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Bancroft Library announces new archive

03 April 2006

ATTENTION: Assignment desks

Contact: Kathleen Maclay, Media Relations
(510) 643-5651 kmaclay@berkeley.edu

The largest single gift ever to the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley, will be announced at a press conference and reception. The contribution of materials contains invaluable and unique articles and photos from the history of California and the world. The library's pictorial collection will more than double with this landmark contribution.

4:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 4

The Morrison Library on the first floor of Doe Library, near the center of campus

The donors of the new archival material will be present at the announcement, along with UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau; University Librarian Tom Leonard; Charles Faulhaber, director of The Bancroft Library; and Peter Zhou, director of the East Asian Library.

Prior to this donation, The Bancroft's collection totaled 60 million manuscript items, 2.8 million photographs and other pictorial items, 23,000 maps and 600,000 printed volumes.

The Bancroft Library boasts the UC Berkeley library system's largest collection, which provides extensive documentation of the history of western North America, including California, Mexico, and Central America. It is celebrating its centennial this year.

A complete press packet, including visual and biographical materials, will be available at the event.