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Finding Aid to the Bancroft Reference Notes for Central America, circa 1870s-1890s
BANC MSS B-C 9  
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Series 1: Bibliographic and Research Notes circa 1870s-1890s

Physical Description: Cartons 1-10

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by country, and then chronologically, except for Inter-ocean communications, which follows at the end.

Content/Description

The majority of notes were taken from manuscripts and books which were part of Bancroft's collection during the years 1870 to 1890. Bibliographic notes include title, author, volume, and page citations. Many notes are simple, 1- to 4-line summaries of a specific region, with the date noted in the left hand margin. Research notes of one to ten pages are transcriptions or summaries relating to historical events or persons. Inter-ocean communication notes deal with the exchange of information between explorers and the Spanish Crown concerning sea-routes and maps, and also include notes on shipping developments, mail, the establishment of ports, and the developments leading to the building of the Panama Canal.
"Paper bag files" refer to samples of the flat, brown paper bags which Bancroft used as a systematic method of organizing and storing his volumnious research notes.
 

America, General

carton 1, folder 1

1492-1887

 

Belize

carton 1, folder 2-4

miscellaneous 1600-1882

 

Central America

carton 1, folder 5-19

1498-1889 undated

carton 1, folder 20-23

Biography. 1501-1885

carton 1, folder 24

Early discoveries. undated

carton 1, folder 25-26

Early voyages. 1498-1880

carton 1, folder 27

Christopher Columbus. 1491 undated

carton 1, folder 28

Laws and jails. undated

carton 1, folder 29

Laws of the Indians. undated

carton 1, folder 30-31

Miscellaneous. undated

 

Costa Rica

carton 2, folder 1-15

1500-1886

carton 2, folder 16

Ecclesiastical. 1500-1600

carton 2, folder 17

Miscellaneous. undated

 

Guatemala

carton 3, folder 1-20

1520-1724

carton 4, folder 1-24

miscellaneous 1725-1886

 

Honduras

carton 5, folder 1-14

1502-1886

carton 5, folder 15

"Paper bag files"

carton 5, folder 16

Miscellaneous. undated

 

Mosquito Coast

carton 5, folder 17-19

1528-1884

 

Nicaragua

carton 6, folder 1-20

miscellaneous 1524-1886

 

Panama

carton 7, folder 1-18

1499-1851

carton 8, folder 1-12

1852-1886

carton 8, folder 13-14

Drake's expeditions. 1572-1596

carton 8, folder 15-17

Miscellaneous. undated

 

Peru

carton 9, folder 1

1510-1818

carton 9, folder 2

Early explorations. ca. 1500s

carton 9, folder 3

Political disruptions. 1544-47

 

Salvador

carton 9, folder 4-16

miscellaneous 1524-1885

 

South America

carton 9, folder 17

1820-1886

 

West Indies

carton 9, folder 18-19

1446-1521

 

Yucatan

carton 9, folder 20

1529 undated

 

Inter-Ocean Communications

carton 10, folder 1

Costa Rica. 1840-1885

carton 10, folder 2-4

General. 1900-1870

carton 10, folder 5

Honduras. 1604-1886

carton 10, folder 6-8

Nicaraguan Route. 1551-1885

carton 10, folder 9-14

Panama. 1502-1886

carton 10, folder 15-18

Tehuantepec. 1715-1882

carton 10, folder 19

Miscellaneous. 1884 undated