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Guide to the Records of the
Society of Daughters of Holland Dames,
Descendants of the Ancient and Honorable Families of New Netherland
 MS 3034

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-3400

New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Joseph Ditta (2017-2018, 2020, 2021)

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on July 06, 2021 using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Contents

The records of the Society of Daughters of Holland Dames, Descendants of the Ancient and Honorable Families of New Netherland span from 1895, the year of the organization's founding, through 2019. Within the Society, each officer kept her own records, and reported the activities in her purview monthly or annually. As a result, and because the Society's records were never maintained in a central location, there are decided gaps in coverage. Despite this, the minutes of board and annual meetings provide the best documentation of the DHD's activities and projects, some of which are further detailed in dedicated folders. See, for instance, the papers generated by the 1903 installation of a stained glass window to Peter Stuyvesant in St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery (box 9, folder 18), or the memorial to Society's communal Dutch ancestors proposed for Battery Park, and the ensuing litigation brought by its designer, sculptor Robert Aitken, who sued for payment (box 8, folder 12).

The collection includes applications for membership in the DHD, which document the lineage of each member back to her qualifying ancestor(s). Supplemental applications provide similar information for additional ancestors from whom members descend. Restrictions apply to this portion of the collection; see the note at "Subseries IV.B. Membership Applications and Genealogical Proofs, 1895-2019," in the container list, below.


The collection is organized in four series:

Series I. Governance, 1895-2018
Subseries I.A. Founding documents, 1895-2006
Subseries I.B. Board Meeting minutes, 1895-2013
Subseries I.C. Reports, 1898-2012
Subseries I.D. Officers' files, 1919-2018 (bulk, 1992-2018)

Series II. Subject Files, 1892-2013
Subseries II.A. Meetings, luncheons, receptions, 1900-2013
Subseries II.B. Projects and general topics, 1896-2013
Subseries II.C. Talks & papers delivered before the Society & elsewhere, 1892-2013
Subseries II.D. Artifacts, circa 1898-1990s

Series III. Financial, 1896-2011
Subseries III.A. Treasurer's reports, correspondence, receipts, 1896-2011
Subseries III.B. Financial Statements & tax returns, 1964-2007
Subseries III.C. Banking and Investment records, 1938-2000
Subseries III.D. Miscellaneous financial records, 1898-1995

Series IV. Membership, 1895-2021
Subseries IV.A. Subseries IV.A. Membership registers, directories, record books, 1895-2021
Subseries IV.B. Membership Applications and Genealogical Proofs, 1895-2021  (RESTRICTED)