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Original Site of Bancroft Library

 
 
Original Site of the Bancroft Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, December 18, 2020
1. Original Site of the Bancroft Library Marker
The marker, photographed through a fence, and itself surrounded by another fence, is currently inaccessible. Once construction in the immediate area is completed (which would appear to be at least two years from now), the marker will presumably be once again publicly accessible.
Inscription.  
Here from 1881-1906 stood the library of Hubert Howe Bancroft who in 1860 began to collect the wealth of material which was to subsequently result in the writing of his monumental history of western North America. In 1905, the library was purchased by the University of California and removed the following year to its Berkeley campus.
 
Erected by California State Park Commission, Friends of the Bancroft Library, California Historical Society, St. Luke's Hospital. (Marker Number 791.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks series list.
 
Location. 37° 44.855′ N, 122° 25.223′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is at the intersection of Valencia Street and Cesar Chavez, on the right when traveling south on Valencia Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1538 Valencia Street, San Francisco CA 94110, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Golden Hydrant (approx. 0.8 miles away); St. Mary's Pub
<i>Hubert Howe Bancroft's Historical Library of Pacific Coast Books, Maps and Manuscripts</i> image. Click for full size.
Photo courtesy of the San Francisco Public Library, circa 1890
2. Hubert Howe Bancroft's Historical Library of Pacific Coast Books, Maps and Manuscripts
(approx. 0.9 miles away); The Lexington Club (approx. 0.9 miles away); St. Mary's College (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Old Clam House - 1861 (approx. 0.9 miles away); Mexico's Liberty Bell (A Replica) (approx. 0.9 miles away); Miguel Hidalgo (approx. 0.9 miles away); Randy Shilts (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
More about this marker. The marker is for California Registered Historical Landmark No. 791.
 
Also see . . .
1. California Historical Landmark 791 - Original Site of Bancroft Library (Noehill.com). (Submitted on December 20, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.)
2. Bancroft Library (Wikipedia). "The Bancroft Library in the center of the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, is the university's primary special-collections library. It was acquired from its founder, Hubert Howe Bancroft, in 1905, with the proviso that it retain the name Bancroft Library in perpetuity. The collection at that time consisted of 50,000 volumes of materials on the history of California and the North American West. It is the largest such collection in the world...." (Submitted on December 20, 2020.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 20, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 39 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 20, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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