The collection includes letters, memoirs, and recollections from Germany. The materials are written in German, Dutch, and/or a dialect. This mixture of languages is due to the geographic proximity of Germany and the Netherlands, plus the historic border alterations. Part of the collection has been transcribed and translated. Also includes a booklet entitled "Beloved family and friends: letters between Grafschaft Bentheim, Germany and America," Volume 1, 1847-1914. Compiled by Swenna Harger and Loren Lemmen, 2007 (with surname index).