Crescent Athletic Club collection, 1891 – 1940

Call Number: ARC.178

Extent: 0.75 Linear feet, in one oversize manuscript box.

The Crescent Athletic Club was originally founded as a football club in 1884 in Brooklyn, N.Y. By 1886, the club expanded its focus to include other sports and games and was reorganized as an athletic club. Two years later, in 1888, the club was incorporated as the Crescent Athletic Club of Brooklyn. The purpose of the club was to provide its members the opportunity to socialize, exercise, and compete in sports and games. Though the Crescent Athletic Club was considered one of the most popular athletic clubs in New York City with over 1500 members in 1902, club membership fell greatly by the 1920s and the club declared bankruptcy in 1939.

The Crescent Athletic Club collection contains yearbooks (1891-1928), bulletins (1925, 1939-1940), one scrapbook (1933), and two pieces of correspondence (1908 and 1915).


  • Crescent Athletic Club (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Reilly, Charles A.


  • Bay Ridge (New York, N.Y)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) — Social life and customs — 19th century
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) — Social life and customs — 20th century
  • Brooklyn Heights (New York, N.Y.)


  • Athletic clubs — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Clubs — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Sports — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of material:

  • Bulletins
  • Correspondence
  • Scrapbooks
  • Yearbooks

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