The Bancroft Library at 1538 Valencia Street

"Ground Plan, Second Floor, Valencia Street." Manuscript, ca. 1880. Second Floor, library work area. Engraving, ca. 1881.
On the second floor, Bancroft placed his "working library" of printed books, still arranged alphabetically and numbered one through 11,498. Here, too, were 450 volumes of reference works and bibliographies; 400 volumes of rare books; and 1,200 volumes of manuscripts, arranged in three groups: Mexico and Central America; California; and the Northwest Coast, including Alaska and British Columbia. Bancroft’s correction of "Mr. Bancroft’s Study" to read "The Author's Study" provides more than a little insight regarding his self-image.

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