Muir Woods Commemorative Ceremony, May 9, 1945. Photo: James A. Lawrence [#8280]. Save the Redwoods League photograph collection [graphic], BANC PIC 2006.030-PIC, Carton 5. Courtesy of The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Artifacts from the Bancroft collection depict League's role in protecting California's ancient redwood forests. Exhibition runs April 20 through August 31, 2018. Free and open to the public.
April 20 through August 31, 2018. Bancroft Gallery in The Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley
Marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of Save the Redwoods League, Sustaining Grandeur: The First 100 Years of Save the Redwoods League is an exhibition jointly organized by The Bancroft Library and the League. It explores the League’s first century of protecting from extinction true wonders of the world—California’s ancient coast redwood and giant sequoia forests. The exhibition also looks forward to the League’s continued efforts to steward these unique landscapes. Friends of the Bancroft Library and Save the Redwoods League are sponsoring the exhibition.
Sustaining Grandeur is an exhibition of historical artifacts that illustrate important moments in the history of Save the Redwoods League and California redwood conservation. The exhibition chronicles the League’s trajectory, from its founding in 1918 through its acquisitions of land over the years, partnerships with other conservation groups, as well as negotiations with government agencies and the timber industry. It provides unique insight into the significant role the League played in protecting California’s old-growth redwoods and strengthening the state park system.
“The League’s archive preserves the history of one of the earliest conservation groups in the United States,” said Elaine Tennant, director of The Bancroft Library. “The League holds a special place of pride in the environmental history of the West. Its story shows how environmental history and political history intersect in California in a way that has been repeated throughout the country.”
Sustaining Grandeur will be on view at the Bancroft Gallery in The Bancroft Library from April 20 through August 31, 2018. The gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
Is the exhibition open on the weekends? While the exhibition is open to the public Monday – Friday, it also will be open on Cal Day, Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibition closes on Friday, August 31, 2018.
Can I access the materials at the library going forward?
Most of materials come from the Bancroft’s archive and will be accessible in the Library’s reading room after the exhibition closes. Details about visiting the Bancroft’s reading room, including an explanation of how register and create an aeon account can be found here: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/libraries/bancroft-library/plan-a-visit(external link). Items in the exhibit on loan from other institutions, such as Save the Redwoods League, will not be accessible through the Library after the exhibition closes.
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 and plays a leading role in the development of the University’s research collections. Save the Redwood League’s manuscript and photographic archives, permanently held at Bancroft, complement Bancroft’s other environmental collections from about 100 organizations and publishers. For more information about the Library, visit http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/libraries/bancroft-library(external link).
If you have any questions about the Sustaining Grandeur exhibition, please contact Jennifer Benito-Kowalski via email at jbenito@SaveTheRedwoods.org.