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Some early recollections of A. A. Bancroft by Azariah Ashley Bancroft (diary)

Identifier: SC-2019-12

Scope and Contents

Diary consists of one letter-sized volume with a leather cover. Rare Books collection inventory number is M-223.

In a prefatory note the author states, "This book should be considered the property of H.H. Bancroft, as he furnished the blank, and was writtten at his urgent request". This manuscript was used extensively in H.H. Bancroft's autobiography, "Literary industries". The book "The golden wedding" by A.A. Bancroft was actually written by H.H. Bancroft based on A.A. Bancroft's recollections.


  • 1880 - 1884

Biographical / Historical

Azariah Ashley Bancroft and his wife, Lucy Howe Bancroft, parents of Hubert Howe Bancroft, were originally from Vermont and Massachusetts, respectively. A.A. Bancroft was an abolitionist and hosted the first convention of the Ohio Anti-Slavery Society in the barn on his property in 1836. The home was noted as being a stop on the Underground Railroad. Bancroft’s son, Hubert Howe Bancroft, wrote one of the few firsthand accounts of slave traffic on the Underground Railroad based on his boyhood memories of growing up in the home, as well as a history in 39 volumes of the entire Pacific coast region of North America, from Central America to Alaska. (Source: Wikipedia)


1 manuscript box

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Physical Location

Rare Book Case 1, Shelf 3.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased for $500 from Zeitlin on 1969-12-17.

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Repository Details

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