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Finding Aid to the Bancroft Reference Notes for Central America, circa 1870s-1890s
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Consists of bibliographic and reference notes pertaining to and used in preparation of v. 6-8 of Hubert Howe Bancroft's History of the Pacific states of North America. His research notes track the initial contact by Europeans with the land and native people of Darien (Panama), Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, the Mosquito Coast, Salvador, Yucatan, and Peru, including various political, social, religious, and economic upheavals, changes, and developments in each country or region between the 1490s and the 1880s. The references draw heavily on the Alphonse Pinart collection of books and manuscripts purchased by Bancroft and cataloged into his collection in 1883. The variation in scripts found in these handwritten notes provide evidence of the team of researchers employed by H.H. Bancroft.
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.
Number of containers: 10 cartons Linear feet: 12.5
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