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Hulst family collection

Call Number



1702-circa 1950, inclusive
; 1702-1878, bulk


Holsaert, Anthony
Hulst family
Fardon, Jacob
Hulst, William P.
Hulst, John P.


0.25 Linear Feet in one manuscript box, one oversize flat box, and two boxes of images by format.

Language of Materials

The material in this collection is in English; two documents are in Dutch.


The Hulst family collection relates primarily to the Hulst family in Brooklyn. The bulk of the materials in this collection were created between 1702 and 1878, though there are some documents from the mid-twentieth century. A good portion of the collection contains genealogical notes on the Hulst, Rider, and Van Duyn families; the remaining papers consist of deeds, bonds, correspondence, and receipts. Other document types in this collection include a copy book, an autograph poetry book, and photographs of family members and graves. An enslaved person bill of sale and a New Utrecht list of enslaved people and chimbles (chimneys) are also located in this collection.

Biographical / Historical

The Hulsts were a recognized Long Island family whose lineage in Brooklyn, New York began when Jacobus Van der Hulst of Vlissingen, Holland married Maria Bennett of Gowanus, Long Island, in 1679. The family name was shortened to "Hulst" upon the birth of their three children, John, Anthony, and Benjamin. Anthony Hulst (d. 1732) may have gone by one or a number of different last names, including Hulst, Holst, Holsaer, or Holsaert. The Hulsts resided in parts of Gowanus and New Utrecht, Long Island; later generations also moved north to Norfolk, New York, and John P. Hulst to Richmond, Virginia. Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries the Hulsts married into the Van Duyn, Luyster, Rider, and Bennet families.


This collection is arranged alphabetically by last name. Contents in individual folders are in chronological order. Material with a designation of Box 2 is stored in an oversize flat box. Daguerreotypes and a carte-de-visite are also boxed separately, with like material from other collections.

Scope and Contents

The bulk of this collection is comprised of miscellaneous family and business records pertaining primarily to the Hulst and Van Duyn families. Deeds, indentures, receipts, correspondence, an estate inventory, and family records are among the majority of document types in this collection. Correspondents include Anthony Hulst (Holsaert), Maria Hulst, William P. Hulst, and John P. Hulst. Correspondence to Anthony Holsaert from John Griggs consists of an order for shoes to be made, with foot size marked off on the document. One correspondence from John P. Hulst's includes a hand-drawn image of, and commentary on Anthony Hulst, as well as commentary on the Northern railroad labor strife of 1877.

The deeds in this collection are to Jacob Fardon for land in Gowanus (1702), Peter Hulst of Newtown (1837), Anthony Holsaert (1704-1705), and Jacob Fardon in Brooklyn (1717). Other document types include an autograph poetry book of Sarah M. Hulst, a copybook of John P. Hulst, a printed Hymn by Margaret Gardiner and George D. Hulst, an enslaved person bill of sale to Johannes Holsaert from Gerritt Onckelbag (1728), and a New Utrecht tax list of enslaved people and chimbles (1709). There are extensive typed and handwritten genealogical notes on the Hulst family into the mid-twentieth century, and fragments of family records for the Rider, Holsaert-Bennet (Dutch), and Van Duyn families. The collection also includes three daguerreotypes (John P., Magdalena, and Jane Rider Hulst), a carte-de-visite of John P. Hulst, and photographs of family tombstones at the New Lots and Cypress Hills Cemeteries.

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

Material in this collection is in the public domain.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); Hulst family collection, ARC.135, Box and Folder number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Hulst family papers were the gift of Miss Alletta M. Crump of Brooklyn, New York, in four accessions from 1960-1964.

Related Materials

Hulst family papers, 1708-1824, Kroch Library, Cornell University.

Collection processed by

Robyn Hjermstad

About this Guide

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2023-08-21 11:23:26 +0000.
Using Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language: English

Processing Information

The Hulst family collection was processed by Robyn Hjermstad, 2010.

The collection combines four accessions: 1974.106, 1974.181, 1974.214, and 1980.031. The collection also includes three daguerreotypes and one carte-de-visite that had been previously separated.

Oppressive descriptive language was remediated from the subject terms, abstract, and scope and contents notes in this finding aid as part of an anti-racist descriptive language audit performed in December 2020. Folder titles were not remediated to retain a record of the language originally used to describe this material.

Revisions to this Guide

December 2020: Revised by Amy Lau, Archivist, to remediate oppressive language from subject terms, abstract, and scope and contents note.


Brooklyn Historical Society
Center for Brooklyn History
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Brooklyn, NY 11201