Oral History Center - UC Berkeley Library

Peter Hanff: Books, Bibliography, and The Bancroft Library

Hanff, Peter
Meeker, Martin
Peter Hanff: Books, Bibliography, and The Bancroft Library
Peter Hanff is Deputy Director of The Bancroft Library at the University of California. Hanff was born in Florida in 1944 and then moved with his family to Southern California in 1956. He attended the University of California Santa Barbara as an undergraduate and then the University of California Los Angeles where he earned his MLS. After an internship at the Library of Congress and a year and a half as assistant to the coordinator of information systems there, he was selected as a rare-book fellow at Indiana University’s Lilly Library. Hanff then accepted a position as reference librarian at The Bancroft Library in 1970. Hanff worked in various positions and on a variety of projects over the years, including as Interim Director and later Acting Director of The Bancroft Library. Hanff also is a noted scholar of the author Frank Baum and his series of Oz books. In this oral history, Peter Hanff discusses: his education background and early interest in young adult literature and book collecting; the transformation of library and archival work from the 1960s to the present; the administration, personnel, and collections of The Bancroft Library; and his contributions to the documentation of the works of Frank Baum and other authors.
Subject area(s):
Education, University of California
Interview date(s):
Education and University of California - Individual Interviews
Peter Hanff, “Peter Hanff: Books, Bibliography, and The Bancroft Library” conducted by Martin Meeker in 2017, Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2019.