Papers of the family of book dealer and historian Hubert Howe Bancroft (1832-1918). The collection consists of letters from
his first wife, Emily Ketchum, to her family, 1859-1869; and to her sister, Mrs. Coit, 1860-1869. It also includes the journal
of Bancroft's daughter, Kate, 1874, describing her travels to the California missions and her visit to the Vallejo family
in Sonoma in 1874, and correspondence and documents relating to the Civil War activities of General Henry Clay Pleasants and
Lt. Charles Israel Pleasants.
Hubert Howe Bancroft (1832-1918) was a Pacific Coast historian, book dealer, bibliophile, and entrepreneur. Having no formal
schooling, Bancroft educated himself through travel and reading. A native of Granville, Ohio, he began his career as a bookstore
clerk in Buffalo, New York. He came to California in 1852, and in 1856 he opened a successful bookstore in San Francisco
with his brother Albert. By 1870 Bancroft had purchased a five-story building and had enlarged his business to include the
selling of sheet music, pianos, and organs. His business also included facilities for printing, engraving, lithography, and
bookbinding. At one time Bancroft's business was the largest and foremost bookselling concern west of Chicago.
1.00 linear feet
(4 archives box)
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.