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Guide to the Conrad Family Papers, ca. 1850-1902
Special Collections M0343  
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Conrad Family Papers,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1850-1902
    Collection number: Special Collections M0343
    Creator: Conrad Family
    Extent: .5 linear ft.
    Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

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    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.


    Purchased from Martinus Nijhoff, 1903

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    [Identification of item] Conrad Family Papers, M0343, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Biographical Information

    J.F.W. Conrad, 1825-1902, built on an inherited collection a fine library of books, map, and photographs concerning European waterways. He was a third generation official (Inspector) in the Dutch Waterways Department ("Rykswaterstaat") in the late 19th century. His grandfather, Frederik Willem Conrad, 1769-1808, had been Inspector General of the Waterways; Frederik Willem's Threee sons were likewise employed in the Engineers Corps: Jan Willem, 1795-1853 (J.F.W. Conrad's Father), and Martin Hendrik, 1798-1854, both reaching the position of Senior Engineer; Frederik Willem, son, 1800-1869, becoming Senior Inspector of the Waterways.

    Scope and Content

    The papers include an eight-volume manuscript history of Dutch waterworks, 860-1837, written by Frederik Willem son (1800-1869), together with a two-volume manuscript index written by Frederik Willem's nephew, J.F.W. Conrad, listing the contents of his Waterways Library - a collection of books an maps purchased by Stanford in 1903 from Martinus Nijhoff, The Hague. Also included in the papers is Nijhoff's list of additional and missing material (i.e. exceptions to the two-volume index) at the time of the shipment of the Library to Stanford.