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Seaman collection, 1777 - 1986

Reference Code: GBR/0269/DCPP/SEA

Scope and Contents

Includes early writings and memorabilia; family history research; extensive series of diaries 1926-1986 (166); publications.


  • Creation: 1777 - 1986

Conditions Governing Access

From the Management Group:

Some records series are subject to confidentiality restrictions with the following closure periods: 30 years from date of creation for general administration files, legal records and financial files; 50 years from date of creation for governmental records, including papers of the College Governing Body and College Council, and constituent committees; 100 years from date of creation for personal and personnel records, including tutorial files, staff and fellows files and appointment records, personal finance and pension records. In addition sensitive correspondence and papers concerning College affairs such as disputes and disciplinary matters are closed for 100 years. Restrictions apply on some personal and private papers.

Biographical / Historical

Lewis Charles Bernard Seaman (1911-1986), Downing 1930-33. Historian and author of several history publications; known as LBS or just Larry for his contributions to the Cambridge Gownsman and to some of his friends. Member of DC Boat Club and was Cox of First Boat from 1930-33; also member and officer of Debating Society (enthusiastic contributions - becoming known as 'the College ladies' man') , Maitland History Society, Dramatic Club and Gamlingay Society.


c. 10 archive box(es) : paper

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bequest from LCB Seaman in ?1979. See e-mail re note in Accessions.

Related Materials

Bursar's correspondence about promised bequests DCAR/1/6/11/1/51.


Rehoused and catalogued after transfer from Muniments Room to Archive store in December 2002; useful family history notes & pedigree within collection; a programme to refurbish and rehouse the diaires was undertaken by the conservator, Melvin Jefferson.


Seaman, Lewis Charles Bernard (1911-1986) historian

Finding aid date

2004-03-22 15:45:06+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Downing College Repository

Downing College Archive
Downing College
Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB2 1DQ United Kingdom
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