaries. So the story goes. In the middle of that transitional period, between 1870 and 1890, the destination of professionalization remained uncertain. During that moment, a vertically integrated alternative to the modern historical profession dominated the Pacific Coast, eliciting surprising public support for a private monopoly over historical collecting, writing, and publication. This talk will reframe the professionalization of the historical enterprise by exploring the promise and the ultimate failure of the most (in)famous dead end along the road to our modern, academic profession.

Crystal Miles and Kathi Neal
Bancroft Library Staff

Monday, November 2, 2015

Recommend for purchase materials in less commonly taught European Languages

Last year, the Institute of European Studies established a special fund to support the UC Berkeley Library in acquiring materials in less commonly taught European languages (LCTLs). Students, both undergraduate and graduate, lecturers and faculty who wish to use library materials (books, ebooks, graphic novels, dissertations, DVDs, etc.) in a European LCTL and published in Europe that are currently not available on the Berkeley campus, can fill out the Library Recommendation Form and mention "IES LCTL Support" in the Comments section.

This support only applies to LCTLs that are still spoken today in Western, Northern, or Southern Europe (i.e. all European languages with the exception of German, French, Italian and Spanish); no support will be given for classical or extinct languages nor for Slavic and other Eastern European languages supported by the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

If you have any questions, please contact Claude Potts.

Primary Sources: British Documents on the End of Empire Project

British Documents on the End of Empire (BDEEP) is an online platform providing access to full-text downloadable copies of three series of books produced by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. The volumes contain largely previously unpublished materials from the official archives of the British Public Record Office (now U.K. National Archives).

Each volume was edited by a leading scholar in the field of decolonization, who located and analyzed "key documentation charting shifts in the political, social, and economic policies of officials, both at home and in the colonies." As stated at the site, the volumes "contain a wealth of material on issues such as constitutional reform, economic development and foreign relations which remain remarkably relevant to the work of contemporary policy-makers in the UK and across the Commonwealth."

Series A is volumes of general British government documents relating to the British Empire. Series B is volumes on particular countries. Series C volumes are guides to archival sources at the Public Record Office.

Series A
1. Imperial Policy and Colonial Practice, 1925-1945 (in two parts, 1996), edited by SR Ashton and SE Stockwell
2. The Labour Government and the End of Empire, 1945-1951 (in four parts, 1992), edited by Ronald Hyam
3. The Conservative Government and the End of Empire, 1951-1957 (in three parts, 1994), edited by David Goldsworthy
4. The Conservative Government and the End of Empire, 1957-1964 (in two parts, 2000), edited by Ronald Hyam and Wm Roger Louis
5. East of Suez and the Commonwealth, 1964-1971 (in three parts, 2004), edited by SR Ashton and Wm Roger Louis

Series B
1. Ghana (in two parts, 1992), edited by R Rathbone
2. Sri Lanka (in two parts, 1997), edited by KM De Silva 3. Malaya (in three parts, 1995), edited by AJ Stockwell 4. Egypt and the Defence of the Middle East, 1945-1949 (in three parts, 1998), edited by John Kent
5. Sudan (in two parts, 1998), edited by Douglas H Johnson
6. The West Indies (in one part, 1999), edited by SR Ashton and David Killingray
7. Nigeria (in two parts, 2001), edited by Martin Lynn
8. Malaysia (in one part, 2004), edited by AJ Stockwell
9. Central Africa (in two parts, 2005), edited by Philip Murphy
10. Fiji (in one part, 2006), edited by Brij V Lal
11. Malta (in one part, 2006), edited by Simon C Smith

Series C
1. Records of the Colonial Office, Dominions Office, Commonwealth Relations Office and Commonwealth Office (in one part, 1995), edited by Anne Thurston
2. Records of the Cabinet, Foreign Office, Treasury and Other Records (in one part, 1998), edited by Anne Thurston

The Library has only a few of the print volumes in its collection. Many thanks to James Vernon for making me aware of this valuable resources. A link to this site has been added to the History: Britain & Ireland subject guide at

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Event: Visualizing History: Mapping the 1915 San Francisco World's Fair

Join Bancroft Library in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 1915 San Francisco Panama-Pacific International Exhibition by digitally mapping rarely seen photographs of the world’s fair onto a historic map of the fairgrounds using the Historypin platform.

The event will kick off with a gallery tour by Curator Theresa Salazar of the Bancroft Library's PPIE exhibit: The Grandeur of a Great Labor: The Building of the Panama Canal and the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, followed by a reception and brief talk in the beautiful Morrison Library.

Participants will then work together to explore archival images of the world's fair and try to pinpoint the exact locations where the photos were taken. Using maps and guides as you would have 100 years ago, you’ll virtually find your way through “The Zone” and its sometimes-fatal carnival rides, wander through the massive exhibit halls, and marvel at the architecture of the state and country pavilions. History "pinners" will see their results live on the Historypin PPIE site at the event. We guarantee you’ll never see SF’s Marina neighborhood the same way again!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

4:00-4:30 pm – Location: Bancroft Library Gallery
Bancroft Library Gallery Tour with Curator Theresa Salazar - meet in the Bancroft Library lobby (following the gallery tour, participants will be escorted to the Morrison Library for the remainder of the event)

4:30-7:00 pm – Location: Morrison Library
Welcome Reception and Talk by Laura Ackley, author of San Francisco's Jewel City: The Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915.
Demonstration and Pinathon
After a quick tour of the virtual fairgrounds, you’ll have a chance to get hands-on working in groups to help us pin historic images from Bancroft's collections onto the 1915 fairground map, using clues, fair guides, maps, and more.

Live sharing on Historypin PPIE Site
We will have groups share some of the just-pinned materials Live on the Historypin PPIE site—Tell us what you discovered in your time travels!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Resource: OldNYC Mapping historical photos from the NYPL

OldNYC provides an alternative way of browsing the extensive collection of Photographic Views of New York City, 1870s-1970s held at the New York Public Library. The site was created (in collaboration with others) by software engineer Dan Vanderkamof, who also built OldSF. Each of the websites is an interactive city map that contains dots at the locations where each photo was captured. Click on a dot to see historic photos of that location.