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Keepsake 58

Literary Industries

Literary Industries: Chasing a Vanishing West

By Hubert Howe Bancroft and edited by Kim Bancroft, 2013

A bookseller in San Francisco during the Gold Rush, Hubert Howe Bancroft (1832-1918) rose to become the man who would define the early history of California and the West. Creating what he called a "history factory," he assembled a vast library of over sixty thousand books, maps, letters, and documents; hired scribes to copy material in private hands; employed interviewers to capture the memories of early Spanish and Mexican settlers; and published multiple volumes sold throughout the country by his subscription agents. In 1890 he published an eight-hundred-page autobiography, aptly entitled Literary Industries.

Literary Industries sparkles with the exuberance of nineteenth-century California and introduces us to a man of great complexity and wit. Edited for the modern reader and yet relating the history of the West as it was taking place — and as it was being recorded — Kim Bancroft's edition of Literary Industries is a joy to read.




Keepsake 57

By Sail

By Sail for San Francisco

By David W. Pettus, 2012

By Sail for San Francisco evokes the brief and colorful era of the clipper ships that brought thousands of hopeful individuals to California during the Gold Rush, when sailing around the Horn was the fastest way to the Pacific coast from the eastern United States. In this choice little volume, Friends Council member David Wingate Pettus introduces readers to the clipper ship card, a rare advertising genre that peaked in the 1850s and soon disappeared when sailing vessels were eclipsed by steam ships and locomotives. The Bancroft Library has the largest collection of these beautiful little treasures — some 140 of them — in the West. Facsimiles of fifteen of Bancroft's clipper cards are included with the volume.




Keepsake 56

Beyond Words

Beyond Words: 200 Years of Illustrated Diaries

By Susan Snyder, 2011

Beyond Words is a collection of excerpts from fifty illustrated diaries spanning two hundred years of adventure and contemplation. From the records of eighteenth-century Spanish explorer Pedro Font to those of a young David Brower first encountering the wilderness, these unfolding stories reveal as much about the times in which they were written as they do the diarists’ particular inner worlds. Whether filled with chicken-scratch sketches or gilded illuminations, these diaries have become objets d’art that expand our understanding of the uniquely compelling experiences of their creators—from anonymous writers to luminaries like LeConte and Muir, and from Beat poets to twelve-year-old girls. Beyond Words is a fascinating and intimate collection that will inspire you to pull out pen and paper to capture the fleeting images and experiences of your own life.




Keepsake 55

Chinese Experience

A Beaux-Arts Education: The Architectural Education of Arthur Brown Jr. at the École des Beaux-Arts Paris, France 1897 - 1903

Edited by Hans Baldauf, 2011

Arthur Brown Jr. was San Francisco's most successful architect in the first half of the twentieth century. Educated at UC Berkeley under the tutelage of Bernard Maybeck and then at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, Brown, along with his partner John Bakewell, gave the Bay Area many of the built landmarks that continue to define the region. In this wonderfully illustrated portfolio we can trace Brown’s education at the École, see through the example of one talented student its program and methodology, and trace the impact of this education on his career.




Keepsake 54

Chinese Experience

California as an Island: Maps from the Library

Edited by Glen McLaughlin, 2009

This reproduction of six early maps of California, selected and with an introduction and notes by Glen McLaughlin, Bancroft Friend and the world’s leading expert on the subject, shows how European cartographers struggled to resolve conflicting evidence about California's geography from the end of the sixteenth century to the middle of the eighteenth.




Keepsake 53

Chinese Experience

The Chinese Experience in California: Through Western Eyes, 1878 - 1902

By The Friends of The Bancroft Library, 2008

This portfolio of six prints, watercolors, and oil paintings, selected and with an introduction and notes by Theresa Salazar, Curator of the Bancroft Collection of Western Americana, shows how western artists depicted the Chinese in California at the end of the nineteenth century and beginning of the twentieth. This Keepsake presents a very small selection from The Bancroft Library’s holdings of visual representations of the lives and livelihoods of Chinese immigrants and their descendants in California.




Keepsake 52

Personal Memoranda

Personal Memoranda: Samuel Hopkins Willey: The Journal of His Voyage to California, 1848-1849

By Samuel Hopkins Willey and edited by James M. Spitze, 2007

Samuel Hopkins Willey was a leading force in the founding of California’s educational structure, helping to establish various institutions that include today's The University of California. For over a hundred years, The Bancroft Library has possessed both his on-the-spot diary of his voyage on the steamer California and a much longer recollection (written in 1877) of his entire trip to California - first on the steamer Fulton, then via canoe and mule-back across the Isthmus of Panama, and then via the steamer California up the coast to Monterey. Published for the first time, these two fascinating documents are interspersed with numerous period illustrations from the Bancroft Library’s vast collections. This Keepsake is a long overdue tribute to Cal's long-forgotten founder.




Keepsake 51

Past Tents

Past Tents: The Way We Camped

By Susan Snyder, 2006

From the award-winning author of Bear in Mind: The California Grizzly comes this lighter look at Americans’ infatuation with the great outdoors. Mining once again the vast archives at The Bancroft Library, Susan Snyder has mapped out this cheeky yet accurate history of camping in the West. Full of photographs and descriptions of family outings in the first years of the automobile, of campgrounds and campfires against the familiar backdrop of the Sierra Nevada, of the remarkable gear and "helpful" hints that accompanied outings to our newly minted state and national parks and forests, this Keepsake is a humorous romp through one of our favorite pastimes.




Keepsake 50

Exploring The Bancroft Library

Exploring The Bancroft Library

Co-edited by Charles Faulhaber and Stephen Vincent, 2006

In this centennial guide, readers are introduced to the day-to-day life of an institution devoted to the collection, preservation, and study of original documents. From an in-depth look at the way material is acquired and conserved to chapters by individual curators on the history and highlights of the collections entrusted to their care, this Keepsake celebrates Bancroft's one hundred years on the Berkeley campus.




Keepsake 49

Exploring The Bancroft Library

A Honeyman Portfolio: Images of Early California

By The Friends of The Bancroft Library, 2005

The impressive array of 2,371 items comprising the Robert B. Honeyman Jr. Collection of Early Californian and Western Art is a treasury of the works of artist-adventurers, surveyors, scientists, sailors, soldiers, and seekers of fortune and fame. The Honeyman Collection anchors The Bancroft Library’s pictorial holdings, augmenting and enhancing the library’s core collections of primary manuscript and printed sources of Western and Latin Americnana. Based on the broad themes of Drawn West - Inhabitants and Travelers, The Land Beheld, By Land By Sea, Incident and Accident, Enterprise, and Wonder and Curiosity - the selection of six images for this Keepsake is not meant to be representative of the entire collection. Rather they are a personal choice, based, in part, on their uniqueness to the collection.




Keepsake 48

Bear in Mind: The California Grizzly

Bear in Mind: The California Grizzly

By Susan Snyder, 2003

Once arguably the most powerful and terrifying animal in the California landscape, the grizzly now lives in the imagination, a disembodied symbol of the romantic West. More than 150 images from the Bancroft Library's collections--newspaper illustrations, paintings, photo albums, sheet music, settler's diaries, fruit crate labels, and more--accompany the bear stories of Indians, explorers, vaqueros, forty-niners and naturalists. The result is a uniquely compelling natural history, a grand book worthy of its subject.




Keepsake 47

Mark Twain, Press Critic

Mark Twain, Press Critic

By Mark Twain with an introduction by Thomas C. Leonard, 2003

In two previously unpublished essays, "Interviewing the Interviewer" and "The American Press," Twain illuminates his lifelong worry over the American press.




Keepsake 46

Songs of the Cowboys

Songs of the Cowboys

Edited by Connie Loarie, 2001

This new edition of N. Howard "Jack" Thorp's Songs of the Cowboys, first published in 1908, includes a cd rom with a musical interpretation of selected songs by George Smith. This volume also contains a glossary of cowboy terms that first appeared in a 1921 edition.




Keepsake 45

Uncertain Country

Uncertain Country

Edited by Stephen Vincent, 2000

This selection of letters which span from 1851 -1854, culled from more than 200 original documents in the Wingate Family Papers, illuminates the personal experiences of a father and a New Hampshire family separated during the California Gold Rush. Filled with extraordinary detail, these letters offer a dramatic and telling story of one of the epic periods in American history.




Keepsake 44

The Recipe Book of Lillie Hitchcock Coit

The Recipe Book of Lillie Hitchcock Coit

Introduction by Carol Hart Field; edited by John C. Craig, and transcribed by Barbara Hoddy, 1998

The original volume is a bound notebook of lined paper with 46 unnumbered leaves, and serves as an important artifact of a leading figure in San Francisco society during the 1870s and 1880s. To assist the reader, section headings and a table of contents have been added, as well as an index. The recipes collected by Mrs. Coit reflect the influence of French, Spanish, Mexican, and English traditions in cookery of the period.




Keepsake 43

The Poet's Eye

The Poet's Eye: A Tribute to Lawrence Ferlinghetti and City Lights Books

Edited by Richard Ogar, 1997

This volume includes works and poetry from several authors, including Hettie Jones, Joanne Kyger, Andrew Hoyem, Michael McClure, S. A. Griffin, David Meltzer, Jack Micheline, Tom Clark, Ron Loewinsohn, Michael Palmer, Jack Foley, and Ariel and Ianthe Brautigan. Publication of this tribute coincided with a symposium, "Ferlinghetti, City Lights, and the Beats in San Francisco: From the Margins to the Mainstream," and an exhibition at The Bancroft Library in 1996.




Keepsake 42

Frontier Reminiscences of Eveline Brooks Auerbach

Frontier Reminiscences of Eveline Brooks Auerbach

Edited and with an introduction by Annegret S. Ogden, 1994

The publication of these memoirs, supported by the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation, offer the reader an exemplary sample of nineteenth century American Life in the frontier West. With chapter headings such as "Pony Express," "Our Life Among the Mormons," and "Salt Lake City, 1877" Auerbach paints an intimate portrait of life.




Keepsake 41

Harriet Martineau and America

Harriet Martineau and America: Selected Letters from the Richard S. Speck Collection

Edited and with an introduction by R.A. Burchell, 1995

This collection of letters written by Harriet Martineau (1802-1876) gives considerable insight to the inner mind of this remarkable woman. A prolific writer, her work most frequently appeared in newspapers where she frequently took it upon herself to explain complex social and political issues to those she saw as less sophisticated than herself. An intellectual in her own right, her mind ranged freely from the theoretical to the practical, and she wrote on subjects as diverse as the philosophy of Auguste Comte, and the keeping of cows.




Keepsake 40

The Diary of Captain Luis Antonio Arguello, 1821

The Diary of Captain Luis Antonio Arguello, 1821: The Last Spanish Expedition in California

Translated by Vivian C. Fisher with an introduction by Arthur Quinn, 1992

This brief but informative diary chronicles the last expedition conducted under Spanish Rule in California. Captain Arguello's diary, published here in translation, dates from October 17 to November 17, 1821.




Keepsake 39

The Legacy of James D. Hart at the Bancroft Library

The Legacy of James D. Hart at the Bancroft Library

Edited by Anthony S. Bliss, 1991

This illustrated volume celebrates an exhibit prepared to mark the accomplishments and contributions of former Director of The Bancroft Library, James D. Hart. The catalog offers a brief selection of acquisitions from the 1970 through 1990, and demonstrates the scope and quality of scholarly research materials in the collection.




Keepsake 38

A Yosemite Camping Trip, 1889

A Yosemite Camping Trip, 1889

By Joseph N. LeConte, 1990

Joseph N. Le Conte wrote this journal of a trip to Yosemite in 1889 as a nineteen year old in the company of his father, Joseph Le Conte, Professor of Geology and Natural History of Berkeley. The elder Le Conte was 66 years old at the time of this trip and had relocated from South Carolina in 1869 to join the University in the year of its founding. Both Le Contes enjoyed mountain climbing and joined the Sierra Club as charter members. The younger Le Conte served as president and honorary leader of the Sierra Club from 1931 until his death in 1950. The account of this trip is illustrated by photographs taken with an early Kodak camera.




Keepsake 37

Kipling in California

Kipling in California

Edited by Thomas Pinney, 1989

On May 28, 1899, the noted author Rudyard Kipling arrived in San Francisco aboard the Pacific Mail Company steamship S.S. City of Peking. At this time Kipling was not yet twenty-four years old and though a newspaper editor he was a largely unknown figure in international circles. This volume publishes a series of letters Kipling composed during his eighteen days in San Francisco, and a group of three short stories he wrote about California.




Keepsake 36

Three Memoirs of Mexican California

Three Memoirs of Mexican California

By Carlos N. Hijar, Eulalia Perez, and Augustin Escobar, and translated by Vivian C. Fisher, 1988

These three memoirs were created in 1877 by Hubert Howe Bancroft and Thomas Savage, one of his chief assistants. Each memoir is presented in the facsimile (in the original Spanish handwriting) and with an English translation. The translations seek to retain the style of the original speaker.




Keepsake 35

Through The Black Curtain

Through The Black Curtain

By Maxine Hong Kingston, 1987

The author presents a series of annotated excerpts from several of her popular writings on the Chinese-American experience in the United States. The volume includes passages from The Woman Warrior (1976), China Men (1980), and Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book (1987).




Keepsake 34

Nineteenth Century Illustrators of California Sights and Scenes

Nineteenth Century Illustrators of California Sights and Scenes

By Lawrence Dinnean, 1986

The author divides nineteenth century illustrations of California into three categories: the output of official artists/draftsmen who accompanied scientific and exploring expeditions; the personal sketches and drawings of travelers and settlers; and the professional work of journal and print illustrators. The publication includes biographical sketches of prominent California illustrators and reproductions of notable works.




Keepsake 33

The Grangerford-Shepherdson Feud

The Grangerford-Shepherdson Feud

By Mark Twain, 1985

This reproduction of the Century Magazine publication of Twain's writing on the Grangerford-Shepherdson feud (essentially chapters 17 and 18 of Huckleberry Finn), published in December, 1884, is joined by his writings on the Darnell v. Watson feud. The editors place Twain's writings in their historical context, to illuminate Twain's use of historical fact in his fictional writings.




Keepsake 32

The Year of the Young Rebels Revisited

The Year of the Young Rebels Revisited

By Stephen Spender, 1984

This publication celebrates The Bancroft Library's collection of modern literary manuscripts, and presents a new text by Sir Stephen Spender, one that illuminates his previous writings on the student uprisings of the 1960s, a movement that had its home on the Berkeley Campus.




Keepsake 31

The Show of Science

The Show of Science

By Robin E. Rider, 1983

Rare and unique scholarly research materials, a strength of The Bancroft Library, serve as the source for this work. Four areas of scientific interest are explored: Demonstration Experiments, Ceremonies and Celebrations, Wonderful Machines, and Displays of Nature. Illustrations from historical works accompany the text.




Keepsake 30

The Story of a Story & Three Stories

The Story of a Story & Three Stories

By Jessamyn West, 1982

A total of four stories are compiled in this work. "The Story of a Story," was first published in Pacific Spectator (Summer, 1949); "Horace Chooney, M.D.," appeared in Mademoiselle (February, 1947); and subsequently in West's Love, Death, and the Ladies Drill Team (1955). "A Man Like a Mule" and "Babes in the Woods" are believed to be unpublished prior to their appearance in this volume.




Keepsake 29

Wapping Alice

Wapping Alice

By Mark Twain, 1981

Wapping Alice, a short story by Mark Twain, is printed here for the first time. This Keepsake also contains another of his short stories, The McWilliamses and the Burglar Alarm, as well as three letters he wrote to Livy and his autobiographical dictation from April 10, 1907.




Keepsake 28

Nine Classic California Photographers

Nine Classic California Photographers

Edited by William Hively, 1980

This volume includes the work of Robert H. Vance, Carleton Emmons Watkins, Eadweard Muybridge, Adam Clark Vroman, Arnold Genthe, Imogen Cunningham, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, and Ansel Adams. The evolution of photography in California parallels the development of the state within the cultural and historical panorama of the United States. Images of California, including its landscapes, people, and structures illuminate the factual and mythical place of this region in the American experience.




Keepsake 27

The Voyage of Sir Francis Drake

The Voyage of Sir Francis Drake

By Helen Wallis, 1979

This publication honors the 400th anniversary of the voyage of Sir Francis Drake, and his discovery of and visit to Nova Albion in 1579.




Keepsake 26

Telling Stories

Telling Stories

By Joan Didion, 1978

Joan Didion, a UC Berkeley graduate, gathers three short stories she wrote in 1964 and introduces these works with personal insights concerning the creative process of writing. Didion muses that the genesis for these works lay in the fact that her first novel was recently published and she was "suffering a fear common among people who have just written a first novel: the fear of never writing another."




Keepsake 25

The Actor from Point Arena

The Actor from Point Arena

By Frederick G. Ross and edited by Travis Bogard, 1977

Frederick G. Ross (1858-1942) was an actor from Point Arena, California. Although not a featured perfomer, Ross worked with such notable actors as James O'Neil, Thomas W. Keene, and Edwin Booth. His memoirs and letters recount the world of the stage, and his passages on San Francisco theaters from 1878-1881 are rich in detail.




Keepsake 24

Una and Robin

Una and Robin

By Mabel Dodge Luhan and edited by Mark Schorer, 1976

The author Mabel Dodge Luhan enjoyed an close friendship with Una and Robinson Jeffers. In this previously unpublished tribute to her friends, Luhan offers an intimate portrait written with the full knowledge and cooperation of the Jeffers.




Keepsake 23

California Indian Characteristics

California Indian Characteristics

By Stephen Powers with a preface by N. Scott Momaday, 1975

"California Indian Characteristics," was first published in Overland Monthly in April, 1875. A second Powers' essay, "Centennial Mission to the Indians of Western Nevada and California," is also reprinted and joins a brief essay by Robert F. Heizer, "Stephen Powers as Anthropologist," to offer an interesting and informative perspective on nineteenth century attitudes toward American Indians.




Keepsake 22

Recollections of Old Times in California

Recollections of Old Times in California

By William Thomes and edited By George R. Stewart, 1974

William Henry Thomes was one of many subjects whose life's memories were transcribed for posterity by Hubert Howe Bancroft and his staff of interviewers. Thomes, a successful businessman, author, and entrepreneur, made several visits to California throughout the mid-to-late nineteenth century.




Keepsake 21

Some Treasures of the Bancroft Library

Some Treasures of the Bancroft Library

Edited by J.R.K. Kantor, 1973

Prepared in honor of the move of The Bancroft Library to its present quarters, this volume highlights a selection of rare and unique items in such area as "California and the West," "Early Printing," "History of Science," "Illuminated Manuscripts," "Literary manuscripts and Publications," "The Mark Twain Papers," "Mexico and Central America," "The University of California," and "Pictorial Collections."




Keepsake 20

The Great Landslide Case

The Great Landslide Case

By Mark Twain amd edited by Frederick Anderson and Edgar M. Branch, 1972

This volume reproduces three differing texts of a popular story by the noted American humorist and author, Mark Twain. The Mark Twain Papers Project, located in The Bancroft Library, houses the largest gathering of original Mark Twain letters, manuscripts, and documents. The three variant stories first appeared in print in 1863, 1870, and 1872. This publication provides the opportunity to read and study the writings and re-writings of a great American author and speaker, one who carefully refined and crafted his own words and those of his characters.




Keepsake 19

A Sailor's Sketch of the Sacramento Valley in 1842

A Sailor's Sketch of the Sacramento Valley in 1842

By John Yates with an introduction by Ferol Egan, 1971

With essays entitled "The Bidwell Map of 1844 of the Sacramento Valley" and "Yates Sketch of the Sacramento Valley," this publication highlights two important documents on the mid-nineteenth century history of the Sacramento region.




Keepsake 18

A Visit to California 1841

A Visit to California 1841

An interview with Joseph B. Chiles, 1970

Joseph B. Chiles was one of the more colorful of the California pioneers - he was an assiduous fiddle player, a lover of jokes and joking, a devoted hunter of grizzlies, and notable pathfinder on the California Trail. His interview is one of the scores that Bancroft collected through his agents when he was working on his history. It is obviously unfinished, broken off almost between sentences, but there is no indication of the reason. This Keepsake also contains an interview with one of Chile’s sons by a highly inexperienced interviewer who did not know how to spell Chiles.




Keepsake 17

The Life of George Henry Goddard

The Life of George Henry Goddard

By Albert Shumate, 1969

An artist, architect, surveyor, and map maker, George Henry Goddard was a remarkable individual. He is most well known for his numerous surveying expeditions in the Sierras, and for authoring Britton and Rey’s Map of the State of California, the first map of California to be based on actual surveys. A reproduction of this map is included in the Keepsake.




Keepsake 16

A Kid on the Comstock

A Kid on the Comstock

Edited by Dolores Waldorf Bryant, 1968

John Taylor Waldorf published his boyhood reminiscences of the Comstock in the San Francisco Bulletin, beginning on March 12, 1905. His final story appeared in 1924. These articles are reproduced here, with thoughtful commentary on the author and the Comstock area, to guide the contemporary reader.




Keepsake 15

Valley of Salt, Memories of Wine: Journal of the Death Valley, 1849

Valley of Salt, Memories of Wine: Journal of the Death Valley, 1849

By Louis Nusbaumer and edited by George Koenig, 1967

On their overland journey to the goldfields of California in 1849, Louis Nusbaumer and ninety-four others found themselves lost in a desert fastness which, because of their passage through it, would eventually be called Death Valley. Written in German script, Nusbaumer’s two pocket-size notebooks are the only known daily record kept by a member of that ill-fated party.




Keepsake 14

Desert Rats

Desert Rats

By Charles L. Camp, 1966

The term "Desert Rats" was "a proud one and not lightly bestowed. Genuine burro prospectors were self-sufficient, self-reliant men; uninhibited lovers of independence and solitude. This traits of character were accentuated in isolation. They had personal charm and usually a sardonic sense of humor." Charles L. Camp offers his remembrances of these unique western figures. Designed and printed by Lawton and Alfred Kennedy.




Keepsake 13

GPH An Informal Record of George P Hammond

GPH: An Informal Record of George P Hammond

By The Friends of The Bancroft Library, 1965

Prompted by the retirement of Director George P. Hammond, this volume contains a series of essays and reminiscences by several individuals with intimate knowledge of The Bancroft Library and its history. These writings illuminate the life and career of Hammond and the evolution of The Bancroft Library.




Keepsake 12

A Journey to California, 1841

A Journey to California, 1841

By John Bidwell with an introduction by Francis P. Farquhar, 1964

The original journal kept by Bidwell during the 1841 migration to California by wagon train was never found. The printed account that was later acquired by H.H. Bancroft is, by Bidwell’s own statement, an abridgment. Both the facsimile of the printed version and its edited transcript are presented in this Keepsake.




Keepsake 11

Rose or Rose Thorn?

Rose or Rose Thorn?

By Susanna Bryant Dakin, 1963

This Keepsake contains the biographies of three women who lived during the Spanish rule of the Californias - Doña Feliciana Arballo, Doña Eulalia Fages, and Doña Concepción Argüello.




Keepsake 10

Mexico Ancient and Modern

Mexico Ancient and Modern

Introduction by James D. Hart, 1962

This catalog organizes a selection of Bancroft's extensive Mexican holdings under such topical headings as: Aboriginal Annals; The Discovery and Conquest of Mexico; Spanish Institutions and the New World; Founding of the Republic; War, Revolution, and Invasion in the Era of the Republic; Empire, Republic, and Dictatorship; and The Mexico of Don Silvestre Terrazas.




Keepsake 9

The Ralston-Fry Wedding

The Ralston-Fry Wedding

Edited by Francis P. Farquhar, 1961

This publication reproduces an account of a wedding and the wedding journey to Yosemite on May 20, 1858. The original text is found in the diary of Miss Sarah Haight (Mrs. Edward Tompkins).




Keepsake 8

American Image of Spanish California

American Image of Spanish California

By James D. Hart, 1960

First delivered in 1959 as the Charles Mills Gayley Lecture, sponsored by the UC Berkeley Department of English, this lecture offers a review of the literary images of California's transition from Spanish and Mexican domination to that of "American domination."




Keepsake 7

Stockton Boyhood

Stockton Boyhood

By Carl Ewald Grunsky and edited by Clotilde C. Taylor, 1959

These essays were written from 1925 to 1934, and document the life of Carl Ewald Grunsky, a graduate of the first high school class of Stockton High School in 1870. Grunsky later became a distinguished engineer and his career included service as the first City Engineer in San Francisco and as a member of the first Isthmian Canal Commission appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt.




Keepsake 6

The Mariposa Indian War 1850-1851: Diaries of Robert Eccleston

The Mariposa Indian War 1850-1851: Diaries of Robert Eccleston

Edited by C. Gregory Crampton, 1957

This is the second published volume of the diaries of Robert Eccleston. The first appeared under the title Overland to California on the Southwestern Trail, 1849. Like many another in the gold rush, Robert Eccleston kept an excellent record of the journey to California only to break it off on arrival, December 28, 1849. But after ten months in California, he returned to his diary. And the narrative of this book is the record he kept of his experiences in the Southern Mines during the years 1850 and 1851, centering on a war provoked when the miners intruded upon the lands of the Indians.




Keepsake 5

Ramblings in California, The Adventure of Henry Cerruti

Ramblings in California: The Adventure of Henry Cerruti

Edited by Margaret Mollins and Virginia Thickens, 1954

At Hubert H. Bancroft’s request, Henry Cerruti began his account on the 6th of October, 1874. Originally he had intended to describe his adventures in the Sonoma valley, but as his travels took him to different parts of the state, these too were added. In his work, Cerruti faithfully recorded his chats with the pioneers, omitting only those which he was writing at greater length for Bancroft to use in his works. For this Keepsake, several Spanish passages which Cerruti included in his manuscript has been translated into English. And since Cerruti wrote spontaneously with little thought of formal organization, the text has been paragraphed and divided into chapters. The original manuscript resides on the shelves of The Bancroft Library.




Keepsake 4

The Opening of the California Trail

The Opening of the California Trail

Edited by George R. Stewart, 1953

This Keepsake recounts the story of the Stevens Party from the reminiscences of Moses Schallenberger as set down for H.H. Bancroft about 1885. The Stevens Party set out for the Pacific Coast in the spring of 1844, and opened the first wagon road to California. This intrepid group is also accredited for the discovery of Donner Pass.




Keepsake 3

A Description of California in 1828

A Description of California in 1828

By Jose Bandini and translated by Doris Marion Wright, 1951

The original document consists of nineteen manuscript pages, written in the distinctive handwriting of Jose Bandini. It is undated, and unsigned except for the initials "J.B." The manuscript probably came to the University of California with the Cowan Collection in 1897 where it remained almost unnoticed among the treasures of The Bancroft Library. With this Keepsake, Bancroft is glad to bring this remarkable document to the attention of scholars. Both the original version and an English translation are provided in this Keepsake.




Keepsake 2

Overland to California on the Southwestern Trail, 1849: Diary of Robert Eccleston

Overland to California on the Southwestern Trail, 1849: Diary of Robert Eccleston

Edited by George P. Hammond and Edward H. Howes, 1950

Word of the California gold discoveries had reached the East during the summer of 1848, and the news was confirmed in President James K. Polk’s annual message to Congress in the December of that year. At once, thousands of men seized the first opportunity to head west for the reputed easy riches. Of these men, Robert Eccleston distinguished himself in a literary and historical way by keeping a diary in which he painstakingly recorded the details of the trip from Texas to California. His journal is especially interesting as a record of the opening of two sections of the great Southwestern Trail - the Lower Road from San Antonio to El Paso and the cutoff from the Burro Mountains in New Mexico to Tuscon - as well as for its description of the entire nine-month journey to the Pacific Coast.




Keepsake 1

The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, February 2, 1848

The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, February 2, 1848

Edited by George P. Hammond, 1949

This Keepsake, published in a convenient form with an explanatory accompaniment and map, is a boon to all Californian residents who have any degree of curiosity about the origins of their laws, their land titles, and many other aspects of their citizenship. This publication is the first to appear under the sponsorship of the Friends of The Bancroft Library.




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