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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 23: Last Name: WAdd to your cart.
Box 74Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Wabeke, Antonie. Letter: 1 item, transcription, with translation. Grand Haven, Michigan - Netherlands. A. Wabeke to relatives. --- 1882Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Wabeke, Gillis. Letter: 1 item, with transcription and translation. G. Wabeke to Jan Schipper. --- 1878Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Wafelaar, N. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with transcription. Gatun, Panama -unknown location. N. Wafelaar to relatives. --- 1884Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Walcott, Albert. Recollections: 1 item, 4 leaves, transcription. Ulsen, Germany - Drenthe, Michigan. --- 1847Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Walinga, Hinke Hofman. Letters: 3 items, photocopy. Balk, Friesland  - Dyer, Indiana. H. Walinga to C. H. Ooms. --- 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Wallard, W. P. Letter: 1 item, photocopy. Thayer County, Nebraska - Galesburg, Iowa. W. P. Wallard to Yetta Douma. --- 1896Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Walvoord, Willem. Letters: 11 items, photocopy, with transcription and translation. Holland, Nebraska - Winterswijk, Gelderland. W. Walvoord to family. --- 1903-1916Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Walvoord, William C. Recollections: 1 item, 31 leaves, photocopy. Winterswijk, Gelderland - New Brunswick, New Jersey. Entitled, Windmill Memories. --- 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Waninge, Harm, Trijntje, Jan, Luchien, Femmigje Huisman and Frederika Engels. Letters: 5 items, photocopy; 1 item, published. Dwingeloo, Drenthe - Pipestone, Minnesota. H., T., J., L., and F. Waninge, and F. Engels to Jacoba Huisman Smit. Published in Ik Heb Thans de Pen Opgevat; Reinder Smit, Dwingelo, Harmen Meijer. --- 1881-1920, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Wassenaar, Gerben Reinders. Letter: 1 item, published, with translation. Toledo, Ohio - Het Bildt, Friesland. G. R. Wassenaar to relatives and friends. Published in Tiental Brieven Betrekkelijk de Reis, Aankomst en Vestiging Naar en in Noord Amerika van Eenige Landverhuizers Vertrokken uit de Grietenijen Het Bildt en Barradeel in Vriesland; Franeker, T. Telenga. --- 1847, 1848Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 21: Wassenaar, Job, Jacob, and Paulus. Letters and documents: 5 items, photocopy. St. Annaparochie, Friesland - Orange City, Iowa. J. Wassenaar and Wijbinga van Dijk family. --- 1862-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Wassenaar, R. J. Letters: 13 items, photocopy. Grand Rapids, Michigan - Hollandseveld, Drenthe. A. J. Wassenaar to A. Kikkert. --- 1946-1952Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Webinga, Hendrieka Ter Avest (Mrs. John). Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with translation. Maurice, Iowa - Nijverdal, Overijssel. H. Webinga to Lambartus Menzink. --- 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Weenings, George (Sjoerd). Letter: 1 item, transcription and translation. SS General Wiesie (ship), [Palermo], Sicily - Pingjum, Friesland. G. Weenings to brother. --- 1847Add to your cart.
Folder 25-27: Weenink, Gerrit Jan. Letters: 28 items, photocopy and microfilm, with translation. Foremost, Coaldale, Blackfalds, and Edmonton, Alberta - Haarlo, Gelderland. G. J. Weenink to Johan G. Weenink. --- 1926-[1974]Add to your cart.
Folder 28-29: Weenink, Hendrik. Letters: 22 items, photocopy, with partial translation. Allentown and Jamesburg, New Jersey; Sunnyside, Washington; and Rocky Mount, North Carolina - Haarlo, Gelderland; and Blackfalds, Alberta. H. Weenink to J.G. Weenink. --- 1950-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Weinberg, J. Letter: 1 item, photocopy. Holland, Michigan - Groningen, Groningen. J. Weinberg to relatives. --- 1910Add to your cart.
Box 75Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Welle, Peter. Letter: 1 item, published, photocopy,with translation. Pella, Iowa - Gorichem, Zuid Holland. P. Welle to relatives. Published in Belangrijke Berigten uit Noord-Amerika; compiled by H. Picard.  Amsterdam, Hoogkamer & Comp. --- 1847Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Wells, Mary D. De Booy. Letter: 1 item, photocopy. London, England - Grand Haven, Michigan. M. D. Wells (for Netherlands Red Cross Society) to Nell Lebbe Schornagel Lehman. --- 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Werkhoff, Cornelius. Letters: 3 items, photocopy. C. Werkhoff to E. Mussenga. --- 1905-1920Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Werkman, Froukje de Vries. Letter: 1 item. Kloosterburen, Groningen - Chicago, Illinois. F. Werkman to Peter Bakker. --- 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Wesselius, Wim. Letter: 1 item, photocopy. Veendam, Groningen - St. Anne, Illinois. W. Wesselius to E. Tilma. --- 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Westenborg, A. Letters: 2 items, photocopy. Helena, Arkansas - Drouwenermond, Drenthe. A. Westenborg to relatives. --- 1903-1906Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Westerhof, A. B. Letters: 2 items.  Appelscha, Friesland - Grand Rapids, Michigan. A. B. Westerhof to Jan Jansma. --- 1884-1885Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Westerhof, Jan. Letter: 1 item, photocopy. Amsterdam, Noord Holland - Glasgow, Montana. J. Westerhof to Cecilia G. Ross. --- 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Westerhof, Pieter and Anna. Letters: 14 items, photocopy. Appingedam, Groningen - Holland, Michigan. P. and A. Westerhof to Piet and Aaltje (Alice) van Iddekinge. --- 1946-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Westerhuis, Pieter. Letters: 3 items, photocopy. Paterson, New Jersey - St. Anna Parochie, Friesland. P. Westerhuis to J. J. Hoogland. --- 1881-1882Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Westra, Bertha. Letters: 2 items, photocopy. Newaygo, Michigan - Zwaagwesteinde, Friesland. B. Westra to relatives. --- 1947-1948Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Westra, Haise E. Letter: 1 item. Muskegon, Michigan - Netherlands. H. E. Westra to relatives. --- 1875Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Wever, Trijntje. Letters: 2 items, photocopy. Rochester, New York - Wolvega, Friesland. T. Wever to J. van der Tuin. --- 1912-1913Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Wezenaar, Johannes Cornelis. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with transcription and translation. Marinette, Wisconsin - Voorschoten, Zuid Holland. J. C. Wezenaar to relatives. --- 1886Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Wibbens, Jacob. Letters: 13 items, photocopy. Chicago, Illinois; Battle Creek, Michigan; Grand Junction, Colorado - Sauwerd, Groningen. J. Wibbens to relatives. --- 1893-1901Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Wichers, Kars H. and Wennechien Salomons. Letters: 26 items, photocopy, with translation. Roseland, Pullman, and Fulton, Illinois - Gasselternijveen, Drenthe. K. and W. Wichers to relatives. --- 1870-1905Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Wiegers, Marinus and Zwaantje. Letters: 7 items, photocopy, with transcription and translation. Leens, Groningen - Chicago, Illinois. M. and Z. Wiegers to Elmer Huizinga. --- 1926-1927Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Wieldraaijer, G. J. Letters: 6 items, photocopy. Roseland, Illinois - Den Ham, Overijssel. G. J. Wieldraaijer to M. ten Brinke. --- 1909-1927Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Wierenga, Albert. Letters: 2 items, photocopy. Siddeburen, Groningen - Oak Lawn, Illinois. A. Wierenga to John Geersema and H. Evenhuis. --- 1938-1939Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Wierenga, L. Letter: 1 item, photocopy. Niawier, Friesland - Randolph, Wisconsin. L. Wierenga to John Wierenga. --- 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Wieringa, R. G. J.  Letter: 1 item, photocopy,with translation. Texel, Noord Holland - New Holland, Michigan. R. G. J. Wieringa to Aris Jan Eelman. --- 1866Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Wiersma, Eps Jorritsma and Wiebs. Letters: 4 items, photocopy, with translation. Chino, California - Sneek, Friesland. E. and W. Wiersma to Lies Jorritsma Griepsma. --- 1928-1929Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Wiersma, J. W. Letter: 1 item, photocopy. Dokkum, Friesland - USA. J. W. Wiersma to J. Wieringa. --- 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Wiggers, J. H. Letters: 3 items, transcription. Oostburg, Wisconsin - Winterswijk, Gelderland.  J. H. Wiggers to J. W. Slotboom. --- 1909-1919Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Wijffels, Johannes Bernardus. Letters: 6 items, photocopy. Rock Valley, Iowa - St. Kruis, Zeeland. J. B. Wijffels to relatives. --- 1887-1895Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Wildeboer, Anje Bodde. Letters: 4 items, photocopy. Hoogkerk, Groningen - Ellsworth, Michigan. A. Wildeboer to Jacob Hoeksema. --- 1956-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Wille, Mary. Letters: 4 items, photocopy. Rochester, New York - Oostburg, Zeeland. M. Wille to Noel Hontelez. --- 1965-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Williams, Lina Nabuurs. Letters: 19 items, photocopy. Charlottetown and Cardigan, Prince Edward Island - Westerbeek and Oploo, Noord Brabant. L. Williams to relatives and Antoon Peters. --- 1955-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Willink, B. W. Letter: 1 item, photocopy. Kentucky - Muscatine, Iowa. B. W. Willink to J. W. Heezen. --- [1856]Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Wilting, H. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with transcription and translation. Ender, Drenthe - USA. H. Wilting to friends. --- 1867Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Wissink, Willem. Letter: 1 item, photocopy. Muskegon, Michigan - Fremont, Michigan. W. Wissink to J. Rubingh. --- 1878Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Witte, Jan. Letters: 3 items, photocopy. Grand Haven, Michigan - Fremont, Michigan. J. Witte to J. Rubingh. --- 1881-1882Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Witteveen, Doeke Harm. Daily record: 1 item, published translation only. Oostrom, Friesland -Grand Rapids, Michigan. Doeke Harm Witteveen, translated by Frederick Olert: Entitled, Across the Ocean to America in the Year 1869. --- 1869Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 34: Witzenburg, Johannes Annes. Letter: 1 item, published, with translation. Harrison, South Dakota - Kent County, Michigan. J. A. Witzenburg to relatives. Published in Woord en Wetenschap, volume 6, no. 3, (1974). --- 1862Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Wolbrink, R. Letters: 5 items, photocopy. Harrison, South Dakota - Kent County, Michigan. R. Wolbrink to Gerrit Fennema. --- 1910-1912Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Woldring, Eisse. Letter: 1 item. Grand Rapids, Michigan - Bedum, Groningen. Eisse Woldring to his parents Derk and Elizabeth (Dijksterhuis) Woldring --- 1912Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Wolfsen, Marinus. Letters: 5 items, photocopy. Newago, Michigan - Eenum, Groningen. M. Wolfsen to Nicolaas Neinhuis. --- 1948-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Wolpen, Marinus and Truidda. Letters: 2 items, photocopy. Newaygo, Michigan - Eenrum, Groningen. M. and T. Wolpen to Nicolaas Nienhuis. --- 1948-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Wolters, Syrt. Recollections: 1 item. 18 leaves. Enschede, Overjissel - Houston and Victoria, British Columbia. --- 1974-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Wolthekker, John. Letter: 1 item. Chicago, Illinois - Grand Rapids, Michigan. J. Wolthekker to Jan Hofman. --- 1912Add to your cart.
Box 76Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Wolthers Family. Letters and documents: 49 items, photocopy. Netherlands - USA. Wolthers family to Wolthers family. --- 1857-1894Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Wolting, Hendrik J. Letters: 8 items, photocopy, with translation. New Era, Michigan - Westerbork, Drenthe. H. J. Wolting to relatives. --- 1900-1936Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Wonnink, Evert. Letters: 3 items, photocopy, with transcription and translation. Rockford and Grand Rapids, Michigan - Geesteren, Gelderland. E. Wonnink to Berend Peterkamp. --- 1871-1873Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Workman, Liesbeth. Letters: 2 items, photocopy. Evergreen Park, Illinois - Kloosterburen, Groningen. L. Workman to E. Muschenga. --- 1937Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Wormser, A. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with transcription and translation. Grand Rapids, Michigan - Amsterdam, Noord Holland. A. Wormser to Abraham Kuyper. --- 1892Add to your cart.
Folder 6-7: Wormser, A. N. Letters: 13 items, transcription, with partial translation. Burlington, Iowa; St. Louis, Missouri; New York, New York - Amsterdam, Noord Holland. A. N. Wormser to J. A. Wormser and H. Wormser. Published in Amsterdamse Emigranten by J. Stellingwerff; Amsterdam, Buyten & SchipperheynPublished in Amsterdamse Emigranten by J. Stellingwerff; Amsterdam, Buyten & Schipperheyn. --- 1848-1849, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Wormser, M. Portengen. Letter: 1 item, transcription, with translation. Burlington, Iowa - Amsterdam, Noord-Holland. M. Wormser to J. vander Ven Wormser. Published in Amsterdamse Emigranten by J. Stellingwerff; Amsterdam, Buyten & Schipperheyn --- 1848, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 9-10: Woudenberg, Willem Frederik. Recollections: 1 item, 73 leaves, photocopy, with translation. Utrecht, Utrecht - Paterson, New Jersey. --- 1858-1931Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Woudstra, Uiltje. Letters: 15 letter, 1 travel account. Grand Rapids, Michigan -Koudum, Friesland. Letter between family and brother in Grand Rapids for nine months. --- 1904Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Wouterse, Pieter Wouter. Letters and documents: 12 items, photocopy. Middelburg, Zeeland - Grand Rapids, Michigan. Relatives, J. C. Blaupot ten Cate and A. Jobse to P. W. Wouterse. --- 1919-1922Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Wustenhoff, J. Letter: 1 item, transcription, with translation. Paris, France - Amsterdam, Noord-Holland. J. Wustenhoff to J. Wormser. --- 1867Add to your cart.

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