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Van Rensselaer Manor Papers, 1643-1689 (NYSL SC7079)

The Van Rensselaer Manor Papers consist chiefly of the administrative records of Rensselaerswyck, the large landed estate of the Van Rensselaer family, which at one time included large portions of Albany and Rensselaer counties of New York State.  These records include field books, surveys, maps, rent ledgers, contracts, work and business records, ordinances, court records, militia records and correspondence with tenants and employees of the manor.  Comprising the operational records of the manor, the records date from the 1630’s, and the first patroon of the manor, Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, to the 1850’s following the Anti-Rent Wars, by which time the Van Rensselaer family had relinquished its feudal rights to most of the land holdings.

An online finding aid to the Van Rensselaer Manor Collection is available at: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/msscfa/sc7079.htm and selected items from this collection have been scanned and are available through the Digital Collections:

Correspondence of Jeremias Van Rensselaer, 1651-1674 (SC7079 boxes 1-5)
Correspondence of Maria Van Rensselaer, 1669-1689 (SC7079 boxes 6-8)
Minute book of the Court of Rensselaerswyck, 1648-1652 (SC7079 boxes 13-15)
Memorandum book kept by Antonio de Hooges, 1643-1648 (SC7079 box 16)

The following published translations are available at the New York State Library and online:

Correspondence of Jeremias Van Rensselaer, 1651-1674, translated and edited by A.J.F. Van Laer (Albany: University of the State of New York, 1932); R 974.742 R414nv:  http://www.nnp.org/nnrc/onlinepubs/JeremiasvanRensselaercorrespondence.pdf

Correspondence of Maria Van Rensselaer 1645-1689, translated and edited by A.J.F. Van Laer (Albany: University of the State of New York, 1935);  D UNI 068-4 CORMR 209-2821 http://purl.org/net/nysl/nysdocs/1242838

Rensselaerswijk. Court.  Minutes of the Court of Rensselaerswyck, 1648-1652, translated and edited by A.J.F. Van Laer (Albany, NY:  University of the State of New York, 1922);  R 974.742 R414:  http://www.nnp.org/nnrc/onlinepubs/CourtMinutes.pdf

More information about the New York State Library’s Van Rensselaer Manor Papers and selected images from the collection are available at:  http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/mssc/vrm/

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