About the New Netherland Research Center

Mission

The New Netherland Research Center (NNRC) promotes and supports scholarship and knowledge about the seventeenth-century Dutch colony of New Netherland in North America. It continues the work begun by the New York State Library's New Netherland Project to make the history of the Dutch colonial presence in North America available for study and research through preservation, transcription, translation, and digitization of the original 17th century documents and manuscripts of New Netherland in the collections of the New York State Library and State Archives.

  • Other upcoming projects include:
    • revising and updating A Guide to Dutch Manuscripts Relating to New Netherland in United States Repositories,
    • producing educational materials and programs, and
    • hosting exchange students and scholars.
  • Seminars and conferences, including the annual New Netherland Seminarexternal link continue to promote scholarship about the Dutch colonial presence in North America.
  • Publications, including the Annals of New Netherlandexternal link, published annually by the New Netherland Institute, continue to make current research on the Dutch presence in colonial North America accessible.

Leadership

Charles Gehring Janny Venema
Janny Venema and Charles Gehring

Director of the New Netherland Research Center and the New Netherland Project (NNP) Dr. Charles Gehring and Assistant Director and Dutch native Dr. Janny Venema have worked to translate and edit the surviving archival records of New Netherland for publication and to advance interest in the Dutch role in America's history. 

Origins

The Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands.
The Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands

The New Netherland Research Center evolved from the New Netherland Project, which was established in 1974, under the sponsorship of the New York State Library, to transcribe, translate and publish historical Dutch documents.

The NNRC was established on the occasion of the visit of their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands to the Cultural Education Center on September 8th, 2009. During the visit, the Dutch government presented the New Netherland Institute with a gift of support to establish a New Netherland Research Center and to allow the NNP to continue its work and create collaborative projects with the National Archives of the Netherlandsexternal link.

 

Last Updated: March 18, 2014