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The Sixty-Eighth Annual Meeting

Saturday, June 6, 2015
The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

10:30 AM
Krouzian Seminar Room

11:30 AM

12:00 PM
Edward Hellman Heller Reading Room
Presentation of Student Fellowships and Prizes

Presentation of the Hubert Howe Bancroft Award to Maxine Hong Kingston, Author and Senior Lecturer for Creative Writing at the University of California, Berkeley

Those unable to attend the luncheon are welcome to join the Business Meeting at 10:30 AM

Space is limited. Please RSVP by May 22, 2015 *
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* Luncheon reservations are required at a cost of $50 per person.

About the Annual Meeting

Each spring the Friends host an annual meeting, open to all members of the Friends and their guests. The luncheon gathering, often held in The Bancroft Library Reading Room, includes a business meeting with reports from the Director of The Bancroft Library, the Chair of the Council of the Friends, the Friends' Treasurer and the Chair of the Friends' Nominating Committee.

The Hubert Howe Bancroft Award, as well as various Graduate and Undergraduate Fellowships and Prizes, are also presented.

The Hubert Howe Bancroft Award

Presented by the Friends of The Bancroft Library, the Hubert Howe Bancroft Award honors individuals for their "significant achievements in support of historical research and scholarship and in the preservation of ephemera and memorabilia." The Hubert Howe Bancroft Award is presented at the Annual Meeting of the Friends of The Bancroft Library and recipients are presented with a proclamation and a miniature bust of Hubert Howe Bancroft.

The resolution passed by the Friends of The Bancroft Library to establish the award reads, in part,

Whereas, it is appropriate for the Friends of The Bancroft Library to recognize significant achievements in support of historical research and scholarship on California and the American West, in the preservation of primary and secondary source materials, and in the interpretation and imaginative re-creation of its history, and,

Whereas, Hubert Howe Bancroft was an exemplary figure in the field of historical scholarship, in the collection of primary source materials, and in the scope and depth of his historical writings, and,

Whereas, Hubert Howe Bancroft was the founder and namesake of The Bancroft Library, now,

Therefore, be it resolved, that an appropriate award is hereby authorized and created to recognize from time to time contributions to history and its preservation consonant with the tradition established by Hubert Howe Bancroft, and,

Be it further resolved, that this award be named the Hubert Howe Bancroft Award.

Distinguished Recipients

2014 Rose Marie Beebe and Robert M. Senkewicz
Professors at Santa Clara University
2013 Wayne Thiebaud
Painter and Professor of Art, UC Davis
2012 Leon F. Litwack
Professor of American History Emeritus, UC Berkeley
2011 Charles B. Faulhaber
Director Emeritus, The Bancroft Library
2010 W. Michael Mathes
Historian of Spain, Mexico, and Baja California
2009 The Lane Family
Sunset Magazine
2008 Malcolm Margolin
Founder and Publisher of Heyday Books
2007 Isabel Allende
2006 Joan Didion
2005 Kevin Starr
Historian and California State Librarian
2004 William Barlow
Book Collector, Bibliographer, Bibliophile
2003 Bernard M. Rosenthal
Book Seller and Scholar
2002 John L. Heilbron
Historian of Science and Vice Chancellor Emeritus, UC Berkeley
2001 Willa Baum
Oral Historian
2000 J.S. Holliday
Historian and Author
1998 Jean Stone
Editor and Philanthropist
1997 Michael Harrison
Collector of Western Americana

Past Annual Meeting Speakers

Kim Bancroft
Friends Council Member
"A Speech by Matilda Griffing Bancroft"
Charlie Chin
Artist-in-Residence, Chinese Historical Society of America
"The Guest of the Flower Flag: The Chinese American Experience in the 20th Century"
William Taylor
Professor, U.C. Berkeley
"Trouble with Miracles in The Bancroft Library: A Mexican Episode"
Kevin Starr
State Librarian Emeritus and University Professor, University of Southern California
"The Bancroft Library: One Hundred Years of Helping California and the West Understand Itself"
Lynne Withey
Director, University of California Press and author
"Abigail Williams and the American Revolution"
Maxine Hong Kingston
Author and poet
"Poetry and Peace"
Martin Cruz Smith
Author of Gorky Park, Stallion Gate, Havana Bay, December 6, and other novels
"A Conversation with Orville Schell, Dean of the School of Journalism"
Thomas Sánchez
Author of Rabbit Boss, Mile Zero, Zoot-suit Murders, and Day of the Bees
"Native Notes from the Land of Earthquake and Fire: Journey of a California Writer"
David Nasaw
Professor of History, City University of New York
"Biography of a Biography: The Chief: William Randolph Hearst"
Moderator: David Krasny | Panelists: Maxine Hong Kingston, Richard Rodriguez, and Al Young
"California Literature in the Twenty-first Century"

List of Speakers from 1948 - 1999
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