Preliminary Guide to the Diman Family Papers

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Preliminary Guide to the Diman Family Papers, ca. 1819-1886

Collection number: Wyles Mss 11

Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara

Contact Information:

  • Department of Special Collections
  • Davidson Library
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93106
  • Phone: (805) 893-3062
  • Fax: (805) 893-5749
  • Email: special@library.ucsb.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucsb.edu/speccoll/speccoll.html
    Processed by:
    Special Collections staff; latest revision, D. Tambo
    Date Completed:
    08 November 2002
    Encoded by:
    David C. Gartrell
© 2002 Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Diman Family Papers,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1819-1886
Collection Number: Wyles Mss 11
Creator: Diman, Byron
Extent: .4 linear feet (1 document box)
Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
Physical Location: Del Sur
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

None.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

Preferred Citation

Diman Family Papers. Wyles Mss 11. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 1966.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection primarily contains the papers of Byron Diman (1795-1865), governor of Rhode Island (1846-1847) and prominent merchant of Bristol. It includes correspondence, shipping records, and business papers of Devol, Diman, & Co.; correspondence with the D'Wolf family of Bristol, with his brother-in-law William Henry Wight and his firm of Wight and Fleury in New York, and with his nephew, also William Henry Wight. Also includes correspondence with his son, Henry Wight Diman, a student at Brown University (1854-1858) and assistant consul in Oporto, Portugal (1862-1865) during the Civil War.

Collection Contents

Box 1: 1 - 2

Devol, Diman & Co. (Bristol, R.I.) - correspondence, receipts, invoices and other financial records re shipping business, ca. 1839-1851, 1856-1859, n.d.

Box 1: 3 - 9

Diman, Byron (1795-1865)

Box 1: 3

Business correspondence and financial records (includes 1862 appeal from the National Freedman's Relief Association, and other Civil War era items), 1823-1863, n.d.

Box 1: 4

Correspondence from William Henry Wight (friend), 1824-1827

Box 1: 5

Correspondence to William Henry Wight (nephew) 1836-1838,

Box 1: 6

Correspondence from William Henry Wight (nephew), 1841, 1844

Box 1: 7

Correspondence (business) to and from Wight & Fleury of New York, 1844

Box 1: 8

Correspondence from J. D. Burgess, 1852-1853, 1856

Box 1: 9

Promissory Notes, ca. 1822-1848

Box 1: 10 - 13

Diman, Henry W. (son of Byron Diman)

Box 1: 10

School Reports, 1843-1850

Box 1: 11

Correspondence to his father, 1850-1862

Box 1: 12

Correspondence from his father, 1856

Box 1: 13

Correspondence - various, including Civil War era, 1852-1862, 1886

Box 1: 14

D'Wolf Family (Byron Diman was involved settling the estate of Mark Anthony D'Wolf in 1855), 1819-1862, n.d.

Box 1: 15

Wight, William Henry, 1822-1851, n.d.

Box 1: 16

Miscellany (receipt for J. Burgess), 1829