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The Bancroft Collection

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The Bancroft Collection was assembled by Hugh Bancroft, Harvard University alumnus and former president of Dow, Jones & Co., in the early part of the twentieth century, and generously given to the Harvard Business School by Mrs. Hugh Bancroft in 1935.

Click for larger imageBancroft's interest in the South Sea Bubble and the speculative mania that swept England and the Continent in the early part of the eighteenth century led to the development of the largest of the four great collections on the subject in the world. The other noteworthy collections are located at the British Library, the Seligman Collection at Columbia University, and the Goldsmiths' Library at the University of London. The Bancroft Collection includes books, broadsides, pamphlets, Parliamentary documents, manuscripts, and ephemera.

For more information about the Bancroft Collection and researching the South Sea Bubble consult Sunk in Lucre's Sordid Charms: a Guide to South Sea Bubble Resources in the Kress Collection at Baker Library.

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