Collection MSG 324 - Bancroft Collection of Pacific Coast Manuscripts

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Bancroft Collection of Pacific Coast Manuscripts

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CA RBD MSG 324

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  • approximately 1806-1879 (Creation)
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    Bancroft Library

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30 cm of typescripts

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(1859-)

Administrative history

The Bancroft Library in the center of the Berkeley campus of the University of California, Berkeley, is the university's primary special-collections library. It was acquired from its founder, Hubert Howe Bancroft, in 1905, with the proviso that it retain the name Bancroft Library in perpetuity. The collection at that time consisted of 50,000 volumes of materials on the history of California and the North American West. It is the largest such collection in the world. The building the library is located in, the Doe Annex, was completed in 1950.

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Acquired in 1929.

Scope and content

The typescripts are arranged into four series. A: manuscripts related to Oregon; B: manuscripts related to Washington; C: manuscripts related to Canada and particularly British Columbia; C: manuscript related to the history of Oregon and the fur trade.

In series C, of particular interest are the first and second journal of Simon Fraser, 1806, 1808; the voyages of the ship Columbia, 1787-1789; and the journal of John Work, Chief Factor, Hudson’s Bay Company, Astoria, 1824-1834.

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Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

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