Brooklyn schools collection, 1828 – 1975

Call Number: 1985.054

Extent: 2.92 Linear feet, in seven manuscript boxes.

The Brooklyn schools collection consists of materials relating to around 70 Brooklyn schools, both public and private, ranging from nursery schools to post-graduate institutions. Schools that are more robustly represented in the collection are Erasmus Hall High School, and Brooklyn Heights Seminary. Materials in the collection include school catalogues and circulars; student yearbooks; anniversary publications and histories; brochures; programs; newsletters; commencement programs; addresses; certificates of incorporation and articles of association; annual reports; and alumni directories and publications.

Schools included in the collection are as follows:

Box 1: Academy of the Visitation; Auburn Academy; Bedford Heights Institute; Bedford Institute; Berkeley Institute; and the Brevoort School.

Box 2: Brooklyn College; Brooklyn College of Pharmacy; Brooklyn Collegiate Institute for Young Ladies; Brooklyn Community-Woodward School; Brooklyn Conservatory of Music; and Brooklyn Heights Seminary.

Box 3: Brooklyn Heights Seminary (continued); Brooklyn High School; Brooklyn Juvenile High School; Brooklyn Latin School; Brooklyn Law School; Brooklyn Music School; Brooklyn Music School Settlement; Brooklyn Normal School for Physical Training; Brooklyn Post-Graduate Medical School; Brooklyn Preparatory School; and Brooklyn Teachers Association.

Box 4: Brooklyn Teachers Association (continued); Bryant and Stratton Business College; Caldwell Institute; Colby Academy; College Grammar School; Columbian Institute; Commercial High School (later, Alexander Hamilton High School); De Severinus Academy of Fine and Applied Arts; East Midwood Academy; and Eastern District High School.

Box 5: Erasmus Hall High School; Friends School; and Froebel Academy.

Box 6: Grammar School No. 35; Greenleaf Female Institute; Groschel Conservatory of Music; Harrison and Ranney’s English and French Boarding and Day School for Young Ladies; Harvey’s Select School; Heffley School; Hebrew Educational Society of Brooklyn; Kingsborough Community College; Lockwood’s New Academy; Lafayette High School; Lafayette Institute; Long Island Business College; Long Island University; Master School of Music; (Messrs.) Van Doren’s Institute for Young Ladies; Miss Dudley’s Seminary for Young Ladies; Miss Hall’s School; and Miss Katherine L. Maltby’s Home and School for Young Ladies.

Box 7: Miss Round’s School for Girls; Miss Whitcomb’s French, English, and German Day School for Young Ladies and Children; Misses Crawford’s School for Boys and Girls; Misses Peck School of Music; Nassau Institute; New York City Technical College; Prospect Hill School; Prospect Heights School; Prospect Park Institute; P.S. 35; Roosa School of Music; School District 15; St. Ann’s School; St. Catherine’s Hall; St. Francis College; St. John’s University; St. Joseph’s College for Women; St. Michael’s Diocesan High School; Shore Road Academy; South Brooklyn Female Seminary; Union Missionary Training Institute; Trinity School of New York; and Walt Whitman School.

In colonial New York, young people primarily received education through private schoolmasters and tutors, and free schooling was available to poor families through the Dutch Reformed and Catholic churches. Following the establishment of a state government, the Regents of the University of the State of New York granted charters for secondary schools in the state; the first charter, in 1768, was for Erasmus Hall Academy, located in the present-day Brooklyn neighborhood of Flatbush. Individual school districts in Kings County were created based on village, town, or neighborhood boundaries, with each district receiving funding from local taxes, state contributions, and student tuition. This system continued into the mid-19th century, when Brooklyn created a municipal board of education in 1843 to oversee all schools in the city.

Names:

  • Academy of the Visitation (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Alexander Hamilton Vocational High School (New York. N.Y.)
  • Auburn Academy and Educational Institute (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Bedford Heights Institute (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Berkeley Institute (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Brevoort School (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.). Eastern District High School
  • Brooklyn College of Pharmacy (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn College
  • Brooklyn Collegiate Institute for Young Ladies
  • Brooklyn Community-Woodward School (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn Conservatory of Music (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn Friends School
  • Brooklyn Heights Seminary
  • Brooklyn High School (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn Juvenile High School (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn Latin School for Boys
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • Brooklyn Music School Settlement (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn Music School
  • Brooklyn Normal School for Physical Training
  • Brooklyn Post-Graduate Medical School (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn Preparatory School
  • Brooklyn Teachers Association
  • Bryant & Stratton Business College
  • Caldwell Institute (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Colby Academy (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • College Grammar School (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Columbian Institute and Kindergarten (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Commercial High School (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • De Severinus Academy of Fine and Applied Art (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • East Midwood Academy (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Erasmus Hall High School
  • Froebel Academy
  • Grammar School 35 (New York, N.Y.)
  • Greenleaf Female Institute
  • Groschel Conservatory of Music (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Harrison and Ranney’s English and French Boarding and Day School for Young Ladies (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Harvey’s Select School (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Hebrew Educational Society of Brooklyn
  • Heffley School (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Kingsborough Community College
  • Lafayette High School (New York, N.Y.)
  • Lafayette Institute (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Lockwood’s New Academy
  • Long Island Business College (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Long Island University
  • Master School of Music (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Miss Dudley’s Seminary for Young Ladies (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Miss Hall’s School (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Miss Katherine L. Maltby’s Home and School for Young Ladies (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Miss Round’s School for Girls (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Miss Whitcomb’s French, English, and German Day School for Young Ladies and Children
  • Misses Crawford’s School for Boys and Girls (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Misses Peck School of Music (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Nassau Institute (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • New York City Technical College
  • P.S. 35 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Prospect Heights School (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Prospect Hill School (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Prospect Park Institute (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Roosa School of Music (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • School District 15 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Shore Road Academy (New York, N.Y.)
  • South Brooklyn Female Seminary (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • St. Ann’s School (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • St. Catherine’s Hall (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • St. Francis College (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • St. John’s University (New York, N.Y.)
  • St. Joseph’s College for Women (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • St. Michael’s Diocesan High School (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Trinity School (New York, N.Y.)
  • Union Missionary Training Institute
  • Van Doren’s Institute for Young Ladies (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Walt Whitman School (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • Alumnae and alumni
  • College students — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Girls — Education (Primary) — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Girls — Education (Secondary) — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Girls’ schools — New York (State) — Kings County
  • High school students — New York (State) — New York
  • Music education
  • Student life and customs — New York (State) — New York
  • Student publications
  • Students — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of material:

  • Alumni directories
  • Annual reports
  • Brochures
  • Histories
  • Newsletters
  • Programs (documents)
  • Publications
  • School yearbooks

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