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Van Wagenen Family Documents, 1730-1839

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1795
Bib ID 11909357 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Van Wagenen Family
Title Van Wagenen Family Documents, 1730-1839
Physical Description 0.42 linear feet (1 document box)
Language(s) English , Dutch; Flemish .

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.



Arranged in one series, and grouped by type of material: wills, bonds, deeds, etc.



A small but interesting collection of family documents that relate to the history of slavery and Columbia.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Van Wagenen Family Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.


No accruals are expected

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers processed, ptl 10/28/2016.

Revision Description

2016-10-29 File created.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Indentures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Receipts (financial records) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wills Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Columbia University Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Deeds Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Landowners Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Property -- New York (State) -- 18th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Property -- New York (State) -- 19th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Slavery Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

The Van Wagenen family is one of the oldest and most significant of early Dutch families who settled in the Hudson Valley of NY State, having left the Netherlands about 1637 and having inhabited Kingston on the shores of the Hudson River sometime around 1650.

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Series I: Papers


Box 1 Folder 1 Envelope entitled "Old Van Wagenen family papers. Purchased from William Van Wanenen of Rhinebeck, NY September 1879"

Includes a listing of the documents.


Box 1 Folder 2 Will of Barnet Van Wagenen, 28 April 1730

In Dutch, wax seal.

Box 1 Folder 3 Will of Gosen Van Wagenen, 30 January 1758

Box 1 Folder 4 Will of Benjamin Van Wagenen, 1 September 1778

Box 1 Folder 5 Will of Hubert (Huybert) Van Wagenen, 14 February 1806

In this document he speaks of his slaves and his property holdings in Lower Manhattan.

Box 1 Folder 6 Will of Barnet Van Wagenen, 28 April 1731



Box 1 Folder 7 Bond between Robert Steele and Christopher B. Goelet, 17 August, 1829


Box 1 Folder 8 Title to Lot No. 71 Gold Street, in the Second Ward of the City of New York belonging to William B. Lawrence, 11 February 1718


Box 1 Folder 9 Holdings of Hubert Van Wagenen, three pages, 1822


Box 1 Folder 10 Indenture re. land between Gerrid Van Wagenen and Richard Van Wagenen, 1 May 1817


Box 1 Folder 11 Document in Dutch, 9 March 1722


Box 1 Folder 12 Receipt for cotton, 20 October 1749

Box 1 Folder 13 Mortgage and rent document to William Beekman, signed, 26 October 1797


Box 1 Folder 14 Printed NY State Infantry acceptance of resignation of many, including Lieutenant Gerit Van Wagenen, signed, 1817