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Van Schaack family papers, 1686-1887

Summary Information

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Call No.: MS#1290
Bib ID 4079435 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Van Schaack Family
Title Van Schaack family papers, 1686-1887
Physical Description 6 boxes (6 boxes (687 items))
Language(s) English .
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Arrangement

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Cataloged.

Description

Summary

Correspondence and legal and business papers of Peter Van Schaack and his family. The collection includes letters to and from Egbert Benson, Henry Cruger, James Duane, William Laight, Theodore Sedgwick, Peter Silvester, John Vardill, and many others. The letters deal with such subjects as taxation, the siege of Boston, George Washington, Tories, the Jay Treaty, Shays' Rebellion, and the many prominent people with whom Van Schaack was acquainted, including the Jay family and Gouverneur Morris. There is a large number of letters to and from his brother, Henry Van Schaack (1733-1823). The correspondence contains many political and social opinions regarding America and England before, during, and after the Revolutionary War. Many of the legal documents concern the disputed claims to the Van Rensselaer properties in Claverack and Westenhook, N.Y. Henry Cruger Van Schaack added to the collection more letters from well-known people as well as legal and family papers. These are mostly dated in the mid-19th century, and deal in part with the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company, the Berkshire Iron Works, and similar business ventures. The majority of the documents are Indian and Colonial deeds, or those concerning early land disputes such as the New York-Massachusetts boundary dispute.

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

Alternate Form Available

Microfilm available.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

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Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 09/--/89.

Subject Headings

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American loyalists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Benson, Egbert, 1746-1833 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Berkshire Iron Works Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Boston (Mass.) -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Boston (Mass.) -- History -- Siege, 1775-1776 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Delaware and Hudson Canal Company Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Duane, James, 1733-1797 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 18th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 19th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Indians of North America -- Land tenure Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Iron industry and trade -- New York (State) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jay family Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Laight, William Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Massachusetts -- Boundaries -- New York (State) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Morris, Gouverneur, 1752-1816 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
New York (State) -- Boundaries -- Massachusetts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Real property -- New York (State) -- Claverack Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Real property -- New York (State) -- Westenhook Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sedgwick, Theodore, 1746-1813 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shays' Rebellion, 1786-1787 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shays, Daniel, 1747-1825 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sieges -- Massachusetts -- Boston Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Silvester, Peter Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Smith, William, 1728-1793 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Taxation Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States -- Politics and government -- 1775-1783 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States -- Politics and government -- To 1775 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Van Schaack, Henry Cruger, 1802-1887 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Van Schaack, Henry, 1733-1823 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Van Schaack, Peter, 1747-1832 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Vardill, John, 1749-1811 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Washington, George, 1732-1799 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Family of Peter Van Schaack (1747-1832) of Kinderhook, N.Y. Peter Van Schaack graduated from King's College in 1762, studied law with Peter Silvester in Albany and later with William Smith in New York, revised the statutes of the colony of New York in 1774, was active in the "New York Correspondence Committee" was exiled as a Tory sympathizer to England from 1778 to 1785, and upon his return to this country conducted a law school at Kinderhook. His son was Henry Cruger Van Schaack (1802-1887).