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Henry Van Schaack papers

Identifier: VAULT oversize-Ayer-MS-3193


American loyalist.,Colonial Kinderhook and Albany, N.Y., resident. Mainly correspondence, with a few receipts, appointments, petitions, and other documents, dating primarily from 1756-1809, regarding Henry Van Schaack's Indian trade operations, Seven Years' War service, colonial political activities and opinions, Revolutionary War banishment, concern with post-war loyalist emigration, connection with Shay's Rebellion, advocacy of the U.S. Constitution, anti-church tax campaign, and party politics.,Correspondents include lifelong friends, close relatives, prominent N.Y. and Mass. political, military, and church officials, rebels and loyalists, Federalist journalists, etc. Also several colonial documents of Hitchen Holland and two Indian deeds of Cornelius Van Schaack.


  • Creation: 1734-1896
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1756 - 1809


Biographical / Historical

American loyalist.,Colonial Kinderhook and Albany, N.Y., resident Henry Van Schaack held local offices and engaged in the Indian trade before and after the Seven Years' War, during which he served as commissary and paymaster to N.Y. troops. Banished by N.Y. revolutionary officials in 1778, Van Schaack spent the war years in New England and New Jersey. He later settled in Pittsfield, Mass., where as a Federalist he was elected again to public office. In 1760 he married Jane Holland, daughter of Hitchen Holland.


2.5 Linear Feet (3 oversize boxes)

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Mss. arranged semi-chronologically in page order of volume in which they were originally affixed.

Ownership and Custodial History

Forms part of the Edward E. Ayer Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library)

Bibliographic References

Papers collected and arranged in a volume by Henry Cruger Van Schaack, a nephew and author of Memoirs of the life of Henry Van Schaack (Chicago : A.C. McClurg & Co., 1892), in which much of the correspondence is reproduced. In 1887, the volume of mss. was inherited by Peter Van Schaack of Chicago.

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Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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