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We invite you to join The Friends of The Bancroft Library. There are about 1,000 of us now who are dedicated to supporting and developing this world-famous collection on the Berkeley campus, which is open without charge to all persons engaged in relevant research.

As a Friend you will become identified with the work of this great library and be kept in touch with its activities through the lively newsletter Bancroftiana. Additionally, for every year you donate $250 or more, you will receive a Keepsake, a handsomely printed volume that is often the first published edition of a unique manuscript or rare document owned by The Bancroft Library.

Only by the Friends' contributions has the Library been able to augment its limited funds to acquire and preserve rare books, manuscripts, maps, pictures and other materials. When an important work or collection becomes available, often only the Friends are able to guarantee its acquisition through a "seed payment" or one to be matched dollar-for-dollar by a foundation grant. Basic operating funds for maintenance of the Library are provided by the University, but it cannot furnish all the support needed for acquisitions, let alone for such essential services as conservation, restoration, and binding of old books. The Friends' own programs of lectures, receptions, exhibitions, and publications are paid for wholly from contributions.

We ask you to join us in assisting this important institution and to participate in its stimulating programs.

To join, please make a gift to Friends of The Bancroft Library by check (payable to Friends of The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, California 94720-6000), or online:

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