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Bancroft, Samuel, 1840-1915

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dates 1840-1915
city Wilmington
stateDE
gender M
historical notes Samuel Bancroft was a businessman and with his wife, Mary R. Bancroft, formed a collection of Pre-Raphaelite art.

The strength of Bancroft's collection was established by the end of the 19th century, though Bancroft continued to add to it until his death, and the collection eventually comprised over one hundred paintings and drawings, many prints, over two hundred and fifty early photographic reproductions, a valuable literary manuscript collection, a library on Pre-Raphaelite art and the associated literature of the period, and complete records concerning his acquisitions.

During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries the Bancrofts manufactured textile products in family owned and -operated factories and mills in many locations that included Canada, Delaware, New York, and Pennsylvania. Their legacies were as entrepreneurs and industrialists.

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University of Delaware Library

Special Collections
Samuel Bancroft and Joseph Bancroft and Sons Records, 1869 - 1913 see details...
University of Delaware Library
Special Collections
The correspondence between Samuel Bancroft, Jr. and Charles Fairfax Murray, 1892-1916 see details...
Hagley Museum and Library
Manuscripts & Archives Dept.
Bancroft family papers, 1788-1962. see details...
Hagley Museum and Library
Manuscripts & Archives Dept.
Bancroft Family Business papers, 1815-1902. see details...
Hagley Museum and Library
Manuscripts & Archives Dept.
Joseph Bancroft & Sons Company. see details...
Delaware Art Museum
Helen Farr Sloan Library
Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Pre-Raphaelite Manuscript Collection see details...
Delaware Art Museum
Helen Farr Sloan Library
Illustration for the Journal Every-Evening [graphic] see details...
Delaware Art Museum
Helen Farr Sloan Library
Pyle student Sketch Club correspondence and sketches, 1903-1905 see details...
Historical Society of Delaware
Bird-Bancroft Collection, 1800-1962. see details...