Holland Society Library
To visit the library and for more information or assistance with the collection please contact the Holland Society Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-758-1675. Library visits are by appointment only.
A $5.00 donation from non-members is requested to use the library.
The Library of the Holland Society of New York, at 20 West 44th Street, fifth floor, in Manhattan, is an invaluable resource for those pursuing New Netherland studies, especially genealogy and family history. The library's collection includes a large amount of information on the history and culture of the families that populated the Dutch colonies in America over three centuries ago. While this collection focuses primarily on New Amsterdam and Hudson River settlements, it also follows early Dutch and allied migrations in North America.
There are about 7,000 books in the collection. Approximately 3,000 volumes deal with regional histories (present day New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Ohio), 3,000 are family histories and genealogies, and the remaining 1,000 volumes include an assortment of monographs on genealogical research, early American history, the Netherlands, Dutch language, art, and architecture, and religion. An extensive vertical file collection includes letters, photographs, genealogies and press clippings.
All Holland Society publications are also accessible, including the Society Yearbooks and the journal de Halve Maen. Other resources include early records of the Reformed Dutch Church, which provide invaluable information on births, marriages and deaths in New Netherland. There are more than 100 volumes of these records from churches in present day New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The church record book collection has been indexed and digitized by Ancestry.com and is available in a database called ‘U.S., Dutch Reformed Church Records from Selected States, 1660-1926’. http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6961
The library also subscribes to historical and genealogical society publications, collecting newsletters of family organizations with ancestry in New Netherland.
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