Some Bancroft materials are available online via Calisphere, which includes primary sources from many California libraries and museums.
How to Use the Bancroft Library
Before you go:
1. Be prepared! Read secondary sources and know something about your topic.
2. You must register with the Aeon software to use the Bancroft Library. You may register online in advance.
2. Search OskiCat You can limit your OskiCat search to find materials at the Bancroft Library, instead of all campus libraries (choose "Bancroft Library" from the pulldown menu that says "Entire Collection."). Remember that there are primary sources in many other campus libraries as well. Ask for assistance from a reference librarian.
Important: if the item is in storage ("NRLF") and owned by The Bancroft Library, do not use the Request button in OskiCat. Instead, request these materials through Aeon AT LEAST 72 hours in advance (they prefer a week.)
If the OskiCat record mentions a "finding aid" (an index) to a manuscript collection, you should use it to help you find what you need in the collection. If the finding aid is online there will be a link from the OskiCat record, or you can search the Online Archive of California to find it. The finding aids that are not online are near the Registration desk at the Bancroft Library.
3. Plan your visit; you will need to bring current government-issued ID, call numbers, titles, etc. with you. You may find it convenient to bring a quarter for the lockers, and a digital camera/cameraphone. Read the Conditions of Use to learn what you can and cannot bring into the Bancroft Library.
5. While onsite, make requests to see items before 4:30 pm.
6. Ask for assistance at The Bancroft Library's reference desk, or request assistance by email.
Note: there are other relevant collections, including other C. Hart Merriam and Alfred Kroeber collections, at The Bancroft Library; search the Online Archive of California for the guides to these collections.