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Guide to the Philip Bancroft Papers, 1908-1959
BANC MSS C-B 851  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Philip Bancroft Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1908-1959
    Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 851
    Creator: Bancroft, Philip, 1881-1975
    Extent: Number of containers: 2 boxes, 4 cartons and 1 oversize folder Linear feet: 5.85
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Abstract: This collection contains correspondence relating primarily to Bancroft's political activities as a member of the Republican Party, the Progressive Party, and as an unsuccessful candidate for United States Senator. Principal correspondents include Hubert Howe Bancroft, Herbert Hoover, Hiram Johnson, Edgar Augustine Lucie, Martin Madsen, Frank Finley Merriam, Raymond W. Miller, George Cooper Pardee, Theodore Roosevelt, Charles Allerton Shurtleff, Justus S. Wardell, and Clement Calhoun Young.
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Philip Bancroft Papers, BANC MSS C-B 851, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Materials Cataloged Separately

    • Photographs have been transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Philip Bancroft Papers were donated to The Bancroft Library in 1962, with additions made in 1964.

    Biographical Sketch

    Philip Bancroft was born in San Francisco in 1881, the son of Hubert Howe and Matilda Coley Griffing Bancroft. He attended Harvard Law School and Hastings College of the Law, graduating from the latter in 1905. He then established a law practice in San Francisco and soon became interested in politics. In 1908 he was elected a delegate to the Republican National Convention. In 1912 he was elected again to their convention where he became a member of the Progressive National Convention formed to nominate Theodore Roosevelt and Hiram W. Johnson. Following Army service in World War I, he decided to become a full-time farmer on his ranch in Walnut Creek, California. He was a member and officer of numerous agricultural organizations including the Associated Farmers of Contra Costa County, the Contra Costa Walnut Growers' Association and the California Pear Growers' Association. In 1938 and 1944 he was the Republican nominee for the office of United States Senator from California. He died in 1975.

    Scope and Content

    The collection contains correspondence relating primarily to Bancroft's political activities as a member of the Republican Party, the Progressive Party, and unsuccessful candidate for elective (and appointive) office. Some of his papers relate to his career as a farmer. There are also typed copies of Bancroft's speeches, which primarily concern political lobbying for agricultural interests, transcripts of proceedings, campaign memorabilia, clippings, and miscellaneous other Papers. Personal information about Philip Bancroft is contained in a record of his childhood (1881-1891), kept by his mother.