Primarily medieval French and English financial documents including bills of sale, receipts, mortgages, wills, gift of properties, tax rolls, quittances, and so on, collected by Professor David E. Smith.
James Husted Diary, 10 May-11 Nov 1861 1 v. (SC)
Byland Abbey manuscripts, 1177-1390 1 volume
The documents seem to be copied in full with dates. Each entry has a page reference which is preceded by the abbreviation "Dod. no." and followed by the name "David Hughes." These appear to be references to some collection, possibly of the original documents. David Hughes may have been the copyist responsible for this volume, but there is no conclusive evidence as to this. The material is in Latin and the script is clear and legible.
Copies of parts of the Archives Municipales de Toulouse, Mss. H.H.1s and H.H.2, which include statutes of craft gilds dating from ca. 1270 A.D. to 1450 A.D. The codices are of the 14th century and contain the earliest known records of the gilds of Toulouse.
Manuscript account books and documents which illustrate and document the history of accounting and business procedures from the 14th century into the 20th century. The earliest item is Ms. 18, a Papal bull relating to notaries and appointing Julius de Gentilibus as a notary; the latest is an invoice book from 1941. The types of volumes contained in this collection include instruction books, daybooks, waste books, journals, bank books, ledgers, receipt books, storage books, invoice books, registers, ships' logs, letter books, diaries, town books, tax roll books, articles of agreement, bills of sale, deeds, wills, and many other significant items. The material originated in many countries around the globe, and represents a range of business and occupations from household to trading company (e.g., English (East India Company) and French East Indian Company (Compagnie des Indes orientales) volumes), and from itinerant laborer to lawyer and physician. The majority of the manuscripts are English and American of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. The earliest American account is Ms. 75, 1690-1730, Josiah Winslow, Plymouth, Mass.
Part I of this collection contains 140 literary and political papers and documents relating to Venice and Venetian families from the 15th through 18th centuries. The material includes a group of the Busenello family papers which are largely wills, transfers of property, laudatory verses, and Latin prose (related to Dr. Livingston's LA VITA VENEZIANA NELLE OPERE DI GIAN FRANCESCO BUSENELLO, Venice, 1913); a series of moral and political sonnets in the Venetian dialect by Angelo Mario Labia (1690-1775); and a number of other documents and papers related to the Viscordi family and tne Venetian state.
David Eugene Smith Historical papers, 1400-1899 17.5 linear feet
Correspondence, manuscripts, and documents of mathematicians and other scientists, often dealing with politics and fields other than mathematics. Many of these concern the French Revolution.
Playing card collection, 1400-1900 1 Linear Feet
German, Italian, French, English, and American playing cards from the 15th, 16th and 19th centuries.