Bancroft Library

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Bancroft Library     University of California, Berkeley
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Contact Information



The Bancroft Library
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000

Telephone:[1]  510-642-6481 Reference desk
Fax:  510-642-7589

Hours and holidays: Bancroft Reading Room

Directions, maps, and public transportation:

Internet sites and databases:

  • The Bancroft Library general information, collections, research programs, reference and access services, events, exhibits, and publications.
  • OskiCat UCB Library Catalog searchable by keywords, title, author, subject, and series title.
  • Repository database.
  • other(s).

Collection Description

The Bancroft Library is the University's main special collections library. It is one of the largest and most heavily used libraries of manuscripts, rare books, and unique materials in the United States including more than 600,000 volumes, 60,000,000 manuscript items, 8,000,000 photographs, 43,000 microforms, and 23,000 maps. Of interest to genealogists are the premier Western Americana, and Latin Americana collections, including Native Americans, Spanish encounter and colonial settlement, western America exploration, maps and atlases, the Mexican War, westward migration, the Gold Rush, mining, land surveys, religious and Utopian communities, and ethnic communities. Themed collections include CalHeritage, California Cultures, California Loyalty Oath, Chinese in California, Italians in California, Japanese Relocation, and private land claim cases in California (ca. 1850-ca. 1890).[2]



  • Collection guides finding aids (OAC).
  • Dale L. Morgan, and George P. Hammond, A guide to the manuscript collections of the Bancroft Library, 2 vols. (Berkeley : Published for the Bancroft Library by the University of California Press, 1963-1972). At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Book 979.467 A3b.
  • Charles Faulhaber, and Stephen Vincent, eds, Exploring The Bancroft Library (Salt Lake City, Utah: The Bancroft Library in association with Signature Books, 2006). At various libraries (WorldCat).
  • Biography and Genealogy Resources including books, manuscripts and other printed materials, newspaper and periodical indexes for California, handbooks and manuals.

Alternate Repositories

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Overlapping Collections

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 General Information in The Bancroft Library Internet site (accessed 26 October 2013).
  2. Collections in The Bancroft Library Internet site (accessed 26 October 2013).