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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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Box 20
Folder 16: Faber, A. W. Poem: 1 item, 5 leaves. 1 item, 5 leaves. Wommels, Friesland - Orange City, Iowa. Entitled, Iets over de Reis naar Amerika. --- 1948
Folder 17: Faber, Hessel and Hiltje Herder. Letter: 1 item, photocopy. Orange City, Iowa - Beetgumermolen, Friesland. H. and H. Faber to Jacob Piers Boonstra. --- 1918
Folder 18: Faber, Martin. Letters: 2 items, photocopy. Grand Rapids and Byron Center, Michigan - Netherlands.  M. Faber to relatives. --- 1902-1923
Folder 19: Farnsworth, Bertha Huntley. Letters: 2 items, photocopy. Newark, New York - Oostburg, Zeeland. B. Farnsworth to Noel Hontelez. --- 1968-1972View associated digital content.
Folder 20: Feikema, D. F. and Hillie. Letters: 5 items, photocopy, with transcription and translation. Franeker, Friesland - Doon, Iowa. D. F. and H. Feikema to relatives. --- 1893-1899
Folder 21: Feikema, Frank. Letters: 2 items, photocopy, with transcription and translation. Franeker, Friesland - Doon, Iowa. F. Feikema to relatives. --- 1948
Folder 22: Feikema, H. F.  Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with transcription and translation. Franeker, Friesland - Doon, Iowa. H. F. Feikema to children. --- undated
Folder 23: Fennema, Gerrit. Letters and recollections: 10 items, 13 leaves and 9 letters, photocopy. Hallum, Friesland - Grand Rapids, Michigan. L. M. de Vries, Janke Miedema, Geert S. Tolsma, S. van der Woude, Jacob Jonker and other friends to G. Fennema. --- 1904-1915
Folder 24: Ferwerda, John. Letters: 2 items, photocopy. Chicago, Illinois - Dokkum, Friesland. J. Ferwerda to J. Visser Ferwerda. --- 1969-1972
Folder 25: Fledderus, H. Letters: 2 items, transcription, with translation. Fremont, Michigan - Netherlands. H. Fledderus to relatives. --- 1877
Box 21
Folder 1: Fokkema, Eelkje Dirks Algra. Letters: 6 items, photocopy, with transcription  and translation. Grand Rapids, Michigan - Rinsumageest and Suawoude, Friesland. E. Fokkema to Nieske, Aan and Hijlkje Dirks Algra van der Meulen. --- 1893-1912
Folder 2: Foppinga, M. Letter: 1 item. Haren, Groningen - Lansing, Illinois. M. Foppinga to A. Bulte. --- 1977
Folder 3: Fox, James. Letter: 1 item, photocopy. Williamson, New York - Cadzand, Zeeland. J. Fox to W. J. Robijn. --- 1950
Folder 4: Fraanje, Krijn family. Letters, schrijfboek: 25 items. Grand Rapids, Michigan -Borssele, Zeeland. Cornelia Steenblok. Krijn, Gillis, Anthonie, and John Fraanje to relatives and friends. --- 1873-1936
Folder 5: Franse, J. Letters: 9 items, photocopy. Thamesville, Ontario - Serooskerke, Zeeland. J. Franse to A. van Winklen. --- 1946-1962
Folder 6: Franse, T. Letters: 5 items, photocopy. Thamesville, Ontario - Serooskerke, Zeeland. T. Franse to A. van Winkelen. --- 1948-1966
Folder 7: Frederiks, Marinus and Geertje. Letters: 9 items, photocopy, with transcription. Utica, New York - Middelburg, Zeeland. M. and G. Fredricks to J. S. Frederiks. --- 1847-1858
Folder 8: Freriks, Hendrik. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with transcription. Vriesland, Michigan - Wapserveen, Drenthe. H. Freriks to Jan Egberts Blok. --- [1870s]
Folder 9: Frijns, J. Letters: 3 items, photocopy. Heerlen, Limburg - Knoxville, Tennessee. J. Frijns to A. Benning. --- 1957-1966
Folder 10: Fritzemeier, G. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with translation. Huron, Michigan - Grand Rapids, Michigan. G. Fritzemeier to Jacobus Schoonbeek. --- 1961
Folder 11: Furens, Elizabeth. Letters: 3 items, transcription, with translation. Markham and Sanford, Florida - Netherlands. J. and S. Furens to relatives. --- 1894-1923

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