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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 44
Folder 1: Oelen, Fake. Letters: 4 items, photocopy, with translation. 's Hertogenbosch, Noord Brabant - USA. F. Oelen to relatives. --- 1882
Folder 2: Oelen, Hendrikje (Hattie). Letters: 6 items, photocopy. Muskegon, Michigan - Hoogeveen, Drenthe. H. Oelen to A. Kikkert. --- 1926-1947
Folder 3: Oelen, Hilbert. Letters: 10 items, photocopy, with partial transcription. Hull, Iowa. Holland, Michigan - Hoogeveen, Drenthe. H. Oelen to H. Oelen. --- 1899-1952
Folder 4-6: Oelen, Jan. Letters: 39 items, photocopy, with transcription. Iowa, South Dakota, Michigan - Hoogeveen, Drenthe. J. Oelen to Henderikus Oelen. --- 1886-1921
Folder 7: Oggel, Dina Maria. Letters: 5 items, photocopy, with transcription and translation. Pella, Iowa - Axel, Zeeland. D. M. Oggel to relatives. --- 1887-1899
Folder 8: Oggel, Dirk Cornelis. Letters: 12 items, photocopy, with partial transcription and translation. Groningen, Muskegon, and Holland, Michigan - Axel, Zeeland. D. C. Oggel to relatives. --- 1855-1901
Folder 9-11: Oggel, Engelbert Christiaan. Letters: 30 items, photocopy, with partial translation. Holland and Grand Haven, Michigan; New York and New Paltz, New York; Pella, Iowa; Kankakee and Chicago, Illinois; Honolulu, Hawaii; St. Thomas, West Indies - Axel, Zeeland. E. C. Oggel to relatives. --- 1856-1909
Folder 12: Oggel, Heintje Can Bruggen. Letters: 4 items, photocopy. Rotterdam, Noord Holland. Orange City, Iowa - Axel, Zeeland. H. Oggel to relatives. --- 1887-1889
Folder 13: Oggel, Hendrik Petrus. Letters: 7 items, photocopy. Orange City, Iowa - Axel, Zeeland. H. P. Oggel to relatives. --- 1855-1896
Folder 14: Oggel, Johannes Pieter. Letters: 9 items, photocopy. Zeeland, Michigan - Axel, Zeeland. J. P. Oggel to relatives. --- 1855-1869
Folder 15: Oggel, Marinus Jacobus. Letters: 11 items, photocopy. Kalamazoo, Michigan - Axel, Zeeland. M. J. Oggel to relatives. --- 1882-1899
Folder 16-17: Oggel, Pieter Jan. Letters: 16 items, photocopy, with partial translation. Terneuzen and Nieuwdorp, Zeeland; Ommen, Overijssel; Arnhem, Gelderland; Grand Haven, Michigan - Axel, Zeeland. P. J. Oggel to relatives and D. C. de Pree. --- 1841-[1859]
Folder 18: Oldenburger, Haije Letters: 6 items, photocopy, with transcription and translation. Maxwell City, New Mexico - Surhuizum, Friesland. H. J. Oldenburger to relatives. --- 1893-1920
Folder 19: Olthoff, K. Letter: 1 item, photocopy. Zwolle, Overijssel - USA. K. Olthoff to [J. Rubingh]. --- 1873
Folder 20: Olthuis, Gerrit Jan. Letter fragment: 1 item, photocopy, with transcription and translation. Cincinnati, Ohio - Goor, Overijssel. G. J. Olthuis to relatives. --- 1872
Folder 21: Ondersma, Ralph. Recollections: 1 item, 7 leaves, translated photocopy. Hallum, Friesland - Grand Rapids, Michigan. Entitled, Some of Pa's Memories: Recollections of Ralph Ondersma. --- 1886-1968, 1967
Folder 22: Oosten, Trijntje Begeman (Mrs. Arie). Letters: 6 items, with translation. Delfzijl, Groningen - Grand Rapids, Michigan. T. Oosten to W. De Leeuw. --- 1946-1948
Folder 23: Oostenbrug, Th. M. Letters: 2 items, photocopy, with transcription and translation. Hospers, Iowa - Leeuwarden, Friesland. Th.M. Oostenbrug to Watze van de Ploeg. --- 1882
Folder 24: Oostenrijk, Pieter. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with transcription and translation. Ferrysburg, Michigan - Eenrum, Groningen. P. Oostenrijk to Roelof Huizenga. --- 1874
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Folder 1: Oosteralting, J. and H. Letters: 2 items, photocopy, with transcription, and translation. Hull, Iowa - Erm, Drenthe. J. and H. Oosteralting to friends. --- 1895
Folder 2: Oosterheerdt, Grietje. Travel account: 1 item, 10 leaves, photocopy,  with translation. Cicero, Illinois - Uithuizen, Groningen. G. Oosterheerdt to Albertus Visscher. --- 1911
Folder 3: Oosterhuis, M. A. de Man. Letters: 2 items, photocopy. Beesd, Gelderland - Hawthorne, New York. M. Oosterhuis to Jan De Man. --- 1978-1979
Folder 4: Oosterloos, Willem. Letters: 3 items, photocopy. Bedum, Groningen - Grandville, Michigan. W. Oosterloos to C. Schoonveld. --- 1977-1978
Folder 5: Oosting, P. Letters: 3 items, photocopy. Fremont, Michigan - Heesselt, Gelderland. P. Oosting to H. den Uyl. --- 1920-1946
Folder 6: Op de Woerd, J. A. W. Travel account: 1 item, 16 leaves, photocopy. Amsterdam, Noord Holland - Brighton, New York. --- 1914
Folder 7: Oreel, P. J. Letter: 1 item. Wolphaartsdijk, Zeeland - USA. P. J. Oreel to F. Verbrugge. --- 1915
Folder 8: Osinga, S. Letters: 4 items, photocopy, with translation. Albany, New York - Het Bildt, Friesland. S. Osinga to friend. --- 1847View associated digital content.
Folder 9: Oudegeest, W. J. Letter: 1 item, translation. Engelen ('s Hertogenbosch), Noord Brabant - Thornton, Illinois. W. J. Oudegeest to Arie Rietveld. --- 1880View associated digital content.
Folder 10: Overbergen, Lambertus. Letters: 2 items, photocopy, with transcription and translation. Pella, Iowa - Coevorden, Drenthe. L. Overbergen to relatives. --- 1890
Folder 11: Overweg, Mr. and Mrs. Letter: 1 item. Leersum, Gelderland - Hawthorne, New York. Overweg to Jan De Man. --- 1978

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