Bancroft Library Roundtable: A Wise Counselor and Faithful Servant: The Life of Regent Andrew Smith Hallidie

Lecture | September 20 | 12-1 p.m. | Faculty Club, Lewis-Latimer Room

 Taryn Edwards, Librarian/Historian, Mechanics' Institute Library and Chess Room, San Francisco

 Bancroft Library

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the University of California, Regent Andrew Smith Hallidie’s biographer, Taryn Edwards, will give a talk about his life. Considered the father of San Francisco’s cable car, Hallidie arrived in California during the Gold Rush and quickly rose to meet the challenges of the frontier using his gumption and his father’s patented wire rope to build bridges, ore transportation systems, and a business empire in the West. In addition to being a leader of the state’s industrial endeavors, he was a champion of the San Francisco Bay Area’s libraries and educational institutions. Hallidie was named an ex officio regent of the University of California in 1868 and was later appointed a regent in his own right, carefully serving until his death in 1900.

 banc-roundtable@berkeley.edu, 510-642-3781