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Collection Overview

Title: Dutch Immigrant Papers Collection, 1786-[ongoing]View associated digital content.

ID: COLL/078

Extent: 77.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Subjects: Canada - Emigration and immigration - Biography, Dutch Americans - Correspondence, Dutch Americans - History - Sources, Dutch Americans - Personal narratives, Dutch Americans - Social life and customs, Netherlands - Emigration and immigration - Biography, United States - Emigration and immigration - Biography

Abstract

The Dutch Immigrant Letter Collection includes a wide spectrum of Dutch immigrant experience-Protestant, Catholic, and secular-and it is the only major collection of its kind. To assemble the Immigrant Letter Collection the archives conducted four major manuscript collection campaigns in the Netherlands and the United States between 1976 and 1990. These efforts accumulated at least eight thousand items-letters, travel accounts, immigrant memoirs, and photographs.

Of the 4,970 letters gathered (1838-1958), 2,793 were American postings and 2,179 were from the Netherlands to the United States. Half of the letters from immigrants cluster between 1873 and 1893, accurately reflecting the numerical configuration of Dutch immigration. Moreover, immigration peaks in 1848-1857, 1867-1888, and 1892-1915 are followed a year or two later by peaks in correspondence.

Unfortunately we acquired no useful examples of two-way correspondence. Furthermore, the immigrant letters represent at best 0.0032 percent of an estimated 889,000 letters mailed from the United States to Holland between 1890 and 1930.

All names reflect the original spellings, so try variants spellings (i.e. ij / y); variant spacing (i.e. vanden / van den); and variants of v.d. names (i.e. van de / van den / van der).

The collection includes letters, diaries, travel accounts, memoirs, recollections, and journals. These sources provide a wide range of viewpoints and materials for discovering the spirit and character of the immigration experience. Herbert J. Brinks, curator of the Archives from 1972-1995, collected and used the letters in the research for the following books: Schrijf Spoedig Terug, 1978; Write Back Soon, 1986; and Dutch American Voices, 1995. Nearly all the material in this collection has been transcribed and translated. This is indicated for each item in a separate alphabetized guide, Dutch Immigrant Papers Guide, and on our web site: http://library.calvin.edu/guide/collections/hh/in_house_resources/immigrant_letters/dutch_letters. Additions continue.

Subject/Index Terms

Canada - Emigration and immigration - Biography
Dutch Americans - Correspondence
Dutch Americans - History - Sources
Dutch Americans - Personal narratives
Dutch Americans - Social life and customs
Netherlands - Emigration and immigration - Biography
United States - Emigration and immigration - Biography


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Series 5: Last Name: E
Box 18
Folder 18: Ebbens, H. Letters: 3 items, photocopy, with 1 translation. Hammond, Indiana - Doon, Iowa. H. Ebbens to Feikema family. --- 1926-1933
Folder 19: Ebbers, Gerrit. Letters: 2 items, photocopy, with transcription and translation. Grand Rapids, Michigan - Aalten, Gelderland. G. Ebbers to relatives. --- 1948
Folder 20: Ebbers, Katrien Janna. Letters: 2 items, photocopy, with translation. Edmonton, Alberta - Grand Rapids, Michigan. K. J. Ebbers to sister. --- 1914
Folder 21: Ebbert, J. Letters: 2 items, photocopy, with translation. Nebraska - Netherlands. J. Ebbert to relatives. --- 1887
Folder 22: Eelman, Aris Jan.  Letters: 2 items, photocopy,with transcription and translation. New Holland, Michigan - Texel, Noord Holland. A. J. Eelman to wife Tettje Eelman-Bakker. --- 1866
Folder 23: Eelman, Aris Jan.  Letters: 5 items, photocopy,with transcription and translation. New Holland, Michigan - DenHelder, Noord Holland. A. J. Eelman to relative Jan Alberts Bakker. --- 1877-1886
Folder 24: Eelman, Jan Aris.  Letters: 3 items, photocopy,with translation. Texel, Noord Holland - New Holland, Michigan. J. A. Eelman to son, A. J. Eelman. --- 1866-1868
Folder 25: Eggink, Mina Gerharda Eskes. Letter: 1 item, transcription and translation. Pella, Iowa - Nieuwstad, Limburg. M. G. Eggink to G. J. Olthuijs. --- 1872
Folder 26: Eikelkamp, Janna. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with translation. Netherlands - Grandville, Michigan. J. Eikelkamp to brother. --- 1909
Folder 27: Eikema, Gerhard. Letters: 13 items, photocopy. Pekin, Illinois - Winschoten, Groningen. G. Eikema to relatives. --- 1869-1900
Folder 28: Eising, Albert. Letters: 3 items, photocopy, with translation. Hijken, Drenthe - McBain, Michigan. A. Eising to A. Timmerman. --- 1895-1899
Folder 29: Eldering, C. H. Letter: 1 item, photocopy. Hoogkerk, Groningen - Iowa. C.H. Eldering to Nieveen family. --- 1923
Box 19
Folder 1-2: Elgersma, P. C. and J. Family. Letters: 60 items, photocopy. Hantumhuizen, Dokkum, and Oosternijkerk, Friesland -Waupun and Randolph, Wisconsin. Elgersma family to John Wierenga and other relatives. --- 1948-1958
Folder 3: Elias, Magdalena. Letters: 4 items, photocopy, with transcription and translation. Pultneyville and Sodus, New York - Sluis, Zeeland. M. Elias to A. De Priester. --- 1849-1873
Folder 4: Elman, Mary. Letters: 1 item, photocopy, with translation. Oosterend, Texel, Noord Holland - Los Angeles, California. M. Elman to S. Tilma. --- 1973
Folder 5: Elzing, Rijnert K. Letter: 1 item, photocopy. Chicago, Illinois - Irnsum, Friesland. R. K. Elzing to Jelle Elzing. --- 1870
Folder 6: Elzing, William. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with transcription and translation. Chicago, Illinois - Irnsum, Friesland. W. Elzing to friend. --- 1870
Folder 7: Elzinga, Tina Dykstra. Letters: 1 item, photocopy. Sneek, Friesland - Long Beach, California. T. Elzinga to A. Rollema. --- 1975
Folder 8: Engels, Frederika. Letters: 3 items, photocopy. Dwingeloo, Drenthe - Lake Wilson, Minnesota. F. Engels to Roelof Smit and Jacoba Huisman. --- 1881-1909
Folder 9: Enserink, A. J. Letters: 5 items, photocopy. Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island - Dalfsen, Overijssel. A. J. Enserink to G. H. Neuteboom. --- 1954-1957
Folder 10-15: Enserink, Bertus (Lubbertus) and Ina (Gezina Maria Elizabeth Deurwaarder). Letters: 258 items, original and photocopy; and book. Ayelsford, Nova Scotia, --- 1959-1977
Folder 16: Ensing, G. Letter: 1 item, photocopy. Saugatuck, Michigan - Noordbarge, Drenthe. G. Ensing to K. Ensink. --- 1869
Folder 17-21: Ensink, K. Letters: 58 items, photocopy. Noordbarge, Drenthe - Zeeland, Michigan. K. Ensink to Frederik Ensing. --- 1869-1892
Box 20
Folder 1-5: Eringa, Ulbe. Letters: 41 items, photocopy. Hull, Iowa. Running Water, South Dakota - Sneek, Friesland. U. Eringa to M. Y. Shaarda. --- 1892-1918
Folder 6: Esselink, H. Letters: 2 items, photocopy. Blueberry Mountain, Alberta - Peins, Friesland. H. Esselink to Jacob Zondervan. --- 1934
Folder 7: Eulko and Trijntje. Letter: 1 item, with transcription and translation. Follega, Friesland - USA. E. and T. to brother and sister. --- 1919
Folder 8: Evenhuis, Anna. Letter: 1 item, photocopy. Groningen, Groningen - Elmhurst, Illinois. A. Evenhuis to R. Evenhouse. --- 1969
Folder 9: Evenhuis, B. R. Letters: 6 items, photocopy. Schildwolde, Groningen - Chicago, Illinois. B. R. Evenhuis to H. Evenhuis. --- 1917-1938
Folder 10: Evenhuis, Henry. Letters: 9 items, photocopy. Grand Rapids, Michigan and Netherlands -Oak Lawn, Illinois. Relatives to H. Evenhuis. --- 1934
Folder 11: Evenhuis, Jan. Letter: 1 item, photocopy. Groningen, Groningen - Elmhurst, Illinois. J. Evenhuis to Richard Evenhouse. --- 1969
Folder 12: Evenhuis, R. J. Karssiens. Letters: 2 items, photocopy. Joure, Friesland - Wirdum, Friesland. R. J. Evenhuis to relatives. --- 1928
Folder 13: Evenhuis, Tale. Letters: 2 items. Nieuwe Pekela, Groningen - Oakdale, New York. T. Evenhuis to Mike van Essendelft and H. J. Brinks. 502:505 --- 1987
Folder 14: Everhard, Hendrika Gerritdina Brinkerhof. Letters: 10 items, with transcription and translation. Holland, Michigan - Apeldoorn, Gelderland. H.G. Everhard to Jan Derk ten Broeke. --- 1885-1908
Folder 15: Everts, Roelof. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with transcription and translation. Holland, Michigan - Grand Rapids, Michigan. R. Everts to a friend. --- 1869

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