Diamond Manufacturing Company records
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Diamond Manufacturing Company records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Diamond Manufacturing Company, Inc. (Savannah, Ga.)
Title: Diamond Manufacturing Company records
Dates: 1959-1987
Extent: 39.5 cubic feet (39 boxes, 3 framed photographs)
Identification: MS 1549

Biographical/Historical Note

Bernard F. Diamond (1901-1969) of Savannah, Georgia organized the B. F. Diamond Construction Co., Inc. in 1930 to build steel structures in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland areas. Over the years, the Diamond operations diversified and in 1954 the Diamond Manufacturing Company, Inc. received its corporate charter for the specific purpose of supplying heavy duty marine equipment. Since that time, Diamond Manufacturing has designed and built numerous units of specialized equipment, such as tugboats, barges, dredges, cranes, and special weldments. The Diamond Manufacturing Company was liquidated on 2 September 1988 after a three year struggle to remain in business.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains correspondence, equipment lists, pamphlets, artifacts, photographs, purchase orders, contracts, insurance claims, technical drawings and other miscellaneous materials regarding the construction of specialized marine equipment done by Diamond Manufacturing Company, Inc. in Savannah, Georgia from 1959 to 1987. Majority of this collection is made up of the bid files compiled by the Diamond Manufacturing Company for various construction projects that included tugboats, barges, and cranes. Also included are insurance claims and materials from class action suits regarding accidents that took place on their work sites.


This collection is arranged into 39 boxes and 3 framed photographs:

Box 1: Technical drawings, pamphlets, photographs, correspondence of William S. Jarrell - vice president of marketing, quality assurance manual, postcards, plastic cups, envelope openers, pins, 1972-1987

Box 2: Correspondence, bid files, 1964-1979

Box 3: Correspondence, pamphlets, technical drawings, invoices, employee records, bid files, 1976-1977

Box 4: Bid files, 1974-1976

Box 5: Technical drawings, 1979-1980

Box 6: Technical drawings, bid files, 1970-1979

Box 7: Technical drawings, correspondence, bid files, purchase orders, 1972-1977

Box 8: Technical drawings, 1978-1981

Box 9: Equipment descriptions, correspondence, bid files, board of directors meetings, purchase orders, work contracts, 1970-1982

Box 10: Technical drawings, bid files, correspondence, purchase orders, 1972-1977

Box 11: Correspondence, purchase orders, bid files, pamphlets, 1975-1987

Box 12: Technical drawings, correspondence, purchase orders, bid files, 1964-1980

Box 13: Technical drawings, 1980-1981

Box 14: Bid files, purchase orders, correspondence, technical drawings, carpet samples, 1967-1973

Box 15: Technical drawings, 1980-1981

Box 16: Technical drawings, purchase requisitions, 1959-1980

Box 17: Technical drawings, 1978-1980

Box 18: Technical drawings, 1980-1981

Box 19: Technical drawings, 1978-1980

Box 20: Technical drawings, 1978-1980

Box 21: Correspondence, technical drawings, bid files, purchase orders, 1966-1977

Box 22: Technical drawings, 1978-1980

Box 23: Technical drawings, bid files, correspondence, purchase orders, 1973-1980

Box 24: Technical drawings, bid files, correspondence, purchase orders, 1966-1979

Box 25: Correspondence, bid files, technical drawings, photographs, 1965-1977

Box 26: Bid files, technical drawings, 1971-1976

Box 27: Technical drawings, bills of materials, correspondence, bid files, 1959-1965

Box 28: Technical drawings, bills of materials, 1979-1981

Box 29: Bid files, technical drawings, purchase orders, reports, 1968-1976

Box 30: Bid files, technical drawings, purchase orders, correspondence, 1965-1977

Box 31: Purchase orders, correspondence, machinery and spare parts listings, work orders, technical drawings for the Frank Johnson and Capt. Toby projects, 1959-1973

Box 32: Purchase orders, correspondence, work orders, materials and equipment lists, technical drawings for various tugboat projects, 1960-1974

Box 33: Technical drawings, bills of material, 1979-1981

Box 34: Contracts, insurance claims, photographs, correspondence, proposals, technical drawings, 1970-1976

Box 35: Bid files, correspondence, purchase orders, 1975-1981

Box 36: Correspondence, photographs, technical drawings, brochures, letterhead, equipment lists, 1958-1964

Box 37: Photographs, slides, 1960s-1970s

Box 38: Bid files, correspondence, technical drawings, 1961-1967

Box 39: Photographs, stamps, envelope opener, hard hat, 1960s-1970s

Framed photographs: Bernard F. Diamond photograph, Bernard F. Diamond photograph and biography, 1967 Annual Awards dinner photograph, 1968

Index Terms

Artifacts (object genre)
B. F. Diamond Construction Company, Inc. (Savannah, Ga.)
Cranes, derricks, etc.
Diamond Manufacturing Company, Inc. (Savannah, Ga.)
Diamond, Bernard F., 1901-1969.
Insurance claims.
Letters (correspondence)
Lists (document genres)
Purchase orders.
Ships--Equipment and supplies.
Slides (photographs)
Technical drawings.
bidding documents.

Administrative Information

Processing information

This collection is processed at the Basic Level (or collection level). There is no detailed inventory for this collection as it is not fully processed. To request that this collection be added to our priority list of collections to be fully processed as staffing and funding allow, please contact the Library and Archives staff.


Access restrictions

The collection is open for research.


Encoding funded by a 2008 Archives-Basic Projects grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.