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D. W. Bishop Travel Diaries

An inventory of his collection at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Bishop, David Wolfe.
Title: D. W. Bishop Travel Diaries
Inclusive Dates: 1869-1881
Quantity: 2 volumes (SC).
Abstract: Travel diaries of D.W. Bishop, recording trips to England, Scotland, Europe and others.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

David Wolfe Bishop (d. 1900) was a diarist from Lenox, Massachusetts. Little is known of Bishop apart from details from his obituary in the New York Times: he married Florence Van Cortlandt (who married John E. Parsons after Bishop's death) and had two sons, Cortlandt Field Bishop (1870-1935) and David Wolfe Bishop, who committed suicide in Paris in 1911. He was a member of the Knickerbocker, the Union, the Riding, the New York Yacht and the Metropolitan Clubs. He was also a member of the St. Nicholas Society, and the Sons of the American Revolution. Upon his death on May 1, 1900, Bishop held valuable properties in New York worth over one million dollars.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The D. W. Bishop Travel Diaries consists of two bound diaries detailing Bishop's travels to England, Scotland, Europe, Asia and Egypt. The diaries contain many small newspaper clippings and memorablilia such as ship ephemera and playbills.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is arranged chronologically.

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Access Restrictions

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Subject Headings


Bishop, David Wolfe.
Bishop, Florence V. C. (Van Cortlandt)

Corporate Bodies

White Star Line.


Ocean liners.
Travelers -- Asia -- Diaries
Travelers -- England -- Diaries.
Travelers -- Europe -- Diaries.
Travelers -- Scotland -- Diaries.


England -- Description and travel.
Asia -- Description and travel.
Europe -- Description and travel.
Scotland -- Description and travel.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Ships' passenger lists.



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

D. W. Bishop Travel Diaries,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Finding Aid Information

Created by: AM
Date: 28 Apr 2009
Revision history:

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SC 11 1869-1870
SC 11 1873-1881 - Entries to 1879, includes clippings and holograph notations to 1881.

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