Guide to the Daybook of Ferdanandus Vanderveer 1771-1785 MG 705


Descriptive Summary
Biographical Note
Scope and Content Note
Access Points
Related Material
Administrative Information

Guide to the Daybook of Ferdanandus Vanderveer
MG 705
The New Jersey Historical Society
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Newark, New Jersey 07102
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The New Jersey Historical Society, Publisher
Inventory prepared by Stephen Yautz as part of the “Farm to City” project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Finding aid encoded by Danielle Kovacs. February 2004. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Ferdanandus Vanderveer
Title: Ferdanandus Vanderveer Daybook
Dates: 1771-1785
Abstract: Consists of a daybook kept by Ferdanandus Vanderveer, a New York City importer and merchant.
Quantity: 1 oversize volume
Collection Number: MG 705

Biographical Note

Ferdanandus Vanderveer was a merchant based in New York City who specialized in importing goods from Europe, South America, and the West Indies, from circa 1771 to 1785.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a daybook kept by New York City importer and merchant Ferdanandus Vanderveer, covering the years 1771 to 1785.

The daybook indicates that Vanderveer purchased and sold a wide variety of products, including rum, linens, molasses, tea, and various other sundries. Most of Vanderveer’s goods were imported through the ports of Amsterdam, Bristol, London, as well as South America and the West Indies. Vanderveer’s entries show that in earlier years, he was successful in his ventures. However, his business activity was virtually halted by the onset of the American Revolution. Another event that affected his business dramatically was the loss of his shipment aboard the sloop, William, in July 1776; he recorded that his initial loss was valued at 2,259 British pounds. Nevertheless, by February 1777, he recovered most of his losses and settled his accounts in relation to the incident aboard the William.

After the Revolutionary War, Vanderveer’s business activity resumed. His business did not prosper as it did before the American Revolution, but he continued making entries into his daybook until November 15, 1785.

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Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Photocopying of materials is limited and no materials may be photocopied without permission from library staff.

Use Restrictions

Researchers wishing to publish, reproduce, or reprint materials from this collection must obtain permission.

The New Jersey Historical Society complies with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code), which governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials.

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Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.
Subject Names:
Vanderveer, Ferdanandus.
Subject Topics:
Household linens.
Shipping–History–18th century.
Shipping–New York (N.Y.)
Subject Places:
Bristol (England)–History–Sources.
Ile Amsterdam.
London (England)–History–18th century–Sources.
New York (N.Y.)–History–1775-1865.
New York (N.Y.)–History–Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
New York (N.Y.)–History–Revolution, 1775-1783.
South America–History–To 1806.
West Indies–History–1775-1783.
Document Types:
Subject Occupations
Merchants–New York (State)

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Related Material

For collections related to other merchants during the late eighteenth century, see:

Manuscript Group 45, Andrew Bell Papers

Manuscript Group 130, Thomas Nesbitt Record Books

Manuscript Group 183, Jonathan Valentine Account Book

Manuscript Group 847, John Mehelm and Sidney Berry Account Book

Manuscript Group 1238, Stephen Brant Record Books

For collections related to shipping, see:

Manuscript Group 836, Savage Family Papers

Manuscript Group 1077, Bogart-Marselis Family Papers

Manuscript Group 1244, William Little and Company Records

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

The source of this collection is unknown.

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 705, Ferdanandus Vanderveer Daybook, The New Jersey Historical Society.

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