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Finding Aid to the Bancroft Reference Notes for the Western States, excluding California, circa 1870s-1890s
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Consists of bibliographic and research notes pertaining to and used in preparation of v. 25-31 of Hubert Howe Bancroft's History of the Pacific states of North America. His research notes track the settlement and development by Europeans and American pioneers of the western states, including various political, religious, military, and economic upheavals, changes, and developments in each new state or territory between the 1450s and the 1890s. References are to both primary sources, including ship's logs, diaries, and military and church correspondence, and secondary sources, including pamphlets, journals, and newspapers. The variation in scripts found in these handwritten notes provide evidence of the team of researchers employed by H.H. Bancroft. The majority of notes were taken from manuscripts and books which were part of Bancroft's collection during the years 1879 to 1890.
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: 28 cartons Linear feet: 35
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