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The Bancroft Library
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000

http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/info/history.html

Description:

Although The Bancroft Library officially dates from 1905, when the University of California acquired Hubert Howe Bancroft's personal library, it was actually born some forty-two years earlier, when Bancroft, assisting the editor of a projected guide book to the western states, discovered seventy-five volumes pertaining to California and the West on the shelves of his own San Francisco bookstore. Suddenly bitten by the collecting bug, the native of Ohio began accumulating works on the history of his adopted state, but over time the scope of his interests came to encompass the entire Trans-Mississippi West, extending from Alaska to Central America.

Had Bancroft been only a collector and a writer, his contribution to history would have been immense. But because so many of the leading figures in California's history were still alive, Bancroft had the opportunity to accumulate original documents, such as those of General Mariano Guadelupe Vallejo, and the estate of Sir James Douglas, once governor of British Columbia. If he could not secure original documents, he had transcriptions made of relevant portions, as in the case of the Archives of Spanish and Mexican California then in the hands of the U.S. Surveyor General. And when there were no documents at all, he created them by seeking out and interviewing historical figures; these "Bancroft Dictations" are among the most valuable documents in the collection.

Bancroft's history project was completed in 1894. Realizing the value to posterity of his collection, he sought a permanent home for it, eventually selling it for a fraction of its value to the University of California, with the provision that it be maintained as a separate library, and that the core collection be added to over time.

 

Description from: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/info/history.html

Categories: Martin Van Buren, William Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, Rutherford B. Hayes,

Collections:
Henry Clay correspondence, 1827-1848.
William King Rogers papers, 1879-1884.
Note to the president of the United States i.e., Zachary Taylor : Washington (D.C.) April 1849 .
Newton, Booth, to Rutherford B. Hayes, 30 October 1877
Two letters from Millard Fillmore : Washington, D.C. : ALS, 1850 and 1853
George Wood land grant : Sierra County, Calif., 30 April 1880
Lorenzo Dow to President Millard Fillmore, 15 December 1851
George Clayton Foulk Papers, 1876-1889
John Kelly to Charles Denman, 1 April 1858
Grover Cleveland to C.C. McCabe, 17 July 1888
Wagers on the election of Martin Van Buren : Boston, Massachusetts : DS, 1840 Apr. 3.
Thomas O. Larkin papers, 1822-1858.
Grover Cleveland’s Receipt for a New Jersey state map
John Tyler to his son, 11 December 1845
Department of the Treasury. Office of the Secretary to Andrew Johnson, 17 August 1868
Fred W. Carpenter’s Correspondence with William Howard Taft, 1910
William Branford Shubrick papers, 1820-1864.
Edward H.Pfister to Andrew Johnson, 20 January 1868
Frederick Smith Stratton Papers, circa 1886-1917

Note that this is an incomplete collections list. Please contact the organization directly for the most current information about their holdings.


Henry Clay correspondence, 1827-1848.

1 portfolio.
Includes letter, June 22, l846, by Clay as President of the American Colonization Society re a bequest of some slaves he proposes to send to Liberia, and letters to Clay from William H. Harrison (Sept. 23, l827) and from Zachary Taylor (Nov. l7, l848) re his presidential campaign.
http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/122551944

University of California Berkeley

Size
1 portfolio

Presidential content includes:

- Zachary Taylor

- William Harrison

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William King Rogers papers, 1879-1884.

Originals : 1 box (75 folders)
Copies : 1 microfilm reel : negative (Rich. 618:1) and positive.
Chiefly letters, received while Private Secretary to President R.B. Hayes, from General and Mrs. Frémont, concerning Frémont's Governorship of Arizona Territory, Judge Charles Silent and others associated in land and mining ventures in Arizona, Colorado and Mexico.
37 letters from Frémont; 25 from Mrs. Frémont. Includes letters from Santiag Ainsa (1881) concerning land in New Mexico; E.T. Carson (1881) written as Secretary for the owners of the Sonora Mining Company; Edgar Conkling (1880); John May (1880); William Gates Le Duc (1822-1884); W. Yberri (1882); letters concerning the Rocky Mountain Tunnel Company (1882); and a draft contract to establish a coal gas company (1883).
Also available on microfilm.
Finding aid available.
http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/27041875

Size
1 box

Presidential content includes:

- Rutherford B. Hayes

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Note to the president of the United States i.e., Zachary Taylor : Washington (D.C.) April 1849 .

3 p. ; 21 cm.
Part of a collection of documents relating to Mexican history, titled Mexican miscellany.
Request that certain books and documents brought from Mexico be made available to the Commissioners, together with an assistant for facilitating their use.
Signed by George Evans, Caleb B[lood] Smith, and Robert T. Paine.
With envelope bearing an annotation in the handwriting of President Taylor.
http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/215151021

Size
1 item

Presidential content includes:

- Zachary Taylor

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Newton, Booth, to Rutherford B. Hayes, 30 October 1877

[1] p. ; 26 cm.
Requesting that C.A. Tweed be reappointed district judge in Arizona.
http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/214989742

Size
1 item

Presidential content includes:

- Rutherford B. Hayes

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Two letters from Millard Fillmore : Washington, D.C. : ALS, 1850 and 1853

1850 letter : 1 p. ; 26 cm.
1853 letter : 2 p. ; 26 cm.
1850 letter : To John J. Anderson, New York City. Answering his correspondent's question, he replies that he expects a bill for the admission of California as a state to "pass Congress by the first of August; ... Of her admission, during the present session, I scarcely entertain a doubt.".
1853 letter : To Gilbert Davis. Seeking "to do justice to a political opponent who is now in his grave", Fillmore denies that "President Polk was heartless and cold", indicating that both General Taylor and Fillmore were entertained graciously by Polk at the White House before Polk left it.
http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/123430291

Size
2 items

Presidential content includes:

- Millard Fillmore

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George Wood land grant : Sierra County, Calif., 30 April 1880

1 p.
Contains grant for 160 acres of land in California made by President Rutherford B. Hayes.
http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/79446893

Size
1 item

Presidential content includes:

- Rutherford B. Hayes

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Lorenzo Dow to President Millard Fillmore, 15 December 1851

4 p. ; 26 cm.
A Guide to the Manuscript Collections of the Bancroft Library.
Complaining of the Mormons and seeking aid for the separation of Carson Valley from Utah Territory.
Photocopy.
Original in: The National Archives.
http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/26178799

Size
1 item

Presidential content includes:

- Millard Fillmore

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George Clayton Foulk Papers, 1876-1889

Foulk, George Clayton, 1856-1893. George Clayton Foulk, born in Marietta, Pennsylvania in 1856, was graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1876 and served for two years in the Far East. Following a trip across Siberia in 1882, he accepted a post at the Naval Library in Washington, D.C. In 1884 he was appointed as Naval Attache to the American Legation in Korea, and with the resignation of the minister in 1885 he became chief United States representative at the court of the Korean king. Although he was invited to become the personal advisor to that monarch, Foulk resigned his commission in 1887 and with his Japanese wife took up residence at Kyoto. The two years, 1888-1890 were spent in the employ of the American Trading Company at Yokohama, following which he accepted a position as professor of mathematics at Doshisha College, Kyoto, where he remained until his death, in 1893.

Personal and official papers, chiefly as Naval Agent and Charge d'Affaires, U.S. Legation, Korea, and as representative, American Trading Company, in Japan. Includes a copy of a letter from President Chester A. Arthur. A diary, 1884, of travel in Korea, miscellaneous records for his U.S. Navy service, photographs and a few printed items, included. Also, a small group of correspondence of Harold J. Noble with member of the Foulk family, 1927-1928.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/122564513

Size
2 boxes

Presidential content includes:

- Chester A. Arthur

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John Kelly to Charles Denman, 1 April 1858

[2] p. ; 20 cm.
Regarding his interview with President Buchanan concerning the appointment of McMicken, which the California delegation and Senator Gwin deny having supported.
http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/215297797

Size
1 item

Presidential content includes:

- James Buchanan

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Grover Cleveland to C.C. McCabe, 17 July 1888

Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908. Letter to C.C. McCabe, Washington, D.C., July 17, 1888. Expresses his support for the civilization and Christianization of Native Americans.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/215220319

Size
3 pages

Presidential content includes:

- Grover Cleveland

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Wagers on the election of Martin Van Buren : Boston, Massachusetts : DS, 1840 Apr. 3.

Bancroft Library manuscript miscellany. Signed by James T. Fisher, witness. E. B. Chase

Size
1 item; 2 p. ; 10 cm.

Presidential content includes:

- Martin Van Buren

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Thomas O. Larkin papers, 1822-1858.

Originals: 17 boxes (7.1 linear ft.).
Photocopies : 9 v. in 28.
1 oversize folder.
Materials in this collection have been published in: The Larkin papers : personal, business and official correspondence of Thomas Oliver Larkin, merchant and United States consul in California (University of California Press, 1951-1964, 10 v.).
For other Thomas Larkin manuscript materials at The Bancroft Library, see: BANC MSS C-E 1-25 and 88/127 c.
Originals : MATERIAL STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for use.
RESTRICTED ORIGINALS. USE PHOTOCOPIES ONLY: Use of originals only by permission of the Head of the Manuscripts Division.
The bulk of the collection consists of Larkin's correspondence concerning business, politics, consular affairs, and issues relating to the U.S. conquest of California. Also included are government and business documents. Correspondents include Juan Bautista Alvarado, Faxon Dean Atherton, Juan Bandini, Josiah Belden, James Gordon Bennett, John Bidwell, Samuel C. Bruce, James Buchanan, John C. Calhoun, José Castro, other members of the Castro family, Ebenezer Larkin Childs (a large volume of letters), Henry Clay (letter of 1850 regarding the admission of California), John Bautista Rogers Cooper, William Heath Davis, Job Francis Dye, William J. Eames, Henry Delano Fitch, James Alexander Forbes, Talbot H. Green (a large volume of letters), William Edward Petty Hartnell, William Davis Merry Howard, John Coffin Jones, members of the Larkin family, Jacob Primer Leese, William Alexander Leidesdorff, Manuel Micheltorena, Pío Pico, Stephen W. Reynolds, Alfred Robinson, Robert Baylor Semple, John Drake Sloat, Nathan Spear, Abel Stearns, John Augustus Sutter, Alpheus Basil Thompson, and Mariano Gualdalupe Vallejo.
Photocopy (9 v. in 28) also available.
Born in Massachusetts in 1802, Thomas O. Larkin came to California in 1832. There he established a retail store and traded successfully with Mexico and the Hawaiian islands. He served as U.S. consul at Monterey from 1844 to 1848, and he worked as a confidential agent of the U.S. State Department in promoting the independence of California from Mexico. He was a delegate to the California constitutional convention of 1849, a property owner in San Francisco, and a founder of the city of Benecia, Calif.
Published index also available (F864 L2865 10 v. and index).
Finding aid available in Library. Electronic version available on the Internet.
http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/122640326

Size
17 boxes

Presidential content includes:

- James Buchanan

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Grover Cleveland’s Receipt for a New Jersey state map

Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908. Receipt for a New Jersey State map : Washington, D.C. : DS, [undated]. In response to receiving a copy of The State Map of New Jersey from George H. Cook, New Jersey State Geologist.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/215278218

Size
1 item

Presidential content includes:

- Grover Cleveland

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John Tyler to his son, 11 December 1845

[3] leaves.
His recollection of legislation affecting free navigation on the Columbia River.
Photocopy.
Source of original unknown.
FOR REFERENCE USE ONLY. Reproduction prohibited.
http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/215220217

Size
1 item

Presidential content includes:

- John Tyler

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Department of the Treasury. Office of the Secretary to Andrew Johnson, 17 August 1868

[1] leaf ; 20 cm.
Transmitting copies of opinions of the Attorney General relative to the Collector of Customs of Alaska and New Orleans. Signed by Hugh McCulloch.
 

Size
1 item

Presidential content includes:

- Andrew Johnson

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Fred W. Carpenter’s Correspondence with William Howard Taft, 1910

Carpenter, Fred W. Includes Carpenter's letter, May 26, 1910, tendering his resignation as Taft's secretary, and two letters from Taft (May 26 and Oct. 10, 1910) re the resignation and Taft's attitude regarding Theodore Roosevelt, the 1912 election and New York politics. Original letters in private possession. Originals in possession of the estate of Fred W. Carpenter (1957). Partial microfilm reel (16 exp.) : negative (Rich. 533:12) and positive.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/122551452

Presidential content includes:

- William Taft

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William Branford Shubrick papers, 1820-1864.


1 box, 1 oversize folder (0.45 linear feet)
Private papers of Rear Admiral Shubrick primarily concerning the Mexican-American War and his tour as commander of the Pacific Squadron. Materials include a ledger of memoranda of his time in the Pacific Squadron, correspondence from his wife and daugher, a letter copybook, speeches, religous meditations, memorandums, and other misellaneous documents and letters. Materials of note include a letter of introduction for W. Alesi Botts signed by [President] John Tyler, and a memorandum by Shubrick outlining the conditions to be met for the freeing of his slave, Emeline. Others include a letter from his son-in-law, George Clymer, Jr. denouncing the war with Mexico, and documents outlining Shubrick's naval career. Also contains a full scale drawing of the sword and scabbard presented to Shubrick by the state of South Carolina, a letter from the Secretary of State of South Carolina with an accompanying description of the sword details, a sheet containing several detailed drawings of ship hull structural components (1/2 inch scale), and a few specimens of pressed flowers marked with the date they were collected in California.
Preferred citation: William Branford Shubrick papers, BANC MSS 2012/193, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Maps transferred to the Maps Collections of The Bancroft Library.
William Branford Shubrick (October 31, 1790-May 27,1874) was an officer in the United States Navy. His active-duty career extended from 1806 to 1861 including service in the War of 1812 and the Mexican-American War. In December 1861, Shubrick was retired and promoted to Rear Admiral on the retired list on July 16, 1862.
In English.
Preliminary list of contents available in the library.
 

 

http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/818652616

Presidential content includes:

- John Tyler

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Edward H.Pfister to Andrew Johnson, 20 January 1868

1 leaf ; 25 cm.
Requesting appointment as register of the Land Office at Marysville.
http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/215099194

Size
1 item

Presidential content includes:

- Andrew Johnson

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Frederick Smith Stratton Papers, circa 1886-1917

Stratton, Frederick Smith, 1859-1915. A native of Oakland, California, Frederick Smith Stratton was a prominent California attorney, businessman, and politician. He was elected to the State Senate in 1896 and served as Collector of the Port of San Francisco from 1900 to 1913. Includes correspondence, scrapbooks and miscellaneous papers concerning Stratton as Collector of the Port of San Francisco, 1900-1913; Republican party activities; and business interests in California and Oregon (including land holdings in Klamath County) Correspondents include many of the most prominent California political figures of Stratton's day, including U.S. Senators Thomas Bard, Frank Flint, George Perkins and John D. Works; Congressmen Julius Kahn and Joseph Russell Knowland; Presidents William McKinley and William Howard Taft; Governors George Pardee and James Gillette. Other correspondents include William H. Crocker, Charles Mills Gayley, John Hays Hammond, David Starr Jordan, Garret McEnerney and Benjamin Ide Wheeler.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/26754733

Size
15.25 linear ft

Presidential content includes:

- William Taft

- William McKinley

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