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Guide to the Van Cleaf Bachman Papers

1890-1977 (bulk 1965-1977)

New York State Historical Association - Research Library
Special Collections
P.O. Box 800, 5798 State Highway 80
Cooperstown, NY 13326
(607) 547-1470

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Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-03-06T16:55-0500

Repository: New York State Historical Association - Research Library
Title: Van Cleaf Bachman Papers
Dates: 1890-1977 (bulk 1965-1977)
Quantity: 5.5 Cubic feet + 2 volumes
Funding Source:This finding aid was made available electronically through a Regional Bibliographic Data Bases (RBDB) grant from the South Central Regional Library Council, Ithaca, N.Y.
Identification: Coll. No. 2
Language: English

Scope and Content Note

This collection is the by-product of Van Cleaf Bachman's research into the Low Dutch language -- which he describes as a form of Holland Dutch spoken in parts of New York State and New Jersey by the early nineteenth century -- and the preparation of a Low Dutch dictionary.

Includes correspondence, research notes, photocopies of source material, IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) transcriptions, file cards of edited and unedited data, and reel-to-reel tapes and a typed manuscript explaining Bachman's methodology. The latter (Introduction to "Low Dutch-English" dictionary) serves as an excellent introduction to Bachman's work and this collection. It is in Box 4.

Contains materials from Dr. L.G. Van Loon, an important source in Bachman's research, including correspondence, 1965-1977, two manuscript volumes he wrote in Dutch entitled, "Voetstappe Achterweege Gelante" and "Voetstappe Achter Weege," and a notebook of his grandfather, Walter Hill, on Mohawk Valley Dutch, [1890s?].

Box Contents

Box 1. Correspondence. 1965-1977.

Letters sent and received. Arranged chronologically by year. Within each year arrangement is alphabetical by name of correspondent. The letters of Dr. L.G. Van Loon, however, are in a separate folder. Additional Van Loon correspondence can also be found in Box 2 along with, and on the back of, question sheets returned to Bachman. The correspondence of Dorothy McNeilley is in Box 3, folder 2.

Box 2. Research material.

Consists mainly of question sheets filled out by Dr. Van Loon. Arranged sequentially. IPA transcriptions and notes on orthography are also included.

Box 3. Source material.

Contains photocopies of published and manuscript sources as well as typed copies of tales remembered by Van Loon. Arrangement by name of source.

Box 4. Book length manuscripts, reel to reel tapes, dictionary, and research notes.

Boxes 5 and 6. Unedited data.

File cards of Low Dutch words arranged alphabetically. According to a note found in the cards, Bachman stopped editing this data after the word "KLAPPE."

Box 7. Edited data.

File cards of Low Dutch words arranged alphabetically.



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Accession Numbers

NM-1.81, NM-2.81, N-561.82, NM-30.83

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