Benjamin Ide Wheeler. Photograph, n.d.

Professor Henry Morse Stephens aroused the enthusiastic interest of President Benjamin Ide Wheeler as well as of Rudolph J. Taussig and members of the Board of Regents, in an effort to have the University of California buy Bancroft’s collection. When President Wheeler told Bancroft that the University could not possibly raise more than $150,000 for the purchase, he agreed to donate the other $100,000 of his asking price.

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