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   Duer family Papers, 1784-1937.

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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Duer family papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information


The Duer Family papers include correspondence, diaries, genealogical manuscripts and notes, miscellaneous poetry, and early photographs, daguerreotypes, tintypes, engravings, and illustrations (the Duer coat of arms). The collection depicts aspects of social customs in Old New York, patriotism, and life abroad.

At a Glance

Call No.:MS#0369
Bib ID:4078716 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Duer family.
Title:Duer family Papers, 1784-1937.
Physical description:2.515 linear feet (7 boxes)
Language(s): Material is in English.
Access: This collection has no restrictions. This collection is located on-site.  More information »



The collection is arranged in three series.

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Scope and Content

The Duer Family Papers consists primarily of correspondence, documents, and books pertaining to the Duer Family as well as tintypes, daguerreotypes, photographs and illustrations. Also included in the collection are the diaries of Frances Maria Duer Hoyt's travels in Europe from 1864 to 1894, and the diaries of Hannah Maria Denning Duers from 1838 to 1862.

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Using the Collection


Access Restrictions

This collection has no restrictions.

This collection is located on-site.

Restrictions on Use

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); Duer family papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Selected Related Material-- at Columbia

Alice Duer Miller Papers, Barnard College Archives.

Duer Family Papers, Barnard College Archives.

Elizabeth Meads Duer Papers, Barnard College Archives.

Caroline King Duer Papers, Barnard College Archives.

"Reminiscences of Caroline King Duer," Oral History Research Office.

Selected Related Material-- Other Repositories

Papers of George Washington, University of Virgina.

Papers of William Duer, New-York Historical Society.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Cataloged 06/--/1989 Christina Hilton Fenn

Papers processed by Vanessa Cano ( Pratt Institute, 2011)

Finding aid written by Vanessa Cano ( Pratt Institute, 2011) February 2011

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion March 4, 2011 Finding aid written in English. Finding aid adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard
    2011-03-04 File created.
    2011-03-08 XML document instance created by Catherine C. Ricciardi

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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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Alexander, William, 1726-1783.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Aristocracy (Social class)--New York (State)--New York--History--19th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bridgen, AnnaPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Columbia College (New York, N.Y.)--Presidents.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Duer, Caroline, 1865-1956.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Duer, Hannah Maria Denning.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Duer, William Alexander, 1780-1858.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Duer, William, 1747-1799PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Families--New YorkPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
France--Description and travel.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hoyt, Frances Maria DuerPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Italy--Description and travel.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Miller, Alice Duer, 1874-1942.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Patriotism--United States.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
United States--Continental Congress--MembersPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Van Rensselaer, John King, Mrs., 1848-1925.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Van Rensselaer, Stephen, 1764-1839PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Wealth--Social Aspects--New York (State)--New York--History--19th centuryPortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

The Duer Family was one of the founding families of New York City. Prior to moving to New York from England, the Duer Family had purchased tracts of land on the Hudson River near Albany. The area, known as Fort Miller, served as their first residence and as the site of their early financial ventures. By 1776 the Duer family had built a successful mercantile business based primarily on lumber production.

The Duer family patriarch, William Duer (March 18, 1743-May 7, 1799), was an American lawyer, developer, and speculator who lived in New York City. A Federalist, he had served in the Continental Congress and the convention that framed the New York Constitution. In 1778, he signed the United States Articles of Confederation. Duer was married to Katherine "Kitty" Alexander, the daughter of the Revolutionary War General William Alexander (Lord Stirling), and together they had three sons: William Alexander, Alexander and John.

William Alexander Duer (1780-1858) son of William Duer, was an American lawyer, jurist, educator, member of the New York State Assembly (1816), and one of the first eight New York State Circuit Courts judges appointed (1823). He served as the President of Columbia College (now Columbia University) from 1829 to 1842.

William Alexander and Hannah Denning Duer (1782-1862) had four children: Henrietta Amlie, Frances Maria, Catherine Theodora, and William Denning. The writings and correspondence of William Alexander, Hannah Maria Denning Duer, and their daughter Frances Maria Duer Hoyt are featured throughout this collection.

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