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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 45
Folder 12: Paarlberg, Engel. Letters: 2 items, transcription with translation. Krabbendam, Noord Holland - South Holland, Illinois. E. Paarlberg to sister. --- undated
Folder 13: Paarlberg, Jan. Letters: 8 items, with transcription and translation. Krabbendam and Warmenhuizen, Noord Holland - South Holland, Illinois. J. Paarlberg to relatives. --- 1858-1881
Folder 14: Paarlberg, K. Letter: 1 item, transcription, with translation. Krabbendam, Noord Holland - South Holland, Illinois. K. Paarlberg to relatives. --- 1892
Folder 15: Palmbos, Aaltje. Letters: 6 items, photocopy, with translation. Appelscha, Friesland - Idaho. Relatives and friends to A. Palmbos. --- 1906-1910View associated digital content.
Folder 16: Palmbos, Hendrik. Letter: 1 item, photocopy. Grangeville, Idaho - Netherlands. H. Palmbos to relatives. --- 1919View associated digital content.
Folder 17: Palmbos, J. Letter: 3 items, photocopy. Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Zeeland, Michigan - Netherlands. J. Palmbos to relatives. --- 1909-1915View associated digital content.
Folder 18: Palmbos, Trijntje Klok and Theunis. Letters: 3 items, photocopy. Scheemdermeer, Groningen - USA. T. and T. Palmbos to Aaltje Van der Wal. --- 1909-1910View associated digital content.
Folder 19: Palsenborg, H. J. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with transcription and translation. Borculo, Gelderland - USA. H. J. Palsenborg to  Havikhorst. --- 1879
Folder 20: Pelle, Marinus. Travel account and article: 2 items. Dreischor, Zeeland - USA. Article by Frans Beekman. --- 1865, 1981
Folder 21: Pelmulder, Jelle Jans. Letters: 6 items, transcribed photocopy, with partial translation. New York, New York. Pella, Iowa - Bornwerd, Friesland. J. J. Pelmulder to Swartte van Loon and J. K. Heeringa. Published in Eenvoudige Maar Zeer Blangrijke Brieven uit Noord-Amerika; Dockum, A. Schaafsma --- 1855-1857, 1859
Folder 22: Peterson, J. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with translation. Holland, Michigan - Heemse, Overijssel. Niekerk. CRC Consistory to J. Peterson. --- 1867
Folder 23: Petersen, John. Marriage Certificate: 1 item, photocopy. Netherlands - Grand Haven, Michigan. --- 1875
Folder 24: Pfeifer, Elisabeth. Letters: 9 items, photocopy. Den Haag, Zuid Holland - Muskegon, Michigan. E. Pfeifer to Hans D. Helling. --- 1976-1979
Folder 25: Pfeifer, Piet. Letter: 1 item, photocopy. Weesp, Noord Holland - Muskegon, Michigan. P. Pfeifer to Mrs. S. Pfeifer Helling. --- 1978
Folder 26: Philipsen, Johan W. Letters: 8 items, photocopy, with translation. Auburn, New York - Gendringen, Gelderland. J. W. Philipsen to H. Philipsen. --- 1868-1877
Folder 27: Piebenga, Peter. Letters: 2 items, photocopy, with transcription. Grand Rapids, Michigan - Tzummarum, Friesland. P. Piebenga to Peter Jepma. --- 1948-1949
Folder 28: Pieneman, C. Letter: 1 item, photocopy. Grand Rapids, Michigan - Rijssen, Overijssel. C. Pieneman to Grietje Pol Wolterink. --- 1909View associated digital content.
Folder 29: Pierson, E. Letters: 3 items, translation. Vleuten, Utrecht - Grand Rapids, Michigan. E. Pierson to E. Gerritsen. --- 1915-1941
Folder 30: Pietersen, Jakobus. Letters: 5 items, photocopy, with partial translation. Grand Rapids, Michigan - Groningen, Groningen. J. Pietersen to relatives. --- 1875-1876
Folder 31: Plaiser, Aart. Letters: 17 items, photocopy. Grand Rapids and Grant, Michigan - Ridderkerk, Zuid Holland. A. Plaiser to C. van der Waal. --- 1910-1916
Folder 32: Plaiser, Gerrit. Letters: 2 items and genealogical data, photocopy, with translation. Grand Rapids, Michigan - Ridderkerk, Zuid Holland. G. Plaisier to C. van der Waal. --- 1911
Folder 33: Plammer, Bregje Zeilstra. Letter: 1 item, photocopy. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Smalle Ee, Friesland. B. Plammer to relatives. --- 1861
Box 46
Folder 1: Plas, Harm and Jenske Schoonveld. Letters: 7 items, photocopy. Groningen, Groningen - Grandville, Michigan. J. and H. Plas to Klaas Schoonveld. --- 1977-1978
Folder 2: Plet, Egbertus Carel. Travel account: 1 item, 15 leaves, transcription with translation. Sexbierum, Friesland - Ontario, California. --- 1913
Folder 3: Pleune, Adriaan. Travel account: 1 item, 70 leaves, photocopy, with translation. St. Philipsland, Zeeland - Ravenna, Michigan. --- 1848View associated digital content.
Folder 4: Plinsinga, W. Letters: 2 items, photocopy, with translation. Nieuwolda, Groningen - Grand Rapids, Michigan. W. Plinsinga to Jacobus Schoonbeek. --- 1874-1875
Folder 5: Poelman, H. Letter: 1 item, photocopy. Manhattan, New York - Netherlands. H. Poelman to father. --- 1921
Folder 6: Poelman, Harm K. Letter: 1 item, photocopy. Arnemuiden, Zeeland - St. Anne, Illinois. H. K. Poelman to E. Tilma. --- 1960
Folder 7: Poelstra, Jacobus and Trientje. Letters: 2 items, photocopy, with partial translation. Groningen, Groningen - Lucas and McBain, Michigan. J. and T. Poelstra to Wiebe Venema. --- 1931-1946
Folder 8: Poen, Siem. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with translation. Enkhuizen, Noord Holland - Los Angeles, California. S. Poen to S. Tilma. --- [1960]
Folder 9-11: Polder, Anna. Letters: 32 items, photocopy. Los Angeles, California - Roosendaal, Noord Brabant. A. Polder to Antoon and Cornelia C. Polder van der Baan. --- 1915-1935
Folder 12-24: Polder, Dirk and Cornelia Hemerling. Letters: 339 items, photocopy. Montebello, California - Roosendaal, Noord Brabant and Leiden, Zuid Holland. D. and C. Polder to Antoon and Cornelia C. Polder van der Baan. --- 1914-1941
Box 47
Folder 1-15: Polder, Dirk and Cornelia Hemerling. Letters: 339 items, photocopy. Montebello, California - Roosendaal, Noord Brabant and Leiden, Zuid Holland. D. and C. Polder to Antoon and Cornelia C. Polder van der Baan. --- 1914-1941
Folder 16: Polder, Jaap and Jan. Letters: 19 items, photocopy. Montebello, California - Roosendaal, Noord Brabant. J. and J. Polder to Antoon and Cornelia C. Polder van der Baan. --- 1910-1941
Folder 17: Polder, Jansje. Letters: 8 items, photocopy. Montebello, California - Leiden, Zuid Holland. J. Polder to Antoon and Cornelia C. Polder van der Baan. --- 1914-1921
Folder 18: Polder, Leendert. Letters: 14 items, photocopy. Fuente and Montebello, California - Roosendaal, Noord Brabant. L. Polder to Antoon and Cornelia C. Polder van der Baan. --- 1914-1929
Box 48
Folder 1-5: Polder-Van der Baan Family.  Travel account: 1 item, photocopy, in Dutch and English. California and Canada - Netherlands. --- 1950-1959
Folder 6-9: Polder, Waander and Jenny. Letters: 55 items, photocopy. Los Angeles, California - Leiden, Zuid Holland. W. and J. Polder to Antoon and Cornelia C. Polder van der Baan. --- 1914-1941
Folder 10: Pommer, Cornelis. Letters: 12 items, photocopy, with translation. Buffalo, New York - Hoogland, Utrecht. C. Pommer to relatives. --- 1891-1900
Folder 11-14: Pool, Gees. Letters: 50 items, photocopy. Westmeath, Ontario - Drachstercompagnie, Friesland. G. Pool to G. van Slooten. --- 1952-1980
Folder 15: Pool-Bolier, Mina. Letters: 26 items, translations. Oostdijk, Zeeland - Zeeland, Michigan. Blok family to Mina (Minnie, Minny) Pool-Bolier (Mrs. Robert). --- 1934-1949
Folder 16: Popma, Louwe. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with transcription and translation. Grand Rapids, Michigan - Groningen, Groningen. L. Popma to Martje Groothuis. --- [1890]View associated digital content.
Folder 17: Poppinga, Riem Jorritsma. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with translation. Medan, Indonesia - [Netherlands]. R. Poppinga to Jetse Jorritsma. --- 1929View associated digital content.
Folder 18: Post, Abel. Travel account: 1 item, 117 leaves, with translation. Kampen, Overijssel - Blayney, Australia. --- 1952
Box 49
Folder 1: Post, L. Letters: 2 items, with translation. 's Hertogenbosch, Noord Brabant - Grand Rapids, Michigan. L. Post to W. De Leeuw. --- 1946
Folder 2: Postema, George C. Reminiscences: 1 item, photocopy. Chatham, Ontario. --- 1974
Folder 3: Posthumus, Wietze. Letter: 1 item, photocopy of a published letter, with translation. Roseland, Illinois - Netherlands. W. Posthumus to editor. Published in Nieuw Advertentieblad. --- 1888
Folder 4: Postma, Geertje Johanna Velds. Letter: 1 item, photocopy. Grand Rapids, Michigan - Makkum, Friesland. G. J. Postma to Anna Maria Lumer Velds. --- 1947
Folder 5: Potappel, J. Letters: 12 items, photocopy, with translation. Colijnsplaat, Zeeland - Kalamazoo, Michigan. J. Potappel to Jan de Jonge, J. H. de Laat de Kanter and relatives. --- 1881-1894
Folder 6: Potappel, Jappa. Letters: 2 items, photocopy, with translation and partial transcription. Zierikzee, Zeeland - Kalamazoo, Michigan. J. Potappel to relatives. --- 1891
Folder 7: Potappel, Tannetje. Letters: 5 items, photocopy, with translation and partial transcription. Colijnsplaat and Zierikzee, Zeeland - USA. T. Potappel to relatives. --- 1899-1901
Folder 8: Pott, Lammie. Letters: 14 items, photocopy. Mouth of Kiswick, New Brunswick - Sappemeer, Groningen. L. Pott to B. Niemeyer. --- 1956-1967
Folder 9: Pre, M. D. Rubingh. Letters: 5 items, photocopy, with transcription and translation. Wildervank, Groningen - USA. M. D. Pree to J. Rubingh. --- 1886-1891
Folder 10: Prince, Lina.  Letters: 5 items, photocopy, with translation. Paterson, New Jersey - Ouddorp and Nieuwe Tonge, Zuid Holland. L. Prince to relatives. --- 1887-1911
Folder 11: Prins, Benjamin. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with transcription and translation. Chicago, Illinois - Brandwijk, Zuid Holland. B. Prins to relatives. --- [1852]
Folder 12: Prins, G. Letters: 4 items, photocopy, with partial transcription and translation. Marum, Groningen. Hallum, Friesland - Hartley, Iowa. G. Prins to Dick and Cora Prins. --- 1969-1979
Folder 13: Prins, Jan. Letters: 3 items, photocopy. Forest Park, Illinois - Groningen, Groningen. J. Prins to G. Bennink. --- 1928-1929
Folder 14: Prins, Rienk. Letters: 10 items, photocopy. Middelstum, Groningen - St. Anne, Illinois. California. R. Prins to E. Tilma. --- 1959-1960
Folder 15: Prins, Simon. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with translation. Orange City, Iowa - Andijk, Noord Holland. S. Prins to M. Kooiman Groot. --- 1896
Folder 16: Pruiksma, Anna De Haan.  Skit: 1 item. Entitled, "Het Lekt Hier. --- undatedView associated digital content.
Folder 17: Pruiksma, Aukjen. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with translation. Paterson, New Jersey - Joure, Friesland. A. Pruiksma to children. --- 1895View associated digital content.
Folder 18: Pruiksma, Jetze W. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with translation. Passaic, New Jersey - Sneek, Friesland. J. W. Pruiksma to A. J. Pruiksma. --- 1954View associated digital content.
Folder 19: Pruiksma, Watze. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with translation. Paterson, New Jersey - Sneek, Friesland. W. Pruiksma to relatives. --- 1895View associated digital content.

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