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People's Park: Resources from The Bancroft Library

Classes at The Bancroft Library

The Bancroft Library supports the teaching and research missions of the University of California, Berkeley, and welcomes class visits that incorporate and explore its collections. Every semester, Bancroft hosts a diverse array of classes in which instructors and students use archival documents, manuscripts, rare books, pictorial materials, and more.

In particular, multiple classes from the Departments of American Studies, History, Rhetoric, and Sociology, along with the College Writing and Berkeley Connect programs, have benefited from Bancroft's diverse collections. A sampling of course titles include:

  • Archiving as Social Justice Practice
  • Research Methods: Methods for Historical Social Science
  • Bay Area in the 1970s
  • Let There Be Light: UC Berkeley in American History and Culture
  • Campus Treasures: The Museums, Archives and Rare Books of Berkeley


Outside the classroom, The Bancroft Library supports the research of students, scholars, and the general public alike. Its collections have been used extensively in dissertations, theses, publications, exhibitions, films, and much more.

A sampling of publications utilizing Bancroft collections are included below.