Elizabeth Feldhusen collection of Brooklyn ephemera, circa 1920s-1992

Call number: ARC.299

Extent: 0.75 linear feet in one oversize manuscript box

The collection contains ephemera related to Brooklyn, New York, dating from the 1920s to 1992. The collection is especially focused on civic matters of the 1970s and 1980s. The collection contains material related to the Park Slope Civic Council and the Prospect Park Advisory Committee, including meeting minutes, issues of Civic News, and copies of the Brooklyn Bird Club newsletter  The Clapper Rail. Other neighborhoods of Brooklyn, such as Flatbush, are also represented. The collection contains Brooklyn business ephemera dating from the 1930s to 1988. Additionally, it includes cultural ephemera from the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Long Island Historical Society, and various other organizations. Other topics represented in the collection include the Brooklyn Bridge, the Kings County Hospital School of Nursing, politics, the waterfront, and WWII.

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Names:

  • Brooklyn Academy of Music.
  • Brooklyn Bird Club.
  • Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences.
  • Feldhusen, Elizabeth A., 1918-
  • Kings County Hospital (Kings County, N.Y.). School of Nursing.
  • Long Island Historical Society.
  • Park Slope Civic Council.
  • Prospect Park Advisory Committee.

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn Bridge (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn Bridge (New York, N.Y.) |x Centennial celebrations, etc.
  • Park Slope (New York, N.Y.)
  • Prospect Park (New York, N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • Business enterprises — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Civic improvement — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Community development — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Community newspapers — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Politicians — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Tourism — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Urban renewal — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Waterfronts — New York (State) — Kings County
  • World War, 1939-1945

Types of Materials:

  • Advertisements
  • Business cards
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Ephemera
  • Minutes
  • Newsletters
  • Printed ephemera

Alice G. Fell Brooklyn and New York City theatre programs collection, 1900-1956

Call number: 1977.208

Extent: 1.0 linear feet in two manuscript boxes

The collection consists of a scrapbook (1900-1929) and loose programs (circa 1910-1956) of Brooklyn and New York City theater productions. In addition to musical and theatrical programs, it includes a small amount of programs for dinners and special events.

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Names:

  • Brooklyn Academy of Music.
  • Carnegie Hall (New York, N.Y.).
  • Fell, Alice G.
  • Keith-Albee’s New York Hippodrome.

Places:

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

Subjects:

  • Concert programs
  • Music — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Music — New York (State) — New York
  • Performing arts — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Performing arts — New York (State) — New York
  • Theater — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Theater — New York (State) — New York
  • Theaters — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Theaters — New York (State) — New York

Types of Materials:

  • Playbills
  • Scrapbooks
  • Souvenir programs
  • Theater programs

Solomon C. Frucht Brooklyn Navy Yard ephemera, 1934-1963

Call number: 1987.050

Extent: 0.01 linear feet in one folder

Contains ephemera which belonged to Solomon C. Frucht while he was employed by the U.S. Navy at the Brooklyn Navy Yard from 1934 to 1963. The ephemera includes invitations, receipts, and material related to civil service retirement benefits.

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Names:

  • Frucht, Michael
  • Frucht, Naomi
  • Frucht, Solomon C., 1906-1979
  • New York Naval Shipyard.

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • Navy-yards and naval stations — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Postemployment benefits
  • United States. Navy

Types of Materials:

  • Brochures
  • Cards (information artifacts)
  • Ephemera
  • Invitations

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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Furey family papers, 1864 – 1938

Call Number: 1977.331

Extent: 0.4 linear feet, in 15 folders

The Furey family papers contain correspondence, deeds, titles, and news clippings pertaining to members of the Furey family including John V. Furey, Robert Furey, Georgiana Furey, and George Furey. The property records in the collection pertain to the family home on 8th Avenue in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn. Also included in the collection are the military papers of John V. Furey.

John and Georgiana Furey settled in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn after John’s retirement from the military in 1903. John V. Furey’s military papers span from the time of the American Civil War until his retirement. Robert Furey was a politician and served as an Alderman and Streets Commissioner in Brooklyn.

Names:

  • Furey family
  • Furey, John V.

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Fort Totten collection, 1851 – 1968

Call Number: 1977.327

Extent: 0.25 Linear feet, in four folders

The Fort Totten collection spans the period 1851 to 1968 (bulk, 1955 to 1968) and measures 0.25 linear feet. The collection contains histories and evaluations of the Fort dating from the 1950s and 1960s; a list of fortifications and sea coast defenses from 1851; and site analyses and development proposals for the site of the fort.

Fort Totten was constructed as a defense for New York City during the Civil War but never saw battle. It was used as a depot for recruits, a camping ground for volunteer units en route combat areas, and also contained hospital facilities. In later years, Fort Totten became the home to the Army Corps of Engineers, the Coast Guard, the U.S. Army Medical Equipment Development Laboratory, and the Army Defense Command. In 1995, Fort Totten was one of the many military bases that were decommissioned.

Places:

  • Fort Totten (N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • Fortification — New York (State) — New York

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Typescripts of Gabriel Furman’s notes on Brooklyn, N.Y., 1821-1823, circa 1920 typescripts of 1821-1823 journal

Call Number: ARC.229

Extent: 0.1 Linear feet, in one manuscript box

Gabriel Furman (1800-1854) was a lawyer and historian of early Brooklyn. He kept an extensive set of journals and commonplace books during his life. This collection includes typescripts, prepared in the early twentieth century, of one of those journals, perhaps no longer extant, with entries from 1821-1823. Furman’s journal entries primarily concern the weather, yellow fever, ferry crossings, agricultural produce at market, fires or the threat of fire, and the built and natural environment. Observations on religion, local politics, and holiday celebrations also appear in some entries. The entries principally concern the downtown Brooklyn area, especially Brooklyn Heights. Substantive entries also concern lower Manhattan and Paulus Hook, New Jersey.

The location of the original Notes made by Furman, owned by Alfred T. White at the time the typescript was prepared, is unknown as of June 2011 and perhaps is no longer extant.

Names:

  • Furman, Gabriel, 1800-1854
  • Huntington, Edna, 1895-1965
  • White, Alfred Tredway, 1846-1921

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) — Buildings, structures, etc.
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) — Climate
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) — Description and travel
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) — History
  • New York (N.Y.) — Description and travel
  • Paulus Hook (N.J.) — Description and travel

Subjects:

  • Ferries — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Yellow fever — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of material:

  • Diaries
  • typescripts

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Martin Fishman photographs, 1989 – 2009

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Extent: 113 photographs (.25 linear foot)

Paula Fishman donated 113 photographs by the late Martin Fishman to the photography collection in 2010. The photographs are 8″x10″ and 8.5″x11″ black and white prints of photographs taken of Coney Island over the previous two decades. Some of the photographs capture events such as the annual Mermaid Parade.

Martin Fishman grew up on the Lower East Side and in Brighton Beach, and spent childhood summers in Coney Island. While attending Baruch College and later working as a caseworker for the City of New York, he pursued his passion for freelance photography. Most of his photography captures street scenes and people in Manhattan and Brooklyn. He was also known for his photographs of Quentin Crisp, some of which can be seen at Crisperanto.org. Fishman’s work has been published in Time Out New York and the New York Times, among other publications.

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First Unitarian Congregational Society of Brooklyn records, 1790-1970s

Call Number: ARC.109

Extent: 50.5 Linear feet, In 99 manuscript boxes and 18 oversize flat boxes

The First Unitarian Congregational Society of Brooklyn records contains documents created and collected by the Church from the point of its founding in 1833 to the mid 1970s. The collection contains a broad range of documents covering the variety of the Congregation’s work and operations including its official minutes and trustee records, financial records, ministers files, sermons, photographs, calendars, celebration programs and registers, and building records that include deeds, leases, and building plans for the Church of the Saviour and other buildings owned by the First Church. The community and charity work of the Church is represented as well through ledgers, correspondence, notes and reports by the various clubs and committees and through similar documentation from the Church’s Willow Place Chapel where the Church’s settlement and welfare programs and Sunday school operated. The Church was also involved with local and international relief and aid groups, particularly during the tenure of Minister John H. Lathrop. Lathrop’s files include correspondence, minutes of committees, and other documents from his work with a variety of local and worldwide religious and humanitarian groups. Lathrop also collected a variety of reference materials, including pamphlets, flyers, and articles pertaining to peace, liberalism, theology, and family planning. Other major figures of the First Church and Brooklyn history represented by the collection include the Low family and Alfred T. White. The collection also holds scrapbooks with relevant collected clippings that were donated by parishioners and photographs of some church members and activities.

The Second and Third Unitarian Congregations are both represented within this collection as well. These two congregations split from the First Congregation at different points in the 19th century and both re-united with the First Congregation in the mid-1920s. The variety of records relative to these congregations is similar to that of the First Congregation including trustee records, building records, finances, minister files, clubs and social work, and Sunday school records. The documents related to these congregations also include the record books of their respective Women’s Branch Alliances.

Names:

  • First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Barlow, David H., 1805-1864
  • Camp, Stephen H.
  • Chadwick, John White, 1840-1904
  • Collier, H. Price
  • Eliot, Samuel A., 1862-1950
  • Farley, Frederick A., 1800-1892
  • Forbes, John P.
  • Goodnough, Alfred Everett
  • Holland, Frederick W.
  • Lafever, Minard
  • Lathrop, John Howland, 1880-1967
  • Longfellow, Samuel, 1819-1892
  • Low, Abiel Abbot, 1811-1893
  • Low, Seth, 1782-1853
  • Masaryk, Jan, 1886-1948
  • Masaryková, Charlotta G., 1850-1923
  • Putnam, A. P. , 1827-1906
  • Staples, N. A., 1830-1864
  • White, Alfred Tredway, 1846-1921
  • American Association of the Red Cross. Brooklyn Chapter
  • American Committee on Religious Rights and Minorities
  • American Unitarian Association
  • Brooklyn Urban League (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Church of the Saviour (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). Samaritan Alliance
  • Furman Street Mission (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Green-Wood Cemetery (New York, N.Y.)
  • International Association for Liberal Christianity and Religious Freedom
  • National Peace Conference (U.S.)
  • Second Unitarian Church (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Second Unitarian Society of Brooklyn (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). Women’s Branch Alliance
  • Second Unitarian Society of Brooklyn (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Third Unitarian Congregational Society of Brooklyn (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). Women’s Branch Alliance
  • Third Unitarian Congregational Society of Brooklyn (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Willow Place Chapel (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) — Church history
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) — Genealogy
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) — Religious life and customs
  • Brooklyn Heights (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn Heights (New York, N.Y.) — Intellectual life
  • Czechoslovakia

Subjects:

  • Architecture — New York (State) — Kings County — History — 19th century
  • Charities — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Church finance — Accounting
  • Church records and registers
  • Community centers — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Gothic Revival (Architecture)
  • Peace movements — United States — History
  • Refugees — International relief
  • Religion and social problems
  • Social action — New York (State) — Kings County — History
  • Social settlements — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Sunday schools.
  • Unitarian Churches — History
  • Unitarian Churches — Romania — Transylvania
  • Unitarianism
  • Unitarianism — New York (State) — Kings County — History

Types of material:

  • Architectural drawings
  • Baptismal registers
  • Blueprints (reprographic copies)
  • Correspondence
  • Ledgers (account books)
  • Marriage registers
  • Membership lists
  • Minutes
  • Negatives (photographic)
  • Pamphlets
  • Photographs
  • Registers (lists)
  • Reports
  • Scrapbooks
  • Sermons
  • Sheet music

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Gabriel Furman papers, 1725-1913

Call Number: ARC.190

Extent: 2.8 Linear feet, in seven manuscript boxes

Gabriel Furman (1800-1854) was a lawyer, Whig politician, New York State senator, and historian of early Brooklyn, New York, known for his Notes Geographical and Historical, Relating to the Town of Brooklyn, on Long-Island (1824). The Furman papers principally include thirteen journals dating from circa 1816 to circa 1854 in which Furman both documented his personal observations about Brooklyn and New York and recorded historical items relevant to his writing and lectures. Among the wide diversity of topics found in the journals are epidemics of cholera and yellow fever, financial crises, daily weather conditions, theatre and the arts, politics, and religious belief. The collection also holds Furman manuscript histories, notably one on theatre in New York. Finally, the collection includes several pages from a Furman letter book, principally from 1824, and a page of his legal drafts from 1823. The bulk of the correspondence consists of letters written by Furman to his father, William, who was a New York State assemblyman away at Albany. The principal subjects of these letters concerned local perspectives on matters that would be taken up by the legislature, including Brooklyn’s effort to gain a charter for a proposed Long Island Bank, the proposed act of incorporation for Brooklyn, and Furman’s opposition to a proposed expansion of capital punishment in New York. Local electoral politics is also a subject of the correspondence.

Names:

  • Furman, Gabriel, 1800-1854
  • Long Island Bank

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) — Buildings, structures, etc.
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) — Climate
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) — Commerce
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) — Description and travel
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) — Economic conditions
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) — History
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) — History — Archival resources.
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) — Politics and government
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) — Religious life and customs
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) — Social conditions
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) — Social life and customs
  • New York (N.Y.) — History
  • New York (State) — History

Subjects:

  • Cholera — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Theaters — New York (State) — New York — History
  • Yellow fever — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of material:

  • commonplace books
  • Diaries
  • Histories
  • Letter books
  • natural history

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