HIST 131B: Social History of the United States since the Civil War

U.S. History Microfilm Collections

The UC Berkeley Libraries has extensive microform (microfilm and microfiche) collections, containing valuable information for researchers. This list represents a small fraction of our collection.


Microfilm and microfiche owned by the UC Berkeley Libraries can be found through OskiCat; use Advanced Keyword Search to limit your search to "All Microforms." In the News/Micro collection, microfilm rolls and microfiche cards are shelved with their own numbering system; click here for a PDF of the collection's floorplan.


Abolition and Emancipation. Marlborough, Eng.: Adam Matthew Publications, 1996.
MICROFILM 77764
Guide: MICROFILM 77764.guide
Part 1: Papers of Thomas Clarkson, William Lloyd Garrison, Zachary Macaulay, Harriet Martineau, Harriet Beecher Stowe & William Wilberforce from the Huntington Library; Part 4: The Granville Sharp Papers from Gloucestershire Record Office.

Advice Literature in America. Marlborough, Eng.: Adam Matthew Publications, 2001.
MICROFILM 78513
Guide: MICROFILM 78513.guide
Part I: The Schlesinger Collection of Etiquette and Advice Books;
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.


American Immigrant Autobiographies: Manuscript Autobiographies from the Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota. Frederick, MD: UPA, c1989.
MICROFILM 71258
Guide: MICROFILM 71258 guide

American Women's Diaries: Southern Women 19th Century .
New Canaan, CT : Readex, [1988-1990].
MICROFILM.77628
Guide: MICROFILM.77628.guide

American Women's Diaries: Western Women. New Canaan, CT: Readex, [1991].
BANC FILM 1976
Guide: BANC FILM 707
500 published and unpublished works by and about women in the Western United States during the 18th and 19th centuries, including diaries, autobiographies, biographies, personal histories, transcripts of oral interviews, and pioneer histories.


Archives of the Settlement Movement. Woodbridge, CT: Research Publications, 1989-1990.
MICROFILM.78000
Guide: MICROFILM.78000.guide
Parts I-IV

History of Science, Health, and Women. Woodbridge, CT: Primary Source, [2000].
MICROFILM 78378
Guide: MICROFILM 78378.guide
From the Smith Collection at Smith College, the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe College, and other collections. Monographs and primary sources devoted to the history of women involved in medicine and science.

Immigrant in America. Woodbridge. CT: Research Publications, 1983-1988.
MICROFILM 78024
Guide: MICROFILM 78024.guide
The collection is based on the holdings of The New York Public Library, Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, Philadelphia, and The Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota.

Margaret Sanger Papers: The Smith Collection. Bethesda, MD: University Publications of America, c1994.
MICROFILM.77685
Guide MICROFILM.77685.guide


Native Americans Reference Collection: Documents Collected by the Office of Indian Affairs. Bethesda, MD: UPA, c1991.
MICROFILM.71275
Guide: MICROFILM.71275.guide
Part I- 1840-1900
Part II- 1901-1940

Papers of the NAACP. Frederick, Md: University Publications of America, [c1982].
MICROFILM.71198
Guide: MICROFILM.71198.guide

Papers of the Association against the Prohibition Amendment and the Women's Organization for National Prohibition Reform. Wilmington, Del.: Scholarly
Resources, 1981.
MICROFILM.77734
Guide. MICROFILM.77734 guide

Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs; Central Classified files, 1907-1939. Bethesda, MD: UPA, c1995.
MICROFILM 78658
Series C Part 1 and 2.

Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Bethesda, MD: University Publications of America, c1992.
MICROFILM.71194
Guide: MICROFILM.71194.guide
Research collections in American immigration.
Series A: Subject Correspondence Files
Part I: Asian Immigration and Exclusion, 1906-1913.
Supplement to Part 1: Asian Immigration and Exclusion, 1898-1941.
Part II: Mexican Immigration 1906-1930.
Part III: Ellis Island, 1900-1933.
Part IV: European Investigations, 1898-1936.
Part V: Prostitution & "White Slavery," 1902-1933.

Records of the National Association of Colored Women's Clubs, 1895-1992. Bethesda, MD: UPA, c1993-c1994.
MICROFILM.71276
Guide: MICROFILM.71276. guide
Part I: Minutes of National Conventions, Publications, and President's office correspondence.
Part II: President's Office Files 1958-1968

Records of the National Negro Business League. Bethesda, MD: UPA, c1994.
MICROFILM.77713
MICROFILM.77713.guide
Part I: From the Archives of Tuskegee University collection: Annual Conference Proceedings and Organizational Records 1900-1919.
Part II: From the Papers of Booker T. Washington papers at Library of Congress Correspondence and business records 1900-23.


Social and Cultural Construction of Girls. Woodbridge, CT : Primary Source Gale [2000].
MICROFILM 78379
Guide: MICROFILM 78379 guide
From the Smith Collection at Smith College, the Schleinger Library at Radcliff College and other collections.

Stetson Kennedy Collection, 1916-1950. Schomburg Center collections.
MICROFILM.77737
Guide MICROFILM.77737.guide
From the holdings of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division: The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations.
Ku Klux Klan Research File & General Research File

U.S. Hispanic Heritage: newspapers, literature, personal papers, correspondence. Leiden, The Netherlands: IDC Publishers, [1999].
MICROFILM 78404
Guide: MICROFILM 78404.guide

Voices from Ellis Island. Frederick, MD: University Publications of America, c1987.
MICROFICHE.24312
Guide: MICROFICHE.24312 guide
An Oral History of American Immigration: A Project of the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Foundation, 1988.

Women's Periodicals; 18th Century to the Great Depression. Woodbridge, CT: Research Publications, 1991-1992.
MICROFILM.77997
Guide MICROFILM.77997.guide
Over 350 periodicals from US and European libraries. Among the journals included are The Birth Control Review, Independent Suffragette, The Mother's Companion, Temperance Education Quarterly, and The War Worker.

The Bancroft Library

The Bancroft Library is one of the treasures of the campus, and one of the world's great libraries for the history of the Bancroft Library interiorAmerican West.

Some Bancroft materials are available online via Calisphere, which includes primary sources from many California libraries and museums.

Before you go:

1.  Be prepared! Read secondary sources and know something about your topic.

2.  Search OskiCat so you can bring call numbers with you. Use the Entire Collection pull-down menu in OskiCat to limit your search to the Bancroft Library only. (Remember that there are primary sources in many other campus libraries as well.)

  • If the item you want is in storage (the location is NRLF) and it's owned by The Bancroft Library, do not use the Request button in OskiCat.  Instead, use the Bancroft's online request form at least 72 hours in advance (they prefer a week.)
  • If you do not need the materials immediately, you can also use the online request form for Bancroft materials that are not in storage; that will speed things up when you arrive.
  • If the OskiCat record mentions a finding aid (an index) to a manuscript collection, you should use it to help you find what you need in the collection.  If the finding aid is online, there will be a link from the OskiCat record. The finding aids that are not online are near the Registration Desk at the Bancroft Library. You can also search for Bancroft finding aids in the Online Archive of California.

3.  Learn about the Bancroft's policies: read about Access (bring a quarter for lockers) and Registration (bring two pieces of ID).  You may want to read about the new camera policy ($10/day, no flash) or about getting photocopies.

During your visit:

  1. Store your belongings in the lockers provided, located on the right-hand side of the east entrance. Pass the security guard station and proceed up one level by stairs or elevator to the Reading Room and Seminar Rooms (3rd floor).
  2. Check in at the Registration Desk, located on the left-hand side of the entrance to the Reference Center.
  3. Go to the Circulation Desk, where you will fill out a form for the items you need. The items will be paged and brought to you. (Remember to bring call numbers, titles, etc. with you!)
  4. For research-related questions, ask for assistance at the Reference Desk.

How to Get to the Bancroft Library

The Bancroft is open from 10am to 5pm Monday-Friday (closed on weekends and holidays; shorter hours during Intersession).  Paging ends 30 minutes before closing; this means that if you want to use Bancroft materials until 5pm, you need to arrive and request your materials at the circulation desk before 4:30pm.

The Bancroft Library is on the second floor of Doe, on the east side (the side closest to the Campanile). See a floor plan of Doe Library 2nd floor (pdf).

Last Update: January 13, 2014 14:01