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Bancroft (Margaret Wood) Collection, 1929-1945
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Series I - Documents

Box 78, Folder 1

Field notes

Physical Description: 1 spiral notebook

Scope and Contents

"Trip to Baja California," dated April 8, 1940. Handwritten description of trip activities, traveling companions Griffing Bancroft, Laurence Huey, and Charles Harbison.
Box 78, Folder 2

Typescript mss of essay, "Riding An Elephant Seal," by Margaret Wood Bancroft ca 1931

Scope and Contents

Original and copy typescripts of 8-page essay. Includes news clipping of Max Miller column (San Diego Sun, 7 Mar 1932) that prompted Bancroft to write about her experience on Guadalupe Island.
Box 78, Folder 3

Pasadena (Mexico) article

Scope and Contents

Typescript of Bancroft essay prepared for the Junior League Magazine about Pasadena, Mexico.
Box 78, Folder 4

Text of Laurence Klauber's "A new snake of the genus Sonora from Lower California" 9 May 1943

Scope and Contents

Handwritten text by Laurence Klauber describing Sonora bancroftae sp. now., San Telmo ground snake, named in honor of Margaret Wood Bancroft.
Box 78, Folder 5

Text fragment re Flight of the Least Petrel ca. 1930

Scope and Contents

Typescript fragment of text by Griffing Bancroft's (page numbers 50 through 52) re Sierra San Pedro Mártir.

Series II - Photographs and related materials

Box 78

Photographic album 1923-1931

Margaret Wood Bancroft Album. Baja California, circa 1930

Physical Description: 0.25 Linear Feet


The front cover and all pages of the photographic album have been digitized (2016; flat-bed scanner, 600dpi TIFFs).

Scope and Contents

Hand-made from cowhide with decorative straps, griffin design on back. 47 pages total. 141 photographs, with captions.
Box 78, Folder 6

Photographs and miscellaneous materials 1932-1941

Scope and Contents

One folder of loose photographs (prints). Includes five photos on the taxidermy of an elephant seal specimen; views of La Encantada, Ensenada, and Guadalupe Island, Mexico. Also includes one photograph of a hawk landing on a nest (copyright, ornithologist Wright M. Pierce).
Box 78

Scrapbook 1936

Margaret Wood Bancroft Scrapbook. Baja California, 1934-1935.

Scope and Contents

Scrapbook of Nov-Dec 1935 expedition to Sierra San Pedro Mártir, Baja California, Mexico. Travel companions included Bertie Meling (Mrs. Salvatore Meling), Siebert Nelson, Ignacio Higuera, and Margaret Wood Bancroft. Includes notes, photographs, captions, and two pages of news clippings re manhunt for William Mahan of Weyerhauser kidnapping.

Series III - Correspondence

Box 78, Folder 7 & 8

Correspondence 1932-1951

Physical Description: Some loose and bulk in small mailing envelope

Scope and Contents

Correspondence mostly concerning critical reception and acknowledgement of gift copies of Griffing Bancroft's 1932 book, The Flight of the Least Petrel. Correspondents include Eleanor Roosevelt, James Rolph, Jr. (Governor of California).

Series IV - Flight of the Least Petrel related materials

Box 78, Item OS

Scrapbook of press clippings ca. 1932

Scope and Contents

Bound volume of newspaper clippings re Griffing Bancroft's book, The Flight of the Least Petrel, assembled by or for Mrs. Howard H. Taylor, Houghton-Mifflin.
Box 78, Folder 9

News clippings 1930-1932

Scope and Contents

Two newspaper articles about Bancroft expedition and publication of The Flight of the Least Petrel.
"Local scientists plan expedition down coast." San Diego Union (2 Feb 1930). Describes 5-month planned cruise itinerary of San Benito islands, Magdalena Bay, Cape San Lucas, Les Tres Marias islands, Revilla Gigedo island group, San Blas; s Study participants to include Griffing Bancroft, Margaret Wood Bancroft, A. J. van Rossem, F. S. Rogers, Albert Kroeckel, and J. Elton Green.
"Daring explorers turn adventures into copy." Los Angeles Times (7 Feb 1932).
Box 78, Folder 10

Book catalog, Putnam Books, Spring 1932

Scope and Contents

Softcover book catalog. Includes note re publication of The Flight of the Least Petrel.
Box 78

Photographs to accompany manuscript

Scope and Contents

Two volumes (3-ring binders) of photographs with captions, indexed to mss of The Flight of the Least Petrel. Vol. 1, photograph nos. 1-52; vol. 2, photograph nos. 53-106. Includes list of illustrations (nos. 1-111).