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Stephen Van Rensselaer III collection

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Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

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Correspondence

Financial, Legal, and Miscellaneous Records



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Stephen Van Rensselaer III collection, 1752-1851

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Collection Overview

Title: Stephen Van Rensselaer III collection, 1752-1851Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1801-1831

Primary Creator: Van Rensselaer, Stephen (1764-1839)

Extent: 1.3 Linear Feet

Arrangement: This collection is organized in two series.  Series I. Correspondence is arranged alphabetically according to letter recipient. Series II. Financial, Legal and Miscellaneous Records is also arranged alphabetically.

Languages: English

Collection processed by: J. Dojka

Abstract

The Stephen Van Rensselaer collection consists of correspondence and financial records.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection (MC 27) contains correspondence and financial records documenting Stephen Van Rensselaer’s political, military, social, and business activities, including the probate of his estate in 1839. Correspondents of note include Henry Dearborn, Philip Schuyler, Dewitt Clinton, and Eliphalet Nott. Also included are a pastel portrait and copper engraving plate of Stephen Van Rensselaer, a small Psalm book, and miscellaneous items.

Biographical Note

Fifth in direct descent from Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, the first Patroon, Stephen Van Rensselaer inherited a vast landed estate in Rensselaer and Albany counties at the age of five. He graduated from Harvard in 1782 and spent time in New York state government and as a member of the U.S. Congress (1822-29). His chief services to New York, however, were economic and educational. He was a member of the Erie Canal commissions and president of the state's first board of agriculture. He was the landlord for 3,000 tenants on Rensselaerswyck, his nearly 1,200 square mile estate and the founder and supporter of a wide variety of social, educational, business, and governmental institutions.

In 1783 Van Rensselaer married Margarita Schuyler, the daughter of General Philip Schuyler. Following her death in 1801 he married Cornelia Paterson, daughter of former New Jersey Governor William Paterson

In 1824 it was Van Rensselaer’s vision and support that enabled Amos Eaton to establish the Rensselaer School “for the purpose of instructing persons, who may choose to apply themselves, in the application of science to the common purposes of life.”

Administrative Information

Repository: Institute Archives and Special Collections

Preferred Citation: Stephen Van Rensselaer collection, #MC 27.  Institute Archives and Special Collections, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


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[Series I: Correspondence],
[Series II: Financial, Legal, and Miscellaneous Records],
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Series II: Financial, Legal, and Miscellaneous RecordsAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Accounts received, November, 1838Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Albany Gazette announcement, nomination for Governor, 1813Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Certificate, Honorary Member of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, July 1831Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Land receipt from George Severson, 1833Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Wax seals, 1806 and undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Psalm Book, 1765Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Item 1: Inventory of the personal property and effects of Stephen Van Rensselaer, 1839Add to your cart.
(1 volume housed in a drop spine box).
Box 3Add to your cart.
Item 1: Microfilm copy of the Inventory of the personal property and effects of Stephen Van Rensselaer, 1839Add to your cart.
One roll each of positive and negative microfilm
Box 4Add to your cart.
Item 1: Pastel portrait of Stephen Van Rensselaer in gold finish frame, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Item 1: Copper plate engraving of Stephen Van Rensselaer in military dress, undatedAdd to your cart.
A print from this plate is stored with oversized items
Oversized Folder 1Add to your cart.
Item 1: Cover letter from Stephen Van Rensselaer with note to Amos Eaton (enclosure missing), February 20, 1829Add to your cart.
Item 2: Deed to land in the Town of Greenbush, 1805Add to your cart.
Item 3: Engraving of Major General Stephen Van Rensselaer in military dress, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Indenture between Edward and Frances Holland and Edmond Matthews, 1752Add to your cart.
Item 5: Indenture between Stephen Van Rensselaer and Peter W. Witbeck, 1789Add to your cart.
Item 6: Indenture between Stephen Van Rensselaer and Hendrick and Ratcliffe Reimer, 1791Add to your cart.
Item 7: Indenture between Stephen Van Rensselaer and Elisha Reynolds, 1792Add to your cart.
Item 8: Indenture between Nicholas Low and Nathan (W?), and James Comstock, 1811Add to your cart.
Item 9: Indenture between Thomas W. and Eleanor Beebe and Nicholas Beebe, 1828Add to your cart.
Item 10: Indenture between Thomas W. and Eleanor Beebe and Nicholas Beebe, 1837Add to your cart.
Item 11: Indenture and bond between Stephen Van Rensselaer IV and Nicholas Beebe, 1851Add to your cart.
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