New Netherland Council minutes from 1638 to 1665, and contained in volumes 4 - 10. The manuscript minutes are not very legible, although there are printed calendars preceding the manuscripts in each volume, which list the date and general topic discussed. Included are resolutions, ordinances, court proceedings, appointments, and petitions. These calendars were taken from the Calendar of Historical Manuscripts, volume 1. Of note, the volumes contained salvaged material from the 1911 Capitol fire in Albany; some were totally burned. Thus there are no minutes from August 2, 1649 to January 1652. There is also no volume 7, as the papers and documents original in that volume are entries and letters between March 2, 1655 to September 19, 1656; duplicates of which are in part of volumes 6 and 8. There are also other missing pages in other parts of these volumes.
Manuscript of New Netherland Provincial Secretary register from 1642 to 1660, containing court depositions, bonds, deeds, leases, and other legal declarations and agreements which had to be filed with the Secretary. Preceeding the manuscript pages in each volume is a typeset table of contents from the Calendar of Historical Manuscripts detailing the Dutch Manuscripts (volumes 1-3). The manuscripts from volume one (1638-1642), housed in the New York State Archives, were lost in the 1911 fire at the New York State Capitol in Albany. Nevertheless, the calendar from that volume is here included with that of volume 2. The calendar provides information regarding the manuscript text in the two volumes, which were inconsistent in legibility.
Contemporary copy of the laws established in 1665 by James, Duke of York, for the government of the colony of New York, drawn up by Gov. Richard Nicolls in anticipation of a meeting called by him in February 1665, to bring a more uniform system of government to the towns of the newly created shire of York (now Long Island, Staten Island, and Westchester County). Copy was sent out following the proclamation of the laws at Hempstead; intended recipient has not been identified. Includes printed prologue giving a history of the document. Also included is a portion of an article written by Morton Pennypacker entitled: "The Duke's laws: their antecedents, implications and importance" and excerpted from Anglo-American legal history series. Series 1, no. 9, 1944.