Van Cortlandt-Van Wyck family papers

Collection Data

Description
Members of the Van Cortlandt family were major Westchester County landowners and New York politicians from the 17th to the 19th century. The Van Wyck family was related to them by marriage. Collection consists of correspondence, accounts, legal documents, papers relating to land in New York owned by the Van Cortlandt family, estate papers, and wills. Correspondence, 1779-1912, concerns family, personal and real estate matters, the progress of the Revolutionary War, and political matters. There is a significant amount of correspondence between Pierre Van Cortlandt and his son Philip. Also, 1824 almanac with journal notes; manuscript of Philip Van Cortlandt's autobiography; sketch of seating arrangement in Congress Hall, Philadelphia, 1795; family documents; and documents, 1775-1813, concerning the Continental Army.
Names
Van Cortlandt family (Creator)
Clinton, DeWitt, 1769-1828 (Contributor)
Clinton, George, 1739-1812 (Contributor)
Van Cortlandt, Philip, 1749-1831 (Contributor)
Van Cortlandt, Pierre, 1721-1814 (Contributor)
Beekman family (Contributor)
Clinton family (Contributor)
Livingston family (Contributor)
Van Cortlandt family (Contributor)
Van Rensselaer family (Contributor)
Van Wyck family (Contributor)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1667 - 1912
Library locations
Manuscripts and Archives Division
Shelf locator: MssCol 3130
Topics
New York (State) -- Politics and government
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783
Real property -- New York (State)
United States. Continental Army
Genres
Diaries
Sketches
Correspondence
Documents
Maps
Notes
Biographical/historical: Members of the Van Cortlandt family were major Westchester County landowners and New York politicians from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century, and Revolutionary War soldiers. The Van Wyck family was related to them by marriage.
Content: Papers of the Van Cortlandt and Van Wyck families consist of correspondence, accounts, legal documents, papers relating to land in Westchester County and New York City owned by the Van Cortlandt family, estate papers, and wills. Correspondence, 1779-1912, concerns family, personal, and real estate matters, the progress of the Revolutionary War, and political matters. Much of the earlier letters are addressed to Pierre Van Cortlandt (1721-1814) and there is a significant amount of correspondence between Pierre and his son Philip (1749-1831). There are letters among other members of the Van Cortlandt family, as well as from members of the Beekman, Clinton (including DeWitt Clinton and George Clinton), Livingston, Van Rensselaer, Van Wyck, and other neighboring or related families. Some additional items include: an 1824 New York almanac containing some journal notes; a manuscript of Philip Van Cortlandt's autobiography; a sketch by Philip Van Cortlandt of the seating arrangement in Congress Hall, Philadelphia, 1795; the Columbia College diploma, 1807, of Philip G. Van Wyck; and a group of documents, 1775-1813, of or concerning the Continental Army, many of which contain the name of Philip Van Cortlandt, who was a colonel.
Physical Description
Extent: 3 linear feet (7 boxes); 3 microfilm reels
Type of Resource
Text
Identifiers
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b11992512
MSS Unit ID: 3130
Archives collections id: archives_collections_3130
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): a43f6d70-3dac-0136-6e57-1f548cf1ab15
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