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Van Rensselaer Bowier Manuscripts

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Van Rensselaer Bowier Manuscripts

The Van Rensselaer Bowier Manuscripts is a collection of 17th-century documents regarding the colony of Rensselaerswyck. The heart of the collection consists of copies of letters, memorials and instructions written between the years 1630 and 1643 by Kiliaen van Rensselaer, the founder of the colony. Many other types of documents (such as contracts) and many later documents are also included. The collection was translated and annotated by Arnold J. F. Van Laer. Includes an introductory essay by Nicolaas de Roever, translated by Mrs. Alan H. Strong (Susan de Lancey Van Rensselaer Strong).

Full title is Van Rensselaer Bowier Manuscripts Being the Letters of Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, 1630-1643, And Other Documents Relating to the Colony of Rensselaerswyck.

This work includes an appendix, by Van Laer, entitled "Settlers of Rensselaerswyck, 1630-1658" that contains summary accounts of many of the individual settlers who are documented in the Manuscripts. The appendix has been republished by Ancestry.com as the database "Rensselaerswyck, New York Settlers, 1630-58," citing "Original data: Settlers of Rennsselaerswyck (sic), 1630-1658. n.p.: n.p., 1908." Be aware of the actual source and authorship of the material.

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Van Laer, Arnold J. F., translator and editor. ''[[Space:Van Rensselaer Bowier Manuscripts|Van Rensselaer Bowier Manuscripts]]''. New York State Library. Albany: University of the State of New York, 1908.

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