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Printed volumes 600,000
Manuscript items 60,000,000
Photographs and other pictorial items 2,800,000
Maps 23,000


  • The Bancroft Collection, the libraryís largest collection, documents the history of western North America, including California, Mexico, and Central America.
  • Rare Books and Literary Manuscript collections include incunabula, rare imprints from Europe and the Americas, and collections of major European and American authors (Bret Harte, Jack London, Frank Norris, Joan Didion, Maxine Hong Kingston, and a number of prominent Beat Generation authors).
  • History of Science and Technology collections contain manuscripts, rare books, and oral histories focusing on twentieth-century American science and technology, especially fields associated with the University or the Bay Area, such as physics, chemistry, and biotechnology
  • The Pictorial Collection documents the history of California and the West through paintings, drawings, photographs, and other graphic materials.
  • The University Archives documents the history of the University of California, and specifically the Berkeley campus, through administrative records, campus and student publications, faculty writings, handbills and ephemera, memorabilia, and photographs.
  • The Mark Twain Papers and Project serves as the primary archive of the authorís material, with more than 500,000 pages of his notebooks, correspondence, autobiography, and literary manuscripts, and is preparing the scholarly editions of his works.
  • The Regional Oral History Office houses approximately 2,000 oral histories of persons who have made significant contributions to California and the West. Staff continue to prepare oral histories and foster teaching and research with these materials.
  • The Tebtunis Papyri Center includes the largest collection of papyrus documents in the Western hemisphere, with more than 21,000 fragments dating from 300 B.C. to 300 A.D.

State funds: $2,116,603 (35.7%)
Endowments: $1,620,711 (27.4%)
Grants: $732,801 (12.4%)
Gifts: $1,329,261 (22.5%)
Miscellaneous: $117,079 (2.0%)
TOTAL $5,916,455
Full-time staff employees 89
Part-time student employees 66
Capital Campaign $5,233,850

The Bancroft Library is one of the most heavily used special collections libraries in the country. Bancroft serves students, scholars, and citizens of the State of California and also attracts researchers from across the nation and around the globe.

Library users (in person) 12,263
Printed (and other) materials 48,588
Cartons of manuscripts 15,033
Total 63,621
Visits to all Bancroft web sites 273,825
Research and Instruction
Total Reference Inquiries: 42,807
Course-related sessions 172
Total students 3,323
General Tours 172
Total visitors 1,181
Printed Items Cataloged 9,532
Photographs Cataloged (or finding aids) 58,847
Manuscript Collections Processed
Finding Aids 70
Linear Feet 1,015
Digital Images Created8,964
Electronic Text Pages Generated7,282

Fact sheet from 2003-2004

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