E. Vale Blake papers, 1880-1901

Call number: 1977.050

Extent: 0.75 linear feet in one oversize manuscript box

The collection includes short essays on folklore in New England and miscellaneous notes and news clippings on folklore. Also included are also two manuscripts on Royal Families and heraldry and a typescript manuscript titled “Shakespeare Index of Six Thousand Quotation Lines.” Euphemia Vale Blake was a Brooklyn author who wrote under the name E. Vale Blake.

Euphemia Vale Blake was born in Hastings, England, in 1824. She immigrated to the United States with her father, Prof. Gilbert Vale, when she was six years old. In 1844, she married Dr. Mayo Gerrish Smith and moved to Newburyport, Massachusetts, where she began her literary career. The couple divorced by 1856, when Blake remarried and relocated to Brooklyn, New York. She continued to write in Brooklyn, where her work was published in various newspapers and magazines under the name E. Vale Blake. She published a history of Tammany Hall in 1901. Blake died in 1904 and is buried in Green-Wood Cemetery.

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Names:

  • Blake, E. Vale, (Euphemia Vale), 1817-1904
  • Lowell, Sidney V., 1844-1931
  • Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • New England

Subjects:

  • Authors and publishers — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Authors, American — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Folklore — New England
  • Royal houses
  • Women authors, American — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of Materials:

  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Manuscripts (document genre)
  • Typescripts

Brooklyn History Makers Oral History

Brooklyn History Makers Oral History, 2006 – present.

Call #: 2008.031

Extent: 87 digital audio files (and growing)

This ongoing oral history collection features a broad range of narrators: jazz musicians, business leaders, civil rights activists, authors, artists, sports players, and longtime neighborhood residents who describe the changes they have observed in their neighborhoods over decades.

Some narrators are well-known public figures such as Shelby White (b. 1938), Nelson George (b. 1957), Esther Cooper Jackson (b. 1917), and Ruth Gruber (b. 1911) and others are well-known in their communities such as Joe Holtz, a founding member of the Park Slope Food Coop; Sally Forbes, founder of the Penny Bridge Players; and John and James Caputo of Caputo’s bakery in Carroll Gardens. The oldest narrator in this collection was born in 1910.

This oral history collection focuses on Brooklyn history and the experiences of these narrators document national and international history as well. For example, Robert MacCrate was born in Greenpoint, Brooklyn in 1921; a lawyer, he was a member of the civilian council investigating My Lai Massacre in Vietnam. Frank Paley (nee Palescandolo) was born in Brooklyn in 1917 and his book Rumble on the Docks inspired the 1956 movie. Dick Parsons (b. 1948) grew up in Bedford-Stuyvesant and was CEO of Time Warner and later chairman of Citigroup and an economic advisor to President Barack Obama.

Select oral histories can be accessed onsite at Brooklyn Historical Society’s Othmer Library. Restrictions may apply. Permission to use the oral histories other than for private study, scholarship, or research requires the permission of both Brooklyn Historical Society and the narrator. For assistance, please consult library staff at library@brooklynhistory.org.

Edna Huntington papers and photographs, 1905-1965

Call Number: ARC.044

Extent: 3.15 linear feet in three manuscript boxes, one phase box, and one oversize folder

The Edna Huntington papers and photographs, dated 1905 to 1965, are organized into three series: Brooklyn Research,  Personal Papers, and  Photographs. While  Brooklyn Research gives a focused view of Huntington’s work as a librarian,  Personal Papers provides a broader perspective on her career and its impact, as well as her education, her hobbies, and travels during her career.  Photographs complements travel journals in the  Personal Papers series with black-and-white prints and negatives of Huntington’s vacations with her travel companion, Stella Kline.

Edna Huntington (1895-1965) attended P.S. 131 in Brooklyn and later completed Columbia University’s Home Study courses in Librarianship. She began working for the Long Island Historical Society (now the Brooklyn Historical Society) in 1926 and served as Head Librarian from 1936 to 1960. In addition to her work as a librarian, Huntington was an avid traveler. During the 1920s and 1930s, she planned a number of hiking and camping trips throughout the northeast United States and documented her excursions with photographs and detailed travel journals.

Subjects:

  • Librarians — New York (State) — New York
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Voyages and travels

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) — History
  • Long Island (N.Y.) — History
  • New York (N.Y.) — Intellectual life — 20th century

Types of material:

  • Correspondence
  • Photographs
  • Research notes
  • Scrapbooks

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Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims and Henry Ward Beecher collection, 1819 – 1980

Call Number: ARC.212

Extent: 28.0 cubic feet, in 75 boxes: 32 manuscript boxes, 38 flat boxes, and 5 small boxes.

The Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims and Henry Ward Beecher collection traces the career of the Reverend Henry Ward Beecher, the well known 19th century preacher, and the history of Plymouth Congregational Church, of which Beecher was the first pastor. Plymouth Church was a major institution in 19th century Brooklyn, first gaining recognition on national and international levels as Beecher’s pulpit. Beecher was well known for his oratorical ability and for his vocal opposition to slavery and support of the Northern cause during the Civil War. He also spoke out on subjects ranging from women’s suffrage and evolution to organized labor and temperance. Beecher was a popular figure despite controversy that surrounded his activities, including a charge of adultery that resulted in a widely reported trial in 1875.

The collection relates principally to Beecher’s pastorate at Plymouth Church from 1847 until his death in 1887. Other materials, ranging through 1980, concern the church’s other pastors and the history of Plymouth Church itself, which consolidated with the Church of the Pilgrims in 1934. The papers provide insight into the church congregation’s various activities, illustrate the history of Beecher’s influence on his congregation and on 19th century congregationalism, and shed light on both the public and private life of a major American personality of the 19th century.

Names:

  • Beecher, Henry Ward, 1813-1887
  • Abbott, Lyman, 1835-1922
  • Beecher, Henry Ward, 1813-1897
  • Beecher, William Constantine, b. 1849
  • Durkee, J. Stanley, 1866-1951
  • Fifield, Lawrence Wendell, b. 1891
  • Hibben, Paxton, 1880-1928
  • Hillis, Newell Dwight, 1858-1929
  • Hunt, Rose Ward
  • Tilton, Elizabeth M. Richards, b. 1834
  • Tilton, Theodore, 1835-1907
  • Bethel of Plymouth Church (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Church of the Pilgrims (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). Sunday School
  • Church of the Pilgrims (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Henry Ward Beecher Literary and Debating Society (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Henry Ward Beecher Missionary Circle (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Plymouth Church (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). Sunday School
  • Plymouth Church (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Plymouth Institute (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Ellinwood, T. J., 1830-1921
  • King, Horatio C., 1837-1918

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) — Church history
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) — Religious life and customs
  • Brooklyn Heights (New York, N.Y.)
  • United States — Religion

Subjects:

  • Plymouth chimes (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Abolitionists — New York (State)
  • Adultery — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Antislavery movements — United States
  • Authors, American
  • City clergy — New York (State) — New York
  • Clergy as authors
  • Congregational churches — New York (State) — Kings County — Clergy
  • Congregationalists — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Lectures and lecturing — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Pews and pew rights
  • Reformers — United States
  • Religious education of children — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Religious institutions — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Sunday schools — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Trials (Adultery) — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of material:

  • Cartes-de-visite (card photographs)
  • Church newsletters
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence
  • Cylinder phonographs (phonographs)
  • Photographs
  • Picture postcards
  • Scrapbooks
  • Sermons
  • Typescripts

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Eugenie Fribourg family photographs and ephemera, 1857 – 2007

Call Number: 2011.002

Extent: 1.5 linear feet, in one manuscript box, four odd-size or oversize boxes, and two phase boxes.

The Eugenie Fribourg family photographs and ephemera collection is comprised of materials relating to and documenting the family and professional life of Eugenie Merzbach Fribourg, a Jewish-American Brooklynite whose life spanned nearly the entire 20th century. Eugenie Fribourg became a doctor at a time when the medical profession was dominated by men, and she remained active in the field for more than 60 years. The collection provides a rich visual document of Jewish-American family life in the early-20th century, historical photographic materials in various formats, 1940s French wine and spirits, and a visual history of various neighborhoods in Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)

Names:

  • Merzbach family
  • Fribourg family
  • Brooklyn Hospital
  • Jewish Hospital of Brooklyn
  • Medical College of Virginia

Places:

  • Brighton Beach (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Coney Island (New York, N.Y.)
  • Flatbush (New York, N.Y.)
  • France
  • Los Angeles (Calif.)
  • Manhattan (New York, N.Y.)
  • Paris (France)
  • Park Slope (New York, N.Y.)
  • San Francisco (Calif.)

Subjects:

  • Families |z New York (State) |z Kings County
  • Hospitals |z New York (State) |z Kings County
  • Jewish women physicians
  • Jews |z New York (State) |z Kings County
  • Jews |z New York (State) |z New York
  • Landscape photography |z New York (State) |z Kings County
  • Landscape photography |z New York (State) |z New York
  • Photography |z France |z Paris.
  • Photography |z New York (State) |z Kings County
  • Photography |z New York (State) |z New York
  • Portrait photography
  • Wine labels
  • Women physicians |z New York (state) |z Kings County

Types of material:

  • Black-and-white prints (photographs)
  • Bottle labels
  • Cabinet photographs
  • Cartes-de-visite (card photographs)
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Commemorative jewelry
  • Correspondence
  • Group portraits
  • Identity cards
  • Lockets
  • Photographic postcards
  • Portraits
  • Studio portraits
  • Tintypes (prints)

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Epher Whitaker papers, 1864-1900

Call Number: ARC.286

Extent: 0.13 Linear feet, in four folders

Epher Whitaker (1820-1916) was pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Southold, Long Island, for more than forty years, retiring the pastorate in 1891. He was also an author and historian. The Epher Whitaker papers (1864-1900) include manuscripts of fourteen of Whitaker’s sermons, lectures and short writings dating from the late 1800s. There is also a small amount of correspondence from 1864 concerning religious revival among children. Most of the lectures and sermons concern historical topics, including past ministers at Southold and Shelter Island; preachers who appeared in the pulpit of the First Presbyterian Church of Southold, including African-Americans; the history of the First Presbyterian; and a survey of Suffolk County history. A summary of remarks entitled “The Proper Work of the Ministry” is an autobiographical account of Whitaker’s career (1891). Other manuscript remarks include reflections on “The Rise of Woman” and the relation of church and state, as well as religious themes.

Names:

  • Whitaker, Epher, 1820-1916
  • First Presbyterian Church (Southold, N.Y.)

Places:

  • Shelter Island (N.Y.)
  • Southold (N.Y.)
  • Suffolk County (N.Y.)
  • Suffolk County (N.Y.) — History

Subjects:

  • African Americans — New York (State) — Suffolk County
  • Presbyterian Church — Clergy
  • Presbyterian Church — New York (State) — Suffolk County

Types of material:

  • Lecture notes
  • Sermons

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Emma Toedteberg bookplate collection, 1701-1982

Call Number: 2012.004

Extent: 23.5 Linear feet, in 48 manuscript boxes.

The Emma Toedteberg Bookplate collection, spanning from 1701 to 1982, was the bookplate collection of long-time Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) librarian Emma Toedteberg (1856-1936). The collection was originally created by Miss Toedteberg’s father, Augustus Toedteberg (1824-1909), and later expanded by BHS librarians. The present collection numbers over 7,000 bookplates ranging from the eighteenth to the twentieth century, including armorial, heraldic and presentation bookplates of individuals and institutions. Works of numerous engravers are represented such as Edwin Davis French, Charles W. Sherborn and John W. Evans.

Names:

  • Huntington, Edna, 1895-1965
  • Brooklyn Historical Society (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Long Island Historical Society
  • Stryker-Rodda, Harriet
  • Toedteberg, Augustus, 1823 or 4-1909
  • Toedteberg, Emma

Subjects:

  • Art — Collectors and collecting — United States
  • Art, American
  • Artists — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Bookplates
  • Graphic artists — New York (State) — New York
  • Heraldry
  • Portraits

Types of material:

  • Engravings
  • Photographs

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Louisa Merritt Field Stabler family papers, 1818 – 1954

Call Number: 1995.002

Extent: 3.0 Linear feet, in three record cartons.

Louisa Merritt Field Stabler (1826-1914) lived with her husband and children in Brooklyn Heights at 135 Willow Street. The Stablers’ children included a daughter, Louise Merritt (1868-1954), and a son, Edward. Louise Merritt Stabler was a member of the first graduating class of Barnard College in 1893. She later became active in the suffrage movement, and was married to zoologist George Howard Parker (1864-1955), a professor at Harvard College. The Louisa Merritt Field Stabler family papers chiefly consist of personal correspondence from Louisa Merritt Field Stabler to her daughter, Louise Merritt Stabler Parker. Some correspondence is also between various members of the Stabler and Parker families. The collection also includes notebooks, a copy of Louisa Merritt Field Stabler’s will, various newspaper clippings, and ephemera.

Louisa Merritt Field Stabler (1826-1914) lived with her husband and children in Brooklyn Heights at 135 Willow Street. Her husband, Edward Hartshorne Stabler (1813-1877), was a drug broker with an office at 44 Cedar Street in New York City. His commercial specialty was opium, at that time an import from Asia. He was originally from Baltimore and after his move to Brooklyn, his business never recovered. The Stablers’ children included a daughter, Louise Merritt (1868-1954), and a son, Edward. The Stablers were Quakers with strong ties to the Brooklyn Meeting House and Mission, the Young Friends Society, and the Friends Seminary. The Stabler family was also highly involved with education on all levels, from local kindergartens to universities. The family had connections to Columbia College, and contributed financial support to the establishment of Barnard College, at the time one of the few institutions in the country to offer a college education to women.

The Stablers’ daughter, Louise Merritt Stabler, graduated from Brooklyn Heights Seminary in 1886 and taught there before attending Barnard College. She was a member of the first graduating class of Barnard College in 1893. She later became active in the suffrage movement, and was involved with the League of Women Voters and the American Civil Liberties Union. In 1894, she married zoologist George Howard Parker (1864-1955), a professor at Harvard College and a member of the American Physiological Society. The Parkers lived in North Cambridge, MA at 6 Avon Place.

Names:

  • Stabler, Louisa M., 1826-1914
  • Parker, George Howard, 1864-1955
  • Parker, Louise M., 1868-1954
  • Stabler family
  • Stabler, Edward H., 1813-1877
  • Barnard College

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) — Social conditions
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) — Social life and customs
  • Brooklyn Heights (New York, N.Y.)
  • Port Chester (N.Y.)
  • Westchester County (N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • Families — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Housekeeping
  • Quakers — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Women — Education (Higher) — New York (State) — New York
  • Women — Suffrage
  • Women — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Women — United States — Social conditions
  • Women’s colleges — New York (State) — New York

Types of material:

  • Correspondence
  • Family papers
  • Memorabilia

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Maude White and Charles H. Hardie papers, 1881 – 1947

Call Number: ARC.298

Extent: 1.5 Linear feet, in two manuscript boxes and one postcard box.

The collection contains the papers of Brooklyn writer and poet Maude White Hardie, and her husband, chemist Charles H. Hardie. These include autobiographical writings, poems, essays, correspondence, course work (from Pratt Institute and Union Theological Seminary), diaries, publications, photographs, postcards, travel ephemera, and legal and financial documents.

Maude White Hardie (1892-1959) was a writer and poet who lived with her husband, Charles H. Hardie, on East 19th Street in Brooklyn, NY.  She was born in Hancock, NY, in 1892, to Charles T. White (a New York Times political editor). The Whites lived at 277 Decatur Street, Brooklyn. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1913, and graduated from Columbia University’s Union Thelogical Seminary in 1939. She died in 1959 and is buried in Green-Wood Cemetery.

Charles H. Hardie (1881?-19??) was a chemist who attended the Pratt Institute and worked for a number of German chemical companies which had offices in New York during the early 20th century.

Names:

  • Hardie, Charles H., 1881?-
  • Hardie, Maude White, 1892-1959
  • Janes Methodist Episcopal Church (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Junior Club of Strangnas.
  • Pratt Institute.
  • Union Theological Seminary (New York, N.Y.).
  • Vasa Order of America. New York District Lodge No. 4.
  • White, Charles T. (Charles Thomas), 1863-1954

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) — Intellectual life

Subjects:

  • American poetry — Women authors
  • American poetry — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Chemists — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Religion — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Travel

Types of material:

  • Autobiographies
  • Autograph albums
  • Correspondence
  • Diaries
  • Ephemera
  • Essays
  • Financial records
  • Genealogies
  • Legal documents
  • Manuscripts (document genre)
  • Poems
  • Poetry
  • Postcards

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O’Mahoney family academic certificates, 1906 – 1925

Call Number: 1988.005

Extent: 1.67 Linear feet, O’Mahoney Family Papers, 1988.

Certificates and diplomas issued to members of the O’Mahoney family of Brooklyn, including Anna, Catherine, Mary, and May O’Mahoney, for passing various stages of academic achievement during the period 1906 to 1925. Some certificates issued to Anna and Catherine O’Manhoney give them license to teach at the grade school level. Most of the certificates are issued by the Department of Education of the City of New York, as well as St. Francis Xavier’s Academy and various other primary and secondary schools.

Names:

  • New York (N.Y.). Dept. of Education
  • O’Mahoney family

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • Education — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Girls — Education — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Irish Americans — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Schools — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Students — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Teachers — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of material:

  • Certificates
  • Diplomas

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