Guide to the Research Collections

- Section -- I -- GENERAL MATERIALS
- PART ONE
- 2 -- GENERAL COLLECTIONS
- BANCROFT COLLECTION

BANCROFT COLLECTION

The library of George Bancroft, the American historian, consisting of 11,606 books, 4,648 pamphlets, and 486 volumes of manuscript, was purchased by the Lenox Library in 1894, primarily for its materials on American history, although general literary works were included. The rare items in the collection are found in the historical group; the remainder were characterized as the "works one would expect to find in the library of a man of such a wide experience in affairs as Bancroft."2 This portion includes 2,000 volumes relating to history and literature, 1,500 volumes of German literature and philosophy, 1,000 volumes of French and Italian literature, 500 volumes of Greek and Roman literature, and a large number of miscellaneous works.