This collection includes biographical accounts of Hubert Howe Bancroft’s life. One is written by his brother, Albert Little
Bancroft, and the other by his nephew, W.B. Bancroft. This folder also includes numerous articles, mostly from San Francisco
newspapers in the late 1880s and early 1890s. The articles discuss Hubert Bancroft, his business, his published books, and
the ensuing controversy over his methods. The folder also contains as a work agreement for one of Bancroft’s apprentices and
other correspondence detailing the life, works and business of Hubert Howe Bancroft.
Hubert Howe Bancroft (May 5, 1832– March 2, 1918), an American historian, author and ethnologist, was born in Granville, Ohio.
He attended the Granville Academy until he was sixteen, and he then became a clerk in a bookstore in Buffalo, New York. He
is known to be one of the first pioneers to come out to San Francisco and establish a successful publishing house. He also
accumulated a great library of historical material and eventually donated it all to what is now known as the Bancroft Library
at UC Berkeley. Bancroft is notorious for a controversy involving faslified and offensive accounts of Generals Fremont and
Grant, for which he was expelled from The Society of California Pioneers during the late 19th century.
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