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John Van Vechten Papers

John Van Vechten Papers

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Northern New York, New York City
1832 to 1877
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1861 letter from John Van Vechten to Mary Van Vechten

John Van Vechten (1822-1869) was the son of John Van Vechten (? - ?) and Letita Sebring (1790- 1854). Van Vechten's ancestors were among the early residents of New York City. It was through the extensive holdings of lumber interests in northern New York that he became a resident of Chateaugay when he came here to look after these interests.

This collection consists primarily of letters written from 1832 - 1877. It contains 15 folders of letters, receipts, and land agreements. The 15th folder in this collection contains postcards, and envelopes from 1900 - 1921 that do not have the corresponding letters with them. The three main locations that the letters were written from were: Chateaugay, NY, Albany, and New York City.

The collection was donated in 2005 to St. Lawrence University by Mary Smallman.