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.
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