MISSION POLICY AND COLLECTING FOCUS
ARCHIVES OF THE COLLEGIATE CHURCH CORPORATION
The Collegiate Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of The City of New York 1 has provided a continuous Christian ministry to the City of New York since 1628. The Collegiate Church has survived the British Invasion of New Amsterdam in the 1660s, the American Revolution from 17761784, the American Civil War from 1861-1865, both W orId Wars, and numerous national and local crises. The Collegiate Church has also survived the various secessions and fractions within the Reformed Church in America, the creation and demise of many congregations, and all the financial crises throughout its 372 year history.
The Archives of the Collegiate Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of The City of New York has much to document and preserve. The archives was formally established in 1999, three hundred seventy years after the organization of the Collegiate Reformed Protestant Dutch Church on Manhattan Island in New Amsterdam. Throughout the centuries, the Collegiate Church has faithfully documented its ministry and business.
In 2009, Liber A, 1628-1700, edited and translated by Francis, J. Sypher, Jr. was published.(Click on the NAHC Archives page on this website for further detail under the Source Materials for 3D model and Database section)
Some of the records in the Archives of the Collegiate Church Corporation include the original charter given from William III, King of England to the Minister, Elders, and Deacons of the Protestant Reformed Dutch Church of The City of New York in 1696, early baptism and marriage records of the Collegiate Churches, 17th and 18th century maps of Manhattan island, and perhaps most illustrative of the church's ministry, the full run of Consistory minutes since 1639.
The Archives of the Collegiate Church Corporation also has a rich collection of published books previously from the "Minister's (or "Church's") Library." The Minister's Library was created to assist research and education within the Collegiate Church. Most books date from the late 19th century through the 20th century; many are collections of sermons or monographs on religious topics. An exceptional addition to the Minister's Library is a two volume Bible published in 1477, only a couple decades after the invention of Gutenberg's printing press. As the first Bible published in Dutch (in Delft by Jacob Jacobszoon van der Meer and Mauricius Yemantszoon), there are only 50 other known copies.2
Only by having a commitment to preserving tomorrow's history can we have the pleasure of reading today's antiquities.
Since its organization on Manhattan Island in 1628, the Collegiate Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of The City of New York has had a rich ministry and shaped the religious and secular development of New York City.
“The Archives of the Collegiate Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of The City of New York has been created to identify, preserve, and make available the records and papers of enduring value.”
The records of the Collegiate Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of The City ofNew York include, but are not limited to the records, minutes, and papers of:
1) The Consistory of the Collegiate Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of The City of New York;
2) Board of Deacons and Board of Elders of the Collegiate Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of The City of New York;
3) Collegiate Realty;
4) Collegiate Church Corporation;
5) 198 Broadway (owned and managed commercial property);
6) School of the Collegiate Church;
7) Other material explicitly donated to the Archives of the Collegiate Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of The City of New York.
Material specifically not collected includes:
1) Records created by, for, or belonging to the denominational archive of the Reformed Chruch in America.3 Records falling under the collection guidelines of the Archives of the Reformed Church in America are stored and preserved at the Archives of the Reformed Church in America, New Brunswick, NJ.
2) Records created by and for the individual use of each of the four existing Collegiate Reformed Protestant Church congregations ( Fort Washington Collegiate Church, Marble Collegiate Church, Middle Collegiate Church, and West End Collegiate Church). 4
The Archives of the Collegiate Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of The City of New York may acquire material typically through four methods: transfers, purchases, donations, or loans.
Genealogical records created by individual Collegiate congregations are reported annually to the General Consistory and duly recorded and preserved in the Archives of the Collegiate Church Corporation. Genealogists and family historians may contact the Consistory of the Collegiate Church with their research requests. Please direct request to: Secretary/Treasurer, Collegiate Church Corporation, 500 Park Ave., New York, NY 10110.
Due to the sensitive nature of many of the records and information, the Archives of the Collegiate Church Corporation is not open to the public. Researchers must contact the Consistory of the Collegiate Church with all research queries.
No person is allowed to remove records from the archives without prior approval from the Collegiate Church Corporation; all research must be done within the archival room.
1 Also referred to throughout the guide as Collegiate Church Corporation and/or Collegiate Church.
2 Commonly referred to as the Delft Bible, this Bible contains only the Old Testament. Printing Bibles was a risky business and the Deft Bible was the only Bible printed by van der Meer and Yemantszoon; a reprint was also never attempted.
3 Records created by or for the Reformed Church in America, and collected by the Reformed Church in America are located at the Archives of the Reformed Church in America, New Brunswick, NJ.
4 Each of the four Collegiate congregations preserve their own records. In a few instances, some congregational records have been included in the Archives of the Collegiate Church Corporation, such as the records of disbanded Collegiate congregations or ministries. - .n!;