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Guide to the William Duer Papers
1752-1836 (bulk 1770-1800)
  MS 182

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Collection processed by Processed by Mary Jo Kline and Jan Hilley.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on October 21, 2011
Description is in English.

Scope and Content Note

The William Duer Papers consist largely of correspondence (in English, with a few letters in French), accounts, contracts, financial documents and legal manuscripts. They are the products of William Duer, his family, and his associates. The bulk relate to financial activities, with far smaller amounts related to Duer's government work, his Revolutionary correspondence, and his personal life.

Parts of the collection have been microfilmed onto four reels; those portions of the collection will be brought to the researcher in microfilm format. In the container list below, folders that have been microfilmed are identified by a three-digit number separated by a hypen (e.g., 1-21), which denotes the reel and folder number where the material can be found. Because the physical collection has been rehoused since it was microfilmed, the physical folder and microfilm folder numbers do not always correspond.


Material within the series is arranged chronologically unless otherwise noted.

The collection is arranged into 19 series:

  1. Series I. Correspondence - William Duer, 1752-1799, Undated
  2. Series II. Correspondence - William Duer with Tench Tilghman, 1776
  3. Series III. Correspondence - Catherine (Mrs. William) Duer, Undated
  4. Series IV. Correspondence - William Alexander Duer, 1816-1824, Undated
  5. Series V. Chancery Cases, 1790-1803, Undated
  6. Series VI. Legal Documents, 1772-1796, Undated
  7. Series VII. Debtors' Prison, 1795-1798, Undated
  8. Series VIII. Poughkeepsie Distillery Papers, 1782-1783, Undated
  9. Series IX. Bonds, Deeds and Leases, 1763-1799, Undated
  10. Series X. Invoices, 1770-1786, Undated
  11. Series XI. Papers Relating to Robert Snell, 1771-1774, Undated
  12. Series XII. Lumber Papers, 1785-1789
  13. Series XIII. Papers Relating to Duer's Siblings, 1769-1829, Undated
  14. Series XIV. Financial Documents, Speculation, 1782-1795, Undated
  15. Series XV. Army Supply Papers, 1781-1785
  16. Series XVI. Accounts, 1781-1792
  17. Series XVII. Bills, Receipts and Notes, 1752-1798, Undated
  18. Series XVIII. Unclassified personal and family materials
  19. Series XIX. Bound volumes