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Monday, October 28, 2013

Dr. Simon Hart's papers from the Municipal Archive in Amsterdam

Carl Stapel had told me about Dr. Simon Hart's papers at the Municipal Archive at Amsterdam (or whatever they call it now). What we were interested in at the time were the ship contracts and inventories for ships hired for service by the Admiralty of Amsterdam in 1652 and 1653. Dr. Hart's papers actually include much more and I received the set in PDF files. I got my copies in December 2006. The ship contracts and inventories were from the notary archives. The reference for the Gouden Reael (or is it the Gulden Reael?) is GAA 883-471, Jan Volckertsz Oli # 1848. I have found the archive in Amsterdam easy to deal with, so anyone who has an interest in this topic should see if they can get the PDF files. Even better, if you have the means, is to get photographs of the originals from the notary archive. The PDF files included scans of photocopies, so the photographs are much superior.

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