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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 18: Last Name: RAdd to your cart.
Box 49Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Raterink, Teunis. Letters: 4 items, transcription. Groningen, Michigan - Staphorst, Overijssel. T. Raterink to relatives. --- 1874-1886Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Redder, Klaas Jans and Klaasje. Letters: 3 items, transcription, with translation. Drenthe, Michigan - Staphorst, Overijssel. K. J. and K. Redder to Jantje Pot Visscher. --- 1883-1895Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Redeker, L. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with translation. Alto, Wisconsin - Bloomington, Indiana. L. Redeker to H. van Asselt. --- 1866Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Reeder. Travel account: 1 item, 9 leaves, photocopy. Dongeradeel, Friesland - Canada. --- 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Reglement. Leaflet: 1 item, 4 pages. Netherlands - Minnesota. Entitled, Reglement voor de Vereeniging tot Ondersteuning der Emigratie van Minvermogenden Naar den Noord-Amerikaanschen Staat 'Minnesota; Amsterdam, Handelsdrukkerij, N. H. Beer. --- 1873Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Reijerse, Hendrik. Letters: 2 items, photocopy. Grand Rapids, Michigan - 's-Heer-Arendskerke, Zeeland. H. Reijerse to M. J. Geuze. --- 1923Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Reijerse, Leen. Letter: 1 item, photocopy. Kalamazoo, Michigan - 's-Heer-Arendskerke, Zeeland. L. Reijerse to M. J. Geuze. --- 1923Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Reiling, J. R. Letter: 1 item, photocopy. Gilman, Illinois - Gasselternijveen, Drenthe. J. R. Reiling to relatives. --- 1904Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Reiling, Jan and Tonie. Letter: 1 item, photocopy. Vroomshoop, Overijssel - Muskegon, Michigan. J. and T. Reiling to Hans D. and Jean Helling. --- 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Reitsma, Meinte. Letter: 1 item, photocopy. St. Louis, Missouri - Wommels, Friesland. M. Reitsma to J. Wagenmakers. --- 1902Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Renting, H. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with translation. Haren, Groningen - Bodegraven, Zuid Holland. H. Renting to church member. --- 1889Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Renzema, Durk Harmens and Klaaske Wiersma. Letters: 32 items, transcription, with partial translation. Grand Rapids, Michigan - Berlikum, Friesland. D. H. and K. Renzema to relatives. --- 1882-1911Add to your cart.
Folder 33-36: Retel, Peter Daniel. Letters: 35 items, photocopy, with transcription and translation. Iowa, Kansas, New Mexico, Colorado, Montana - Bloemendaal, Noord Holland. P. D. Retel to relatives. --- 1882-1893Add to your cart.
Box 50Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Reynders, P. C. Letters: 2 items, photocopy. San Gabriel, California - Leiden, Zuid Holland. P. C. Reynders to Cornelia C. Polder van der Baan. --- 1919-1928Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Riddering, A. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with translation. Haren, Groningen - Zweelo, Drenthe. A. Riddering to relatives. --- 1872Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Riddering, Albert. Letters: 2 items, photocopy, with translation. Drenthe, Michigan - Noord Sleen, Drenthe. A. Riddering to Jan Boer. --- 1865-1874Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Riemersma, D. Letters: 3 items, photocopy, with translation. Kollum, Friesland - Pella, Iowa. D. Riemersma to J. D. Douma and J. van der Ploeg. --- 1882-1884Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Riemersma, M. Letters: 3 items, photocopy, with transcription and translation. Kollum, Friesland - Pella, Iowa. M. Riemersma to relatives. --- 1871-1882Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Rientsma, Jentje Rientses. Letters: 2 items, photocopy. Medemblik, Noord Holland - Rock Valley, Iowa. J. R. Rientsma to Djurre Klaaszoon de Boer. --- 1931-1932Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Riepena, Fokke. Document: 1 item, photocopy. Citizenship Certificate, Cook County, Illinois. State of Illinois to F. Riepena. --- 1884Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Rijken van Olst, G. J. and M. Heijns. Letters: 4 items, photocopy, with translation. Den Haag, Zuid Holland - Grand Rapids, Michigan. G. J. and M. Rijken van Olst to Garrett Heijns. --- 1948-1952Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Rijneveld, Jan and Marchie. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with transcription and translation. Epe, Gelderland -Grand Rapids, Michigan. J. and M. Rijneveld to friends. --- 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Ringeling, A. Letters: 4 items, photocopy. Holland, Michigan - Hoogeveen, Drenthe. A. Ringeling to Sloothaak family. --- 1896-1898Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Ris, Ria and Fred. Letters: 8 items, photocopy. Surrey, British Columbia - Haarlem, Noord Holland. R. and F. Ris to Henry F. Ris. --- 1988-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Ritsema, Klaas Pieters. Letter: 1 item, with translation. Unknown location -unknown location. K.P. Ritsema to Pieter Hofstede de Groot. --- 1834Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Ritzema, D. Letter: 1 item. Maple Lake, Minnesota - Pieterburen, Groningen. D. Ritzema to relatives. --- 1915Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Roelofs, George. Letter fragment: 1 item, photocopy, with translation. Port Sheldon, Michigan - Amsterdam, Noord Holland. G. Roelofs to H. J. Roelofs. --- 1907Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Roelofs, J. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with translation. Pella, Iowa - Netherlands. J. Roelofs to friends. --- 1848Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Roerig, Berend. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with translation. Grand Rapids, Michigan - Bedum, Groningen. B. Roerig to J. Tilma. --- 1893Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Rogers, Janet. Letter: Unknown location - Groningen, Groningen. J. Rogers to Geertruida Hillegina Scheringa van der Nald. --- 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Rollema, Annie. Letters: 9 items, English. Sneek, Friesland - Long Beach, California. A. Rollema to husband and children. --- 1974-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Rollema, Dinie. Letters: 7 items, photocopy. Sneek, Friesland - Long Beach, California. D. Rollema to R. Rollema. --- 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 20-21: Rollema, Reinder. Letters: 28 items, photocopy. Sneek, Friesland - Long Beach, California. R. Rollema to Rienk and Annie Rollema. --- 1974-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Romkema, Cornlius. Letters: 3 items, with translation. Workum, Friesland - Springfield, South Dakota. C. Romkema to uncle and aunt. --- 1919-1925Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Romkema, J. Letters: 12 items, with translation. St. Johannesga, Friesland - Springfield, South Dakota. J. Romkema to relatives. --- 1918-1933Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Romkema, Mabel. Letters: 4 items, photocopy. Bellflower, California - Joure, Friesland. M. Romkema to Evert J. Vogel. --- 1946-1949Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Romkema, Margje and Meintje. Letters: 3 items, with translation. Joure, Friesland - Springfield, South Dakota. M. and M. Romkema to uncle. --- 1912Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Romkema, Pierjte. Letters: 20 items, with partial translation. St. Johannesga, Friesland -Springfield, South Dakota. P. Romkema to brother. --- 1912-1921Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Romkema, Uelke and Trijntje. Letters: 16 items. Eesterga and Follega, Friesland - Springfield, South Dakota. U. and T. Romkema to brother. --- 1913-1934Add to your cart.
Folder 28-30: Romkema, Willem. Letters: 35 items, photocopy. Springfield, South Dakota - Joure, Friesland. W. Romkema to Evert J. Vogel. --- 1937-1956Add to your cart.
Box 51Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Rooda, Tunis (Thomas Rhoda). Letter: 1 item. Hawthorne, New Jersey - Grand Rapids, Michigan. Letter of recommendation. --- 1906Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Roorda, Albert A. Letters: 8 items, photocopy. Sioux Center, Iowa - Oosterwolde, Friesland. A. A. Roorda to Arjen de Jong. --- 1902-1908Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Roorda, Albert Epke. Letters: 2 items, published translation. Veenklooster, Friesland - Des Moines, Iowa. A. E. Roorda to parents. Published in the Roorda Family History; Des Moines, Iowa, private printing. --- 1870-1875, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Roorda, Izaak Epke. Travel account: 1 item, 12 pages, published translation. Dantumawoude, Friesland - Pella, Iowa. Published in the Roorda Family History; Des Moines, Iowa, private printing. --- 1853, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Roos, Dick. Letters: 5 items, photocopy, with partial translation. Netherlands - Doon, Iowa. D. Roos to Kortenhoeven-Feikema family. --- 1931-1950Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Roosjen, Simon and Martha. Letter: 1 item. Groningen, Groningen - Grand Rapids, Michigan. S. and M. Roosjen to Jan Jansma. --- 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Roost, John. Letters: 5 items, photocopy, with transcription and translation. Holland, Michigan. Albany, New York - Holland, Michigan. J. Roost to wife and A. C. Van Raalte. --- 1859Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Roozendaal, Gerrigje. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with transcription and translation. Calumet, Illinois - Brandwijk, Zuid Holland. G. Roozendaal to A. Roozendaal. --- 1856Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Rosenboom, Frouwina. Letters: 2 items, photocopy, with translation. Grand Rapids, Michigan - Oude Pekela, Groningen. F. Rosenboom to Jacobus Schoonbeek. --- 1888Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Rosenboom, G. Letter: 1 item, photocopy. Glendale, California - Grand Rapids, Michigan. G. Rosenboom to relatives. --- 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 11-13: Rosenboom, Gerhardus and Harmana Schoonbeek. Letters: 25 items, photocopy, with translation. Grand Rapids, Michigan - Oude Pekela, Groningen. G. and H. Rosenboom to Jacobus Schoonbeek. --- 1874-1931Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Rosenboom, Theresa. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, English. Grand Rapids, Michigan -unknown location. T. Rosenboom to relatives. --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Rosendaal, Jan.  Letter: 1 item, photocopy,with translation.  Texel, Noord Holland - Muskegon, Michigan.  J.  Rosendaal to Dirkje Trap-Rosendaal. --- 1892Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Roskam, Jacob. Letter: 4 items, photocopy. Midland Park, New Jersey - Stavoren, Friesland. J. Roskam to H. Roskam Dijkstra. --- 1948-1949Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Rotschäfer, A. Letter: 1 item, photocopy. Holland, Michigan - Netherlands. A. Rotschäfer to brother. --- 1912Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Rottschaefer, Alderick. Letter: 1 item, photocopy. Grand Rapids, Michigan - Wijnjeterp, Friesland. A. Rottschaefer to Daniel van der Meulen. --- 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Rouwenhorst, J. W. Letters: 2 items, photocopy, with transcription and translation. Hengelo, Gelderland - USA. J. W. Rouwenhorst to relatives. --- 1909Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Rozema, H. Letters: 2 items, photocopy. Franeker, Friesland - [Pella, Iowa]. H. Rozema to S. de Vries. --- [1945-1948]Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Rubingh, Grietje. with H. and J. Walkotten. Letters: 3 items, photocopy, with transcription and translation. Groningen and Wildervank, Groningen - Graafschap, Michigan. G. Rubingh to relatives. --- 1882-1918Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Rubingh, Heichiena. Letters: 4 items, photocopy, with transcription and translation. Wildervank, Groningen - Ellsworth and Graafschap, Michigan. H. Rubingh to John Rubingh. [Translation by Eugene F. Rubingh, 2010] --- 1870-1898Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Rubingh, Jan. Letters: 9 items, photocopy, with transcription and translation. Muskegon and Grand Rapids, Michigan - Wildervank, Groningen. J. Rubingh to relatives and friends. --- 1874-1918Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 24: Ruisch, Geertje. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with translation. Alton, Iowa - Galesburg, Iowa. G. Ruisch to G. N. Van't Sant. --- 1885Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Ruiter, Gerrit. Letters: 3 items, translation. Ferrysburg, Michigan - Netherlands. G. Ruiter to son. --- 1917Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Ruiter, Roelof. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with translation. Grand Rapids, Michigan - Vroomshoop, Overijssel. R. Ruiter to Arend Bosscher. --- 1906Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Rustenburg, A. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with translation. Beekbergen, Gelderland - Escalon, California. A. Rustenburg to Jan and Dre De Visser. --- 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 28-29: Rustenburg, P. Letters: 17 items, photocopy, with translation. Enkhuizen, Noord Holland - Escalon, California. P. Rustenburg to Jan De Visser. --- [1952]-1970Add to your cart.
Box 52Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Rutgers van der Loeff, Abraham. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with transcription and translation. Berkeley, California -  Netherlands. A. Rutgers van der Loeff to relatives. --- 1906Add to your cart.
Folder 2-4: Rutgers, Willem R. and Aaltje Reefhuis. Letters: 32 items, photocopy, with partial transcription. Schuilenburg, Overijssel - Holland and Overisel, Michigan. W. R. and A. Rutgers to friends and Swierze Rutgers. --- 1848-1894Add to your cart.

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