No Binding. Very Good. Archive of 762 letters, 2788 manuscript pages, (many with retained mailing envelopes), dated 1913-1959, mostly handwritten, some typed. Of these 762 letters, 447 were written by Margaret Bancroft to her brother, Richard Bancroft, an attorney, and she also wrote 4 letters to her parents. There are 14 letters written to Margaret by her brother Richard, with 1 letter to Margaret from her mother, and 2 letters from her father, Edward Bancroft. There are 294 letters written by various individuals to Margaret Bancroft, mostly friends and colleagues, many of whom were other professional women. Plus a Manuscript Diary, Papers and Related Ephemera: 1. Diary of Margaret Bancroft, written in German and English, 44 pp., entries dated 26 Sept. 1913- 3 Feb. 1914, not signed, but internal evidence indicates that it is her diary. Margaret Bancroft reveals in her diary that she is gay. She writes on several occasions about her turmoil over a relationship she is in with a woman named Florence (see examples below). While the diary is not signed, it is the diary of a person who is studying medieval history and attending, or working at Columbia University. All of which Margaret Bancroft did. 2. Papers include: Christmas Book (notebook) of Margaret Bancroft of ""Names of People to whom to send cards and gifts, Lists of cards and gifts receive,"" 1947-1952, plus 146 manuscript pages of miscellaneous notes, by Margaret Bancroft, related to her work as a professor; and 1 Notebook of Bancroft's brother, Richard Bancroft, of ""Notes for New York State Bar Examination 1923."" 3. The collection includes some 375 ephemeral items, such as: 88 index cards, filled with notes for a Tertullian project Bancroft was working on; 25 postcards, both used and unused; 50 pieces of printed material (pamphlets, circulars, brochures, advertisements, etc.); 82 used/unused envelopes, some could likely be matched to letters in collection; 6 photographs; 28 manuscript documents (notes, receipts, deed, certificate, etc.); 48 newspaper clippings; 5 telegrams (1927-1933); and 43 greeting cards, or calling cards, etc. Margaret Bancroft (1891-1979) Margaret Bancroft graduated with an A.B. in 1912 from Wellesley College and then an A.M. in 1913 from Columbia University. Her doctoral dissertation at Columbia was titled ""The Popular Assemblies in the Municipalities of Spain and Gaul."" In the 1920 Census she is found living at home with her parents and siblings and working as a teacher at Wellesley College, where she worked for four years. In 1920, Margaret is stated to have lived in Canada for one month; her mother's family appears to have been originally from Canada. By 1923, Bancroft had become a professor of history at Columbia University and worked there from 1923 to her retirement in 1960. A passport application found on ancestry.com shows that in March of 1923 Bancroft was planning to embark on a grand tour of Europe. She listed Wellesley as her permanent address, but she also kept an apartment on Morningside Drive in Manhattan. Her passport photo shows her with a cropped haircut and wearing a suit. Her witness on the passport application is a woman by the name of Nell Vandenburg, whom she had known just one month. A ship passenger manifest on ancestry.com shows that Margaret returned from a second European trip in 1927. Bancroft is found in the 1930 Census lodging at the home of Cora Hill, with another female lodger. Margaret was listed as a teacher at ""University,"" presumably Columbia University, as she began teaching at Columbia's School of General Studies in 1923. In 1930, she was 38 years old and still single. In 1931 and 1932 she is back in New York after two trips to Europe. In 1936 she went to Quebec, Canada, from England, again giving her address as Wellesley, Massachusetts. She was still single. On her five trips to Europe she travelled alone. After her retirement in 1960, Margaret kept an informal salon once a month at her Morningside Heigh (Inventory #: 030079)
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