Finding Aid to Bancroft Reference Notes for California, circa 1870s-1890s

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Finding Aid to Bancroft Reference Notes for California, circa 1870s-1890s

Collection number: BANC MSS B-C 12

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Finding Aid Author(s):
Processed by Iris Donovan and Carola DeRooy
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© 2010 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Bancroft reference notes for California
Date (inclusive): circa 1870s-1890s
Collection Number: BANC MSS B-C 12
Collector: Bancroft, Hubert Howe, 1832-1918
Extent: Number of containers: 4 boxes, 22 cartons Linear feet: 29.20
Repository: The Bancroft Library.
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Abstract: Consists of bibliographic and research notes pertaining to and used in the preparation of the History of California (volumes 18-24), California Pastoral (vol. 34) and California Interpocula (vol. 25), nine volumes of Hubert Howe Bancroft's 39-volume, History of the Pacific States of North America published between 1882-1890.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Information for Researchers


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: .

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Bancroft reference notes for California, BANC MSS B-C 12, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Related Collections

Hubert Howe Bancroft, Records of the library and publishing companies, BANC MSS B-C 7.
Hofmann & Curtis Architects, Specifications ... in the erection of a ... library building for H. H. Bancroft, 1881, BANC MSS 73/122 c: [no.] 64.
Catalogue of the Bancroft Library of Pacific Coast Books, Maps, and Manuscripts, BANC MSS B-C 4.
William Henry Knight, Bancroft Library MS Scrapbooks, 1860-64, BANC MSS C-E 200.
San Francisco Bulletin index, 1855-1872, BANC MSS B-C 2.
Publishing Companies:
Hubert Howe Bancroft, In these Latter Days, BANC MSS B-A 1
John S. Hittell, A History of the City of San Francisco, 1878, BANC MSS 90/19 c
History Company. The History Company periodical index, BANC MSS B-C 3
Hubert Howe Bancroft, Letters and papers from Mexico, 1886-91, BANC MSS M-M 384
Porfirio Diaz Collection of Papers, 1881-93, BANC MSS M-M 392
Hubert Howe Bancroft, Authorities quoted in the History of California, BANC MSS B-C 1
Thomas Savage, Report of labors in archives and procuring material for the History of California, 1876-79, BANC MSS C-E 191
Hubert Howe Bancroft, Preliminary notes and plans for the Pioneer Register, BANC MSS C-E 170
Hubert Howe Bancroft, Correspondence relating to the History of Oregon, 1863-1889, BANC MSS P-A 169
Hubert Howe Bancroft, Correspondence, BANC MSS C-B 362
Bancroft Reference Notes for the Western States, excluding California, BANC MSS B-C 8
Bancroft Reference Notes for Central America, BANC MSS B-C 9
Bancroft reference notes for Mexico, BANC MSS B-C 10
Bancroft reference notes for British Columbia and Alaska, BANC MSS B-C 11
Bancroft Reference Notes--Bibliography, BANC MSS B-C 13
Bancroft Reference Notes on the conquest of Mexico, BANC MSS B-M 1
Bancroft Reference Notes, BANC MSS 97/31 c
Bancroft Miscellaneous Newspaper Clippings, 1860-1890, BANC MSS B-C 14
Henry Cerruti, Sketches of the California Pioneers, BANC MSS C-E 65
Ivan Petroff, Journal of Trip to Alaska in Search of Information for the Bancroft Library, 1878, BANC MSS P-K 62
Harry Bishop Hambly, Information for the Bancroft Library, 1936, BANC MSS C-D 5081
Henry Lebbeus Oak, Correspondence and papers, BANC MSS C-B 387
Henry Lebbeus Oak, Letters from H.H. Bancroft and diary, 1874-87, BANC MSS 67/153
Frances Fuller Victor, Correspondence and notes relating to the History of Oregon, 1865-[ca. 1886], BANC MSS P-A 170
A.L. Bancroft & Co., Account of stock, Jan. 1, 1879, BANC MSS C-E 195
A.L. Bancroft & Co., Resolutions for the year 1890, BANC MSS C-E 196
Bancroft family:
Albert Little Bancroft, My Brother Hubert Howe Bancroft,1907, BANC MSS 73/122 c:109
Hubert Howe Bancroft family papers, BANC MSS 73/64 c
Bancroft family, Family genealogical data, 1886-1907, BANC MSS 89/91 c
Hubert Howe Bancroft letters to his family, 1882-1918, BANC MSS 77/169 c

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
Bancroft, Hubert Howe, 1832-1918. California Interpocula
Bancroft, Hubert Howe, 1832-1918. California Pastoral
Bancroft, Hubert Howe, 1832-1918. History of California
Mines and mineral resources--California--History--Sources
California--History--To 1846--Sources

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Bancroft reference notes for California were part of the Bancroft Collection, purchased by the University of California in 1905.


Hubert Howe Bancroft was born in Granville, Ohio on May 5, 1832. After working for some time in the Buffalo, N.Y. book store owned by his brother-in-law, George H. Derby, Bancroft came to California in 1852 to establish a West Coast outlet for the shop. In 1855, after selling the initial stock, he went east and returned with sufficient books and stationery to open a San Francisco store the following year. Within two years, his firm on Montgomery Street began to grow into a publishing house, issuing such items as law books and legal stationery, texts and maps for schools, and music and piano sales.
In 1860, as an outgrowth of assembling research materials for publication of a Pacific Coast handbook, Bancroft began to collect regional writings: this was the beginning of his unparalleled collection of books and manuscripts on the West. Within a decade he had 16,000 volumes, encompassing not only California and the Pacific Coast as the central focus, but also British Columbia and Alaska to the north, the Rocky Mountains to the east, and Mexico and Central American to the south, extending back in time from the native Indian cultures of all these regions and the subsequent era of Spanish control. The collection continued to grow as a result of collecting trips to the east and Europe, as well as through extensive purchases at a number of major auctions. Eventually it included not only books and manuscripts, but pamphlets, maps, newspapers and other periodicals, and transcriptions of manuscripts made by his corps of copyists from originals still in private hands or in government and church archives. Bancroft and his staff also created original materials by interviewing pioneers whose recollections might not otherwise have been preserved, resulting in hundreds of early oral histories termed "dictations."
By 1868, a move became necessary to relieve overcrowding in Bancroft's expanding and prosperous Montgomery Street headquarters. He bought property on Market Street near Third, and began to build in 1869. In April 1870, the completed five-story building boasted a modernized steam engine in the basement to provide power for the printing presses. The first four floors accommodated nine departments, including wholesale and retail books, and stationary, music, law, and education sales; a subscription department; and a printing, bindery, and blank book production division. The fifth floor of the new Bancroft Building was a literary workshop, completely divorced from the business, where Bancroft's collections could be put to use. He engaged Librarian, Henry Lebbeus Oak, to catalog the works he had acquired.
Bancroft continued to collect materials as he planned a vast publication project of a series of histories of western North American, which in the end numbered 39 volumes: the History of the Pacific States of North America, also known as Bancroft's Works. First were five volumes on The Native Races (1874-1875), then three volumes on the History of Central America and six more on the History of Mexico, followed by two volumes on the Northern Mexican States and Texas, and one treating Arizona and New Mexico. All of these preceded his central topic, a seven-volume History of California (1886-1890), which were followed by nine more volumes on other parts of the west, and a number of more informal works, including Literary Industries , the author's biography.
Bancroft's ten year marriage to his beloved wife, Emily Ketchum Bancroft, ended upon her death in 1869. Left alone to raise their daughter, Kate, born in 1860, Bancroft devoted his energies to family and literary productions. He placed the full responsibility of managing the business interests of the firm with his younger brother, A. L. (Albert Little) Bancroft, creating a new partnership in 1860 under the title, A. L. Bancroft and Company. The business expanded and prospered under A. L. Bancroft's direction until a fire destroyed the Bancroft Building and its contents in 1886. Old resentments and quarrels erupted following the traumatic event which eventually severed the brothers personal and professional relationships.
Fortunately, the library (referred to as both the Bancroft Library and the Pacific Library) was spared. In 1881, it had been moved from the fifth floor of the Market Street location to a specially constructed fire-proofed brick building on Valencia Street. Following the fire and dissolution of his partnership with A. L. Bancroft in 1886, Hubert Howe Bancroft formed two new companies: The History Company, and the Bancroft Company. In August 1887, under these new imprints, the production, publication, and marketing of Bancroft's Works resumed in the rebuilt quarters at 723 Market Street, known thereafter as the History Building.
Throughout the West, Bancroft's numerous sales agents continued to sell subscriptions to his Works and the seven-volume Chronicles of the Builders . Following a successful marketing campaign which secured orders for more than 6,000 sets of volumes during the 1870's and 80's, the canvassing effort was abandoned in 1892. In the late 1880's, Bancroft's methods for writing and marketing his works came under attack by literary critics and several of his former employees, including Mr. Henry Oak and Mrs. Francis Fuller Victor. Oak and Victor claimed authorship for major portions of the Works that were credited solely to Bancroft, calling the historian's methods and reputation into question. The retail book and stationary store finally closed its doors in 1894, after a long and bitter price war had made the business unprofitable.
In 1905, Bancroft's accomplishments as an historian and collector were recognized by the University of California. The institution purchased the book and manuscript collections of the eminent historian, numbering over sixty-thousand items, for $250,000. Although the collector contributed $100,000 of the purchase price, the contents of the library had been appraised at twice the net cost to the University. The History of the Pacific States won recognition as an indispensable work for students of western history. The collection as a whole remains a distinguished primary source of unique books, maps, pamphlets, and documents on the early history of the West, from Alaska to Central America.
In his later years, Bancroft wrote several volumes ( Retrospection, The New Pacific, In These Latter Days ) expressing his political, moral, economic, and social concerns for a modernizing world. On March 3, 1918, at the age of 86, Hubert Howe Bancroft died at his home, having been struck by a street car several days earlier. He was survived by his daughter, Kate, and his four children (Paul, Philip, Griffing, and Lucy Bancroft) by his second wife, Matilida Griffing Bancroft. They were married in 1876 and she predeceased him in 1910.


  • Harry Clark, A Venture in History: The Production, Publication, and Sale of the Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft. University of California Press, 1973.
  • John Walton Caughey, Hubert Howe Bancroft, Historian of the West. University of California Press, 1946.
  • The Bancroft Library, University of California, The Bancroft Collection of Western and Latin Americana , June 4, 1998, .

Scope and Content of Collection

Bancroft reference notes for California consists of bibliographic and research notes pertaining to and used in the preparation of the History of California (volumes 18-24), California Pastoral (vol. 34) and California Inter Pocula (vol. 25), nine volumes of Hubert Howe Bancroft's 39-volume, History of the Pacific States of North America published between 1882-1890.
The research notes for the seven volumes of the History of California include early explorations of the west coast, settlement, societal, and land issues between 1550-1890. The notes are largely bibliographic citations along with brief descriptive text about society and customs of indigineous peoples, the Mission period, pioneers, and the development of rural and industrial areas into separate California counties and the establishment of a state.
The notes for California Pastoral volume cover early voyages, mission establishment, presidios, and regional developments during the Mission period. California Inter Pocula research and bibliography notes concern the turbulent period between Mexican rule of California and establishment of an effective State government when swelling populations descended upon California seeking gold.
The California notes as a whole originate from primary sources such as diaries, personal correspondence, and company logs and more abundant secondary source material such as pamphlets, journals, newspapers, and previously published histories. A few of the numerous subjects covered in the notes are finances, politics, land grants, mining, pioneers, transportation. A large group of notes document individual county and city development, including San Francisco and San Jose. The research notes about the Gold Rush period are informative concerning social character of gold seekers, cemeteries, crime, drinking, duels, epidemics, earthquakes, fires, shipwrecks and other hazards of early California life. Also covered are enterprises such as overland journeys, manufactures, journalism, railroads, stagecoaches and theater. Research subjects also include population groups such as immigrants, women, pioneers, Forty-niners, and the Chinese.
In addition, the material provides information about H. H. Bancroft's methods of compiling notes and references in preparation for writing chapter drafts for the Works volumes. The distinctive handwriting of many of Bancroft's assistants is revealed. The majority of notes were taken from manuscripts, books, and other sources that were part of Bancroft's Pacific Library collection during the years 1870-1890.
Consistently noting a subject heading in the left margin, the notes range from one-inch wide strips of papers citing bibliographic references to longer texts copied or summarized from sources, the majority of which were Bancroft's own book, manuscript, and clippings collection. The notes and strips were often pasted or pinned to larger sheets to construct draft outlines and text footnotes.

Container Listing


Series 1: Bibliography and Research Notes, History of California 1550-1890

Physical Description: Cartons 1-22 Linear feet: 29.20
Language of Material: English


Arranged alphabetically by subject or county name, then chronologically within each subject.


The majority of bibliographic notes were taken between 1870 and 1890 from manuscripts and books which were part of Hubert Howe Bancroft's collection Bibliographic notes include title, author, volume, and page citations; many notes are simple, 1- to 4-line summaries with a specific region and date noted in the left hand margin.
Research notes are one to ten page transcriptions or summaries of historical documents, biographies and earlier published histories and clippings pasted onto paper.
Major subject topics include agriculture, arts, architecture, politics, disasters, education, economics, industry, land, military, mining, religion, transportation, and water.
carton 1, folder 1-13

Agriculture: Alameda-Yuba Co.. 1774-1885 undated

carton 1, folder 14

Alameda. 1850-1880

carton 1, folder 15

Alpine Co.. 1868-1874

carton 1, folder 16

Anza's Voyage. 1774

carton 1, folder 17

Arts and entertainment. 1820-1860

carton 1, folder 18

Benicia. 1860

carton 1, folder 19-21

Biography. 1780-1885



carton 1, folder 22

James Beckworth. 1849

carton 1, folder 23

Edward McGowan. 1863

carton 1, folder 24

Joaquin Murietta. 1851-1853

carton 1, folder 25

Romaldo Pacheco. 1825-1831

carton 1, folder 26

Botany 1830-1885

carton 1, folder 27

Bouchard's Invasion. 1817-1819

carton 1, folder 28

Boundaries. 1845-1875

carton 1, folder 29-30

Branciforte. 1795-1848

carton 1, folder 31

Buildings. 1794-1869

carton 1, folder 32

Butte County. 1835-1885

carton 1, folder 33

Calaveras County. 1849-1880

carton 1, folder 34

California dictations. undated

carton 1, folder 35

California general history. 1845-1885

carton 2, folder 1-7

Californian Indians. 1791-1880 undated

carton 2, folder 8

Capital history and debates. 1835-1885

carton 2, folder 9

Chinese. 1806-1877

carton 2, folder 10

Chronology. 1534-1860 undated

carton 2, folder 11

Churches and religions 1750-1885

carton 2, folder 12-13

Civil War. 1861-1865

carton 2, folder 14

Climate. undated

carton 2, folder 15

Colonization. 1768-1770

carton 2, folder 16

Colusa County. 1849-1875

carton 2, folder 17

Communication. 1769-1878

carton 2, folder 18

Conquest of California. 1846-1847

carton 2, folder 19

Contra Costa County. 1884-1897

carton 2, folder 20

Crime. 1850-1862

carton 2, folder 21

Del Norte County. 1852-1884

carton 2, folder 22

Discovery and exploration. 1636-1843

carton 2, folder 23

El Dorado County. 1848-1860

carton 2, folder 24

Earthquakes. 1806-1812

carton 2, folder 25

Education. 1813-1863

carton 2, folder 26

Farallones. 1860-1865

carton 2, folder 27

Filibusters. 1850-1860

carton 2, folder 28-29

Finance. 1840-1886

carton 3, folder 1

Fires. 1848-1883

carton 3, folder 2

Fish and game. 1781-1885

carton 3, folder 3

Foreign relations 1836-1845

carton 3, folder 4

Fresno. 1850-1885

carton 3, folder 5

Fur trade. 1790-1850

carton 3, folder 6-7

Graham affair. 1840

carton 3, folder 8-9

Geology. 1803-1885

carton 3, folder 10

Hide and tallow trade. 1830-1850

carton 3, folder 11

History. 1847-1869

carton 3, folder 12

History, rough draft, n.d

carton 3, folder 13

Humboldt County. 1830-1880

carton 3, folder 14-23

Immigration and colonization 1773-1885


Immigration and Colonization

carton 4, folder 1

The Donner Party 1846-1847

carton 4, folder 2

Maritime. 1849

carton 4, folder 3

Overland. 1849

carton 4, folder 4

Inyo County. 1850-1875

carton 4, folder 5

Journalism. 1840-1870

carton 4, folder 6

Justice. 1777-1880 undated

carton 4, folder 7

Kern County. 1855-1880

carton 4, folder 8

Labor. 1780-1850

carton 4, folder 9

Lake County. 1860-1881

carton 4, folder 10-23

Land. 1769-1885 undated



carton 5, folder 1

Los Angeles. 1790-1860

carton 5, folder 2

Monterey. 1848

carton 5, folder 3

Sacramento. 1840-1850

carton 5, folder 4

San Diego. 1849-1850

carton 5, folder 5-7

San Francisco. 1830-1859

carton 5, folder 8

San Jose. 1845-1849


Land Grants

carton 5, folder 9-15

Locations A-Z. 1800-1880

carton 5, folder 16

Missions. 1815-1850

carton 5, folder 17

Unnamed. 1830-1880

carton 5, folder 18

Lassen County. 1830-1870

carton 5, folder 19

Libraries. 1801-1870

carton 5, folder 20-21

Literature. 1820-1885

carton 5, folder 22-27

Los Angeles. 1769-1840

carton 6, folder 1-6

Los Angeles. 1841-1885

carton 6, folder 7-8

Manufacturing and industries. 1820-1880

carton 6, folder 9

Marin County. 1840-1850

carton 6, folder 10

Mariposa County. 1850-1870

carton 6, folder 11

Medicine. 1820-1850

carton 6, folder 12

Mendicino County. 1850-1885

carton 6, folder 13

Merced County. 1850-1885

carton 6, folder 14

Military. 1796-1877 undated

carton 6, folder 15

Military Cavalry Company of Monterey



carton 6, folder 16-20

Gold Discovery. 1848-1859

carton 6, folder 21

Mining and Mineral Resources. 1848-1878 undated

carton 7, folder 1-8

Mining and Mineral Resources. 1849-1883


Mining and Mineral Resources

carton 7, folder 9

County Place Names List

carton 7, folder 10-20

Alameda-Santa Barbara County. 1820-1885

carton 8, folder 1-4

Santa Clara-Yuba County. 1775-1885



carton 8, folder 5-17

Dated 1716-1824 undated

carton 9, folder 1-6

Dated 1825-1884

carton 9, folder 7

Nuestra Senora de Soledad. 1790-1850

carton 9, folder 8

Purisima Concepcion. 1785-1850

carton 9, folder 9-16

San Antonio de Padua-San Diego de Alcala. 1680-1885

carton 10, folder 1-16

San Fernando Rey de Espana-San Rafael Arcangel. 1760-1885

carton 11, folder 1-6

Santa Barbara-Santa Ines. 1769-1850


Mission Politics

carton 11, folder 7

Echeandia vs. Padres. 1826-1830

carton 11, folder 8-11

Secularization. 1820-1850

carton 11, folder 12

Modoc-Mono County. 1840-1885

carton 11, folder 13-16

Monterey. 1769-1820

carton 12, folder 1-6

Monterey. 1821-1874



carton 12, folder 7

Immigration. 1830-1849

carton 12, folder 8

Invasion. 1842-1843

carton 12, folder 9

Mormons. 1848-1882

carton 12, folder 10

Napa-Nevada County. 1840-1860

carton 12, folder 11

Newspaper history. 1846-1877 undated

carton 12, folder 12

Orange County. 1849-1878

carton 12, folder 13-17

Pioneers and pioneer societies. 1530-1881 undated

carton 13, folder 1

Placer County. 1848-1867

carton 13, folder 2

Plumas County. 1850-1853

carton 13, folder 3-21

Politics and government. 1796-1850

carton 14, folder 1-10

Politics and government 1851-1886


Politics and government

carton 14, folder 11

Governor Alvarado. 1838-1839

carton 14, folder 12

Don Carlos Carrillo. 1838

carton 14, folder 13

Population. 1775-1852



carton 14, folder 14

List of inhabitants 1772-1800

carton 14, folder 15

Monterey. 1782-1800

carton 14, folder 16-17

San Buenaventura-Sonoma. 1774-1850

carton 14, folder 18

Southern California. 1775-1850

carton 14, folder 19

Prisons. 1850-1875

carton 14, folder 20-21

Public finance. 1822-1835

carton 15, folder 1-5

Public finance. 1836-1856

carton 15, folder 6

Railroads and transportation. 1841-1888 undated

carton 15, folder 7

Revolution. 1835

carton 15, folder 8-13

Russians in California. 1711-1870

carton 15, folder 14-18

Sacramento. 1844-1870 undated

carton 16, folder 1

Sacramento. 1871-1885

carton 16, folder 2

San Benito-San Bernardino. 1846-1877

carton 16, folder 3-9

San Diego. 1749-1875


San Francisco

carton 16, folder 10-18

Dated 1769-1830 undated

carton 17, folder 1-24

Dated 1831-1869

carton 18, folder 1-4

Dated 1870-1886

carton 18, folder 5

Bear and bull fight story. 1860

carton 18, folder 6

Cemeteries. 1865

carton 18, folder 7

Churches. 1848-1875

carton 18, folder 8-10

Commerce. 1849-1885

carton 18, folder 11

Fires. 1830-1886

carton 18, folder 12

Population. 1842-1850

carton 18, folder 13

Residence history. 1839-1849

carton 18, folder 14-15

Stock exchange. 1860-1880

carton 18, folder 16

San Joaquin County. 1813-1880


San Jose

carton 18, folder 17-22

Dated 1777-1844

carton 19, folder 1-2

Dated 1845-1855

carton 19, folder 3

Land grants and settlements. 1777-1790

carton 19, folder 4

San Juan Bautista. 1841

carton 19, folder 5

San Juan Capistrano. 1846

carton 19, folder 6

San Luis Obispo. 1846-1886

carton 19, folder 7

San Mateo. 1857-1883

carton 19, folder 8-17

Santa Barbara. 1777-1880

carton 19, folder 18

Santa Clara-Santa Cruz County 1849-1880

carton 19, folder 19

Science 1850-1897

carton 19, folder 20

Shasta County. 1850-1879

carton 19, folder 21-27

Shipping and commerce. 1770-1826

carton 20, folder 1-13

Shipping and commerce. 1827-1880

carton 20, folder 14

Shipwrecks. 1789-1885

carton 20, folder 15-16

Sierra County. 1809-1875

carton 20, folder 17

Siskiyou County. 1851-1875

carton 20, folder 18

Slavery and segregation. 1850-1870

carton 20, folder 19-23

Social customs. 1744-1849 undated

carton 21, folder 1-3

Social customs. 1850-1884

carton 21, folder 4

Solano County. 1824-1860

carton 21, folder 5-6

Sonoma County. 1554-1880

carton 21, folder 7

Stanislaus County. 1849-1873

carton 21, folder 8

Stockton. 1840-1860

carton 21, folder 9-12

Sutter-Ventura County. 1774-1885

carton 21, folder 13

Vigilance Committee. 1848-1857

carton 21, folder 14-17

Water supply. 1794-1886

carton 21, folder 18

Weather and climate. 1785-1867

carton 21, folder 19

Weights and measures. 1773-1844

carton 21, folder 20

West coast. undated

carton 21, folder 21

Yolo-Yuba County. 1842-1870

carton 21, folder 22-25

Miscellany. 1609-1880 undated

carton 22, folder 1-26

Volume 1-6 notes, 1542-1859


Series 2: Bibliography and Research Notes, California Pastoral 1769-1848.

Physical Description: Box 1


Arranged alphabetically by subject.


Contains primary research notes.
box 1, folder 1


box 1, folder 2

Early Voyages

box 1, folder 3

Missions and Presidios

box 1, folder 4

Mission Paintings

box 1, folder 5

Yerba Buena

box 1, folder 6

Bibliographic Notes

box 1, folder 7-8



Series 3: Bibliography and Research Notes, California Inter Pocula 1848-1856.

Physical Description: Box 2-4


Arranged alphabetically by subject.


Includes a majority of research notes written on topics associated with the Inter pocula period (Latin term meaning between drinks or drunkeness or full cups). The term inter pocula was chosen by Bancroft to describe the period between the discovery of gold and the development of a legally functional society in California after statehood. Lawlessness, crime, fires, earthquakes, judicial matters, prices, prostitution, lynching, slavery, shipwrecks, women and the Vigilance Committee a sampling of topics researched for this volume focusing on the hazards and disillusion suffered by a large influx of gold seekers. Also there is an assemblage of research notes on population groups, commerce and business enterprises, politics, mail, transportation, social customs and activities, population, and property matters during these years. Of significance are two separate dictations, eyewitness accounts of discovery of gold (one by Mrs. Wimmer) and Sutter's personal reaction to the find.
box 2, folder 1


box 2, folder 2


box 2, folder 3


box 2, folder 4


box 2, folder 5


box 2, folder 6

Australian gold

box 2, folder 7


box 2, folder 8

Bibliographic notes

box 2, folder 9


box 2, folder 10

Brannan, Sam

box 2, folder 11


box 2, folder 12


box 2, folder 13


box 2, folder 14


box 2, folder 15

Church and clergy

box 2, folder 16


box 2, folder 17


box 2, folder 18


box 2, folder 19


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box 2, folder 25

Express Business

box 2, folder 26


box 2, folder 27


box 3, folder 1

Forty-niners, stories and legends

box 3, folder 2

Gold, gold dust yields

box 3, folder 3

Gold rush

box 3, folder 4

Greeley, Horace

box 3, folder 5


box 3, folder 6

Indian Affairs

box 3, folder 7

Jewish in San Francisco

box 3, folder 8


box 3, folder 9

Journey overland

box 3, folder 10

Judicial matters

box 3, folder 11

Land titles

box 3, folder 12


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Marshall, James

Include Wimmer account of gold nugget

box 3, folder 20


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Ralston, William C.

box 4, folder 8


box 4, folder 9-10

San Francisco

box 4, folder 11

Ships and sailing

box 4, folder 12


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Society of California Pioneers

box 4, folder 16


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Vigilance Committee

box 4, folder 22


box 4, folder 23