|Quantity:||13 boxes (ca. 4.50 cubic ft.)|
|Access:||Open to research|
|Acquisition:||Gift of Philip Van Rensselaer Tilney, July 2013|
|Processed By:||W. Dan Johnson, Student Intern, State University of New York at Albany for Manuscripts and Special Collections, December 2014|
The Van Rensselaer family figured prominently in the establishment of the Dutch colony known as Rensselaerswyck in New Netherland, and helped develop the area of what became the capital region of New York State. Descending chiefly from patriarch Kiliaen Van Rensselaer (ca. 1585-1643), an Amsterdam diamond merchant and first patroon of Rensselaerswyck, the family members who came to live in what evolved into the United States of America, via Kiliaen's son Jeremias (ca. 1632-1674), married into other prominent families of the northeastern regions of the country.
Most of the Van Rensselaers' business in the New World centered on the massive amounts of land that they had acquired and a semi-feudal system of leasing that land to tenants. As Dutch colonists they helped form civil and criminal law and established townships and churches, but the third patroon, also named Kiliaen (d. 1687), saw the Dutch patroonship become an English lordship. One of his successors, yet another Kiliaen Van Rensselaer (1663-1719), fifth patroon and third lord of the manor, was granted a new patent for all of the lands that constituted the Manor of Rensselaerswyck by Queen Anne in 1704. This Kiliaen later signed over the "Lower Manor" at Claverack to his younger brother Hendrick (1667-1740), who built a fortified home called Crailo. Eventually, the eighth patroon and fifth lord of the manor, Stephen Van Rensselaer II (1742-1769), had the original manor house of the "Upper Manor" rebuilt in 1765. His heirs, Stephen Van Rensselaer III (1764-1839) and IV (1789-1868) were the last patroons and lords of the manor. The Van Rensselaers had to begin selling out of their rights to townships and properties after the anti-rent movement of the 1840s.
Members of the family served in the military before and during the American Revolution, in the War of 1812, and as part of the New York State volunteers during the American Civil War. Hendrick's (1667-1740) descendent, Gen. John Jeremias Van Rensselaer (1762-1828), who served as a lieutenant colonel in the 14th Regiment of the Albany county militia, married Catherine Glen (1765-1807) and inherited the Greenbush lands and the old mansion sited there. His son, Dr. Jeremias "Jeremiah" Van Rensselaer (1793-1871), married Charlotte Willis Foster (1797-1852) and resided primarily in New York City where he practiced medicine; however, he was also a corresponding member for several natural philosophy organizations throughout Europe and Canada because of his keen interest in geology. His son, also Jeremias (1825-1866), married Julia Webster Jaudon (1826-1901).
Cornelius Glen (1801-1871), another son of Gen. Van Rensselaer, and his wife, Catherine Bleecker (1809-1893), gave birth to Dr. John J. Van Rensselaer (1836-1911), who served as a surgeon for the 98th Regiment of the New York volunteers in the Civil War. His distant cousin, Kiliaen "Killian" Van Rensselaer (1845-1905), great-grandson of the eighth patroon, Stephen II, and son of William Paterson Van Rensselaer (1805-1872), also served in that war in the 39th New York State Volunteers.
The Van Rensselaer Family Papers, donated by Philip Van Rensselaer Tilney, are comprised mostly of materials that were saved, and at times interpreted by Florence Van Rensselaer (1865-1957), daughter of Dr. John J. Van Rensselaer, as she researched the family history for her book: Van Rensselaers in Holland and America. Provenance of the materials was not necessarily preserved, so as a result they have been arranged loosely into series relative to the topic and form of material.
The series for this collection are as follows:
Boxes: 4, 9
The earliest versions of the legal documents in the collection are often in Dutch and have wax seals to prove validity. Some are official copies and notarized as such. The earliest last will and testament in the collection is that of the fourth patroon, Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, dated February 22, 1886/7.
Boxes: 4, 6, 9, and Extra Large (EL) loose material
Most notable is a large signed and sealed document by landholders in the Van Ness and Wyckhoff families, dated 1719/20, and verified by mayors Robert Livingston and Jacobus Van Cortlandt. Papers concerning the land holdings that were involved in the Kayaderosseras Patent are in Box 4 and include a bound 60-page copy of the letters patent signed by William Tryon in 1773.
Boxes: 4, 9, 10
The bulk of these attractive certificates were issued to Jeremiah Van Rensselaer (1793-1871), a physician who had traveled Europe as a medical student and later became a corresponding member of many natural philosophy organizations in Europe and Canada.
Included are certificates of commission and assorted papers for Captains Henry Van Rensselaer and John J. Van Rensselaer.
Boxes: 1, 2, 9
These Civil War papers include a certificate of commission; assorted military papers; correspondence; and a campaign diary belonging to Killian Van Rensselaer (1845-1905) of the 39th New York State Volunteers. Also included are certificates of commission, assorted military papers, and official invoices for United States Army hospital stores (1865-1866) associated with Dr. John J. Van Rensselaer (1836-1911), a surgeon in the 98th Regiment of Infantry of the New York State Volunteers.
Series 3: Correspondence and Personal Papers
Boxes: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Included are an autographed signed letter (1790) and signed receipt (1783) from Aaron Burr (1756-1836), and four documents signed by General Philip Schuyler (1733-1804).
Series 4: Images of the Van Rensselaers and places associated with them
Boxes: 10, 12, 13
Of particular note is the miniature portrait of Col. John Jeremiah Van Rensselaer by John Ramage (1748-1802). Similar to a rendering of President George Washington by the same artist, this watercolor is painted on ivory and mounted into one of Ramage's handmade cases with an aperture set into the rear for featuring the hair of the subject.
Series 5: Genealogical Studies and Printed Texts about the Van Rensselaer Family
Boxes: 5, 6, 7, 8, 11
|Civil War Letters of Killian Van Rensselaer, 1864|
|1||1||Killian Van Rensselaer to his parents, January 16, 1864. As he reports to duty, Killian describes his trip and gives his first impressions of Washington, D. C.|
|1||2||Killian to his parents, January 21, 1864. Reports of his travels from Washington, D. C., to his assigned camp near Stevensburg, Virginia, including being in a train wreck; requests supplies to be sent from home.|
|1||3||William Paterson Van Rensselaer to Killian, January 23, 1864. Gives fatherly advice on the hardships of "camp" life that a new soldier might expect.|
|1||4||Killian to his parents, January 25, 1864. After being made a captain, he describes the hardships of camp life and a need for discipline within the ranks; includes a description and small drawing of his quarters (tent-covered log structure) that he expected to be built soon.|
|1||5||Killian to his mother, February 2, 1864. Although still referring to camp life as "roughing it" and reporting that his hut had not been built, he writes that he had acquired a "French cook"; provides a detailed description of picket duty.|
|1||6||Killian to his parents, February 5, 1864. Describes the men he is serving with and complains of unfair recruitment practices that result in ill-prepared soldiers.|
|1||7||Killian to his parents, February 8, 1864. Writes of being fired on while in the line of battle at the Rapidan River, not far from their camp at Stevensburgh, Virginia.|
|1||8||Killian to his parents, February 16, 1864. Writes of camp life and maintaining a vigil for rebel attacks; reports on cold, windy conditions. Killian affirms his loyalty to the Union.|
|1||9||Killian to Nina Erving, February 21, 1864. Writes to his sister about camp life, provides details about how their father might visit, and comments on family members who also are serving.|
|1||10||Killian to his father, March 5, 1864. Writes that he's being named acting captain, and provides details surrounding picket duty and outdoor cooking.|
|1||11||Killian to his sisters, Kitty and Eleanor, March 8, 1864. Writes about a little girl he's observed living near the picket line that he is on.|
|1||12||Killian to his parents, March 15, 1864. Tells of an illness and resulting medical treatment.|
|1||13||Killian to his sister, Kitty, March 16, 1864. Written while recovering from an illness.|
|1||14||Killian to his sister, Kitty, March 16, 1864. Copy of letter; copied by Kitty.|
|1||15||Killian to his mother, March 28, 1864. Writes to his mother at Marshall House in Hyde Park, N.Y., telling of the visit from his father, his recent recovery from illness, and of hearing of the death of his uncle, Henry Van Rensselaer.|
|1||16||Killian to his father, March 28, 1864. Acknowledges the death of his uncle, Henry, and reports a return to duty on the picket line.|
|1||17||Killian to Nina Erving, March 30, 1864. Relates the hardships of camp life, speaks of the visit from their father, and mentions popular songs about the war, including When This Cruel War Is Over and Rally 'Round the Flag Boys.|
|1||18||Killian to Arthur Van Rensselaer, April 3, 1864. Mentions goods he's received from home and speaks of daily life as a soldier.|
|1||20||Killian to his parents, April 16, 1864. Writes of a hiatus on mail until the regiment is moved, says that he fears the new campaign will be bloody and that he is sending back home things that he cannot take with him in the move.|
|1||21||Killian to his father, April 20, 1864. Again in fear of moving camp he writes of sending his belongings out for storage; says that he arrested his captain for drunkenness and is awaiting the court martial and dismissal of the same.|
|1||22||Killian to his mother, April 24, 1864. Describes the fanfare and gallantry of a review of the corps by General Ulysses S. Grant and of preparing for marching orders on a new campaign.|
|1||23||Killian to his parents, April 29, 1864. Written from a new location while on picket line; speaks of a fellow officer unjustly relieved from duty and his own transfer to the company of the aforementioned officer.|
|1||24||Killian to Walter Van Rensselaer, May 2, 1864. Graphically describes the "summer camp" and his night patrols on the picket lines to his brother; asks about receipt of his commission that he had sent home for safe keeping.|
|1||25||Killian to his parents, May 19, 1864. Writes from a hospital in Fredricksburg, Virginia; says he is suffering from a severe "blood blister" on his foot, and that he had been taken by ambulance along with the wounded from a ground charge he had been in; reports several had died and laments about not being able to return to the battle.|
|1||26||Killian to his mother, May 30, 1864. Written from Mansion House Hospital, Alexandria, Virginia; tells of being transported by train and steamer from the hospital in Fredricksburg; complains that his injured heel is worse and that he now has jaundice.|
|1||27||William P. Van Rensselaer to his wife, June 3, 1864. Written from Washington, D. C., where he has visited Killian in the hospital; reports that Killian is not getting well and confirms that Killian is not included in the list of wounded from battle; describes the battle casualties and their subsequent burials.|
|2||1||Transcription of letters of Killian Van Rensselaer to various family members, May 10, 1864 to October 22, 1864 (first campaign), and November 22, 1864 to June 2, 1865 (second campaign).|
|2||2||Campaign diary of Killian Van Rensselaer, 1865 39th N.Y.S.V.|
|2||3||Killian Van Rensselaer – Military Service Papers, 1864-1865
|2||5||Roll – 39th N.Y. Infantry Regiment, Company E (Killian Van Rensselaer)
2 Copies of the roll taken in the rifle pits at the Battle of the Wilderness, May 7, 1864.
1 copy of the poem at Andersonville National Cemetery.
|2||6||Dr. John J. Van Rensselaer – Military Service Papers, 1860-1865
Surgeon 98th N.Y. Regiment of Infantry
|2||7||Dr. John J. Van Rensselaer – Military Service Papers, 1864-1865
Surgeon 98th N.Y. Regiment of Infantry
|3||1||Letters: Charlotte Willis Foster Van Rensselaer to Virginia Foster, 1818-1820
|3||2||Letters: Charlotte Willis Foster Van Rensselaer to Virginia Foster, 1822-1823
|3||3||Letters: Jeremiah Van Rensselaer to William Foster, 1822-1823
|3||4||Letters: Jeremiah Van Rensselaer to William Foster, 1824
|3||5||Letters: Jeremiah Van Rensselaer to William Foster, 1825-1826
|3||6||Letters: Jeremiah Van Rensselaer to William Foster, 1827-1832
|4||1||Last will and testament of Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, February 22, 1686/7 (In Dutch). Signed copy, 2 leaves, paper.|
|4||2||Last will and testament of Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, February 22, 1686/7.
|4||3||Will: Anthony Van Rensselaer, October 14, 1749 (In Dutch).
1 leaf folded, paper, 32.5 x 41.5 cm.
|4||4||Will: Hendrick (Henry K.) Van Rensselaer, March 21, 1783 (In Dutch)
3 leaves, paper, 32.5 x 20 cm.
|4||5||Will (copy): Hendrick (Henry K.) Van Rensselaer, March 21, 1783
5 leaves, paper, 31.5 x 19.5 cm.
|4||6||Will: Peter Van Bugh Livingston, September 18, 1792
2 leaves, paper, 32 x 20 cm
|4||7||Bill of Sale, December 13, 1729
Margarita Schuyler Livingston bequeaths a five-year-old girl "Negro girl" named Saar to her daughter Engeltje. The document is signed and sealed.
|4||8||[Signed Affidavit?] April 4, 1740 (In Dutch).
1 leaf folded, paper, 32 cm. x 40.5 cm.
|4||9||Bill of Lading, 1757: "Ship Elizabeth"
1 leaf folded, 31.5 cm. x 40 cm.
|4||10||Commission: Henry Van Rensselaer, Captain, Company of Militia Foot for Claverack, Albany County, [N.Y.], November 30, 1743
1 leaf folded, paper, 42 x 32.5 cm.
|4||11||Commission: Abraham Fort, 1st Lieutenant, Company of Militia Foot in the Regiment of Albany County, [N.Y.], August 20, 1767
1 leaf, paper, 21 x 33.5 cm.
|4||12||Commission: John J. Van Rensselaer, Captain, Troop of Horse, Brigade of Militia, Albany County, [N.Y.], October 29, 1791
1 leaf folded, 42 x 34 cm.
|4||13||Letters: Jeremias Van Rensselaer, 1761, 1764.
|4||14||Eythie Moore account with Van Schoonhoven, Williams & Van Rensselaer, 1762|
|4||15||Instructions to the commissioners appointed for dividing the patent of Kayaderosseras, January 8, 1762.|
|4||16||Documents relative to the Kayaderosseras Patent, 1762-1770
|4||17||Copy of William Cockburn's observations on boundaries relative to the Kayaderosseras Patent, March 17, 1769.|
|4||18||Copy of Letters Patent to John Van Rensselaer for part of the Manor of Rensselaerswyck, bound, 60 pages, February 26, 1773.
1 volume, 44 pages, 21 x 18 cm.
|4||19||John Van Rensselaer, Papers, 1766-1803
|4||20||Copy of return of property to several persons of Greenbush, agreeable to law of Congress, December 19, 1798.|
|4||21||Philip Schuyler, D.S., 1791
Certificate of mortgages to John J. Van Rensselaer, August 11, 1791.
|4||22||Philip Schuyler, Receipts, 1793
|4||23||Letter and account, Philip Schuyler to John Van Rensselaer, May 14, 1795|
|4||24||Papers, Aaron Burr and John J. Van Rensselaer, 1783, 1790.
|4||25||Certificates to Henry Bird, Master of the Sloop Martha, December 1759|
|4||27||Dr. Jeremiah Van Rensselaer – Letters, certificates, 1818-1830
|4||28||Certificates – Dr. Jeremiah Van Rensselaer, 1820-1833
|4||29||"Medical" – Observations of Italy by Dr. Jeremiah Van Rensselaer, ca. 1840s
Handwritten notes on patient and hospital conditions found throughout Italy.
|4||30||Petition relative to the formation of the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, January 27, 1842.
Signed invitation from George Washington Greene and artists Thomas Crawford, Thomas Cole, and Luther Terry to Jeremiah Van Rensselaer for a visit to the academy to view accomplishments made possible by his contributions.
|4||31||Jacob F. Van Rensselaer – Deed – Island Hill Cemetery, 1849.
Signed deed of sale for a burial plot in Island Hill Cemetery, March 26, 1849.
|4||32||Will (copy): Jeremiah Van Rensselaer, March 2, 1871.|
|4||33||Henry P. Van Rensselaer – Certificates and receipts from Claverack Reformed Church Cemetery, 1869-1871
|4||34||Miscellaneous Letters, ca. 1820-1844
|4||35||Letters to Killian K. Van Rensselaer, ca. 1860-1863
|4||36||Broadside and printed forms
|5||1||Charles Van Rensselaer – Correspondence, 1900-1909
|5||2||Charles Van Rensselaer – Correspondence, 1900-1909 (continued)
|5||3||Charles Van Rensselaer - S.A.R. application, correspondence, genealogical notes, 1905-1906
|5||4||Van Rensselaer Genealogy|
|5||5||Genealogy of Van Rensselaer Family - notes|
|5||6||Genealogical Research notes|
|5||7||Newspaper and Magazine Articles – Van Rensselaer Homes and Haunts|
|5||8||Cheyney, Edward P. The Anti-Rent Agitation in the State of New York 1839-1846 (Philadelphia, Pa.: University of Pennsylvania, 1887); 64 p.|
|5||9||The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, 1891|
|5||10||The Maryland Genealogical Bulletin, 1930-1934|
|6||1||Letters to Dr. Jeremias and Julia Van Rensselaer, 1850, 1886-1887
|6||2||Letters to Julia Van Rensselaer, 1888-1889
|6||3||Letters to Julia Van Rensselaer, 1890, 1895
|6||4||Letters to Julia Van Rensselaer, 1896-1897
|6||5||Canceled Checks – Julia Van Rensselaer, 1897
41 checks drawn on Second National Bank of New York, dated January 4 through April 6, 1897.
|6||6||Julia Van Rensselaer – Van Brugh Livingston, Receipts, 1897-1898
|6||7||Letters to Annie Peyton Jaudon Livingston, 1889, 1891
|6||8||Annie P. Livingston Estate, Certified Copy of Decree, April 9, 1896.|
|6||9||Miscellaneous Letters, Receipts, etc. – Augustus Cortlandt Van Rensselaer and Julia Van Rensselaer, 1889-1920 (8 items)|
|6||10||Dr. John J. Van Rensselaer Papers, 1860-1900
|6||11||Deeds: John J. Rensselaer to Charles J. DeYoung
|6||12||Dr. John J. Van Rensselaer – J.A. Edgarton, Contractor & Builder, 1898-1899
|6||13||Dr. John J. Van Rensselaer – Accounts, receipts, etc., ca. 1899-1905 (20 items)|
|6||14||Specifications for labor and materials – small house to be built for Dr. J. J. Van Renssealaer, ca. 1899|
|6||15||Will (copy) – Augustus Cortlandt Van Rensselaer, December 1, 1911|
|6||16||Letters: Peyton Van Rensselaer to Cortlandt Van Rensselaer, 1912
|6||17||Genealogical Notes on the Peyton family – Augustus Cortlandt Van Rensselaer|
|6||18||"The Van Rensselaer Manor" from Magazine of American History, January 1884 – hand copied by Augustus Cortlandt Van Rensselaer, March 1894|
|6||20||Genealogical Charts of the Van Rensselaer family|
|6||21||Historical Society, New York Institution, Minutes (copy), May 25, 1825|
|7||1||Florence Van Rensselaer Correspondence, 1926-1949|
|7||2||Florence Van Rensselaer Correspondence, 1950-1952|
|7||3||Florence Van Rensselaer Correspondence, 1953|
|7||4||Florence Van Rensselaer Correspondence, 1954 (January-October)|
|7||5||Florence Van Rensselaer Correspondence, 1954 (November-December)|
|7||6||Florence Van Rensselaer Correspondence, 1955 (January)|
|7||7||Florence Van Rensselaer Correspondence, 1955 (February)|
|7||8||Florence Van Rensselaer Correspondence, 1955 (March-June)|
|7||9||Florence Van Rensselaer Correspondence, 1955 (July-September)|
|7||10||Florence Van Rensselaer Correspondence, 1955 (October-December)|
|7||11||Florence Van Rensselaer – Letters from Anthony R. Wagner, 1954-1955|
|7||12||Florence Van Rensselaer – Colonial Dames of America, 1953-1954|
|7||13||Florence Van Rensselaer – Colonial Dames of America, Chapter XI, London, 1954-1955|
|7||14||Florence Van Rensselaer – Business Correspondence, 1954-1955|
|7||15||Florence Van Rensselaer – Accounts, receipts, etc.|
|7||16||Florence Van Rensselaer – Greeting Cards|
|8||1||Van Rensselaer Family History and Genealogy|
|8||2||Van Rensselaer Family Genealogy – Proof sheets
The Van Rensselaers in Holland and America, page proofs and correspondence from The American Historical Company, Inc. to Florence Van Rensselaer, November 25, 1955.
|8||3||Van Rensselaer – Genealogy Charts|
|8||4||Family History Research|
|8||7||"Heraldry" – Various forms of the Van Rensselaer coat of arms.|
|8||8||Florence Van Rensselaer – Copies of an article about the Van Rensselaer tomb in the church at Nijkerk (In Dutch)|
|8||9||Certified copy of the will and testament of John High|
|8||10||Real Estate – 149 East 73rd Street, New York|
|8||11||Florence Van Rensselaer – Miscellaneous Papers|
|Boxes 9, 10, and 11 contain folio-size documents.|
|9||1||Dr. John J. Van Rensselaer - Invoices of Medicines, Instruments, Hospital Stores, Bedding, etc., 1865-1866
|9||2||Commissions: Dr. John J. Van Rensselaer – New York State Volunteers
|9||3||Debit-Credit Account: Dr. John J. Van Rensselaer/Jacob Rutsen Van Rensselaer, 1791-1795|
|9||4||Genealogy and Family History
|9||5||Diplomas, Certificates, etc., 1818-1841
|9||6||Wills and Estate Papers, 1817-1832
|9||7||Land Titles and Leases, 1753-1832
|9||8||Land Titles and Leases, 1765-1774
|9||9||Land Titles and Leases, 1763-1765
|9||Folio 10||Land Title and Leases, 1774
|10||1||Jeremiah Van Rensselaer, Knights Templar certificate signed by Bernard-Raymond Fabré-Palaprat (In Latin), 1819. Parchment with a small round metal seal box affixed by ribbon.|
|10||2||Jeremiah Van Rensselaer, baccalaureate diploma from Yale, 1813. Parchment with an embossed paper seal affixed by wide ribbon.|
|10||3||Van Rensselaer Family Tombs and Monuments
|10||4||Letter of Florence Van Rensselaer to Albert B. Corey, May 28, 1952 with photostatic copies of the Van Lennep photographs of the Old Church at Amsterdam, Kilian van Rensselaer memorial tablet, and the Chesterman line etching of the Van Rensselaer family home in Amsterdam (transfer of single accession no. 12894)|
|10||Loose||Print: Line etching of the home of the first Patroon (Kiliaen Van Rensselaer) in Amsterdam by F. Chesterman. Matted and framed.|
|11||Loose||New Yorkers of the XIX Century, Mrs. John (May) King Van Rensselaer, 1897. Includes handwritten genealogical notes by Florence Van Rensselaer on the pages and on mounted paper.|
|Photographs and Prints (standard flat-storage containers)|
|12||2||Representations of the Van Rensselaer coat of arms|
Catherine Bleeker, black-and-white portrait, n.d.
|12||5||Moses Rogers House, 7 State Street, New York
|12||6||Photograph: Florence Van Rensselaer, black-and-white portrait in American Red Cross uniform, n.d.|
|12||7||Livingston and Beekman family portraits, reproductions.|
|12||8||Photographs: Van Rensselaer Manor House
|12||9||Key to Daniel Huntington's painting "The Republican Court (Lady Washington's Reception Day)," 1861. Mounted lithograph.|
|12||10||Black-and-white reproduction of George P.A. Healy's portrait of Euphemia White Van Rensselaer, 1842.|
|12||11||Photograph: Olive Atterbury Van Rensselaer, sepia-toned print, 13 x 18 cm, n.d.|
|12||12||Residence of Anson Greene Phelps, reproduction of an etching by Eliza Greatorex for Old New York from the Battery to the Bloomingdale (1876).|
|12||13||The Audubon Estate on the Banks of the Hudson, reproduction of color lithograph from D.T. Valentine's Manual (1866).|
|12||14||Van Rensselaer coat of arms, color and silver leaf, mounted on board, n.d.|
|12||15||Jacob Leisler residence, silver print reproduction, mounted on board, n.d.|
|12||16||Cornelius Glen Van Rensselaer, oval-shaped portrait, lithograph, n.d.|
|13||1||Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, sepia-toned print, 16.5 x 21.5 cm, mounted, n.d.|
|13||2||John Jeremiah Van Rensselaer wearing the scarlet coat of the Albany Burgesses Corps, miniature portrait by artist John Ramage, watercolor in a scalloped, oval metal case, with a sample of the subject's plaited hair set into an oval aperture in back, 9 x 7 cm, n.d.|
|13||3||John Jeremiah Van Rensselaer, black-and-white photographed reproduction of a miniature portrait by John Ramage, mounted and framed, oval, 14 x 11.5 cm, n.d.|
|13||4||Florence Rutherford Taylor Van Rensselaer, black-and-white photographic miniature portrait, oval, 7.75 x 6.5 cm, encased, ca. 1864.|
|13||5||Dr. John J. Van Rensselaer, photographic miniature portrait wearing Civil War surgeon's uniform, oval, 7.75 x 6.5 cm, encased, ca. 1864|
|13||6||Images of unknown Van Rensselaers
|13||7||Photographed images of the Van Rensselaers
|13||8||Elias Boudinot, color reproduction of a portrait by Charles Willson Peale (ca. 1782), framed, 13 x 17.75 cm, n.d.|
|13||Loose||William Patterson Van Rensselaer residence at Manursing Island, New York, lithographic prints clipped, mounted and framed, n.d.|
|EL||Loose||Letters patent to John J. Van Rensselaer for land under water in the Town of Greenbush, sealed and signed by Governor Daniel D. Tompkins and Secretary Daniel Hale, July 12, 1812.|
|EL||Loose||Letters patent to a deed between the Wyckhoff family and Van Ness family, signed and sealed by all parties concerned (Dutch), October 13, 1719. The back of the document is notarized by signature and seal of Robert Livingston Jr., mayor of the city of Albany, October 13, 1719. This is further notarized on the bottom of the front page by signature and affixed seal of Jacobus Van Cortlandt, mayor of New York City, July 5, 1720. Pressed between Plexiglas and framed.|