Phoebe Apperson Hearst and Benjamin Ide Wheeler at commencement ceremonies. Photograph, 1913.

Not everyone was in favor of the University’s purchase of the library, as can be seen by Mrs. Hearst’s response to President Wheeler’s news: "So The Bancroft Library is to become a possession of the University. Of course I can not doubt the favorable testimony of experts as to its value, but I think there is much in it that we could be just as happy--and as wise perhaps--without!" To her credit, however, Mrs. Hearst became one of the annual contributors to, and council member of the Academy of Pacific Coast History established in 1907 to oversee The Bancroft Library.


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