George Bancroft papers, 1811-1901.


George Bancroft papers, 1811-1901.

Family and personal papers include correspondence between George Bancroft and his first wife, Sarah Dwight (d.1837), his second wife, Elizabeth Davis Bliss, his father, Aaron Bancroft, his sister, Eliza Bancroft Davis, her husband John Davis, Governor of Massachusetts, his sister, Lucretia Bancroft Farnum, his two sons, George Bancroft, Jr., and John Chandler Bancroft during their school days and their travels abroad; other family letters are from other sisters and brothers, members of the Dwight family, Bancroft's two stepsons, Alexander and William Bliss, nieces, nephews, and other relatives; early deeds, other legal documents, papers pertaining to the settlement of various estates, and considerable genealogical material. Business and professional correspondence includes letters describing his involvement in Dwight family business interests, his stock holdings, and his work for the Bank of Michigan and other private banking ventures; letters and contracts with Little, Brown & Company detail his publication problems; and correspondence with his brokers and with his sons documents his later financial affairs, especially the income from his writings. There are some rough notes for his books and notes from personal interviews with Louis Philippe and Bismark. His political and diplomatic interests are documented by correspondence describing life in Washington, D.C., his career as Collector of the Port of Boston, and his advent as a cabinet official under Polk, as well as the Civil War and Reconstruction. Correspondence documents his appointments as Minister to Great Britain in 1849 and Minister to Berlin, 1849-1867. There is also a series of letters to his wife in 1847 discussing French politics in detail as well as his reaction to French historians and philosophers. In addition, the collection contains a large number of autographed letters from persons prominent in public affairs and the literary world in Europe and America, 1817-1886; albums of photographs of the German royal family and others; bronze plaque honoring Bancroft; 90th birthday scrapbook; guest book, 1894-1899; and two letters, 1941, to Wilder D. Bancroft from the U.S. Navy regarding the launching of a ship named for George Bancroft. Included is correspondence by or about Ann Bancroft, Mary Bancroft, Sarah Bancroft, Thomas Bancroft, Alexander Bliss, William Bliss, T. Hartley Crawford, Jonathan Dwight, Jane Putnam Bancroft Gherardi, D. Goodwin, William Murphy, Henry Schoolcraft, Charles C. Trowbridge, Baxter Witter, and Levi Woodbury.

7 linear ft.


SNAC Resource ID: 7904643

Cornell University Library

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Lawyer, governor of New Hampshire, U.S. senator, U.S. secretary of the Navy, U.S. secretary of the treasury, and U.S. Supreme Court justice. From the description of Letters, 1813-1851. (New Hampshire Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 70963939 U.S. senator from and governor of New Hampshire, U.S. secretary of the navy, U.S. secretary of the treasury, and Supreme Court justice, and lawyer. From the description of Levi Woodbury family papers, 1638-191...

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Davis, John William, 1917- (person)

Davis was manager of the Orleans Theatre and the New Orleans Grand Opera Company's French Opera House. From the description of John Davis will, 1839. (Louisiana State University). WorldCat record id: 70271337 At the close of the Revolutionary War, John Davis was a physician who lived in Eastham. In 1800 he moved to Barnstable where he was appointed a probate judge in the Barnstable District Court. John Davis was married to Mercy and had approximately seven surviving children...

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Bancroft, Mary R. (person)

Mary Bancroft, author and intelligence officer for the Office of Strategic Services, was born in Cambridge, Mass., in 1903, the daughter of Mary Agnes Cogan and Hugh Bancroft, later publisher of the Wall Street Journal. Bancroft studied at Smith College, and married Sherwin Badger; they had three children: a son who died in infancy, Sherwin Jr., and Mary Jane. Bancroft later married Jean Rufenacht, a Swiss businessman, and in the 1930s moved to Switzerland where she was analyzed by C.G. Jung. Sh...