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Guide to the Hopcroft Postcard and Jack Lane Manuscript Collection (1892 – 1928)

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This collection was likely created by William Walter Hopcroft and his wife Cornelia Hopcroft of England, Oakland, and Santa Cruz, CA. Jack (John) Lane of the Bijou Theatre, San Francisco provided the manuscript this collection is assembled in.

Number of Containers:

One (1) Box
Linear Feet: 1.5 Linear Feet


Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Archives
705 Front Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060


This collection consists of one (1) approx. 8” (length) x 13” (width) book with the name “John D. Lane Esq.” and the words “Manuscript Book” and ‘Never Despair” pasted to the cover on notepaper and then crossed out. Inside the book are approx. one hundred seventy-eight pages containing postcards from places such as England, San Francisco, Los Angeles, The Santa Cruz Boardwalk Casino and much more. These postcards comprise approx. fifty-three pages of the book and are posted over a manuscript of the play “Never Despair” performed at the Bijou Theatre in 1892, of whom Jack Lane (likely the John Lane whose name is on the book’s cover) was proprietor of. The play appears to have been about an estranged son who flees from an accusation of murder. The remaining pages of the book are free of postcards and contain acts from the play as well as lists of purchases made by an unnamed person in 1923. Also in this book are three or four pages of photographs of unidentified men, women, and children, and photos of England, as well as a business with “W.W. Hopcroft proprietor” on the wall. It is believed that William Walter Hopcroft and Cornelia Hopcroft are the owners of this book, photos, and postcards; they may have acquired they manuscript during their travels to San Francisco though this is uncertain. Date range: 1892-1928


The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, CA

Preferred Citation

The Hopcroft Postcard and Jack Lane Manuscript Collection, The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, CA

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the head of Archives at MAH. Researchers may be responsible for obtaining copyright permission to use material not produced by museum personnel.

Process By

Renata McRee

Date Completed