Wyman (John E.) Collection. 1695-1917 (bulk 1750-1840).


Summary Information

Repository
New York State Historical Association – Research Library
Title
John E. Wyman Collection
ID
Coll. No. 222
Date
1695-1917 (bulk 1750-1840)
Extent
1.0 Cubic feet + 1 oversize folder (OVS+)
Language
English
Introduction
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+.
Funding Source
This finding aid was made available electronically through a Regional Bibliographic Data Bases (RBDB) grant from the South Central Regional Library Council, Ithaca, N.Y.

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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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Administrative Information

Publication Information

New York State Historical Association – Research Library

Special Collections
P.O. Box 800, 5798 State Highway 80
Cooperstown, NY 13326
(607) 547-1470

 

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Accession Number

NM-75.56

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Collection Inventory

222.1 – Box 1
222.1/1 — Jelles Fonda Papers. 1742-1771. Wyman nos. 1-49, and 7 unnumbered.
222.1/2 — Jelles Fonda Papers. 1771-1791. Wyman nos. 50-69, 71-90, 92-97, and 99.
222.1/3 — Letters (2) written by Joseph Brant. 1790, 1799. Wyman nos. 100 and 101.
222.1/4 — Letter to Samuel Phillips from Samuel Kirkland (1785); letter to Stephen Williams from Gideon Hawley (1756). Also includes bills, receipts, promissory notes, correspondence, and legal documents. 1756-1797. Wyman nos. 103, 104, 106-116, 118-124, 126, and 128-134.
222.1/5 — “Speech to be delivered at the General Meeting of Indians at Albany July 1751,” letters written by James Clinton (1781, 1785), letters written by Philip Schuyler (1769-1786), letters written by W.F. Butler (1773, 1796), letter written by Jelles A. Fonda (1807), and documents pertaining to the funeral of Col. Bradstreet (1774-1785). Also includes other legal documents, receipts, and correspondence. 1750-1807. Wyman nos. 135-146, 148-165, and 167-170.
222.1/6 — Commission signed by George Clinton (1750), letters and legal documents signed by George Clinton (1779-1802), letter written by John Butler (1793), documents signed by governors of New York State. Also includes other legal documents and correspondence. 1750-1861. Wyman nos. 171-173, 180-192, and 195-198.
222.1/7 — Documents signed by governors of New York state and correspondence of Dewitt Clinton (1823). Also includes other correspondence and legal documents, including manuscripts from (old) Tryon and Montgomery counties. 1786-1917. Wyman nos. 201-205, 211-215, and 217-250.
222.1/8 — Field book of The Second Allotment of the Stone Arabia Patent (surveyed by Nicholas Schuyler, 1733). Also includes other receipts, correspondence, legal documents from (old) Tryon and Montgomery counties. 1733-1800. Wyman nos. 251-254, 272-274, and 276-299.
222.1/9 — Legal documents from (old) Tryon, Montgomery, and Albany counties. Also includes other legal documents and some correspondence. 1705-1821. Wyman nos. 300-302, 308-311, 313, 315-316, 318-321, 326-333, 336, 346, 371, 376-377, 380-387, 389-390, and 392-399.
222.1/10 — Montgomery County legal documents and other legal documents (probably Montgomery County). 1784-1815. Wyman nos. 400-402, 406-407, 410, 413, 418-419, 422-424, 427, 429-443, 456, 458-459, 479-483, 492, and 494-495.
222.1/11 — Montgomery County legal documents and other legal documents (probably Montgomery County). Also includes documents concerning loans. 1787-1815. Wyman nos. 510, 515-519, 523-532, 546, 551, 554-555, 559-562, 564-567, 569-570, 573-577, 583-589, 591-596, and 599.
222.1/12 — Montgomery County court documents. 1783-1837. Wyman nos. 601-602, 605-609, 614, 616, 618, 625, 627-631, 633-634, 637, 640, 642, 646, 648-649, 651, 655, 657, 659, 664, 666, 690-699.
222.2 – Box 2
222.2/1 — Montgomery County legal documents. 1786-1839. Wyman nos. 700-750.
222.2/2 — Montgomery County legal documents. 1800-1838. Wyman nos. 751-761 and 763-799.
222.2/3 — Montgomery County legal documents. Also includes other legal documents, one promissory note, and one bond. 1793-1831. Wyman nos. 800-835.
222.2/4 — Montgomery County legal documents and other legal documents. 1799-1831. Wyman nos. 836-861.
222.2/5 — Revolutionary War muster rolls and other Revolutionary War documents. 1778-1782. Wyman nos. 861-876.
222.2/6 — Montgomery County legal documents. Also includes letters written by Francis Stephens to Captain Garth (1765-1769). 1765-1802. Wyman nos. 878-890.
222.2/7 — Requests, receipts, promissory notes, bills, correspondence, and legal documents, many of which concern members of the De-Graff family. 1695-1841. Wyman nos. 892-952.
222.2/8 — Receipts, bills, correspondence, and legal documents, many of which concern E.E. DeGraff. 1763-1843. Wyman nos. 953-978, 980-988, and 980-987 are written in Dutch and are not included in the Wyman calendar.
222.2/9 — Bills, receipts, requests, accounts, correspondence to the Committee of the Pay Table, and other documents concerning the involvement of Connecticut soldiers in The French and Indian War. ca. 1755-1756. Wyman nos. 996-1013 and 1015-1025.
222.2/10 — Receipts, requests, accounts, correspondence, roll of the company commanded by Captain John Wood (1757), and other documents relating to the involvement of Connecticut Soldiers in The French and Indian War. ca. 1755-1759. Wyman nos. 1026-1041 and 1043-1050.
222.2/11 — Receipts, correspondence, legal documents, and “A copy of The Return Made … of The Killed Wounded and Missing Belonging to The Late Col. [?] Ephraim Williams Reg + ” (1755). All documents relate to the involvement of Connecticut soldiers in The French and Indian War. ca. 1755-1759. Wyman nos. 1051-1054, 1056, 1062-1063, 1067, and 1070-1074.
222.2/12 — Receipts and legal documents from the Colony of Connecticut. Also contains miscellaneous unnumbered documents including but not limited to correspondence to James Lansing (1827), “Field Book of a map and survey of the [illegible] Lands made June 1844,” and a legal agreement concerning the last will and testament of Jelles Fonda (1791). 1757-1844. Wyman nos. 1075-1078 and unnumbered items.
Oversize folders (OVS+)
222.001 — Indentures, land grants, appointments, miscellaneous legal documents, documents signed by New York State governors, an agreement involving Benedict Arnold (1765), a document concerning a court martial at Fort Schuyler (1776), and the Muster roll of Elijah Danforth’s Battalion (1778). 1760-1890 (bulk 1760-1806). Wyman nos. 98, 102, 117, 125, 147, 166, 174, 176-179, 193, 194, 199, 200, 206-210, 216, 335, 338, 351, 502, 877, 979, 989, and 1079.
222.002 — Legal documents from (old) Tryon and Montgomery counties (1772-1790), Resolutions of the Cooperstown Fire Department (1874), other indentures, accounts, and miscellaneous documents. 1772-1874.

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