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Series I: Correspondence and Personal Documents, 1841- 1936
Series VI: Collecting, 1693-1956
Series II: Financial Correspondence and Records, 1888- 1936
Although the documents in this series not only relate to a diverse array of issues and sometimes overlap significantly with material in other series, these documents nevertheless provide discrete snapshots of the more financial side of Plimpton's life. The series includes Plimpton's general financial correspondence as well as documents related to particular companies and individuals. Between 1900 and 1911, for example, Plimpton served as executor for the estates of Sarah Pearsons, the mother of his first wife, Frances, and his sister Priscilla. The series includes various versions of Plimpton's own wills.
The series also includes Plimpton's account books and daily diaries. The forty-one personal diaries in the collection provide a window into Plimpton's daily activities and expenses during the last four decades of his life, illustrating not just whom Plimpton met on which days but also the rising cost of taxis and martinis over several decades. Plimpton's check stubs, checks, and receipts provide further insight into his financial activities between 1889 and 1935. Other materials in the financial series include correspondence relating to the loans and donations that Plimpton made to dozens of individuals and institutions.
Finally, the series contains documents related to Plimpton's real estate holdings, including account books, payroll and payment records, letters to delinquent tenants, and receipts for repairs and other work. The Walpole materials stand out from the other real estate materials not just because of their scope but also because they include documents related less to Plimpton's ownership of the Walpole property than to his life and affairs in the town. The inclusion of the latter materials in this series honors the original arrangement.