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Dutch Immigrant Papers Collection

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

ID: COLL/078

Extent: 77.0 Boxes. More info below.

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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 9: Last Name: IAdd to your cart.
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Folder 11: Idsardi, T. E. Travel account: 1 item, 4 leaves, translated photocopy. Friesland, Netherlands - New York. --- 1849Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Iest, Tjitske Jorritsma. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with translation. Chino, California - Sneek, Friesland. T. Iest to Lies Jorritsma Griepsma. --- 1928Add to your cart.
Folder 13: In't Veld, C. Goud. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with translation. Maasdam, Zuid Holland - Hawthorne, New York. C. In't Veld to Jan De Man. --- 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Ipema, Hendrik and Jan. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with translation. Heemstede, Noord Holland - McBain, Michigan. H. and J. Ipema to Wiebe Venema. --- 1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 15: Ippel, Gerrit. Letter: 1 item, photocopy. Pella, Iowa - Werkendam, Noord Brabant. G. Ippel to brother and sisters. --- 1883Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 16: Ippel, P. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with transcription and translation. Reasoner, Iowa -Werkendam, Noord Brabant. P. Ippel to relatives. --- 1904Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 17: Israël, G. Letters: 5 items, photocopies, with translations. Kolijnsplaat, Zeeland - Kalamazoo, Michigan; G. Israël to J. de Jonge. --- 1890-1897Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Israël, Jan. Letters: 5 items, photocopies, with translations. Kortgene and Kolijnsplaat, Zeeland - Kalamazoo, Michigan; J. Israël to Jan and Elizabeth De Jonge. --- 1888-1894Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Israël, Trientje. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with translation. Kolijnsplaat, Zeeland - Kalamazoo, Michigan; T. Israël to relatives. --- 1899Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Iwema, Abel. Travel account: 1 item, 4 leaves, photocopy, with transcription. Aduard, Groningen -Fremont, Michigan. --- 1904Add to your cart.

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