Eureka Leather Works photographs, circa 1887

Call number: 2006.002

Extent: 0.01 linear feet in one folder

The collection consists of two photographs on board depicting the Eureka Leather Works factory and the house of the owner, P. Frederick Lenhart.

P. Frederick Lenhart (1842-1913) was a German-American businessman. He was born in Bavaria on June 19, 1842. In 1850, he came to the United States with his father, George Michael Lenhart, and in 1853 settled in Brooklyn, NY. He was a member of the New York National Guard and served in the Union Army during the Civil War. After the war he joined his father in the leather hat and cap manufacturing business. He owned Eureka Leather Works, which operated out of lower Manhattan, with a factory located in Brooklyn. He died in Brooklyn on July 26, 1913.

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  • Erickson, Karen J.
  • Eureka Leather Works.
  • Lenhart, P. Frederick, 1842-1913


  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Clinton Hill (New York, N.Y.)


  • Buildings — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Business enterprises — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Factories — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Leather garments industry — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of materials:

  • Photographic prints
  • Photographs

Emmanuel Baptist Church records, 1881 – 1921

Call Number: ARC.136

Extent: 0.42 Linear feet, in one manuscript box.

The Emmanuel Baptist Church records, dated 1881 to 2014 and contained in one manuscript box, includes church publications such as yearbooks, a 25th anniversary booklet, and articles of faith and order. One volume of membership rolls, documenting members of the church during its first 40 years, provides member names, baptism dates, and dates of acceptance and dismissal from the church. Another folder contains clippings, printed material, and a photograph relating to the Young People’s Society of the church. Lastly, is a folder of ephemera containing one undated photograph of “Men of Emannuel”, programs, newsletters, church bulletins, newspaper clippings, and a description of the sanctuary restoration committees.

The Emmanuel Baptist Church was established in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1881. Initially, the congregation was comprised of discharged members from the Washington Avenue Baptist Church. In 1883, the church opened a chapel on St. James Place and Lafayette Avenue in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, where it still operates as of 2010.


  • Emmanuel Baptist Church (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)


  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) — Genealogy
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) — Religious life and customs
  • Clinton Hill (New York, N.Y.)


  • Baptists — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Church records and registers
  • Religious institutions — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of material:

  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Membership lists
  • Photographs
  • Printed ephemera
  • Yearbooks

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Congregation Beth Elohim Oral History

Congregation Beth Elohim Oral History, 2010.

Call #2011.004

Extent:6 digital audio files

In 2010, the Brooklyn Historical Society partnered with Congregation Beth Elohim, a Reform synagogue founded in Park Slope, Brooklyn in 1861, to conduct an oral history with longtime member George Harris on the occasion of the Synagogue’s upcoming 150th anniversary (2011).  The synagogue on 8th Avenue and Garfield Place was completed in 1910 and the Temple House across Garfield Place was completed in 1929.

In these interviews, George Harris talks about his childhood in Queens, lifelong friendships, his grandparents immigration experiences, education, religious education, his wife Katherine Harris’ conversion to Judaism, changes in Park Slope 1962-2010, and the community of Congregation Beth Elohim including influential rabbis and changes in ritual practice 1962-2010.

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

Lincoln, Abraham

Emancipation Proclamation, Leland-Boker Authorized Edition, 1864.


Folio broadside of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by President Abraham Lincoln, Secretary of State William H. Seward, and John G. Nicolay, Private Secretary to the President. One from an edition of 48, it was printed at the request of  Charles Godfrey Leland and George H. Boker to be offered for sale as a souvenir at the Great Central Sanitary Fair in Philadelphia, June 1864, in order to raise funds for sick and wounded soldiers and military camps.


Eardeley Genealogy Collection

Eardeley Genealogy Collection

William Applebie Daniel Eardeley (1870-1935) was a prolific genealogist hailing from Brooklyn, NY.  Over the course of his career he amassed an extensive collection of genealogical information concerning families from all parts of the state of New York.  The Brooklyn Historical Society has made Eardeley’s collection available to researchers on microfilm.

The Eardeley Collection consists of two components, the Manuscript Collection and the New York State Abstracts of Wills.  The Manuscript Collection contains 14 reels of Eardeley’s handwritten notes, which he copied from original documentation in institutions across the state.  The reels are arranged alphabetically by family last name.  Each family file may contain any number of pages; some files consist of only 1 page while others number over 200 pages.  Consequently, the scope of information included in each family file varies, but generally ranges from a family member’s date of birth/death, town of residence, and names and dates of birth/death of the deceased’s spouse and children, to titles of inheritance and copies of wills and deeds.  The date range covered by the collection is quite extensive, reaching as far back as the time of New York’s founding up to the early twentieth century.  The Manuscript Collection is accompanied by a printed index listing each family last name in alphabetical order and the corresponding reel on which the family file can be found.  (Click here for an alphabetical listing of family names included in the collection).

The New York State Abstracts of Wills is comprised of 11 reels organized alphabetically by county name.  The reels consist of abstracts of wills, administrations and guardianships compiled by Eardeley during the period 1929-1933, which he copied from original estate proceedings in the counties of New York.  The abstracts generally cover the years 1787-1835, and each county file can range from several hundred pages to over a thousand pages.  In addition, Eardeley indexed on 3×5 cards all the names in his abstracts, i.e., those of the decendents, executors, administrators, petitioners, guardians, witnesses, named beneficiaries and minor children.  This index is available on a collection of 7 microfilm reels and is arranged alphabetically by last name.  Each 3×5 card contains an individual’s name, date of death (if applicable), town of residence, and page number on which the indexed person can be found within the corresponding county file.

The Eardeley Genealogy Collection is a valuable resource for researchers seeking genealogical information on individuals across the state of New York from the time of its founding up to the early twentieth century.   There is no appointment required to view this collection.

Crown Heights Oral History

Crown Heights Oral History – Bridging Eastern Parkway, 1993-1994.

Call #: ArMs 1994.006

Extent: 40 audio cassettes

In 1993-1994, the Brooklyn Historical Society collected interviews with residents of the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights. Thirty-three interviews were conducted by Craig Wilder, Jill Vexler, and Aviva Segall. The subtitle, Bridging Eastern Parkway, refers to racial tensions expressed during the 1991 Crown Heights riots. Narrators are of African American, Caribbean, Jewish, Polish, and Russian descent and include members of the Lubavitch community.

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