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Politics and Protest: Collections from The Bancroft Library

About this LibGuide

This LibGuide is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of all collections at The Bancroft Library that touch upon politics and protest. Rather, it highlights a variety of materials that have proven useful in class instruction at UC Berkeley and independent research. Included are searching tips and tricks to navigate UC Library Search (the library catalog) and Online Archive of California (the finding aid repository) to find related materials. While the focus of this LibGuide is on primary sources, The Bancroft Library also contains a plethora of secondary sources and recent publications.

For politics and protest collections on environmental issues, please visit the Environmental Collections at The Bancroft Library LibGuide.

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Using The Bancroft Library

The Bancroft Library is the primary special collections library at the University of California, Berkeley. One of the largest and most heavily used libraries of manuscripts, rare books, and unique materials in the United States, Bancroft supports major research and instructional activities.

Materials at The Bancroft Library are non-circulating and must be used in the on-site Reading Room. All those wishing to use Bancroft materials must register as researchers. Registration is free and takes just a few minutes online using the Aeon system. For information on using The Bancroft Library, please visit the following LibGuides:


This LibGuide was compiled by Lee Anne Titangos, Instruction Specialist at The Bancroft Library.

The following people at The Bancroft Library contributed greatly to the realization of this LibGuide:
    Kathi Neal, University Archivist
    Christine Hult-Lewis, Interim Pictorial Curator
    Lara Michels, Head of Archival Processing
    Michele Morgan, Accessioning Archivist
    Theresa Salazar, Western Americana Curator

Land Acknowledgement

The author of this LibGuide recognizes that UC Berkeley sits on the territory of xučyun (Huichin), the ancestral and unceded land of the Chochenyo speaking Ohlone people. Please visit Ohlone Land for further info.