Bear in Mind is the story of the California grizzly bear. Once arguably the most powerful and terrifying animal in the California landscape, he now lives in the imagination, a disembodied symbol of the romantic West. Bear in Mind is also a portal into one of California’s great resources, the Bancroft Library of the University of California, Berkeley. More than 150 images from the library’s archives and collections accompany the bear stories of Indians, explorers, vaqueros, forty-niners, and naturalists, among others. The result is a uniquely compelling natural history, a grand book worthy of its subject.
Published in collaboration with the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley
Susan Snyder worked as a teacher, illustrator, artist, and Japanese language interpreter before landing in the Bancroft Library at the University of California at Berkeley, where, in her capacity as head of Access Services, she has spent ten years exploring the library’s stacks, attics, and moats.