Van Rensselaer Family
Papers, ca.1686-1964

SC23282

Quantity: 13 boxes (ca. 4.50 cubic ft.)
Access: Open to research
Acquisition: Gift of Philip Van Rensselaer Tilney, July 2013
Processed By: W. Dan Johnson, Student Intern, State University of New York at Albany for Manuscripts and Special Collections, December 2014

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Genealogy and Family History Note:

The Van Rensselaer family figured prominently in the establishment of the Dutch colony known as Rensselaerswyck in New Netherland, and helped develop the area of what became the capital region of New York State. Descending chiefly from patriarch Kiliaen Van Rensselaer (ca. 1585-1643), an Amsterdam diamond merchant and first patroon of Rensselaerswyck, the family members who came to live in what evolved into the United States of America, via Kiliaen’s son Jeremias (ca. 1632-1674), married into other prominent families of the northeastern regions of the country.

Most of the Van Rensselaers’ business in the New World centered on the massive amounts of land that they had acquired and a semi-feudal system of leasing that land to tenants. As Dutch colonists they helped form civil and criminal law and established townships and churches, but the third patroon, also named Kiliaen (d. 1687), saw the Dutch patroonship become an English lordship. One of his successors, yet another Kiliaen Van Rensselaer (1663-1719), fifth patroon and third lord of the manor, was granted a new patent for all of the lands that constituted the Manor of Rensselaerswyck by Queen Anne in 1704. This Kiliaen later signed over the “Lower Manor” at Claverack to his younger brother Hendrick (1667-1740), who built a fortified home called Crailo. Eventually, the eighth patroon and fifth lord of the manor, Stephen Van Rensselaer II (1742-1769), had the original manor house of the “Upper Manor” rebuilt in 1765. His heirs, Stephen Van Rensselaer III (1764-1839) and IV (1789-1868) were the last patroons and lords of the manor. The Van Rensselaers had to begin selling out of their rights to townships and properties after the anti-rent movement of the 1840s.

Members of the family served in the military before and during the American Revolution, in the War of 1812, and as part of the New York State volunteers during the American Civil War. Hendrick’s (1667-1740) descendent, Gen. John Jeremias Van Rensselaer (1762-1828), who served as a lieutenant colonel in the 14th Regiment of the Albany county militia, married Catherine Glen (1765-1807) and inherited the Greenbush lands and the old mansion sited there. His son, Dr. Jeremias “Jeremiah” Van Rensselaer (1793-1871), married Charlotte Willis Foster (1797-1852) and resided primarily in New York City where he practiced medicine; however, he was also a corresponding member for several natural philosophy organizations throughout Europe and Canada because of his keen interest in geology. His son, also Jeremias (1825-1866), married Julia Webster Jaudon (1826-1901).

Cornelius Glen (1801-1871), another son of Gen. Van Rensselaer, and his wife, Catherine Bleecker (1809-1893), gave birth to Dr. John J. Van Rensselaer (1836-1911), who served as a surgeon for the 98th Regiment of the New York volunteers in the Civil War. His distant cousin, Kiliaen “Killian” Van Rensselaer (1845-1905), great-grandson of the eighth patroon, Stephen II, and son of William Paterson Van Rensselaer (1805-1872), also served in that war in the 39th New York State Volunteers.

Scope and Content Note:

The Van Rensselaer Family Papers, donated by Philip Van Rensselaer Tilney, are comprised mostly of materials that were saved, and at times interpreted by Florence Van Rensselaer (1865-1957), daughter of Dr. John J. Van Rensselaer, as she researched the family history for her book:  Van Rensselaers in Holland and America. Provenance of the materials was not necessarily preserved, so as a result they have been arranged loosely into series relative to the topic and form of material.

The series for this collection are as follows:

Series 1: Wills, Estate Documents, and Land titles

  1. Last wills and testaments

Boxes: 4, 9
The earliest versions of the legal documents in the collection are often in Dutch and have wax seals to prove validity. Some are official copies and notarized as such. The earliest last will and testament in the collection is that of the fourth patroon, Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, dated  February 22, 1886/7.

  1. Deeds, land leases, and legal documents

Boxes: 4, 6, 9, and Extra Large (EL) loose material
Most notable is a large signed and sealed document by landholders in the Van Ness and Wyckhoff families, dated 1719/20, and verified by mayors Robert Livingston and Jacobus Van Cortlandt. Papers concerning the land holdings that were involved in the Kayaderosseras Patent are in Box 4 and include a bound 60-page copy of the letters patent signed by William Tryon in 1773.

  1. Certificates and awards

Boxes: 4, 9, 10
The bulk of these attractive certificates were issued to Jeremiah Van Rensselaer (1793-1871), a physician who had traveled Europe as a medical student and later became a corresponding member of many natural philosophy organizations in Europe and Canada.

Series 2: Military Service Documents

  1. Colonial Militia

Boxes: 4
Included are certificates of commission and assorted papers for Captains Henry Van Rensselaer and John J. Van Rensselaer.

  1. American Civil War

Boxes: 1, 2, 9
These Civil War papers include a certificate of commission; assorted military papers; correspondence; and a campaign diary belonging to Killian Van Rensselaer (1845-1905) of the 39th New York State Volunteers. Also included are certificates of commission, assorted military papers, and official invoices for United States Army hospital stores (1865-1866) associated with Dr. John J. Van Rensselaer (1836-1911), a surgeon in the 98th Regiment of Infantry of the New York State Volunteers.

Series 3: Correspondence and Personal Papers
Boxes: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Included are an autographed signed letter (1790) and signed receipt (1783) from Aaron Burr (1756-1836), and four documents signed by General Philip Schuyler (1733-1804).

Series 4: Images of the Van Rensselaers and places associated with them
Boxes: 10, 12, 13
Of particular note is the miniature portrait of Col. John Jeremiah Van Rensselaer by John Ramage (1748-1802). Similar to a rendering of President George Washington by the same artist, this watercolor is painted on ivory and mounted into one of Ramage’s handmade cases with an aperture set into the rear for featuring the hair of the subject.

Series 5: Genealogical Studies and Printed Texts about the Van Rensselaer Family
Boxes: 5, 6, 7, 8, 11

Box and Folder List:


Box Folder Description
    Civil War Letters of Killian Van Rensselaer, 1864
1 1 Killian Van Rensselaer to his parents, January 16, 1864. As he reports to duty, Killian describes his trip and gives his first impressions of Washington, D. C.
1 2 Killian to his parents, January 21, 1864. Reports of his travels from Washington, D. C., to his assigned camp near Stevensburg, Virginia, including being in a train wreck; requests supplies to be sent from home.
1 3 William Paterson Van Rensselaer to Killian, January 23, 1864. Gives fatherly advice on the hardships of “camp” life that a new soldier might expect.
1 4 Killian to his parents, January 25, 1864. After being made a captain, he describes the hardships of camp life and a need for discipline within the ranks; includes a description and small drawing of his quarters (tent-covered log structure) that he expected to be built soon.
1 5 Killian to his mother, February 2, 1864. Although still referring to camp life as “roughing it” and reporting that his hut had not been built, he writes that he had acquired a “French cook”; provides a detailed description of picket duty.
1 6 Killian to his parents, February 5, 1864. Describes the men he is serving with and complains of unfair recruitment practices that result in ill-prepared soldiers.
1 7 Killian to his parents, February 8, 1864. Writes of being fired on while in the line of battle at the Rapidan River, not far from their camp at Stevensburgh, Virginia.
1 8 Killian to his parents, February 16, 1864. Writes of camp life and maintaining a vigil for rebel attacks; reports on cold, windy conditions. Killian affirms his loyalty to the Union.
1 9 Killian to Nina Erving, February 21, 1864. Writes to his sister about camp life, provides details about how their father might visit, and comments on family members who also are serving.
1 10 Killian to his father, March 5, 1864. Writes that he’s being named acting captain, and provides details surrounding picket duty and outdoor cooking.
1 11 Killian to his sisters, Kitty and Eleanor, March 8, 1864. Writes about a little girl he’s observed living near the picket line that he is on.
1 12 Killian to his parents, March 15, 1864. Tells of an illness and resulting medical treatment.
1 13 Killian to his sister, Kitty, March 16, 1864. Written while recovering from an illness.
1 14 Killian to his sister, Kitty, March 16, 1864. Copy of letter; copied by Kitty.
1 15 Killian to his mother, March 28, 1864. Writes to his mother at Marshall House in Hyde Park, N.Y., telling of the visit from his father, his recent recovery from illness, and of hearing of the death of his uncle, Henry Van Rensselaer.
1 16 Killian to his father, March 28, 1864. Acknowledges the death of his uncle, Henry, and reports a return to duty on the picket line.
1 17 Killian to Nina Erving, March 30, 1864. Relates the hardships of camp life, speaks of the visit from their father, and mentions popular songs about the war, including When This Cruel War Is Over and Rally ’Round the Flag Boys.
1 18 Killian to Arthur Van Rensselaer, April 3, 1864. Mentions goods he’s received from home and speaks of daily life as a soldier.
1 19
  1. Killian to Nina Erving, April 5, 1864. Brags of receipt of a watch from home, mentions a letter from their father, and speaks of using the New York Observer and the Tribune as wallpaper in his hut.
  2. Killian to his father, April 10, 1854. Expresses distaste for the staff of the new colonel, but says he admires the discipline of the new leader; reports being in command of his company again, but says was scolded for their appearance.
1 20 Killian to his parents, April 16, 1864. Writes of a hiatus on mail until the regiment is moved, says that he fears the new campaign will be bloody and that he is sending back home things that he cannot take with him in the move.
1 21 Killian to his father, April 20, 1864. Again in fear of moving camp he writes of sending his belongings out for storage; says that he arrested his captain for drunkenness and is awaiting the court martial and dismissal of the same.
1 22 Killian to his mother, April 24, 1864. Describes the fanfare and gallantry of a review of the corps by General Ulysses S. Grant and of preparing for marching orders on a new campaign.
1 23 Killian to his parents, April 29, 1864. Written from a new location while on picket line; speaks of a fellow officer unjustly relieved from duty and his own transfer to the company of the aforementioned officer.
1 24 Killian to Walter Van Rensselaer, May 2, 1864. Graphically describes the “summer camp” and his night patrols on the picket lines to his brother; asks about receipt of his commission that he had sent home for safe keeping.
1 25 Killian to his parents, May 19, 1864. Writes from a hospital in Fredricksburg, Virginia; says he is suffering from a severe “blood blister” on his foot, and that he had been taken by ambulance along with the wounded from a ground charge he had been in; reports several had died and laments about not being able to return to the battle.
1 26 Killian to his mother, May 30, 1864. Written from Mansion House Hospital, Alexandria, Virginia; tells of being transported by train and steamer from the hospital in Fredricksburg; complains that his injured heel is worse and that he now has jaundice.
1 27 William P. Van Rensselaer to his wife, June 3, 1864. Written from Washington, D. C., where he has visited Killian in the hospital; reports that Killian is not getting well and confirms that Killian is not included in the list of wounded from battle; describes the battle casualties and their subsequent burials.
2 1 Transcription of letters of Killian Van Rensselaer to various family members, May 10, 1864 to October 22, 1864 (first campaign), and November 22, 1864 to June 2, 1865 (second campaign).
2 2 Campaign diary of Killian Van Rensselaer, 1865 39th N.Y.S.V.
2 3 Killian Van Rensselaer – Military Service Papers, 1864-1865
  1. Certification of commission as 1st Lieutenant on January 8, 1864.
  2. 2 copies of Company Savings form, March 1864.
  3. War Department Adjutant General’s Office, Return of disability report, July 6, 1864.
  4. Special Orders No.182, return to light duty at Headquarters Rendezvous for Drafted Men, Philadelphia, August 12, 1864.
  5. Special Orders No. 274, report to duty at Philadelphia, August 18, 1864.
  6. Leave of Absence to return home to vote, October 29, 1864.
  7. Special Orders No. 201, relieved of duty at Draft Rendezvous, Philadelphia to return to his prior regiment, November 14, 1864.
  8. Special Orders No. 111, Leave of Absence for medical disability, May 1, 1865.
  9. Provost Marshal General’s pass from headquarters to Washington, D.C., by boat, May 4, 1865.
  10. Assistant Quartermaster’s pass to rejoin regiment, November 24, 1864.
  11. Request for final pay for service from Paymaster General, July 26, 1865.
  12. Returned instructions for claims of commutation of rations while a prisoner of war on behalf of Charles Krabel, February 28, 1866.
2 4
  1. Ordnance Return, March 31, 1864.
  2. Muster-in Roll, Killian Van Rensselaer, 39th N.Y.S.V., January 20, 1864.
2 5 Roll – 39th N.Y. Infantry Regiment, Company E (Killian Van Rensselaer)
2 Copies of the roll taken in the rifle pits at the Battle of the Wilderness, May 7, 1864.
1 copy of the poem at Andersonville National Cemetery.
2 6 Dr. John J. Van Rensselaer – Military Service Papers, 1860-1865
Surgeon 98th N.Y. Regiment of Infantry
  1. Letter of recommendation from Dr. Alden March, March 1860
  2. Muster-out roll, January 31, 1865.
  3. Certificate of discharge, February 7, 1865
  4. Letter of gratitude for service from the Medical Director, 24th Army Corps, February 8, 1865.
2 7 Dr. John J. Van Rensselaer – Military Service Papers, 1864-1865
Surgeon 98th N.Y. Regiment of Infantry
  1. Special Orders No. 200, relieved of duty from regiment to report to duty at Corps Field Hospital, November 25, 1864.
  2. Special Orders No. 205, in addition to other duties assigned to duty as Surgeon in Chief, 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 18th Army Corps, November 30, 1864.
  3. Special Orders No. 2, relieved of duty at Corps Hospitals to return to his respective regiment, December 6, 1864.
  4. Special Orders No. 21, detailed as Operating Surgeon at Corps Hospital in time of action.
  5. Leave of absence, January 27, 1865.
  6. Orders from Medical Director’s Office, Department of the East, to report for duty at a hospital in New York City, March 21, 1865.
  7. Directions from Medical Director’s Office to acknowledge receipt of orders to report for duty at a hospital in New York City, March 21, 1865.
  8. 4 copies of acknowledgements of return of public property from Surgeon General’s Office, August 5, 1865.
  9. Ordnance Return, May 8, 1864.
  10. Returns acknowledgements, Treasury Department, August 19, 1865.
3 1 Letters: Charlotte Willis Foster Van Rensselaer to Virginia Foster, 1818-1820
  1. Charlotte Foster to Virginia Foster, Lebanon, July 10, 1818.
  2. Charlotte Foster to Virginia Foster, Lebanon, July 19, 1818.
  3. Charlotte Foster to Virginia Foster, Saratoga Springs, July 19, [1819].
  4. Charlotte Foster to Virginia Foster, Saratoga, July 25, 1819.
  5. Charlotte Foster to Virginia Foster, Saratoga, July 29, 1819.
  6. Charlotte Foster to Virginia Foster, Saratoga, August 8, 1819.
  7. Charlotte Foster to Virginia Foster, New York, July 19, [1820?].
  8. Charlotte Foster to Virginia Foster, New York, July 21, [1820?].
  9. Charlotte Foster to Virginia Foster, New York, December 3, 1820.
  10. Charlotte Foster to Virginia Foster, New York, December 9, 1820.
3 2 Letters: Charlotte Willis Foster Van Rensselaer to Virginia Foster, 1822-1823
  1. Charlotte to Virginia Foster, New York, August 13, 1822.
  2. Charlotte to William Foster, Hoboken, September 6, 1822.
  3. Charlotte to Virginia Foster, Hoboken, September 6, 1822 [sic].
  4. Charlotte to William Foster, Greenbush, October 21, 1822.
  5. Charlotte to Virginia Foster, Greenbush, October 31, 1822.
  6. Charlotte to Virginia Foster, November 10, [1822? 1823?].
  7. Charlotte to Virginia Foster, November 24, 1822.
  8. Charlotte to Virginia Foster, New York, December 23, 1822.
  9. Charlotte to William Foster, New York, January 1, 1823.
  10. Charlotte to William Foster, New York, February [24?], 1823.
  11. Charlotte to William Foster, New York, March 2, 1823.
  12. Charlotte to Virginia Foster, New York, March 19, 1823.
  13. Charlotte to Virginia Foster, New York, March 30, 1823.
  14. Charlotte to Virginia Foster, New York, April 17, 1823.
  15. Charlotte to Virginia Foster, New York, May 18, 1823.
  16. Charlotte to Virginia Foster, New York, May 28, 1823.
  17. Charlotte to Virginia Foster, New York, June 16, 1823.
  18. Charlotte to Virginia Foster, New York, June 21, 1823.
  19. Charlotte to Virginia Foster, New York, June 25, 1823.
  20. Charlotte to Virginia Foster, New York, July 14, 1823.
  21. Charlotte to Wiliam Foster, New York, August 2, 1823.
  22. Charlotte to Virginia Foster, New York, October 7, 1823.
3 3 Letters: Jeremiah Van Rensselaer to William Foster, 1822-1823
  1. Jeremiah (and Charlotte) to William Foster, New York, August 2, 1822
  2. Charlotte (and Jeremiah) to William Foster, New York, October 27,  1822
  3. Jeremiah to William Foster (and Charlotte to Virginia), Courtlandt St., November 14, 1822.
  4. Jeremiah to William Foster, November 23, 1822.
  5. Jeremiah to William Foster, Courtlandt St., January 15, 1823.
  6. Jeremiah to William Foster, New York, March 2, 1823.
  7. Jeremiah (and Charlotte) to William Foster, March 22, 1823.
  8. Jeremiah to William Foster, New York, April 4, 1823.
  9. Jeremiah to William Foster, April 19, 1823.
  10. Jeremiah to William Foster, April 28, 1823. Birth of the Van Rensselaer’s first son announced.
  11. Jeremiah to William Foster, May 7, 1823.
  12. Jeremiah to William Foster, New York, May 8, 1823.
  13. Jeremiah to William Foster, May 18, 1823.
  14. Jeremiah to William Foster, New York, May 24, 1823.
  15. Jeremiah to William Foster, June 2, 1823.
  16. Jeremiah to William Foster, New York, June 11, 1823.
  17. Jeremiah to William Foster, June 18, 1823.
  18. Jeremiah to William Foster, June 22, 1823.
  19. Jeremiah to William Foster, New York, August 1, 1823.
  20. Jeremiah to William Foster (and Charlotte to Virginia), New York, October 2, 1823.
  21. Jeremiah to William Foster (and Charlotte to Virginia), New York, October 18, 1823.
  22. Jeremiah to William Foster, New York, November 25, 1823.
3 4 Letters: Jeremiah Van Rensselaer to William Foster, 1824
  1. Jeremiah to William Foster, February 9, 1824.
  2. Jeremiah to William Foster, February 26, 1824.
  3. Jeremiah to William Foster, February 27, 1824.
  4. Jeremiah to William Foster, March 1, 1824.
  5. Jeremiah to William Foster, March 19, 1824.
  6. Jeremiah to William Foster, March 31, 1824.
  7. Jeremiah to William Foster, New York, April 15, 1824.
  8. Jeremiah to William Foster, April 21, 1824.
  9. Jeremiah to William Foster, April 23, 1824.
  10. Jeremiah to William Foster, April 29, 1824.
  11. Jeremiah to William Foster, April 30, 1824.
  12. Jeremiah to William Foster, May 6, 1824.
  13. Jeremiah to William Foster, May 8, 1824.
  14. Jeremiah to William Foster, New York, May 11, 1824. Bill of sale for stock in the Life and Fire Insurance Company purchased by Van Rensselaer on Foster’s behalf.
  15. Jeremiah to William Foster, May 27, 1824.
  16. Jeremiah to William Foster, New York, June 21, 1824.
  17. Jeremiah to William Foster, New York, July 8, 1824.
  18. Jeremiah to William Foster, July 12, 1824.
  19. Jeremiah to William Foster, New York, July 14, 1824.
  20. Jeremiah to William Foster, New York, July 26, 1824.
  21. Jeremiah to William Foster, New York, August 21, 1824.
  22. Jeremiah to William Foster, New York, October 8, 1824.
  23. Jeremiah to William Foster, October 12, 1824.
  24. Jeremiah to William Foster, October 14, 1824.
  25. Jeremiah to William Foster, December 22, 1824.
3 5 Letters: Jeremiah Van Rensselaer to William Foster, 1825-1826
  1. Jeremiah to William Foster, January 6, 1825.
  2. Jeremiah to William Foster, January 10, 1825.
  3. Jeremiah to William Foster, February 23, 1825.
  4. Jeremiah to William Foster, March 6, 1825.
  5. Jeremiah to William Foster, April 9, 1825.
  6. Jeremiah to William Foster, April 27, 1825. Birth of the Van Rensselaer’s second son announced.
  7. Jeremiah to William Foster, May 21, 1825.
  8. Jeremiah to William Foster, June 9, 1825.
  9. Jeremiah to William Foster, June 12, 1825.
  10. Jeremiah to William Foster, July 13, 1825.
  11. Jeremiah to William Foster, July 28, 1825.
  12. Jeremiah to William Foster, October 19, 1825.
  13. Jeremiah to William Foster, July 9, 1826. A panic on Wall Street causes the Life and Fire Insurance Company to fail, losing investments for the Van Rensselaer/Foster family.
  14. Jeremiah to William Foster, September 18, 1826.
  15. Jeremiah to William Foster, October 23, 1826.
3 6 Letters: Jeremiah Van Rensselaer to William Foster, 1827-1832
  1. Jeremiah to William Foster, January 5, 1827.
  2. Jeremiah to William Foster, March 26, 1827.
  3. Jeremiah to William Foster, October 7, 1827.
  4. Jeremiah to William Foster, January 7, 1828.
  5. Jeremiah to William Foster, July 18, 1828.
  6. Jeremiah to William Foster, January 14, 1829.
  7. Jeremiah to William Foster, April 12, 1829.
  8. Jeremiah to William Foster, July 14, 1829.
  9. Jeremiah to William Foster, August 22, 1829.
  10. Jeremiah to William Foster, April 15, 1830.
  11. Jeremiah to William Foster, September 29, 1830.
  12. Jeremiah to William Foster, April 18, 1831.
  13. Jeremiah to William Foster, January 26, 1831.
  14. Jeremiah to William Foster, October 18, 1831.
  15. Jeremiah to William Foster, January 15, 1832.
4 1 Last will and testament of Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, February 22, 1686/7 (In Dutch). Signed copy, 2 leaves, paper.
4 2 Last will and testament of Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, February 22, 1686/7.
  1. Copy translated into English, 2 leaves, paper.
  2. Copy translated into English, 1 leaf folded, paper.
4 3 Will: Anthony Van Rensselaer, October 14, 1749 (In Dutch).
1 leaf folded, paper, 32.5 x 41.5 cm.
4 4 Will: Hendrick (Henry K.) Van Rensselaer, March 21, 1783 (In Dutch)
3 leaves, paper, 32.5 x 20 cm.
4 5 Will (copy): Hendrick (Henry K.) Van Rensselaer, March 21, 1783
5 leaves, paper, 31.5 x 19.5 cm.
4 6 Will: Peter Van Bugh Livingston, September 18, 1792
2 leaves, paper, 32 x 20 cm
4 7 Bill of Sale, December 13, 1729
Margarita Schuyler Livingston bequeaths a five-year-old girl “Negro girl” named Saar to her daughter Engeltje. The document is signed and sealed.
4 8 [Signed Affidavit?] April 4, 1740 (In Dutch).
1 leaf folded, paper, 32 cm. x 40.5 cm.
4 9 Bill of Lading, 1757: “Ship Elizabeth”
1 leaf folded, 31.5 cm. x 40 cm.
4 10 Commission: Henry Van Rensselaer, Captain, Company of Militia Foot for Claverack, Albany County, [N.Y.], November 30, 1743
1 leaf folded, paper, 42 x 32.5 cm.
4 11 Commission: Abraham Fort, 1st Lieutenant, Company of Militia Foot in the Regiment of Albany County, [N.Y.], August 20, 1767
1 leaf, paper, 21 x 33.5 cm.
4 12 Commission: John J. Van Rensselaer, Captain, Troop of Horse, Brigade of Militia, Albany County, [N.Y.], October 29, 1791
1 leaf folded, 42 x 34 cm.
4 13 Letters: Jeremias Van Rensselaer, 1761, 1764.
  1. To his father from West Point, August 9, 1761.
  2. To his father from New York, July 6, 1764.
4 14 Eythie Moore account with Van Schoonhoven, Williams & Van Rensselaer, 1762
4 15 Instructions to the commissioners appointed for dividing the patent of Kayaderosseras, January 8, 1762.
4 16 Documents relative to the Kayaderosseras Patent, 1762-1770
  1. Account of attorney Benjamin Kissam on behalf of the proprietors of Kayaderosseras, 1768-1770.
  2. Copy of a deposition of John Kankiepat, June 29, 1762.
  3. Notice to the Surveyor General from Christopher Yates, John Glen and Thomas Palmer, November 28, 1768.
  4. Affidavit: David Schuyler (May 9) and Isaac Swits (May 15), 1769.
  5. Affidavit: Gerrit Van Schayck, May 15, 1769.
  6. Affidavit: John Wennee, May 18, 1769.
  7. Memorandum of persons examined by the Commissioners of the Kayaderosseras Patent, April 29, 1769.
  8. Bill to the Commissioners of the Kayaderosseras Patent from Eliphalet Ball for “storage, entertainment and horse keeping,” September 9 through October 10, 1770.
  9. “Copy of the Bounds of an Indjaen [Indian] Deed”, n.d. (in Dutch)
4 17 Copy of William Cockburn’s observations on boundaries relative to the Kayaderosseras Patent, March 17, 1769.
4 18 Copy of Letters Patent to John Van Rensselaer for part of the Manor of Rensselaerswyck, bound, 60 pages, February 26, 1773.
1 volume, 44 pages, 21 x 18 cm.
4 19 John Van Rensselaer, Papers, 1766-1803
  1. 2 certificates of men employed by Lt. Col. John Vaughan, and receipt of payment from Col. John Bradstreet to John Stedman, March 20, 1766.
  2. Bond between Henry Van Rensselaer, John Van Rensselaer, and Daniel Campbell, July 5, 1787.
  3. Brigade Orders, Greenbush, October 20, 1791.
  4. Receipt of funds from Philip Schuyler (by his wife Catherine) to John Van Rensselaer, May 23, 1793.
  5. Receipt of payment for building supplies, John Van Rensselaer to Thomas Russell, September 29, 1803.
  6. Certificate for twelve shares in Farmer’s Turnpike Road, June 30, 1810.
4 20 Copy of return of property to several persons of Greenbush, agreeable to law of Congress, December 19, 1798.
4 21 Philip Schuyler, D.S., 1791
Certificate of mortgages to John J. Van Rensselaer, August 11, 1791.
4 22 Philip Schuyler, Receipts, 1793
  1. Receipt of funds from John J. Van Rensselaer on various accounts, September 11, 1793.
  2. Receipt of funds from John J. Van Rensselaer, September 11, 1793.
4 23 Letter and account, Philip Schuyler to John Van Rensselaer, May 14, 1795
4 24 Papers, Aaron Burr and John J. Van Rensselaer, 1783, 1790.
  1. Receipt on account, July 12, 1783.
  2. Letter of support, Aaron Burr to John J. Van Rensselaer, June 21, 1790.
4 25 Certificates to Henry Bird, Master of the Sloop Martha, December 1759
4 26 Legal documents
  1. Power of Attorney, Martin Long, December 13, 1756.
  2. Indenture of Sally Ann Gulnac (age 6) to Henry P. Van Rensselaer for servitude, September 9, 1824.
  3. Memorandum of Proceedings over a tract of land allegedly acquired illegally from Indians, n.d.
4 27 Dr. Jeremiah Van Rensselaer – Letters, certificates, 1818-1830
  1. Certificate of admission as a Black Mark Mason of the Knights Templars, Edinburgh, January 22, 1818.
  2. Letter, Professor Lucas to Jeremiah Van Rensselaer, Paris, August 13, 1818 (In French).
  3. Letter of admission into the Society for the Encouragement of Domestic Industry, Paris, December 17, 1818 (In French)
  4. Acknowledgment of gifts received by the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, December 22, 1818.
  5. Letter from the Knights Templar, Paris, January 12, 1819.
  6. Letter: A. Brongiart to Jeremiah Van Rensselaer, January 22, 1819 (In French)
  7. Note of acceptance as a Fellow in the Physico-Medical Society, July 26, 1822.
  8. Note of acceptance into the New York Branch of the Linnean Society of Paris, New York, May 28, 1824.
  9. Request for a copy of Van Rensselaer’s anniversary discourse from the Lyceum of Natural History and drafted response, March 10, 1824.
  10. Notice of appointment as elected lecturer on geology, New York Atheneum, July 1, 1824.
  11. Letter of appointment as member correspondent to the Society of the Medical and Natural Sciences, Brussels, November 30, 1826 (In French).
  12. Letter from Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, February 1827 (In French).
  13. Appointment as corresponding member of the Society of Medicine, Hoorn, North Holland, April 1, 1830 (In French).
4 28 Certificates – Dr. Jeremiah Van Rensselaer, 1820-1833
  1. State Society for the Promotion of Useful Arts, Albany, April 21, 1820.
  2. Literary and Philosophical Society of New-York, New York, July 15, 1820.
  3. Albany Lyceum of Natural History, Albany, April 28, 1823.
  4. New-York Historical Society, New York, December 10, 1823.
  5. Appointment to a committee for the erection of a statue of Washington, New York, June 26, 1824.
  6. Natural History Society, Leipzig, August 2, 1824 (In German).
  7. Horticultural Society, New York, January 1825.
  8. Receipt of gifts for the library of the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, December 6, 1825.
  9. Batavian Society of Arts and Sciences, Batavia, February 26, 1833. (In Dutch)
4 29 “Medical” – Observations of Italy by Dr. Jeremiah Van Rensselaer, ca. 1840s
Handwritten notes on patient and hospital conditions found throughout Italy.
4 30 Petition relative to the formation of the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, January 27, 1842.
Signed invitation from George Washington Greene and artists Thomas Crawford, Thomas Cole, and Luther Terry to Jeremiah Van Rensselaer for a visit to the academy to view accomplishments made possible by his contributions.
4 31 Jacob F. Van Rensselaer – Deed – Island Hill Cemetery, 1849.
Signed deed of sale for a burial plot in Island Hill Cemetery, March 26, 1849.
4 32 Will (copy): Jeremiah Van Rensselaer, March 2, 1871.
4 33 Henry P. Van Rensselaer – Certificates and receipts from Claverack Reformed Church Cemetery, 1869-1871
  1. Signed and sealed certificate of purchase, burial plot in Reformed Church of Claverack Cemetery, November 13, 1869.
  2. Receipt of payment for burial services on November 28, 1869, paid January 1870.
  3. Receipt of payment for monument foundation work, September 2, 1871.
  4. Signed and sealed certificate of purchase, burial plot in Reformed Church of Claverack Cemetery, October 6, 1871.
4 34 Miscellaneous Letters, ca. 1820-1844
  1. Dr. Horack to Dr. Jeremiah Van Rensselaer, n.d.
  2. Daniel Webster to Samuel Jaudon, Boston, August 28, 1824.
  3. To Mrs. White, Norfolk, May 5, 1838.
  4. To N.J. Van Rensselaer, Schenectady, June 15, 1844.
  5. To Eveline (?), Troy, January 6, 1833.
  6. Unknown, n.d.
4 35 Letters to Killian K. Van Rensselaer, ca. 1860-1863
  1. William P. Van Rensselaer to Killian, Rye, New York, November 6, 1860.
  2. William P. Van Rensselaer to Killian, Rye, New York, May 15, 1863.
  3. Susan Van Rensselaer to Killian, New York, March 20, (18?).
4 36 Broadside and printed forms
  1. Order of arrangements for the White Festival, n.d.
  2. Form for an “Entry to be made by every person keeping a carriage,” passed by act of Congress, June 1794.
5 1 Charles Van Rensselaer – Correspondence, 1900-1909
  1. M.V.R. Dunn, North Tarrytown, New York, January 31,1905.
  2. H.V.R. Gould, East Orange, New Jersey, March 3, 1905.
  3. V.P. Van Rensselaer, Binghamton, New York, March 21, 1905.
  4. H.V.R. Gould, East Orange, New Jersey, April 1, 1905.
  5. Susan de Lancy Van Rennselaer, Hot Springs, Virginia, April 7, 1905.
  6. Bella V.R. Gunn, Maumee, Ohio, August 9, 1909.
  7. R.H. Van Rensselaer, Peoria, Illinois, August 14, 1909.
  8. Mrs. J.S. Martin, Brooklyn, New York, August 16, 1909.
  9. Eugene Van Rensselaer, New York, August 11, 1909.
  10. R.H. Van Rensselaer, Peoria, Illinois, August 22, 1909.
  11. S.V.C. Van Rensselaer, Poughkeepsie, New York, September 2, 1909.
  12. Bella V.R. Gunn, Maumee, Ohio, September 27, 1909.
  13. Gertrude Van Rensselaer Wickham, Cleveland, Ohio, October 28, 1909.
  14. Catherine M. Bragg, Randolph, New York, June 16, 1913.
  15. Will R.R., n.d.
  16. P.S. Tell Charlie …
5 2 Charles Van Rensselaer – Correspondence, 1900-1909 (continued)
  1. Jno. Deltz, Ithaca, New York, December 16, 1904.
  2. H.V.R. Gould, East Orange, New Jersey, March 1, 1905.
  3. C.H. Van Rensselaer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 5, 1905.
  4. Martha Van Rensselaer, Ithaca, New York, March 16, 1905.
  5. Florence D. Van Rensselaer, Newtonville, New York, April 7, 1905.
  6. Cortlandt H. Van Rensselaer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 30, 1905.
  7. Susan de Lancey Van Rensselaer, Albany, New York, March 6, 1906.
  8. Law Offices of Coldren and Fenning, Washington, D.C., January 29, 1909.
  9. M.V.R. Lacer, Owensboro, Kentucky, August 12, 1909.
  10. Bella V.R. Gunn, Maumee, Ohio, August 15, 1909.
  11. Catherine L. Van Rensselaer, Hudson, New York, August 16, 1909.
  12. Charles K. Van Rensselaer, Larallette, New Jersey, September 3, 1909.
  13. Charles E. Everett, Cincinnati, Ohio, September 16, 1909.
  14. Earl L. Van Rensselaer, Port Clinton, Ohio, October 29, 1909.
  15. Earl L. Van Rensselaer, Lorain, Ohio, December 28, 1909.
  16. Three pages of births, deaths and marriages from 1801-1909; n.d.
  17. Note, n.d.
5 3 Charles Van Rensselaer - S.A.R. application, correspondence, genealogical notes, 1905-1906
  1. Jno. Johnson, Rector, Charlestown, South Carolina, January 23, 1905.
  2. Helene Franchot, Grand Rapids, Michigan, March 15, 1905.
  3. Charles E. Everett, Cincinnati, Ohio, May 4, 1905. “Van Rensselaer Genealogy” enclosed.
  4. Jerome H. Fort, Syracuse, New York, November 26, 1906. Note pad “Genealogical Table of the Fort Family” enclosed.
  5. Earl L. Van Rensselaer, Port Clinton, Ohio, March 21, 1910.
  6. Sons of the American Revolution application for Peter Van Rensselaer.
  7. Hope M. Risley, Jamestown, New York, May 25, 1913.
5 4 Van Rensselaer Genealogy
5 5 Genealogy of Van Rensselaer Family - notes
5 6 Genealogical Research notes
5 7 Newspaper and Magazine Articles – Van Rensselaer Homes and Haunts
5 8 Cheyney, Edward P. The Anti-Rent Agitation in the State of New York 1839-1846 (Philadelphia, Pa.: University of Pennsylvania, 1887); 64 p.
5 9 The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, 1891
5 10 The Maryland Genealogical Bulletin, 1930-1934
6 1 Letters to Dr. Jeremias and Julia Van Rensselaer, 1850, 1886-1887
  1. Henry D. Whitehouse to Jeremias, April 12, [1850?].
  2. Henry D. Whitehouse to Jeremias, May 24, 1850.
  3. W.B. Jaudon to Julia, New York, April 29, 1886.
  4. Henry Bibby to Julia, New York, May 6, 1886.
  5. W.B. Jaudon to Julia, New York, July 3, 1886.
  6. W.B. Jaudon to Julia, New York, August 9, 1886.
  7. W.B. Jaudon to Julia, New York, September 20, 1886.
  8. Henry Bibby to Julia, New York, October 7, 1886.
  9. W.B. Jaudon to Julia, New York, October 7, 1886.
  10. H.A.M. to Julia, New York, October 12, 1886.
  11. W.B. Jaudon to Julia, New York, December 19, 1886.
  12. W.B. Jaudon to Julia, New York, January 3, 1887.
  13. W.B. Jaudon to Julia, New York, July 30, 1887.
  14. W.B. Jaudon to Julia, New York, November 14, 1887.
6 2 Letters to Julia Van Rensselaer, 1888-1889
  1. W.B. Jaudon to Julia, New York, February 13, 1888.
  2. W.B. Jaudon to Julia, New York, July 5, 1888.
  3. W.B. Jaudon to Julia, New York, August 1, 1888.
  4. W.B. Jaudon to Julia, New York, November 4, 1888.
  5. W.B. Jaudon to Julia, New York, December 10, 1888.
  6. W.B. Jaudon to Julia, New York, April 4, 1889.
  7. W.B. Jaudon to Julia, New York, May 8, 1889.
  8. W.B. Jaudon to Julia, New York, November 15, 1889.
  9. Charles D. Burrill to Julia, New York, November 22, 1889.
  10. Charles D. Burrill to Julia, New York, December 6, 1889.
  11. Charles D. Burrill to Julia, New York, December 13, 1889.
  12. Charles D. Burrill to Julia, New York, December 26, 1889.
6 3 Letters to Julia Van Rensselaer, 1890, 1895
  1. Charles D. Burrill to Julia, New York, January 18, 1890.
  2. Charles D. Burrill to Julia, New York, January 23, 1890.
  3. Moran & Williams to Julia, New York, May 3, 1890.
  4. Van Brugh Livingston (p.s. Ada) to Julia, New York, June 13, 1890.
  5. Stephen Williams to Julia, New York, June 19, 1890.
  6. Richard Harison to Julia, New York, January 21, 1895.
  7. Francis Jaudon to Julia, Mauston, Wisconsin, June 23, 1895.
  8. Richard Harison to Julia, New York, June 27, 1895
6 4 Letters to Julia Van Rensselaer, 1896-1897
  1. Varnum & Harison, New York, April 11, 1896.
  2. Varnum & Harison, New York, July 14, 1896.
  3. Varnum & Harison, New York, December 10, 1896.
  4. Varnum & Harison, New York, December 12, 1896.
  5. Varnum & Harison, New York, April 17, 1897.
  6. Varnum & Harison, New York, November 1, 1897.
6 5 Canceled Checks – Julia Van Rensselaer, 1897
41 checks drawn on Second National Bank of New York, dated January 4 through April 6, 1897.
6 6 Julia Van Rensselaer – Van Brugh Livingston, Receipts, 1897-1898
  1. February 16, 1897.
  2. March 2, 1897.
  3. February 14, 1898.
  4. February 21, 1898.
  5. February 23, 1898.
  6. March 7, 1898.
  7. March 28, 1898.
6 7 Letters to Annie Peyton Jaudon Livingston, 1889, 1891
  1. W.B. Jaudon, New York, 1889.
  2. W.B. Jaudon, New York, May 29, 1891.
  3. W.B. Jaudon, New York, July 7, 1891.
  4. W.B. Jaudon, New York, August 1891.
6 8 Annie P. Livingston Estate, Certified Copy of Decree, April 9, 1896.
6 9 Miscellaneous Letters, Receipts, etc. – Augustus Cortlandt Van Rensselaer and Julia Van Rensselaer, 1889-1920 (8 items)
6 10 Dr. John J. Van Rensselaer Papers, 1860-1900
  1. Letter of recommendation, Dr. Howard Townsend, March 26, 1860.
  2. Letter of membership and receipt of dues, Richmond County Medical Society, March 30, 1901.
  3. Signed and sealed deed for purchase of a house in New Brighton, New York, October 18, 1887.
  4. Copy of the Settlement in the Whitford foreclosure (John J. Van Rensselaer v. Ellen Whitford and Joseph Humphrey), Supreme Court Richmond County, July 23-October 1, 1900.
6 11 Deeds: John J. Rensselaer to Charles J. DeYoung
  1. August 15, 1887.
  2. August 14, 1888.
6 12 Dr. John J. Van Rensselaer – J.A. Edgarton, Contractor & Builder, 1898-1899
  1. Receipt from Edward Blanchard, tinsmith, October 28, 1898.
  2. Building Contract between the two parties, February 20, 1899.
  3. 3 receipts of payment,  April 4,  May 3, and May 18, 1899.
  4. Bill for building supplies, June 27, 1899.
  5. Note of completion of project and invitation to inspect, June 28, 1899.
6 13 Dr. John J. Van Rensselaer – Accounts, receipts, etc., ca. 1899-1905 (20 items)
6 14 Specifications for labor and materials – small house to be built for Dr. J. J. Van Renssealaer, ca. 1899
6 15 Will (copy) – Augustus Cortlandt Van Rensselaer, December 1, 1911
6 16 Letters: Peyton Van Rensselaer to Cortlandt Van Rensselaer, 1912
  1. August 31, 1912.
  2. September 30, 1912.
  3. September 7, 1912.
  4. September 20, 1912.
  5. September 25, 1912.
  6. October 3, 1912.
  7. November 2, 1912.
6 17 Genealogical Notes on the Peyton family – Augustus Cortlandt Van Rensselaer
6 18 “The Van Rensselaer Manor” from Magazine of American History, January 1884 – hand copied by Augustus Cortlandt Van Rensselaer, March 1894
6 19 Personal Narratives
6 20 Genealogical Charts of the Van Rensselaer family
6 21 Historical Society, New York Institution, Minutes (copy), May 25, 1825
7 1 Florence Van Rensselaer Correspondence, 1926-1949
7 2 Florence Van Rensselaer Correspondence, 1950-1952
7 3 Florence Van Rensselaer Correspondence, 1953
7 4 Florence Van Rensselaer Correspondence, 1954 (January-October)
7 5 Florence Van Rensselaer Correspondence, 1954 (November-December)
7 6 Florence Van Rensselaer Correspondence, 1955 (January)
7 7 Florence Van Rensselaer Correspondence, 1955 (February)
7 8 Florence Van Rensselaer Correspondence, 1955 (March-June)
7 9 Florence Van Rensselaer Correspondence, 1955 (July-September)
7 10 Florence Van Rensselaer Correspondence, 1955 (October-December)
7 11 Florence Van Rensselaer – Letters from Anthony R. Wagner, 1954-1955
7 12 Florence Van Rensselaer – Colonial Dames of America, 1953-1954
7 13 Florence Van Rensselaer – Colonial Dames of America, Chapter XI, London, 1954-1955
7 14 Florence Van Rensselaer – Business Correspondence, 1954-1955
7 15 Florence Van Rensselaer – Accounts, receipts, etc.
7 16 Florence Van Rensselaer – Greeting Cards
8 1 Van Rensselaer Family History and Genealogy
8 2 Van Rensselaer Family Genealogy – Proof sheets
The Van Rensselaers in Holland and America, page proofs and correspondence from The American Historical Company, Inc. to Florence Van Rensselaer, November 25, 1955.
8 3 Van Rensselaer – Genealogy Charts
8 4 Family History Research
8 5 Genealogy Charts
8 6 Genealogy Charts
8 7 “Heraldry” – Various forms of the Van Rensselaer coat of arms.
8 8 Florence Van Rensselaer – Copies of an article about the Van Rensselaer tomb in the church at Nijkerk (In Dutch)
8 9 Certified copy of the will and testament of John High
8 10 Real Estate – 149 East 73rd Street, New York
8 11 Florence Van Rensselaer – Miscellaneous Papers
    Boxes 9, 10, and 11 contain folio-size documents.
9 1 Dr. John J. Van Rensselaer - Invoices of Medicines, Instruments, Hospital Stores, Bedding, etc., 1865-1866
  1. December 31, 1865.
  2. December 1865.
  3. December 1865 (consolidated invoice for 1863-1865).
  4. February 8, 1866.
  5. March 31, 1866.
9 2 Commissions: Dr. John J. Van Rensselaer – New York State Volunteers
  1. Surgeon Mate, 3rd Regiment, July 4, 1861.
  2. Surgeon, 98th Regiment of Infantry, October 3, 1862.
9 3 Debit-Credit Account: Dr. John J. Van Rensselaer/Jacob Rutsen Van Rensselaer, 1791-1795
9 4 Genealogy and Family History
  1. Family Register, Henry P. and Jane Fort Van Rensselaer.
  2. Certificate of Marriage, John J. and Florence Taylor Van Rensselaer, October 20, 1864.
9 5 Diplomas, Certificates, etc., 1818-1841
  1. Philomatic Society of Paris, Correspondent, 18?? (In French).
  2. Certificate for the purchase of passage from Naples to France, Jeremiah Van Rensselaer, May 26, 1819 (In Italian).
  3. Certificate from the Linnean Society of Paris admitting Dr. Jeremiah Van Rensselaer as Correspondent, August 5, 1824 (In French).
  4. Certificate, Batavian Society of Arts and Sciences, J. Van Rensselaer, Corresponding Member, December 21, 1826 (In Dutch).
  5. Certificate from Mineralogical Society of Jena, Dr. Jeremiah Van Rensselaer, February 1826 (In German).
  6. Society of Sciences, Arts and Letters of Mâcon, Jeremiah Van Rensselaer, Corresponding Member, July 27, 1826 (In French).
  7. Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, certificate, Jeremiah Van Rensselaer, February 3, 1827 (In Dutch).
  8. The Natural History Society of Montreal, Jeremiah Van Rensselaer, Corresponding Member, September 24, 1827.
  9. Physico-Medical Society, J. Van Rensselaer, Corresponding Member, September 1828 (In Latin).
  10. License to carry firearms, issued by Directorate-General of Police, Papal Government, Rome to Jeremiah Van Rensselaer, 1841.
9 6 Wills and Estate Papers, 1817-1832
  1. Last will and testament of Judith Bruce, December 19, 1817.
  2. Last will and testament (copy) of William Foster, April 11, 1820.
  3. Isaac Bronson to Stephen Van Rensselaer, trustee, June 12, 1832.
9 7 Land Titles and Leases, 1753-1832
  1. Indenture between John Van Rensselaer and Cornelius Steven Muller for a parcel of land in Claverack beginning at the northeast corner of William Burtell’s land, 1753.
  2. Indenture between John Van Rensselaer and Cornelius Steven Muller in continuance of a grant for a parcel of land in Claverack, February 26, 1763.
  3. Deed:  John Glen and John J. Van Rensselaer for a parcel of land in Washington County, May 2, 1795.
  4. Deed: Stephen Van Rensselaer of Watervliet and Jeremiah Van Rensselaer of New York City for certain lots in Rensselaer County, June 14, 1832.
9 8 Land Titles and Leases, 1765-1774
  1. Indenture between John Van Rensselaer and John Evers for a parcel of land that begins at the northeast corner of the land of John Ten Broeck, October 30, 1765.
  2. Indenture between John Van Rensselaer and Rebecca Yates for approximately ten acres that began close to the northwest corner of Henry Cuyler’s land, June 29, 1776.
  3. Indenture between John Van Rensselaer and Hendrick Stever for 169 acres in Claverack, January 26, 1774.
9 9 Land Titles and Leases, 1763-1765
  1. Indenture between John Van Rensselaer and Jacobus de Lameater, totaling 10¾ acres on the Old Taghkanick Road, March 15, 1763.
  2. Indenture between John Van Rensselaer and Johan Ten Broeck for a parcel of land at Claverack beginning at a tree just south of the house of John Evers, October 28, 1765.
  3. Indenture between John Van Rensselaer and Jacob Carter for land that began along the northwest corner of John Ten Broeck’s land, October 29, 1765.
  4. Indenture between John Van Rensselaer and Peter Van Buren for land that began at an oak tree on the northeast corner and southeast of the Common Bridge, October 13, 1765.
9 Folio 10 Land Title and Leases, 1774
  1. Indenture between John Van Rensselaer and John Willard for land located in Claverack on Manor Road, Albany County, October 27, 1774
  2. Indenture between John Van Rensselaer and Peter Stolp for a farm, piece, or parcel of land in Claverack of Albany County, January 24, 1774
9 11 Miscellaneous
  1. Itemized proceeds from sales at auction, brought forward by Stephen Bayard, May 1808.
  2. Bill of sale, John J. Van Rensselaer to Benjamin Allen, February 13, 1806.
10 1 Jeremiah Van Rensselaer, Knights Templar certificate signed by Bernard-Raymond Fabré-Palaprat (In Latin), 1819. Parchment with a small round metal seal box affixed by ribbon.
10 2 Jeremiah Van Rensselaer, baccalaureate diploma from Yale, 1813. Parchment with an embossed paper seal affixed by wide ribbon.
10 3 Van Rensselaer Family Tombs and Monuments
  1. “The Old Church at Amsterdam,” brochure.
  2. The Old Church at Amsterdam, exterior, two sepia-tone prints, photographed by John van Lennep, Amsterdam.
  3. The Old Church at Amsterdam, interior with Kiliaen Van Rensselaer memorial tablet displayed, two sepia-tone prints, photographed by John van Lennep, Amsterdam.
  4. Kiliaen Van Rensselaer memorial tablet, Old Church at Amsterdam, two sepia-tone prints, photographed by John van Lennep, Amsterdam.
  5. Tombstone of the Van Rensselaer Family, church at Nijkerk, black-and-white print and diagram of the markings.
10 4 Letter of Florence Van Rensselaer to Albert B. Corey, May 28, 1952 with photostatic copies of the Van Lennep photographs of the Old Church at Amsterdam, Kilian van Rensselaer memorial tablet, and the Chesterman line etching of the Van Rensselaer family home in Amsterdam (transfer of single accession no. 12894)
10 Loose Print: Line etching of the home of the first Patroon (Kiliaen Van Rensselaer) in Amsterdam by F. Chesterman. Matted and framed.
11 Loose New Yorkers of the XIX Century, Mrs. John (May) King Van Rensselaer, 1897. Includes handwritten genealogical notes by Florence Van Rensselaer on the pages and on mounted paper.
    Photographs and Prints (standard flat-storage containers)
12 1 Historic Postcards
  1. Two sets of the Albany Historic Post Card Series, 15 postcards each.
  2. Two cards featuring Old Church, Nijkerk, Holland.
  3. One card featuring Nicolas Lancret’s The Lesson of Galant Pastoral Music.
12 2 Representations of the Van Rensselaer coat of arms
12 3 Photographs
  1. Col. Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, black-and-white print, ca. 1895.
  2. Olive Van Rensselaer, black-and-white print, 1915.
  3. Winfield J. Taylor, black-and-white mini-portrait, 1903.
  4. Unidentified male, inscribed on back, “For Cousin Catharine, May 31st,” photograph taken by Broadbent & Phillips, Philadelphia.
  5. Rensselaer family member portrait, postcard.
12 4 Photograph
Catherine Bleeker, black-and-white portrait, n.d.
12 5 Moses Rogers House, 7 State Street, New York
  1. One black-and-white negative of an ink drawing of 7 State Street (Moses Rogers House) by Vernon Howe Bailey, 1934.
  2. Two 13 x 18 cm prints of an ink drawing of 7 State Street (Moses Rogers House) by Vernon Howe Bailey, 1934.
  3. One 20.25 x 25.5 cm print of an ink drawing of 7 State Street (Moses Rogers House) by Vernon Howe Bailey, 1934.
  4. Three color photographs and one color postcard of the Phyfe Room in the Moses Rogers House at 7 State Street.
  5. Correspondence, Monsignor Henry J. Bebhard to Olive Tilney, June 29, 1961.
  6. Three clippings: New York World-Telegram and The Sun (December 17, 1956), New York Herald Tribune (September 1, 1963), New York Times (February 15, 1964).
12 6 Photograph: Florence Van Rensselaer, black-and-white portrait in American Red Cross uniform, n.d.
12 7 Livingston and Beekman family portraits, reproductions.
12 8 Photographs: Van Rensselaer Manor House
  1. Exterior of the Van Rensselaer Manor House, mounted silver print, ca. 1875.
  2. Entrance, Van Rensselaer Manor House, mounted silver print, ca. 1875.
  3. Wallpaper panel, Van Rensselaer Manor House, mounted silver print, ca. 1875.
12 9 Key to Daniel Huntington’s painting “The Republican Court (Lady Washington’s Reception Day),” 1861. Mounted lithograph.
12 10 Black-and-white reproduction of George P.A. Healy’s portrait of Euphemia White Van Rensselaer, 1842.
12 11 Photograph: Olive Atterbury Van Rensselaer, sepia-toned print, 13 x 18 cm, n.d.
12 12 Residence of Anson Greene Phelps, reproduction of an etching by Eliza Greatorex for Old New York from the Battery to the Bloomingdale (1876).
12 13 The Audubon Estate on the Banks of the Hudson, reproduction of color lithograph from D.T. Valentine’s Manual (1866).
12 14 Van Rensselaer coat of arms, color and silver leaf, mounted on board, n.d.
12 15 Jacob Leisler residence, silver print reproduction, mounted on board, n.d.
12 16 Cornelius Glen Van Rensselaer, oval-shaped portrait, lithograph, n.d.
13 1 Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, sepia-toned print, 16.5  x 21.5 cm, mounted, n.d.
13 2 John Jeremiah Van Rensselaer wearing the scarlet coat of the Albany Burgesses Corps, miniature portrait by artist John Ramage, watercolor in a scalloped, oval metal case, with a sample of the subject’s plaited hair set into an oval aperture in back, 9 x 7 cm, n.d.
13 3 John Jeremiah Van Rensselaer, black-and-white photographed reproduction of a miniature portrait by John Ramage, mounted and framed, oval, 14 x 11.5 cm, n.d.
13 4 Florence Rutherford Taylor Van Rensselaer, black-and-white photographic miniature portrait, oval, 7.75 x 6.5 cm, encased, ca. 1864.
13 5 Dr. John J. Van Rensselaer, photographic miniature portrait wearing Civil War surgeon’s uniform, oval, 7.75 x 6.5 cm, encased, ca. 1864
13 6 Images of unknown Van Rensselaers
  1. Unidentified young female family member, daguerreotype portrait in a small ornamental case, 5 x 4.5 cm, n.d.
  2. Side portrait, hexagonal engraved image in glass protected case, 8.5 x 7 cm, n.d.
13 7 Photographed images of the Van Rensselaers
  1. John Jeremiah Van Rensselaer, photographed reproduction of the John Ramage miniature portrait, black-and-white print, mounted on board, 16.5 x 11 cm, n.d.
  2. Katherine Boudinot Van Rensselaer, portrait, photographic print, mounted on board, 9.5 x 6 cm, 1896.
  3. Van Rensselaer house in Sea Bright, New Jersey, exterior, photograph mounted on board, 6.5 x 10.5 cm, n.d.
  4. William Paterson Van Rensselaer, portrait, photographic print mounted on board, 16.5 x 11 cm, ca. 1886.
  5. “Kitty” Van Rensselaer, portrait, photographic print mounted on board, 14.5 x 11 cm, n.d.
  6. Katherine B. Van Rensselaer, portrait, photographic print mounted on board, 10 x 10 cm, 1896.
  7. Julia Van Rensselaer, portrait by E.C. Dana, photographic print mounted on board, 16.5 x 10.5 cm, March 1888.
  8. William Paterson Van Rensselaer and an unidentified female, “On the piazza at Manursing,” photograph by Eleanor Erving, matted print, 13 x 13 cm, September 13, 1903.
13 8 Elias Boudinot, color reproduction of a portrait by Charles Willson Peale (ca. 1782), framed, 13  x 17.75 cm, n.d.
13 Loose William Patterson Van Rensselaer residence at Manursing Island, New York, lithographic prints clipped, mounted and framed, n.d.
EL Loose Letters patent to John J. Van Rensselaer for land under water in the Town of Greenbush, sealed and signed by Governor Daniel D. Tompkins and Secretary Daniel Hale, July 12, 1812.
EL Loose Letters patent to a deed between the Wyckhoff family and Van Ness family, signed and sealed by all parties concerned (Dutch), October 13, 1719. The back of the document is notarized by signature and seal of Robert Livingston Jr., mayor of the city of Albany, October 13, 1719. This is further notarized on the bottom of the front page by signature and affixed seal of Jacobus Van Cortlandt, mayor of New York City, July 5, 1720. Pressed between Plexiglas and framed.
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