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The Bancroft Library officially dates from 1905, when the University of California acquired Hubert Howe Bancroft's personal library. However, it was actually born 42 years earlier when Bancroft, assisting the editor of a projected guide book to the Western states, discovered 75 volumes pertaining to California and the West on the shelves of his own San Francisco bookstore. Suddenly bitten by the collecting bug, the native New Englander began accumulating works on the history of his adopted state. Over time, the scope of his interests came to encompass the entire Trans-Mississippi West, extending from Alaska to Central America.

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