David Farrell
University Archivist, The Bancroft Library
Kathryn Neal
Associate University Archivist, The Bancroft Library
William Benemann
Archivist, School of Law, The University History Museum Project
Steve Finacom
Planning Analyst, Capital Projects, The University History Museum Project
Josh Schneider
Archivist for Institutional Collections, The Bancroft Library
Roberta J. Park
Professor Emerita, Integrative Biology


Alison Wannamaker
Exhibition Design and Production, The Bancroft Library
Lorna Kirwan
Collection Management, The Bancroft Library
Dan Johnston
Digital Imaging, UC Berkeley Libraries
Lee Anne Titangos
Online Exhibition Production, The Bancroft Library


A Centennial Celebration: California Women and the Vote
With material drawn from collections held in The Bancroft Library, this online exhibit celebrates the centennial anniversary of woman suffrage in California. Brought to light are the faces of the state's suffragists, many from the Bay Area, along with those of the movement's support and opposition. This exhibit also illustrates the suffragists' vigorous campaign to rally votes for their cause, as well as the media frenzy to predict the election's final outcome.
Suffragists Oral History Project
In the early 1970s the Suffragists Oral History Project, under the auspices of the Bancroft Library's Regional Oral History Office, collected interviews with twelve leaders and participants in the woman's suffrage movement. Available online, these transcribed oral histories preserve the memories of these remarkable women, documenting formative experiences, activities to win the right to vote for women, and careers as leaders of the movements for welfare and labor reform, world peace, and the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.

The original exhibit was displayed in The Rowell Exhibition cases from October 2011 to March 2012.

The illustrations of blue and gold women used throughout this exhibition were found in the collections of student scrapbooks in the University Archives, and are originally taken from Virginia Woodson Frame's College Girls' Record, A Chronicle of Memories.

President Clark Kerr designated the University Archives as the official repository of the university's historical records in 1964. The large array of holdings include records of the Regents, presidents, the Berkeley chancellors, the Academic Senate, and the Associated Students of the University of California; official reports and publications; faculty papers; maps and blueprints; photographs and other pictorial images; audiovisual materials; and artifacts and memorabilia. The archivists actively gather records from academic and administrative units, faculty, staff, students, and alumni. The collections are managed and made accessible to the public through The Bancroft Library.

The University History Museum Project is a volunteer effort to collect, preserve, and display artifacts documenting the history of the University of California. The project has an ultimate goal of building a museum on campus as a permanent celebration of the university's long story.

The Joseph Cummings Rowell exhibition cases honor the memory of a member of the class of 1874. Rowell was the first university librarian (1875-1919), the first university archivist (1919-1938), and very instrumental in securing Hubert Howe Bancroft's library for the university. The cases were provided through the generosity of May Dornin, the third university archivist (1945-1964).

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