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James Macmaster Codman (1831-1917)

Description

This series includes diaries, financial records, and literary papers belonging to James Macmaster Codman (1831-1917). Folder 65 contains a travel log from a voyage to Calcutta and back in 1852 aboard the "Cato." The log includes descriptions of Calcutta and of the voyage and conclude with an appendix concerning Calcutta. Codman writes in a lively, literate style, often punctuating his prose with quotations by other authors and poets. He pays close attention to detail, and this makes his descriptions of India and the sea voyage interesting to read. Of additional interest are the few pen and ink sketches which Codman has made to illustrate his text. Folder 66 contains a travel log from a trip to Europe and Crimea from 1854 through 1856. The journal is an account of the two year trip which included a visit to the front lines of the Crimean War zone. The captain of the vessel which sailed to Crimea was Capt. John Codman (1814-1900). Although this diary is a rather straightforward travel log, it is interesting to read because of Codman’s lively style and his attention to detail. Of interest are comments that he makes throughout the journal about artists and paintings that he has seen.

Folder 67 contains a personal account book from 1852 through 1889 tracking household accounts and personal expenses. It includes entries for food, clothing, domestic help, personal items, and entertainment. Folder 68 contains the volume "Journal of a Cruise in the West Indies on the Yacht ‘Julia’ February and March 1889" by Dr. George B. Shattuck and with a portfolio of photographs and sketches by James M. Codman. It is a bound, typescript volume of 117 pages. The illustrations described on the title page are missing from this volume. The first 109 pages include a straightforward description of the journey, including descriptions of life on board the yacht and of places visited. The last few pages, however, are titled "General Reflections," and they include comments about what the role of the United States should be in the West Indies and the "commercial future" of the islands.

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Details

Collection Name
John Codman (1898-1989) family papers
Collection Code
MS037
Dates
1852-1889
Physical Description
4 folders
Collection Type
Manuscripts
Description Level
Series
GUSN
295788
Reference Code
MS037.08

Arrangement

Materials in this series are arranged alphabetically by subseries and chronologically within each subseries.

Record details

Originator
Codman, James Macmaster, 1831-1917
Other People
Codman, John, 1814-1900
Shattuck, George B.
Descriptive Terms
Crimean War, 1853-1856
artists (visual artists)
clothing
domestics
food
paintings (visual works)
sketches
trade (function)
Material Type
diaries
financial records
Places
Kolkata (West Bengal, India)
Europe
West Indies [archipelago]

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