The internationally prized collection of minerals and gem crystals featured on this web site and displayed in the Department of Earth Science at UC Santa Barbara, was a generous gift from the Bancroft family. Edward R. Bancroft, a teacher and gem cutter, offered the collection to the department, and Ed's parentsPeter Bancroft, class of '41, and his wife, Virginiahad a case especially designed and built to display the specimens.
For more than 50 years, the Bancroft family has had a close friendship
with UCSB, contributing valuable minerals, gems, and fossils to geology,
and a variety of other unique educational collections.
Edward chose UCSB as the home for the collection because of our great affection for the university and its faculty, which developed while I was a student at the Riviera campus where Virginia worked, said Peter Bancroft, who holds an undergraduate degree in education from UCSB when it was a state college.
Peter Bancroft's most memorable professor was the late geologist Charles
Douglas Woodhouse, a mineralogist who was deeply committed to his students.
University of California, Santa BarbaraDepartment of Earth Science
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