The Shiman Family Papers consist principally of the records of the San Lorenzo store.
These records occupy six journals (1860-1863, 1869-1890), eleven day books (1859-1863,
1873-1885, 1888-1890), three cash books (1879-1896), an inventory book (1888, 1891) and a
purchase order book (1866-1880). There is also a small collection of business
correspondence (1870-1890), tax receipts and miscellaneous licences.
John L. Shiman and his wife Johanna J. Shiman came to California from Germany in the
mid-19th century. John Shiman settled at San Lorenzo, Alameda county, where he operated a
general merchandise store, and, in 1857, became first postmaster. For about twelve years
he was in partnership with Lewis Lengfeld (1853-c1865) then remained in business for
himself until his death in 1898.