Jared J. Chambers photographic portrait, 1941

Call Number: V1997.090

Extent: .01 linear feet, in one folder

One photographic portrait of Jared J. Chambers, President of the 28th Ward Taxpayers’ Protection Association, 1941.

Jared J. Chambers was born in Massachusetts, around 1854. A longtime resident of Brooklyn, he was actively involved in the community as a member of the Republican Party, and served as president of the 28th Ward Taxpayer’s Protection Association for 38 years. He died, in Brooklyn, in 1942.

Names:

  • 28th Ward Taxpayers’ Protection Association.
  • Chambers, Jared J., 1854?-1942

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • Civic leaders — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of Materials:

  • Photographs
  • Portraits

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Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations oral history collection

Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations oral history collection, 2011 – 2014.

Call# 2011.019

Extent: 709.0 gigabytes of oral history interviews with 107 narrators. Collection includes transcripts, audio recordings, and photographs formatted as .wav, .mp3, .pdf, .jpg, and .png files, in addition to 3 linear feet of paper transcripts.  

Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations (CBBG) was an oral history project and public programming series sponsored by Brooklyn Historical Society from 2011 to 2014. CBBG was designed to examine the history and experiences of mixed-heritage people and families in Brooklyn. The project also explored the broader themes of cultural hybridity, race, ethnicity, and identity formation in the United States. CBBG was created by Sady Sullivan, Director of Oral History at Brooklyn Historical Society from 2006-2014, and the project was funded with assistance from public and private grants. CBBG expanded upon Brooklyn Historical Society’s oral history collection, which was founded in 1973 and contains interviews with over 1200 narrators.

This collection contains materials from the CBBG oral history project. Included are transcripts and audio recordings of interviews conducted by 25 oral historians with 107 narrators. Also included are photographs of the narrators and their families. The oral histories were conducted as life history interviews; topics of discussion include self and identity; religion and tradition; laws and mores; food and celebration; love and marriage; parents and children; race and ethnicity; and cultural preservation.

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Oral histories can be accessed onsite at the Brooklyn Historical Society’s Othmer Library and online at the Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations website: cbbg.brooklynhistory.org.

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. Restricted oral histories are clearly marked in the finding aid. For assistance, please consult library staff at library@brooklynhistory.org.

Document Type

  • Digital Photographs
  • Interviews (sound recordings)
  • Oral histories (document genres)
  • Transcripts

Subject Topics

  • Bullying in schools
  • Cultural diversity
  • Education
  • Gentrification
  • Interfaith families
  • Mixed heritage
  • Passing (Identity)
  • Privilege
  • Queer identity
  • Race identity
  • Racially mixed families
  • Racially mixed people
  • Racism
  • Religious identity

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • United States |x Emigration and immigration

Coney Island Oral History

Coney Island Oral History, 1987 – present.

Extent: 4 audio cassettes and 3 digital audio files.

This ongoing oral history collection began in 1987 and features people talking about Coney Island, including:

Bernard Joseph “Barney” Illions (1901 – 1988)
Son of Coney Island carousel carver M.C. Illions (1872 – 1949)
Interview conducted 3/7/1988
Full interview available for listening here.

Matt Kennedy (1904 – 2006)
Born in Coney Island and at teh time of this interview he was President of the Coney Island Chamber of Commerce.
Interview conducted 8/7/1987

Lillian Santangello (1907 – )
Founder of the World of Wax Musee in Coney Island.
Interview conducted 1987
Full interview available for listening here.

Edward “Eak the Geek” Arrocha
Chronicles his fifteen tenure at the Coney Island sideshow with a vast array of stories describing Coney Island during the 1980’s and 1990’s.
Interview conducted 4/29/2009

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.

Coney Island Jockey Club collection, 1889 – 1899

Call Number: 1987.007

Extent: 0.1 Linear feet, in one oversize manuscript box

The Coney Island Jockey Club was founded during the late 19th century by Leonard Jerome and William Kissam Vanderbilt. During its early existence the club held horse races at the Propect Park fairgrounds, and in 1880 the club built the Sheepshead Bay Race Track, where its races were held thereafter. The collection spans the period 1889 to 1899 and contains the club’s founding resolution; programs broadsides; and ephemera, such as passes, badges, and tickets from races organized by the club.

Names:

  • Coney Island Jockey Club

Places:

  • Coney Island (New York, N.Y.)
  • Sheepshead Bay (New York, N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • Clubs — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Horse racing — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Sports — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of material:

  • Articles of incorporation.
  • Programs (documents)
  • Tickets

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Conklin and Bedell families papers, 1839-1917

Call Number: 2005.021

Extent: 1.0 Linear feet, in one record carton

The Conklin and Bedell families papers (1839-1917) contain financial records and some personal correspondence generated by Ebenezer Conklin of Brooklyn, New York, and his descendants. The bulk of the records were generated by Ebenezer Conklin, and mostly concern household expenses, repairs and improvements made on Conklin’s several properties. The records of Nathaniel Augustus Conklin and Sarah Bedell, two of Ebenezer’s children, continue the history of Ebenezer’s properties. The small amount of correspondence contains Civil War letters, and a copy of the General Orders of the 19th Army Corps Headquarters at Camp Russell, Virginia. The collection also holds a cash accounts book and a pew ledger of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Bushwick for the years 1876-1884.

Names:

  • Bedell family
  • Conklin family
  • Old Bushwick Reformed Church (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Bushwick (New York, N.Y.)
  • United States — History — Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Williamsburg (New York, N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • Real property — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Retail trade — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of material:

  • Account books
  • Church records
  • Correspondence
  • Financial records
  • Invoices
  • Land titles
  • Receipts (financial records)
  • Tax records

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William I. Chalmers manuscripts, 1891, 1893

Call Number: ARC.287

Extent: 0.13 Linear feet, in two folders

The Reverend William I. Chalmers served as pastor of the Congregational church in Riverhead, New York, during the late 19th century. The collection includes two manuscripts written and presented by Chalmers in the 1890s concerning the history of Congregationalism in Suffolk County, N.Y.

Names:

  • Chalmers, William I.

Places:

  • Long Island (N.Y.) — History
  • Suffolk County (N.Y.) — History

Subjects:

  • Congregational churches — New York (State) — Long Island

Types of material:

  • Lecture notes
  • Manuscripts (document genre)

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Conkling family papers, circa 1782-1798

Call Number: ARC.284

Extent: 0.25 Linear feet, in seven folders in one manuscript box

The collection includes documents principally related to members of the Conkling family of Southold, Suffolk County, Long Island (N.Y.). Among these are three day books of merchant David Conkling (1784-1785); a ledger of an unknown person for transactions in farm labor and goods (1791-1798); a journal of Jacob Conkling for a journey through northern New Jersey and into the forests beyond the Delaware Water Gap; correspondence to David from Jacob and from David to Capt. David Landon (both Jacob and Landon at Guilford, Connecticut) concerning health, business matters, and damages incurred during the British occupation of Long Island during the American Revolution (circa 1782-1784); and a Brooklyn to New York ferry pass (1782).

Names:

  • Conkling, David, d. 1787?
  • Conklin family
  • Conkling family
  • Conkling, Jacob

Places:

  • Connecticut — History — Revolution, 1775-1783
  • Long Island (N.Y.)
  • Southold (N.Y.)
  • Suffolk County (N.Y.)
  • Suffolk County (N.Y.) — History — American Revolution 1775-1783

Subjects:

  • Merchants — New York (State) — Suffolk County

Types of material:

  • Correspondence
  • Daybooks
  • Ledgers (account books)

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Nicholas Covenhoven papers, circa 1775-circa 1805

Call Number: ARC.283

Extent: 0.33 Linear feet, in three folders in one manuscript box

Nicholas Covenhoven (circa 1744-1793) of New Utrecht was a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Kings County (N.Y.) militia in 1776. During the occupation of Brooklyn he worked with the British commissary and assisted American prisoners. After the war, Covenhoven served as the Chief Judge of the Kings County Court of Common Pleas. The collection includes an account book used by both Nicholas Covenhoven and his son, John N. Covenhoven. Nicholas recorded amounts advanced to American prisoners during the American Revolution and other loans and bonds he transacted (circa 1775-circa 1790). John N. kept account of his personal transactions, including fishing income (circa 1790-circa 1805). The collection also includes a small number of other papers, among them a petition to Sir William Howe for payment for horses and wagons seized by the British army (1777); copies of letters to and from Abraham Skinner, the Commissary-General of Prisoners, concerning prisoner compensation (1782); a pardon from Governor George Clinton (1786), and a receipt of payment for an enslaved African-American (1792).

Names:

  • Covenhoven, John N.
  • Covenhoven, Nicholas

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Kings County (N.Y.)
  • Kings County (N.Y.) — History — Revolution, 1775-1783
  • New Utrecht (New York, N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • Account books — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Judges — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Military occupation damages — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Prisoners of war — United States — History — Revolution, 1775-1783

Types of material:

  • Financial records
  • Ledgers (account books)
  • Petitions
  • Slave bills of sale

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Coggill family Brooklyn ephemera collection, 1964, 1976

Call Number: 2000.011

Extent: 0.01 Linear feet, in one folder.

One pamphlet entitled “Brooklyn and Long Island Sanitary Fair, 1864,” written by Harriet Mott Striker-Rodda and published by the Long Island Historical Society (now Brooklyn Historical Society) in 1964; one invitation to the commemorative ceremony held at the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument at Fort Greene Park during the visit of King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain, 1976; and one proclamation from Sebastian Leone, President of the Borough of Brooklyn, designating June 5, 1976 as Spanish Monarchs Day.

Names:

  • Brooklyn and Long Island Fair in Aid of the United States Sanitary Commission. (1864)

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) — History — Civil War, 1861-1865 — Civilian relief

Subjects:

  • Holidays — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Monuments — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)

Types of material:

  • Invitations
  • Pamphlets
  • Proclamations

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John Yapp Culyer collection, circa 1870s – 1955

Call Number: 1977.430

Extent: 0.1 linear feet in two folders

The John Yapp Culyer collection dates from circa 1870s to 1955 and consists of photographs and newspaper clippings concerning John Yapp Culyer and other members of the Culyer family. John Yapp Culyer (1839-1924) was the Chief Landscape Engineer of Prospect Park. During the park’s construction, Culyer was charged by the park’s commission to oversee the development of the park’s public uses. He also oversaw the construction of Ocean Parkway, the Concourse at Coney Island, and was involved in the construction of several railroads in Brooklyn. Culyer was an eyewitness to the assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln.

John Yapp Culyer (1839-1924) was the Chief Landscape Engineer of Prospect Park. During the park’s construction, Culyer was charged by the park’s commission to oversee the development of the park’s public uses. He also oversaw the construction of Ocean Parkway, the Concourse at Coney Island, and was involved in the construction of several railroads in Brooklyn. Culyer was an eyewitness to the assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln.

Names:

  • Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Firm)
  • Culyer family
  • Culyer, John Y., 1839-1924
  • Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Ocean Parkway (New York, N.Y.)
  • Prospect Park (New York, N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • Civil engineering — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Engineers — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of material:

  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Photographs
  • Portraits
  • Tintypes (prints)

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