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New York State Historical Association - Research Library
John E. Wyman Collection
1695-1917 (bulk 1750-1840)
1.0 Cubic feet + 1 oversize folder (OVS+)
The John E. Wyman Collection consists primarily of material relating to the early history of New York and some material relating to Connecticut. The collection includes a variety of manuscripts (1695-1917; bulk 1750-1840) collected and organized by John E. Wyman of Fonda, N.Y. The New York State Historical Association purchased the collection from the Wyman family in 1950. With the manuscripts, NYSHA acquired a calendar, probably compiled by John Wyman, which includes transcriptions and/or descriptions of more than 1,000 of the 1,100 plus documents originally in the collection. The NYSHA collection does not have every document in the Wyman Calendar; however, Wyman's organization of the manuscripts as determined by the calendar has been preserved. A complete copy of the Wyman calendar is included in the collection guide. Calendar entries for items not in the NYSHA collection have been marked with an asterisk (*). For the security of the manuscripts, oversized items have been separated physically from the other items in the collection and entries for such items have been marked with the letters OVS+.
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Coll. No. 222
Scope and Content Note
The John E. Wyman Collection includes ca. 757 items, 1695-1917 (bulk 1750-1840), relating primarily to the early history of New York, and ca. 88 items (ca. 1755-1759) relating to the involvement of Connecticut soldiers in the Revolutionary War and in the French and Indian War. Among the manuscripts in the collection are legal documents, bills, receipts, promissory notes, military muster rolls, other military documents, and correspondence.
Wyman organized the collection roughly by subject; however, not all subject areas originally identified by Wyman are represented among NYSHA's holdings. Conversely, some documents collected but not calendared by Wyman are in the NYSHA Collection.
The John E. Wyman Collection is a diverse accumulation of documents, many of which were written by and to individuals now considered to be important in the shaping of New York State history and (in some cases) American history. Some individuals represented among the papers acquired by NYSHA include Jelles Fonda (an early New York merchant), Benedict Arnold, Joseph Brant, Walter F. Butler, John Butler, Isaac DeGraff, Emanuel DeGraff, George Clinton, Philip Clinton, Dewitt Clinton, Col. Bradstreet, and Philip Schuyler. Other documents in the NYSHA holdings include Revolutionary muster rolls, manuscripts relating to Connecticut soldiers' participation in the French and Indian War, and a 1733 Field book of the second allotment of the Stone Arabia patent (surveyed by Nicholas Schuyler). Also in the collection are numerous legal documents relating to Montgomery and (old) Tryon counties and a series of documents signed by New York State governors.
The collection has been arranged numerically by Wyman number, with any unnumbered items in the back of each folder. The second OVS+ folder (222.002) has no Wyman numbers.
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