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Dutch Immigrant Papers Collection

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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 10: Last Name: J
Box 29
Folder 21: Jager, Jan. Letters: 2 items. St. Johannesga, Friesland -Lucas, Michigan. J. Jager to Thomas Veldsma. --- 1893-1897
Folder 22: Jager, Nolles. Letter: 1 item, with transcription and translation. Amsterdam, Noord Holland -Grand Rapids, Michigan. N. Jager to Douwe Bloksma. --- 1888
Folder 23-24: Janse, J. Letters: 9 items, photocopy, with partial translation. Grand Rapids, Michigan -Nieuw Sint Joosland, Zeeland. J. Janse to F. P. Polderdijk. --- 1880-1905
Folder 25: Jansen, Ben. Letters: 5 items, photocopy.  Netherlands - Holland, Michigan. Relatives to B. Jansen. --- 1976
Folder 26: Jansen, G. Jansen. Letters: 2 items, photocopy. Grave, Noord Brabant - Hawthorne, New York. G. Jansen to Jan De Man. --- 1978
Folder 27: Jansen, G. W. Letter: 1 item, photocopy. De Waal, Noord Holland - Grand Haven, Michigan. G. W. Jansen to Nell Lebbe Schornagel Lehman. --- 1941
Folder 28: Jansen, Gertie. Letters: 2 items, photocopy. Chicago, Illinois - Groningen, Groningen. G. Jansen to Geertruida Scheringa van der Nald. --- 1947
Folder 29: Jansen, Hendrikus Wilhelmus. Letter: 1 item, photocopy. Brooklyn, New York - Jutphaas, Utrecht. J. W. Jansen to cousins. --- [1900]
Folder 30: Jansen, J. van Vliet. Letter: 1 item, photocopy. Amsterdam, Noord Holland - Wilmette, Illinois. J. Jansen to Jaap Jansen. --- 1979
Folder 31: Jansen, Johannes Theodoor. Letter: 1 item, photocopy. Jutphaas, Utrecht - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. J. T. Jansen to cousin. --- 1906
Folder 32: Jansen, Nellie. Letters: 3 items, photocopy, with translation. Rock Valley, Iowa - Franeker, Friesland. N. Jansen to friends. --- 1887-1913
Folder 33: Jansma, E. Letters: 9 items. Utrecht, Utrecht; Den Haag, Zuid Holland; Appelscha, Friesland; Assen, Drenthe - Grand Rapids, Michigan. E. Jansma to Jan Jansma. --- 1924-1934
Folder 34: Jansma, G. J. Letter: 1 item. Appelscha, Friesland - Grand Rapids, Michigan. G. J. Jansma to Jan Jansma. --- 1886
Folder 35: Jansma, Gerrit. Letters: 5 items, photocopy, with translation. Geesteren, Gelderland - Grand Rapids, Michigan. G. Jansma to relatives. --- 1887-1889
Folder 36-39: Jansma, Jan and Di. Letters and fragments: 54 items. Applescha, Friesland - Grand Rapids, Michigan. J. Jansma to relatives. --- 1875-1934
Box 30
Folder 1-2: Jansma, Jan and Di. Letters and fragments: 54 items. Applescha, Friesland - Grand Rapids, Michigan. J. Jansma to relatives. --- 1875-1934
Folder 3: Janssens, Ineke. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with translation. Roermond, Limburg - Grand Rapids, Michigan. I. Janssens to Jan and Diane (Dini) Viveen. --- 1958
Folder 4-5: Jeltes, Jan Simons. Recollections: 1 item,116 pages, with translation. Zuurdijk, Groningen - Grand Rapids, Michigan. --- 1819-1885
Folder 6: Johnson, H. E. Letter: 1 item, photocopy. Webster City, Iowa - Grand Haven, Michigan. H. E. Johnson to cousin. --- undated
Folder 7: Jongema, Yme E. Travel account: 1 item, 43 pages, photocopy, with transcription. Neerlandia, Alberta - Sneek, Friesland. --- 1930
Folder 8: Jongewaard, Cornelis. Letter: 1 item, with transcription and translation. Pella, Iowa - Netherlands. C. Jongewaard to Jan Schuitemaker. --- 1863View associated digital content.
Folder 9: Jongsma, Co de Heus. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with translation. Strijen, Zuid Holland - Hawthorne, New York. C. Jongsma to Jan De Man. --- 1976
Folder 10: Jongste, W. Letters: 10 items, photocopy, with transcription and translation. Holland, Michigan; Paterson, New Jersey - Kalamazoo, Michigan. W. Jongste to Paulus Den Bleyker. --- 1857-1859
Folder 11: Jonker, A. Letter: 1 item, photocopy. Grand Rapids, Michigan - Emmen, Drenthe. A. Jonker to Johannes Jonker. --- 1893
Folder 12: Joosten, G. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with translation. Rotterdam, Zuid Holland - Hudsonville, Michigan. G. Joosten to E. Venema. --- 1947
Folder 13: Joosten, H. A. and Grietje Rubingh. Letters: 10 items, photocopy, with translation. Wildervank, Groningen; Amsterdam, Noord Holland - Graafschap, Michigan. --- 1860-1877
Folder 14: Jorritsma, Jitse and Ybel. Letters: 4 items, photocopy. Uitwellingerga and Sneek, Friesland - California. J. and Y. Jorritsma to Piet and Lies Jorritsma Griepsma. --- 1929-1936View associated digital content.
Folder 15: Jorritsma, Siebren (Sam) and Ann lest. Letters: 5 items, photocopy, with translation. Chino, California - Sneek, Friesland. S. and A. Jorritsma to Lies Jorritsma Griepsma. --- 1928View associated digital content.
Folder 16: Jorritsma, Tjitse J. Letters: 2 items, photocopy, with translation. Hynes and Montebello, California - Sneek, Friesland. T. J. Jorritsma to Lies Jorritsma Griepsma. --- 1929View associated digital content.
Folder 17: Jot, Geert Dirk. Letters: 2 items, with transcription and translation. Pella, Iowa - Netherlands. G. D. Jot to relatives. --- 1848-1859

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