Primarily chapter drafts, notes, newspaper clippings, galleys, and proofs of the historical works of H.H. Bancroft, published
by The History Company. A small amount of material pertaining to the Bancroft Library of San Francisco and A.L. Bancroft and
Company Publishers, Booksellers, Stationers and Manufacturers is also included.
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: 5 boxes, 25 cartons, 22 oversize boxes, 34 v.,1 oversize folder
Linear feet: ca. 55
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.
Collection is open for research.