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Guide to the Teunis G. Bergen and Bergen family collection ARC.006

Center for Brooklyn History
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Matthew Gorham

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on August 11, 2022
eng using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Updated by John Zarrillo Updated by Mary Mann to reflect incorporation of additional materials  , March 2017 , April 5, 2019

Scope and Contents note

The Teunis G. Bergen and Bergen family collection spans the period 1639 to 1893 and measures 14 linear feet. The bulk of the collection comprises papers created or compiled by Teunis G. Bergen that document many facets of his professional and personal lives. It includes extensive correspondence written to Bergen, primarily concerning his duties as Supervisor of New Utrecht, as well as letters requesting his expertise in matters of surveying, genealogy, and the history of New Utrecht. A significant portion of the collection documents Bergen's career as a surveyor. These materials include maps, map tracings and surveys drafted by Bergen; drafts of legal documents, including deeds and legal land descriptions; specifications of houses built in Brooklyn and surrounding towns; field notes and calculations; and title searches.

Bergen's activities as a self-trained genealogist and historian are also well-documented. The collection contains a bound, handwritten copy of Bergen's seven-volume A History of New Utrecht, Long Island, as well as research notes and correspondence pertaining to genealogical and local history research conducted by Bergen. Also included in the collection are a variety of Bergen's personal papers, including his childhood schoolbooks, travel logs, financial records, and other ephemera.

The collection also includes papers concerning Teunis G. Bergen's immediate and extended family members, as well as items that document Bergen family history. Materials in the collection document Bergen's father, Garret Bergen; his first cousin once removed, Cornelius Bergen; his wife, Jane C. Bergen; his younger cousin, John C. Bergen; his brother, Peter G. Bergen; and his son, Garret T. Bergen. Of particular interest are a small set of Bergen family land records dated 1696-1700, including maps of Hans Hansen Bergen's land. Also included are correspondence and legal documents between Teunis G. Bergen and members of the Cortelyou, Conover, Cowenhoven, and Wyckoff families, all of whom were related to the Bergens by marriage.

Arrangement note

The collection is arranged in two manuscript groups. Group 1 is organized into six series:

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  1. Correspondence (alphabetical)
  2. Financial Records
  3. Genealogical Research
  4. History of New Utrecht
  5. Personal Papers
  6. Surveying Records

Group 2 is organized into two series:

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  1. Bergen Family Papers
  2. Bergen Extended Family Papers

Within each group, series and folders are arranged alphabetically.