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German Immigrant Papers Collection

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Last Name: B

Last Name: K

Last Name: D

Last Name: E

Last Name: G

Last Name: H

Last Name: L

Last Name: M

Last Name: N

Last Name: O

Last Name: P

Last Name: R

Last Name: S

Last Name: V

Last Name: W

Last Name: Z

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Title: German Immigrant Papers Collection, 1847-2007View associated digital content.

ID: COLL/079

Extent: 3.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Subjects: German Americans - Correspondence, German Americans - Personal narratives, German Americans - Social life and customs, Germany - Emigration and immigration, United States - Emigration and immigration

Abstract

The collection includes letters, memoirs, and recollections from Germany. The materials are written in German, Dutch, and/or a dialect. This mixture of languages is due to the geographic proximity of Germany and the Netherlands, plus the historic border alterations. Part of the collection has been transcribed and translated. Also includes a booklet entitled "Beloved family and friends: letters between Grafschaft Bentheim, Germany and America," Volume 1, 1847-1914. Compiled by Swenna Harger and Loren Lemmen, 2007 (with surname index).

Subject/Index Terms

German Americans - Correspondence
German Americans - Personal narratives
German Americans - Social life and customs
Germany - Emigration and immigration
United States - Emigration and immigration


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[Series 1: Last Name: A],
[Series 2: Last Name: B],
[Series 7: Last Name: K],
[Series 3: Last Name: D],
[Series 4: Last Name: E],
[Series 5: Last Name: G],
[Series 6: Last Name: H],
[Series 8: Last Name: L],
[Series 9: Last Name: M],
[Series 10: Last Name: N],
[Series 11: Last Name: O],
[Series 12: Last Name: P],
[Series 13: Last Name: R],
[Series 14: Last Name: S],
[Series 15: Last Name: V],
[Series 16: Last Name: W],
[Series 17: Last Name: Z],
[Series 18: Misc.],
[All]

Series 1: Last Name: A
Box 1
Folder 1: Arends, Geert. Memoirs and letters: 11 p., photocopy, translation only. Uelsen, Germany - Graafschap, Michigan; G. Arends to children --- 1881-1892
Folder 2: Augenstein, Matthew. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, translation only. Lowell, Ohio - Germany; M. Augenstein to W. Bischoff --- 1880
Series 2: Last Name: B
Box 1
Folder 3: Baker, Sue. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with translation. Osterwald, Germany - Holland, Michigan; Grete to Sue Baker --- 1978
Folder 4: Baumann, O. J. Letters: 4 items, photocopy, with translations. Bunde, Germany - Holland, Michigan; O.J. Baumann to Sue Bakker --- 1947-1948
Folder 5: Beckmann, Harmina. Letters: 9 items, photocopy with translations. Itterbeek, Germany - Graafschap, Michigan; H. Beckmann to B. Hindrick --- 1902-1949
Folder 6: Beckmann, Zwenne. Letters: 6 items, photocopy, with transcription and translation.  Itterbeek, Germany - Saugatuck, Michigan; Z. Beckman to her son, Jan. --- 1901-1918
Folder 7: Beckman, S. Letters: 5 items, photocopy, with translations. Itterbeek, Germany - Saugatuck, Michigan; S. Beckman to relatives --- 1947-1948
Folder 8-10: Bielefield Family. Letters: 43 items, photocopy, with translations. Grafschaft, Bentheim - Holland, Michigan. Bielefield family to relatives --- 1887-1954
Folder 11: Boerrichter, Johanna. Letter fragment: 1 item, photocopy, with translation. Osterwold, Germany - Graafschap, Michigan; J. Boerrichter to relatives --- undated
Folder 13: Bouws, Gerrit. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with transcription and translation. Holland, Michigan -Emmelenkamp, Germany; G. Bouws to Harm Bouws --- 1847View associated digital content.
Folder 14: Bouws, Rieks. Recollections: Translation only. Grafschaft Benthiem, Germany - Graafschap, Michigan --- 1881View associated digital content.
Folder 15-16: Brandorf. Letters: 33 items --- 1873-1990
Box 2
Folder 39: Beerlink, Aleida Oortman. Letters: 7 items, photocopy (3), with translation. Nordhorn, Grafschaft Bentheim - Lamont, Michigan. A. Beerlink to Hindrikin (Hattie) Harmellink Harmsen and other relatives --- 1946-1948
Series 7: Last Name: K
Box 1
Folder 12: Kunn, Koene. Letters: Clara City, Minnesota - unknown --- [1940s]
Box 2
Folder 9: Knoll, Memo. Letter: 1 item, photocopy with translation.  Vollenerfehn, Germany - Holland, Michigan; M. Knoll to Baker family --- 1947
Folder 10: Koning, D. Letters: 4 letters, photocopy, with translations. Itterbeck, Germay - U.S.A.; D. Koning, to Beckman family --- 1947-1948
Folder 11: Koning, H. Letters: 2 items, photocopy,with 1 item translated. Itterbeck, Germany - U.S.A.; H. Koning to relatives --- 1905 - 1909
Folder 12: Krake, Albert. Letter: 1 item, transcription, with translation. Kalamazoo, Michigan - Bentheim, Germany; A. Krake to sister --- 1876
Series 3: Last Name: D
Box 1
Folder 17: De Frel, Rieka Ensing. Letters: 13 items, transcription with translation. Graafschap, Michigan - Kleinringe, Germany --- 1874-1968
Series 4: Last Name: E
Box 1
Folder 18: Elbert, Fritz. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with translation. Osterwald, Germany - U.S.A.; F. Elbert to relatives --- 1948
Folder 19: Elbert, U.V.G. Letters: 11 items, photocopy. Itterbeek, Germany - U.S.A.; U.V.G. Elbert to friends --- 1904-1912
Folder 20: Ensing, Harm. Letter: 1 item, transcription with translation. Fremont, Michigan - Laar, Germany. --- 1891
Folder 21: Ensing, Hillegien Arens. Letter: 1 item, transcription with translation. Graafschap, Michigan - Nelsen, Germany. --- 1920s.
Folder 22: Ensing, Lucas. Letter: 1 item, transcription with translation. Graafschap, Michigan - Kleinringe, Germany; L. Ensing to brother and sister --- 1899
Folder 23: Ensink, J.H. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with translation. Haar, Germany - Holland, Michigan; J.H. Ensink to Sue Baker. --- 1977
Series 5: Last Name: G
Box 1
Folder 24: Geerdes, H.H. and R. Autobiographies: 1 booklet, 35 pages, illustrated, transcription in English. Weenermore, Germany - Freeport, Illinois and Kit Carson, Colorado --- 1863-1955
Folder 25: Gemmen, Gerhard. Letter: 1 item. photocopy, with partial translation. Germany - Holland, Michigan; G. Gemmen to brother --- 1882View associated digital content.
Folder 26: Gemmen, J.A. Letter and army discharge attestation: 2 items, photocopy, with partial translations. East Saugatuck, Michigan - Germany; J.A. Gemmen to Gerhard Gemmen --- 1884, 1877View associated digital content.
Folder 27: Genzink, Albert. Letter: 1 item, transcription with translation. Graafschap, Michigan - Achterhorn, Germany; A. Genzink to a friend --- 1874
Folder 28: Ghurt, J. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with translation. Jhrove, Germany - U.S.A.; J. Ghurt to unknown --- 1947
Folder 29: Grüppen, Hermannus H. Letters: 16 items, photocopy, with partial translations. Graafschap, Michigan - Emlichheim, Germany; H.H. Gruppen to family --- 1898-1934
Series 6: Last Name: H
Box 2
Folder 1-4: Halger, John. Letters: 86 items, photocopy. Germany - Holland, Michigan; Family and friends to J. Halger --- 1901-1920
Folder 5: Heetderks, Bernhard. Letters: 6 items, photocopy, with translations. Campen, Germany - Holland, Michigan; B. Heetderks to Baker family --- 1948-1950
Folder 38: Heinz, Deinem (sp.?). Letter: 1 item, original.  [?]  - Grand Rapids, Mich. D. Heinz to L. Hengst (sp.?) --- 1948
Folder 6: Hellendorn, L. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with translation. Vorwald, Germany - Holland, Michigan; L. Hellendorn to Geesje Reinink --- undated
Folder 7: Hensen, Gerhard. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with transcription. Coopersville, Michigan -Emlichheim, Germany; G. Hensen to family --- 1922
Folder 8: Hinrichs, Etta. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, transcription with translation. Grimersum, Germany - Holland, Michigan; E. Hinrichs to Jane Baker --- 1948
Series 8: Last Name: L
Box 2
Folder 13: Lambers, Fenna. Letters: 2 items, photocopy, with translations. Getelomvor, Germany - U.S.A; F. Lambers to relatives --- 1948
Folder 14: Lefers, H.J. Letters: 2 items, photocopy, with translations. Picardie, Germay - U.S.A.; H.J. Lefers to relatives --- 1906 - 1913
Folder 15: Litzman, Lodewijk. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with transcription. Litiz, Pennsylvania - Oostburg, Germany --- 1824
Series 9: Last Name: M
Box 2
Folder 16: Masselink, G.H. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with transcription. Edgerton, Minnesota - Germany; G.H. Masselink to family --- 1920View associated digital content.
Folder 17: Meier, H. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with translation. Emlichheim, Germany - unknown; H. Meier to relatives --- 1952
Folder 18: Meyer, Ida Karsjens. Article: 1 item, photocopy. “My Life Story”. Hanswehrun, Germay - Iowa --- 1888
Folder 19: Minge, Engbert. Letters: 2 items, photocopy, with translations, Pathuis, Germany - unknown; E. Minge to family --- 1947-1948
Series 10: Last Name: N
Box 2
Folder 20: Nordhof, G. Letter: 1 item, photocopy. Wilsum, Grafshaft Bentheim - Michigan; G. Nordhoff to relatives --- 1891
Series 11: Last Name: O
Box 2
Folder 21: Overweg, J.H. Letter fragments: 3 items, photocopy, with transcription. Oak Harbor, Washington - Germany; J.H. Overweg to Hensen family --- 1912
Series 12: Last Name: P
Box 2
Folder 22: Palmbos, A.H. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with translation. Gelsenkirchen, Germany - U.S.A.; A.H. Palmbos to sister --- 1909View associated digital content.
Folder 23: Palmbos, A.W. Letter: 1 item, photocopy. Gelsenkirchen, Germany - U.S.A.; A.W. Palmbos to brother and sister --- 1809View associated digital content.
Folder 24: Palmbos, L. and M. Letters: 2 items, photocopy. Gunnigfel, Germany - U.S.A.; L. and M. Palmbos to brother and sister --- 1906-1908View associated digital content.
Folder 25: Plesscher, Z.H. Letter: 1 item, photocopy. Clara City, Minnesota - Germany; Plesscher to relatives --- 1914
Folder 26: Plesscher, H.H. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with transcription. East Saugatuck, Michigan - Emlichheim, Germany; H.H. Plesscher to J. Hensen --- 1882
Series 13: Last Name: R
Box 2
Folder 27: Ruirink, J.H. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with translation. Klein Ringe, Germay - Holland, Michigan; J.H. Ruirink to Susanna Baker --- 1947
Series 14: Last Name: S
Box 2
Folder 28: Scholten, Albert. Letter: 1 item, translation.  Graafschap, Michigan - Bentheim, Germany; A. Scholten to brother --- 1870
Folder 29: Schubert, Dirk. Letter excerpts: Newspaper clippings, photocopy --- 1856
Folder 30: Spykman, Albert. Travel account: 10 pages, photocopy, transcription, and translation. Emlichheim, Germany - Holland, Michigan --- 1924
Series 15: Last Name: V
Box 2
Folder 31: Veldink, Lukas. Letter: 1 item, photocopy transcription. Zeeland, Michigan - Emlichheim, Germany; L. Veldink to relatives --- 1881
Series 16: Last Name: W
Box 2
Folder 32: Wolters, Joe. Letters: 12 items, photocopy, with translation. East Friesland, Germany - Holland, Michigan; J. Wolters to relatives --- 1947-1948
Series 17: Last Name: Z
Box 2
Folder 33: Zagers, Evert. Articles: 2 items, photocopy --- 1944, 1987
Folder 34-36: Zondag, J.B. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, transcription, and partially translated. Bentheim - Ostfriesland --- 1847
Folder 37: Zwafink, Zwenna. Letter: 1 item, photocopy, with translation. Bakelde, Germany - U.S.A; Z. Zwafink to Gerd and Berend Hendricks --- 1948
Series 18: Misc.
Box 3
Folder 1: Beloved family and friends:  letters between Grafschaft Bentheim, Germany and America. Volume 1. Compiled by Swenna Harger and Loren Lemmen, 2007 (with surname index) --- 1847-1914
Folder 2: Rundschrift.  Pamphlet --- 1902

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[Series 1: Last Name: A],
[Series 2: Last Name: B],
[Series 7: Last Name: K],
[Series 3: Last Name: D],
[Series 4: Last Name: E],
[Series 5: Last Name: G],
[Series 6: Last Name: H],
[Series 8: Last Name: L],
[Series 9: Last Name: M],
[Series 10: Last Name: N],
[Series 11: Last Name: O],
[Series 12: Last Name: P],
[Series 13: Last Name: R],
[Series 14: Last Name: S],
[Series 15: Last Name: V],
[Series 16: Last Name: W],
[Series 17: Last Name: Z],
[Series 18: Misc.],
[All]


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