The Francis Bacon Library was a
private rare book research library on the campus of the Claremont Colleges in
Claremont, California. It was founded by Walter Conrad Arensberg and his wife,
Louise Stevens Arensberg. In 1938, they established The Francis Bacon Foundation to
promote study of the life and works of statesman Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626). The
Foundation administered the Francis Bacon Library, which included a comprehensive
collection on the Shakespeare authorship controversy, a subject of great personal
interest to Walter Arensberg, who believed that Bacon was the true author of
Shakespeare's plays. This archive contains the records of the Library, which closed
in 1995, including papers and correspondence of scholars interested in Bacon and the
authorship question. It also contains the personal and family papers of the
Arensbergs, and Walter Arensberg's cryptographic files and research on the
The Francis Bacon Library was a private rare book library that stood on the campus of
Claremont Colleges, California, from 1960 to 1995. It was established and operated
by the Francis Bacon Foundation, created in 1938 by Walter Conrad Arensberg
(1878-1954) and his wife, Louise Stevens Arensberg (1879-1953).
151 boxes/83.3 linear feet
All requests for permission to publish or reproduce in any format must be
submitted in writing to the Curator of Rare Books.
The collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information,
please visit the Huntington's website: www.huntington.org.