University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the George Bancroft Papers, 1850-1868

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Bancroft, George, 1800-1891
Title: George Bancroft Papers
Dates: 1850-1868
Abstract: Correspondence and an invoice comprise the George Bancroft Papers, 1850-1868, documenting Bancroft’s career.
Accession No.: 2011-201
Extent: 1/4 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

George Bancroft (1800-1891) was a preeminent American historian, Secretary of the Navy, and founder of the U.S. Naval Academy. The son of Aaron Bancroft, George Bancroft was born in Worcester, Massachusetts and graduated from Harvard in 1817. After furthering his education in Germany, Bancroft returned to Massachusetts in 1822 and married his first wife, Sarah Dwight, in 1827. In 1834, he published the first volume of The History of the United States, his seminal work which he continued to update until 1874. After the death of his wife in 1837, he married Elizabeth Davis Bliss. In 1844, Bancroft lost the contest for governor of Massachusetts, but was appointed by President Polk as Secretary of the Navy a year later. During his time as the Navy Secretary, he established the U.S. Naval Academy. In 1866, Bancroft delivered a special eulogy on Lincoln.

Source: “George Bancroft.” Britannica Online Encyclopedia. Accessed August 4, 2011.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence and an invoice comprise the George Bancroft Papers, 1850-1868, documenting Bancroft’s career. An 1866 letter to “Colonel” concerns Bancroft’s query about the printing of his memorial address on Lincoln. Additionally, the collection includes an 1850 invoice signed by Bancroft for sand purchased from Daniel Pratt.


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Bancroft, George, 1800-1891 -- Archives.
Pratt, Dan
Gowans, William
Kapp, Friedrich
Ware, Hariet
United States -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
United States -- Politics and government -- 19th century -- Sources.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George Bancroft Papers, 1850-1868, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Evan Usler, August 2011.

Detailed Description of the Papers



4B414 Correspondence, invoice, 1850-1868