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Guide to the Jon Charles Acker Collection of Religious Certificates
1845-1942
 PR 360

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


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Collection processed by Alison Barr and Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on May 01, 2018
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

 
Creator: Acker, Jon Charles
Title: Jon Charles Acker collection of religious certificates
Dates: 1845-1942
Abstract: The collection includes certificates documenting marriages (58), baptisms (8), confirmations (7), and deaths (3), primarily from New York State. Most are from the 19th century and are of a religious nature, with many depicting Christian imagery and text. Some certificates are in German.
Quantity: 2.0 Linear feet in one flat box
Language of Materials Note: Most of the the documents are in English, but many are in German. Those in German are identified in the container list.
Call Phrase: PR 360

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Biographical/Historical Note

Jon Charles Acker, Ph.D., began collecting religious ephemera about 2008, obtaining thousands over time. His principal purpose was to preserve the documents, keeping a digital copy for himself then donating or selling the original to an appropriate institutional or other collection, typically one open to public access. His collecting focus was on baptismal forms, particularly in the Pennsylvania Dutch tradition, though he also sought marriage, confirmation, communion, and other religious forms, all generally dating from before 1930. The collection held by New-York Historical Society represents just some of Acker's acquisitions, that is, certificates related to New York State.

(The above note is based on information provided by Dr. Acker in an email to N-YHS curator Marilyn Kushner.)

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Scope and Contents note

The collection includes certificates documenting marriages (58), baptisms (8), confirmations (7), and deaths (3). The bulk are of a religious nature, with many depicting Christian imagery and text. The bulk are from events that occurred in New York State, with a small number concerning out of state events that involved someone from New York (e.g., a groom from New York marrying in his bride's out of state hometown). The bulk are from the 19th century, with a few from the early 20th century. Some of the marriage certificates are of a form that allowed for the insertion of cartes-de-visite of the bride and groom; the container list identifies where such photographs are included. Some of the certificates are in German and these are also noted in the container list. All documents in the collection are identified to the item level in the container list.

Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged by type of certificate and then chronological within type.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Baptismal certificates
  • Cartes-de-visite (card photographs)
  • Ephemera
  • Marriage certificates
  • Religious visual works

Subject Places

  • New York (State)

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Available by advance appointment only. To schedule an appointment, contact the Print Room Librarian at printroom@nyhistory.org.

Use Restrictions

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. (Researchers may not accrue unused copy amounts from previous days.)

Permission to reproduce any Print Room holdings through publication must be obtained from: Rights and Reproductions, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024. Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 270. Fax: (212) 579-8794.

Preferred Citation Note

This collection should be cited as Acker collection of religious certificates, PR 360, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.

Related Archival Materials Note

New-York Historical Society holds a large variety of certificates compiled over time in its Certificates File collection. Among the many types of certificates found there are those of a "legal" nature, including those for marriages, births, deaths, etc.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of Jon Charles Acker, February 2018.

Processing Information Note

Volunteer Alison Barr did the finding aid's item level inventory in April 2018, with additional description and processing of the collection done by archivist Larry Weimer.

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Container List

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 1 Marriage. Minden (?), NY. Peter H. House & Nancy Lighthall
1845
Box: 1 Marriage. New York, NY. James Morris & Janet Whitehill
1848(?)
Box: 1 Marriage. Clarksville, NY. Isaac Noscort & Sophia Simons
1850
Box: 1 Marriage. Brooklyn, NY. George N. Yerks & Mary G. Marquys
1851
Box: 1 Marriage. New York State. William Tripp & Mary Janette Rowe
1851
Box: 1 Marriage. New York State. John Nesbit & Sarah Anne Matthews
1851
Box: 1 Marriage. Rochester, NY. Sylvester P. Atwood & Susan W. Moulton
1856
Box: 1 Marriage. New York (?). James H. Merrill & Louisa W. Reed
1856
Box: 1 Marriage. Ovid, NY. Alva Bogardus & Angeline Patterson
1857
Box: 1 Marriage. New York (?), NY. Norman S. Edgerly & Marye Gibb

Scope and Contents note

Backing of marriage certificate includes a crayon drawing.

1858
Box: 1 Marriage. New York State. John Sterling & Unice B. Saltin (?)
1861
Box: 1 Marriage. New York, NY. Bernando Borzone & Johanna Spilberg
1863
Box: 1 Marriage. Hampton, NY. Alexander L. Frenette & Frances L. Harrison
1864
Box: 1 Marriage. Constable, NY. Franklin N. Graves & Mary E. Vania

Scope and Contents note

Marriage certificate includes envelope addressed to Mary E. Graves from the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Pensions.

1864
Box: 1 Marriage. Sauquoit, NY. Erastus Congden & Sarah Stedman
1864
Box: 1 Marriage. East Schuyler, NY. Joseph J. Dudleston & Hattie N. Smith
1865
Box: 1 Marriage. Hornby, NY. James Leak & Mary S. Newman
1865
Box: 1 Marriage. Neversink, NY. Ezra Bliss & Roana Vandervort
1866
Box: 1 Marriage. Chenango, NY. Larry D. Booth & Julia O. Thomas
1866
Box: 1 Marriage. Raymondville, NY. George G. Sheets & Frances Hellen Bishop
1868
Box: 1 Marriage. Middle Island, NY. George C. Marshall & Sarah Ellen Field
1868
Box: 1 Marriage. Pennsylvania. George Elliot (of New York) & Anna S. Wallace
1869
Box: 1 Marriage. New York State. Miners Perry & Jennette Barnes
1869
Box: 1 Marriage. New York State. Martin Helfer & Sarah E Ehyle (?)
1872
Box: 1 Marriage. Canastota, NY. Samuel H. McKee & Laura L. Keeney

Scope and Contents note

Marriage certificate includes carte-de-visite of the bride.

1873
Box: 1 Marriage. New York State. William H. Cornue & Almeda Long
1874
Box: 1 Marriage. Norwich, NY. Henry Packard & Rosa A. Beale
1875(?)
Box: 1 Marriage. Brookfield, NY. Edwin Granger & Lillian Dye

Scope and Contents note

Marriage certificate includes cartes-de-visite of bride and groom.

1877
Box: 1 Marriage. Baldwins, NY. Pettit Smith & Payne Jola (?)
1877
Box: 1 Marriage. Fredonia, NY. Oliver Markham & Amanda Wakely (?)
1879
Box: 1 Marriage. New York(?). William H. Nesbit & Leonore H. Cleveland
1880
Box: 1 Marriage. Saugerties, NY. Girden R. Smith & Libbie Montross
1880
Box: 1 Marriage. Syracuse, NY. James Dean & Adelia Coon
1881
Box: 1 Marriage. Niagra County, NY. Johan Georg Kuch & Anna Jacobs

Scope and Contents note

Packet includes a portrait photograph of a gentleman in a coat and tie.

1881
Box: 1 Marriage. Brooklyn, NY (?). Franz G. Goertz & Wilhelmina Gurner (?)
1882
Box: 1 Marriage. Fort Plain, NY. Charles Leneker & Mary Bote

Scope and Contents note

Marriage certificate includes cartes-de-visite of the bride and groom.

1883
Box: 1 Marriage. Brooklyn, NY. Edward Johnson & Selena Alida Person
1883
Box: 1 Marriage. New York, NY. (First name?) Gustave Miller & Katie Meyers. In German
1884
Box: 1 Marriage. New York State. James Charles & Annie M. Helter
1884
Box: 1 Marriage. Green River, NY. Durton M. Murphy & Ann Maria Tremper(?)

Scope and Contents note

Marriage certificate includes cartes-de-visite of bride and groom.

1884(?)
Box: 1 Marriage. Syracuse, NY. Frank Bohner & Rosa Miller
1886
Box: 1 Marriage. Forestburgh, NY. James W. White & Mary E. Stanton
1886
Box: 1 Marriage. Brooklyn, NY. Arthur John Smith & Eva Bell Yerks

Scope and Contents note

Packet of documents also includes a marriage certificate for George Smith & Harriett S. Marquis (Brooklyn, NY., 1890); a 1903 Brooklyn receipt from Mr. Smith to George G. Englert (boarding and livery stable business) for embalming and other burial-related services; a 1903 Cypress Hills Cemetery receipt for the interment of Harriet Smith, aged 58, in lot 236, section 4; a 1896 program for memorial services of the Grand Army of the Republic at Cypress Hills Cemetery; and a 1898 program for memorial services at the grave of Col. James H. Perry of the 48th Regiment, New York State Volunteers.

1888
Box: 1 Marriage. Sand Lake, NY. George W. Conant & Elizabeth Wainman

Scope and Contents note

Marriage certificate includes cartes-de-visite of the bride and groom.

1888
Box: 1 Marriage. Scio, NY. Frank Palmer & Inez P. Clark
1890
Box: 1 Marriage. New York, NY. Charles Graebner & Christine Broefel (?). In German
1890
Box: 1 Marriage. Knowlesville, NY. Milton W. Johnson & Hattie Hyde
1892
Box: 1 Marriage. Jamestown, NY. Adolph Bartholme & Bertha Blakslee
1892
Box: 1 Marriage. Syracuse. William D. Thompcon & Louise M. Coucer (?)
1893
Box: 1 Marriage. Buffalo, NY. William J. King & Ida L. Eccles
1893
Box: 1 Marriage. Ithaca, NY. Charles Y. Rockwell & Anna Parry
1899
Box: 1 Marriage. Unidentified Photograph

Scope and Contents Note

Includes an 11x14 photograph of a bride and groom. Found in collection with a paper clip attached to it, but no other attached documents. Possibly related to one of the certificates, but unidentifiable.

circa 1900?
Box: 1 Marriage. Lowville, NY. Frank G. Van Namee & Ollie O. Gardner
1902
Box: 1 Marriage. Waterbury, CT. Caspar Richter (of Brooklyn) & Bessie Sestle (?)
1905
Box: 1 Marriage. Nassau, NY. Stanley Lydecker & Frances Van Valkenburg
1907
Box: 1 Marriage. Rochester, NY. John F. Friesmann & Martha Selke
1913
Box: 1 Marriage. Rochester, NY. William Edmund Krautwurst & Matilda Jungjohann
1915
Box: 1 Marriage. Colchester, VT. Oliver Gauvreau (of Brooklyn) & Viola E. Potter
1917
Box: 1 Marriage. Stuyvesant, NY. Raymond D. Morris & Hannie B. Dalkins
1921
Box: 1 Baptism. Brooklyn, NY. Georg Peter Schlatterer (Peter Schlatterer & Catharine Wittmann). In German
1874
Box: 1 Baptism. Plato, NY. Wilhelm Reinhold Gonne Hinz (?) (Albert Richard Hinz & Josephine Maria Prill). In German
1902
Box: 1 Baptism. Brooklyn, NY. Sally Carolina Margareta Fredholm (Oscar A. Fredholm & Sally C. Fredholm)
1906
Box: 1 Baptism. Lyons, NY. Bernice Elizabeth Walter (Albert Philip Walter & Elizabeth Walter)
1911
Box: 1 Baptism. Lyons, NY. Philip Albert Walter (Albert Philip Walter & Elizabeth Walter)
1911
Box: 1 Baptism. Throgg's Neck, NY. Herbert Charles Reichert (William Nelson Reichert & Wilhelmina Rogers Reichert)
1926
Box: 1 Baptism. Saugerties, NY. Janet Florence Neiffer (Augustus Neiffer & Rachel Nish Neiffer)
1930
Box: 1 Baptism. Baldwin, NY. Margaret Verity Jackson (Harry Verity & Anna Rohrer)
1942
Box: 1 Confirmation. East New York, NY. Caspar Richter. In German
1879
Box: 1 Confirmation. Brooklyn, NY. Annie Gussie Birkle
1898
Box: 1 Confirmation. Saugerties, NY. Ella Elisabeth Krieger
1898
Box: 1 Confirmation. Tremont, NY. Sadie Viola Miller. In German
1908
Box: 1 Confirmation. Jersey City, NJ. Sarah Josephine Riche
1913
Box: 1 Confirmation. Buffalo, NY. Marjory A. Osborne
1924
Box: 1 Confirmation. Buffalo, NY. Jack William Hauenstein
1935
Box: 1 Death. Hamlin, NY. Georg Johann Franz Kleinbach. In German
1888
Box: 1 Death. Hamlin, NY. Catharine Caroline Sophie Kleinbach. In German
1893
Box: 1 Death. Hamlin, NY. Ernst Richard Wilhelm Kleinbach. In German
1893

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