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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