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Bancroft family papers

Ms. Coll. 627

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Bancroft, Addison
Creator:
Bancroft, Bessie, 1878-
Creator:
Bancroft, Henry
Creator:
Bancroft, Marie A.
Title:
Bancroft family papers
Date [inclusive]:
1850-1953
Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 627
Extent:
0.2 Linear feet (1 box)
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Bancroft family lived in the Frankford neighborhood of Philadelphia. This collection includes personal papers from sisters Bessie and Marie, as well as Bessie’s diary for the year 1904. Business papers from their uncles Addison and Henry, who were in the real estate and insurance businesses respectively, are also included. Addison Bancroft’s lease papers reflect a professional relationship with George W. Childs.
Cite as:
Bancroft family papers, 1850-1953, Ms. Coll. 627, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

The Bancroft family lived in the Frankford neighborhood of Philadelphia. This collection includes personal papers from sisters Bessie and Marie, as well as Bessie’s diary for the year 1904. Business papers from their uncles Addison and Henry, who were in the real estate and insurance businesses respectively, are also included. Addison Bancroft’s lease papers reflect a professional relationship with George W. Childs.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of material created by Addison, Bessie, Henry, an Marie A. Bancroft. Researchers will find leases witnessed by and a letter of attorney granted to Addison Bancroft, dated 1850-1889; one business letter addressed to Henry Bancroft, dated 1889; two letters to Marie Bancroft from autograph and book dealers, dated 1952-1953; a photograph (probably of Addison Bancroft's house in the Frankford neighborhood of Philadelphia) and two photographs of Bessie Bancroft; Bessie Bancroft's diary for the year 1904, focusing mostly on social events in Frankford; and a note for the construction of a burial monument for Kendall Bancroft and his immediate family (circa 1870s).

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  2015 April 7

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Molly B. Hutt

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Mrs. Hudson's Fine Books and Paper (Chelsea, N.Y.), 2006.

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Correspondence
  • Diaries
  • Family papers
  • Leases
  • Manuscripts, American--19th century
  • Manuscripts, American--20th century
  • Photographs
Geographic Name(s)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)--History
Personal Name(s)
  • Childs, George William, 1829-1894
Subject(s)
  • Power of attorney

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Addison Bancroft, business records, 1850-1889.

1 1

Addison Bancroft, photograph possibly depicting Addison Bancroft's house at 4901 Frankford Avenue, undated.

1 2

Bessie Bancroft, diary, 1904.

1 3

Bessie Bancroft, photographs, circa 1904, undated.

1 4

Henry Bancroft, business correspondence, 1889.

1 5

Marie A. Bancroft, correspondence, 1952-1953.

1 6

Note to "Brother John" regarding memorial monument for Kendall Bancroft, Mehitable Chase, and Elizabeth Greenwood, circa 1870s.

1 7