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Account Book of Henry J. de Coster

Call Number: MS B8


This account book written in Flemish and French by Henry J. de Coster from 1790-1802 tracks his lumber trade financial dealings as he begins his business. "In coop boek, begonst met het jaar 1790" is written on the first free flyleaf. A number of leaves, which are notes on accounts often written on the versos of letters, etc., were removed from the book and are housed separately.


  • Creation: 1790 - 1802


Language of Materials

Flemish, French

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.


1 volume (+ 1 folder (27 leaves)) ; 18 cm.

Scope and Contents

The first loose item removed from the account book is a note written in French by Charles Van Sanden and dated November 13, 1910. Van Sanden writes that this is the first account book with which his paternal great grandfather began his lumber business in 1790. The book was treasured in the de Coster family for over a century and when the male line of the family died out, the book was passed onto Van Sanden and he wishes that it be passed onto his eldest son for safekeeping.

Physical Location


Physical Location

MS P732

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Nobele, before 1963


Borgerhout, Belgium

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Henry J. de Coster Account Book, Department of Special Collections, MS B8, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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