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The Bancroft Library – University of California, Berkeley

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. We are located on the east side of Doe Library, just northwest of the Campanile.

The Bancroft Library houses a wonderful collection of Sergio Sánchez Santamaría’s prints, this first English language publication explores the various facets of his work.

Sergio Sánchez Santamaría is the heir to the famous Taller de Gráfica Popular (TGP) in México. In the land of José Guadalupe Posada, Sánchez Santamaría carries on.
GRAPHIC IN TRANSIT responds to the question of how to sustain and actualize such a legacy in times in which art has moved away from image production and the socially engaging ways of the past.

This volume presents the work of Sánchez Santamaría in a historical and critical context, next to some of the most important exponents of graphic art in Mexico and the U.S., among then Leopoldo Méndez and Elizabeth Catlett.
Texts produced for the book by art critics, collectors, and fellow artists demonstrate the power of Sánchez Santamaría’s art. Sergio Sánchez is a prolific producer of images, this book includes some of the most relevant of his two and a half  decade trajectory.
Many of them are represented in a number of important public and private collections in México and the U.S.
Publisher: Artist Studio Project Publishing LLC. Raleigh, NC: 2021.
Language: English
Notes: Includes bibliographical references, list of images, artist cv.
Description: xx, 289 p. (304 p.); 152 illustrations; 30 x 21 x 2 cm [11 3/4x 11 1/2 x 3/4″].
Editors: Miguel Rojas Sotelo & Rafael A. Osuba.
Illustrator | Artist: Sergio Sánchez Santamaría. All art by Sánchez Santamaría, otherwise named.
Preface By: Robert Healey.
Contributing Text By: Carlos Guevara Meza, Miguel Rojas Sotelo, Raúl Moarquech Ferrera Balanquet, José Calle, Steven Campbell, and Bill Fick.
Cover Design: Rafael A. Osuba, Miguel Rojas Sotelo.
Image by: Sergio Sánchez Santamaría. (Benito Juarez o el Nacimiento de la república. 2017)
© Artist Studio Project Publishing LLC (ASP Books) 2021
© Sergio Sánchez Santamaría

These are The Bancroft Library’s major collections:

  • Western Americana, Bancroft’s largest resource, documents the history of human activity in North America—primarily west of the Rocky Mountains—from the earliest days to the present time, with greatest emphasis on California.
  • Latin Americana is one of the world’s great repositories for historical and contemporary materials on Mexico and Central America, with a particular focus on Colonial Mexico and the Northern Territories.
  • The Pictorial Collection of paintings, drawings, photographs, and other documentary depictions from the earliest recorded images to the present day complements the Library’s printed and manuscript collections on California, the far western United States, Mexico, and Central America.
  • The Rare Books and Literary Manuscripts preserves about 400 incunabula; rare European, English, U.S., and South American imprints; fine printing of all periods and places, with emphasis on modern English and American typography; collections of certain major English, American, and European authors; modern poetry archives; and the publications of African American authors. The Collection also includes fine binding and medieval manuscripts.
  • History of Science and Technology holds manuscripts and rare books emphasizing 20th-century American science and science-based technology as well as the physical sciences before 1800. It also contains oral history interviews.
  • University Archives document the history of the University of California, particularly the Office of the President and the Berkeley campus. Collections include administrative records, student publications, Berkeley faculty papers, correspondence, digital files, maps, memorabilia, ephemera, audiovisual materials, oral histories, and photographs indexed in a separate card catalog.