Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Peter Van Schaack, Jr. Account Book, 1832-1845

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, July 2012

Summary Information
Title: Peter Van Schaack, Jr. account book
Creator: Van Schaak, Peter, 1795-1864
Inclusive dates: 1832-1845
Extent: 1 volume
Abstract:
This account book contains Peter Van Schaack's financial records from his bookstore and printing business in Kinderhook, New York, which he recorded between 1832 and 1835. Also included are records of his payments and receipts on behalf of "V. S. & P." between 1834 and 1845.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1984. M-2141.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Peter Van Schaack, Jr., account book, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Biography

Peter Van Schaack, Jr., was born in Kinderhook, New York, in 1795, the son of Peter Van Schaack (1747-1832), a lawyer known for his Loyalist views and temporary exile during and just after the American Revolution. He had at least one brother, Henry Cruger Van Schaack (1802-1867). In 1825, he began publishing the Kinderhook Herald, which became the Columbia Sentinel after Van Schaack sold it to Elias Pitts in 1834. Van Schaack purchased the paper in 1836, and continued its publication until finally selling it in 1854. He also operated a store that sold books and writing supplies. He and his wife, Dorcas Manton, had at least three children: Mary, Julia, and Manton. Peter Van Schaack, Jr., died in 1864.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This account book contains Peter Van Schaack's financial records from his bookstore and printing business in Kinderhook, New York, which he recorded between 1832 and 1835. Also included are records of his payments and receipts on behalf of "V.S. & P." between 1834 and 1845. The volume is made up of 58 numbered pages, beginning with page 79. The first 78 pages are not present.

Pages 79-127 and 139 contain Peter Van Schaack's accounts with individuals and organizations between 1832 and 1835. Buyers purchased published books, printing jobs, blank books, copies of the Columbia Sentinel, quills, ink, and other items related to the printing and publishing industries. Each page contains double-entry bookkeeping figures; most paid for Van Schaack's services with cash or checks. Pages 130-137 regard money Van Schaack paid and collected for the "V.S. & P." company between 1834 and 1845. Three loose pages of accounts are laid into the volume.

An unidentified author used part of the first 4 pages and the final page to work out algebraic solutions for arithmetic sequence problems. The endpapers of the volume are blue-gray, with printed images reflecting its manufacture and sale by Knowlton & Rice of Watertown, New York.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Booksellers and bookselling--United States.
    • Kinderhook (N.Y.)
    • Newspapers--New York (State)
    • Printing industry--United States.
    • Series, Arithmetic.
    Contributors:
    • Van Schaack, Peter, 1795-1864.
    Genre Terms:
    • Account books.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    Peter Van Schaack, Jr. account book,  1832-1845 [series]
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Related Materials

    The Wilson family papers contain correspondence by the elder Peter Van Schaack.

    Van Schaack, Peter. Laws of New-York From the Year 1691 to 1773 Inclusive. New-York: Printed by Hugh Gaine, printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty in the province of New-York, 1774.

    Bibliography

    Collier, Edward Augustus. A History of Old Kinderhook From Aboriginal Days to the Present Time. New York: G. P. Putnam's sons, 1914.