BANCROFT, Griffing

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BANCROFT, Griffing (1879-1955)

BANCROFT, Griffing (1879-1955), Connecticut-born son of famed historian, Hubert Howe Bancroft (1832-1918) and his second wife, Matilda Coley Griffing.

Ornithologist and oologist by avocation, Bancroft and his namesake son had one of the largest private egg collections in the country before World War II. He became a member of the Cooper Ornithological Club in 1920. He made collecting trips to San Clemente Island in February and March of 1923, In February 1923 he collected on San Clemente Island, including five sets of bald eagle eggs. FIX

Bancroft authored numerous ornithological articles in the journal, Condor, as a result of a trip taken aboard his yacht to Baja California, Mexico. His egg collection is located and the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology. A southern form of yellow-crowned night heron (Nyctanassa violacea bancrofti), was named in his honor. His egg collection is located in the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology.

Griffing Bancroft = [1901] Ethel J. Works (1881-1963)

  • 1. Barbara Ethel Bancroft [Molloy] (1903-1970)
  • 2. Griffing Bancroft, Jr. (1907-1999)
  • 3. Hubert Howe Bancroft II (1909-1985)

Griffing Bancroft =[1917] Margaret Wood (1893-1986)


Bancroft collected on:

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Palmer, T. S. Nomenclature of California Birds in Condor 30(5):267-268 September-October 1928:

BANCROFT, Griffing “Born at New Haven, Connecticut, January 21, 1879. An active oologist and ornithologist of San Diego and member of the Cooper Ornithological Club since 1920. In recognition of his interest in the birds of southern and Lower California, Huey has recently named a southern form of Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Nyctanassa violacea bancrofti, in his honor .”


» Bancroft, Griffing Lower California: A Cruise.

» Bancroft, Griffing The Flight of the Least Petrel, 1932




In the News~

May 5, 1955 [WP]: “May 4. La Jolla, CA. Griffing Bancroft, 76, naturalist, author and attorney and a member of one of California’s most noted families, died at his home here today. A native of New Haven, Connecticut, he was the son of Hubert Howe Bancroft who came to San Francisco during the ’49 gold rush… Griffing Bancroft authored several books including a novel about the Japanese migration to California… He married his first wife, the former Ethel Works, daughter of United States Senator John D. Works, who now lives in New York, in 1901. She is the mother of his three children. They were divorced and Bancroft married Margaret Wood in 1917. In addition to his widow other survivors include three children, Griffing Jr., CBS radio news reporter and commentator in Washington, D. C., Hubert Howe with the Voice of America in Washington, and Mrs. Louis Molloy, New York City.”


SAN CLEMENTE ISLAND
ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
San Clemente Island Griffing Bancroft WFVZ February 23, 1923 WFVZ-8160 Haliaeetus leucocephalus Eggs
San Clemente Island Griffing Bancroft WFVZ February 23, 1923 WFVZ-52452 Haliaeetus leucocephalus Eggs
San Clemente Island Griffing Bancroft WFVZ February 23, 1923 WFVZ-52454 Haliaeetus leucocephalus Eggs
San Clemente Island Griffing Bancroft WFVZ February 24, 1923 WFVZ-10084 Haliaeetus leucocephalus Eggs
San Clemente Island Griffing Bancroft & Gordon Burnham WFVZ February 26, 1923 WFVZ-9883 Haliaeetus leucocephalus Eggs
San Clemente Island Griffing Bancroft & Gordon Burnham WFVZ March 15, 1923 WFVZ-6910 Carpodacus mexicanus Eggs
San Clemente Island Griffing Bancroft & Gordon Burnham WFVZ March 15, 1923 WFVZ-8722 Carpodacus mexicanus Eggs
San Clemente Island Griffing Bancroft & Gordon Burnham WFVZ March 15, 1923 WFVZ-8724 Carpodacus mexicanus Eggs
San Clemente Island Griffing Bancroft & Gordon Burnham WFVZ March 27, 1923 WFVZ-97061 Pandion haliaetus Eggs


SANTA CATALINA ISLAND
ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Santa Catalina Island Griffing Bancroft WFVZ April 1932 WFVZ-7945 Lophortyx californica Eggs



ISLAS CORONADOS
ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
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Islas Coronados Griffing Bancroft WFVZ May 10, 1923 WFVZ-883 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Islas Coronados Griffing Bancroft WFVZ May 10, 1923 WFVZ-7017 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Islas Coronados Griffing Bancroft WFVZ May 10, 1923 WFVZ-39433 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Islas Coronados Griffing Bancroft WFVZ May 10, 1923 WFVZ-39434 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Islas Coronados Griffing Bancroft WFVZ May 10, 1923 WFVZ-39435 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Islas Coronados Griffing Bancroft WFVZ May 10, 1923 WFVZ-39436 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Islas Coronados Griffing Bancroft WFVZ May 10, 1923 WFVZ-39437 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Islas Coronados Griffing Bancroft WFVZ May 10, 1923 WFVZ-89324 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Islas Coronados Griffing Bancroft WFVZ May 10, 1923 WFVZ-90234 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Islas Coronados Griffing Bancroft WFVZ May 10, 1923 WFVZ-90235 Larus occidentalis Eggs
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Islas Coronados Griffing Bancroft MVZ June 23, 1923 MVZ-7271 Oceanodroma leucorhoa leucorhoa Eggs
Islas Coronados Griffing Bancroft WFVZ June 25, 1923 WFVZ-7441 Oceanodroma leucorhoa Eggs
Islas Coronados Griffing Bancroft WFVZ June 25, 1923 WFVZ-27679 Oceanodroma leucorhoa Eggs
Islas Coronados Griffing Bancroft WFVZ June 25, 1923 WFVZ-204457 Oceanodroma leucorhoa Eggs
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Islas Coronados Griffing Bancroft MVZ June 25, 1924 MVZ-7272 Oceanodroma leucorhoa Eggs
Islas Coronados Griffing Bancroft MVZ June 25, 1924 MVZ-7273 Oceanodroma leucorhoa Eggs
Islas Coronados Griffing Bancroft MVZ June 25, 1924 MVZ-7274 Oceanodroma leucorhoa Eggs
Islas Coronados Griffing Bancroft MVZ June 25, 1924 MVZ-7275 Oceanodroma leucorhoa Eggs
Islas Coronados Griffing Bancroft MVZ June 25, 1924 MVZ-7276 Oceanodroma leucorhoa Eggs
Islas Coronados Griffing Bancroft MVZ June 25, 1924 MVZ-7277 Oceanodroma leucorhoa Eggs
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Islas Coronados Griffing Bancroft WFVZ May 4, 1925 WFVZ-131843 Larus occidentalis Eggs
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Islas Coronados Griffing Bancroft WFVZ June 21, 1925 WFVZ-76048 Oceanodroma leucorhoa Eggs
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Islas Coronados Griffing Bancroft WFVZ June 25, 1928 WFVZ-7442 Oceanodroma leucorhoa Eggs
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Islas Coronados Griffing Bancroft WFVZ May 24, 1931 WFVZ-7443 Oceanodroma leucorhoa Eggs
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Islas Coronados Margaret Bancroft SDNHM March 26, 1932 SDNHM-7541 Elgaria nana Herps
Islas Coronados Margaret Bancroft SDNHM March 26, 1932 SDNHM-7538 Crotalus caliginis Herps
Islas Coronados Margaret Bancroft SDNHM March 26, 1932 SDNHM-7540 Crotalus caliginis Herps
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Islas Coronados Griffing Bancroft SDNHM September 24, 1933 SDNHM-21103 Elgaria nana Herps


ISLAS SAN BENITO
ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Islas San Benito Griffing Bancroft WFVZ February 19, 1930 WFVZ-8235 Pandion haliaetus Eggs
Islas San Benito Griffing Bancroft WFVZ February 19, 1930 WFVZ-8236 Pandion haliaetus Eggs
Islas San Benito Griffing Bancroft WFVZ February 19, 1930 WFVZ-211234 Pandion haliaetus Eggs
Islas San Benito Griffing Bancroft WFVZ February 19, 1930 WFVZ-211249 Pandion haliaetus Eggs
Islas San Benito Griffing Bancroft WFVZ February 20, 1930 WFVZ-8237 Pandion haliaetus Eggs
Islas San Benito Griffing Bancroft WFVZ February 20, 1930 WFVZ-76857 Pandion haliaetus Eggs
Islas San Benito Griffing Bancroft WFVZ February 20, 1930 WFVZ-211250 Pandion haliaetus Eggs
Islas San Benito Griffing Bancroft WFVZ February 21, 1930 WFVZ-76854 Pandion haliaetus Eggs
Islas San Benito Griffing Bancroft WFVZ February 21, 1930 WFVZ-76855 Pandion haliaetus Eggs
Islas San Benito Griffing Bancroft WFVZ February 21, 1930 WFVZ-76856 Pandion haliaetus Eggs
Islas San Benito Griffing Bancroft WFVZ February 21, 1930 WFVZ-211190 Pandion haliaetus Eggs


ISLA NATIVIDAD
ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft MVZ March 30, 1905 MVZ-7247 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft MVZ March 22, 1925 MVZ-7249 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft MVZ March 22, 1925 MVZ-7250 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft PSM March 23, 1925 PSM-11633 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft NYSM April 3, 1932 NYSM ZO-11317 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft WFWZ April 3, 1932 WFVZ-7372 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft WFWZ April 3, 1932 WFVZ-7373 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft & N. K. Carpenter WFWZ April 3, 1932 WFVZ-34363 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft WFWZ April 3, 1932 WFVZ- 204348 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft WFWZ April 3, 1932 WFVZ-204349 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft WFWZ April 3, 1932 WFVZ-27662 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft WFWZ April 3, 1932 WFVZ-78486 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft WFWZ April 3, 1932 WFVZ-78487 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft WFWZ April 3, 1932 WFVZ-78488 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft WFWZ April 3, 1932 WFVZ-78489 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft WFWZ April 3, 1932 WFVZ- 78490 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft WFWZ April 3, 1932 WFVZ-78491 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft WFWZ April 3, 1932 WFVZ-78492 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft WFWZ April 3, 1932 WFVZ-78493 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft WFWZ April 3, 1932 WFVZ-78494 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft WFWZ April 3, 1932 WFVZ-78495 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft WFWZ April 3, 1932 WFVZ-78496 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft WFWZ April 3, 1932 WFVZ-78497 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft WFWZ April 3, 1932 WFVZ-78498 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft WFWZ April 3, 1932 WFVZ-78499 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft WFWZ April 3, 1932 WFVZ-78500 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft WFWZ April 3, 1932 WFVZ-78501 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft WFWZ April 3, 1932 WFVZ-78502 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft WFWZ April 3, 1932 WFVZ-78503 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft WFWZ April 3, 1932 WFVZ-78504 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft WFWZ April 3, 1932 WFVZ-78505 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft WFWZ April 3, 1932 WFVZ-78506 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft WFWZ April 3, 1932 WFVZ-78507 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft WFWZ April 3, 1932 WFVZ-78508 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft WFWZ April 3, 1932 WFVZ-78510 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft WFWZ April 3, 1932 WFVZ-78511 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft WFWZ April 3, 1932 WFVZ-78512 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft WFWZ April 3, 1932 WFVZ-78513 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft WFWZ April 3, 1932 WFVZ-78514 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft WFWZ April 3, 1932 WFVZ-78515 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft WFWZ April 3, 1932 WFVZ-78516 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft WFWZ April 3, 1932 WFVZ-78517 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft WFWZ April 3, 1932 WFVZ-78518 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft WFWZ April 3, 1932 WFVZ-78519 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft WFWZ April 3, 1932 WFVZ-78520 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft WFWZ April 3, 1932 WFVZ-78521 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft WFWZ April 3, 1932 WFVZ-88373 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft WFWZ April 3, 1932 WFVZ-132239 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft YPM April 3, 1932 YPM-129400 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft YPM April 3, 1932 YPM-129401 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft YPM April 3, 1932 YPM-129403 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft YPM April 3, 1932 YPM-129403 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft YPM April 3, 1932 YPM-129404 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs
Isla Natividad Griffing Bancroft YPM April 3, 1932 YPM-129405 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs


ISLAS SAN BENITO
ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN  
Islas San Benito Griffing Bancroft WFVZ May 30, 1932 WFVZ-204347 Puffinus opisthomelas Eggs