Robert B. Lawrence scrapbooks, 1870-1933

Call number: 1977.155

Extent: 0.75 linear feet in one oversize manuscript box

The collection consists of three scrapbooks compiled by Robert B. Lawrence. They contain newspaper and magazine articles on birding, fishing, and hunting, dating from 1870 to 1933. All of the scrapbooks contain indexes. One of the scrapbooks specifically documents Lawrence’s fowling (bird hunting) and egg collecting activities in Flushing (today part of Queens, NY), Long Island, and other areas of the United States. That scrapbook contains detailed information on bird sightings, and includes correspondence and two photographs of a Louisiana heron and a Great-tailed grackle on Green Island, Long Island, NY, dated 1927.

Robert Bowne Lawrence (1851-1941) was born and raised in the Bayside neighborhood of Flushing, Long Island, NY (today part of Queens County). He graduated from Columbia Law School and married Elizabeth “Nettie” Hyde Clements of New York City on April 24, 1884. He became a lawyer on Wall Street and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He died in 1941 and is buried in Flushing Cemetery.

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Names:

Lawrence, Robert B., 1851-1941

Places:

  • Bayside (New York, N.Y.)
  • Flushing (New York, N.Y.)
  • Long Island (N.Y.)
  • Queens (New York, N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • Birds — New York (State) — Long Island
  • Fowling — New York (State) — Long Island
  • Hunting — New York (State) — Long Island

Types of Materials:

  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence
  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks

Elias Lewis, Jr. letters, 1853-1894

Call Number: 2013.002

Extent: 0.5 linear feet, in 1 manuscript box

The Elias Lewis, Jr. letters consists of 83 letters written by Elias Lewis, Jr. and his family, dating from 1853-1893. It also includes a note on the collection by Lewis’s ancestor, Stephen Valentine IV. The letters primarily document his travels, which included Washington DC, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, upstate New York, and Bermuda. Many letters were also sent from his home in Brooklyn. Of note are Lewis’s observations on the American south and slavery before and after the Civil War. Other topics include religion (Lewis was a Quaker), science, and the natural environment. Although most letters were written by Elias Lewis, Jr., the collection includes letters written by other members of his family, including his wife, Mary Underhill Lewis, his daughter, Annie Lewis Valentine, and his granddaughters, Florence Valentine and Anna Kirk Valentine. Recipients of the letters include the Lewis and Underhill families, as well as other Long Island Quakers, such as Phebe W. Titus, Hannah W. Hicks, and Stephen R. Hicks.

Elias Lewis, Jr. (1820-1894) was born in the Long Island town of Westbury, the only child of Elias and Ann Marston Lewis. He relocated to Brooklyn in 1853, where he worked in business and finance. He married Mary Underhill, daughter of Thomas and Sarah Whitson Underhill of Westbury in 1853. They had one daughter, Annie. Annie married Stephen Valentine (1853-1946) and had six children (Mary, Anna, Elias, Florence, Elise, and Stephen, Jr.) Elias was a member of the Long Island Quaker community. By the 1880s he resided at 111 St. Marks Ave. in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

Elias served in several capacities at the Long Island Historical Society (now the Brooklyn Historical Society), including as secretary, museum curator, and as a member of the board of directors. Lewis was also an amateur geologist and photographer. Between 1872 and 1877 he published numerous articles in Popular Scientist Monthly, including “The Longetivity of Trees,” “Ups and Downs of the Long Island Coast,” and “The Formation of Sand Dunes.” His subjects as an amateur photographer followed his geological studies and included images of trees, boulders, rock formations, sea cliffs, and beaches. He also photographed houses, mills, lighthouses, churches, and railroad stations. His photographs were primarily taken on Long Island.

Names:

  • Brooklyn Historical Society (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Fillmore, Millard, 1800-1874
  • Hicks, Hannah Winston, 1825-1916
  • Hicks, Stephen R., 1823-1892
  • Lewis family
  • Long Island Historical Society.
  • Titus, Phebe W., 1804-1885
  • Underhill, Sarah W.
  • Underhill family
  • Valentine, Virginia Mayer

Places:

  • Alexandria (Va.)
  • Bermuda Islands
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Charleston (S.C.)
  • Florida
  • Jacksonville (Fla.)
  • Lake George (N.Y.)
  • Long Island (N.Y.)
  • New Hampshire
  • New York (State)
  • Pennsylvania
  • Saint Augustine (Fla.)
  • Savannah (Ga.)
  • Virginia
  • Washington (D.C.)

Subjects:

  • Natural environment
  • Nature
  • Quakers — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Quakers — New York (State) — Long Island
  • Slavery
  • Travel
  • Voyages and travels

Types of Materials:

  • Correspondence

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Irwin Lutzky collection, 1922 – 1986

Call Number: 1987.006

Extent: 0.3 Linear feet, in five folders

The Irwin Lutzky collection includes three certificates pertaining to Lutzky’s childhood innoculations; miscellaneous publications, invitations, and programs belonging to Lutzky from such organizations as the Town of Flatbush Civic and Cultural Association and the Flatbush Historical Society; three photographs of Lutzky at Coney Island in 1944; and other miscellaneous materials relating to Brooklyn, N.Y. in the 1970s.

Names:

  • Flatbush Civic and Cultural Association
  • Flatbush Historical Society

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) — Social life and customs — 20th century
  • Coney Island (New York, N.Y.)
  • Flatbush (New York, N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • Medical care — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of material:

  • Invitations
  • Photographs
  • Programs (documents)

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Peter Lowe correspondence, 1782-1818

Call Number: 1974.008

Extent: 0.2 Linear feet, in 46 folders in one manuscript box

This collection contains correspondence to and from the Reverend Peter Lowe, Pastor of the Dutch Church of Flatbush. Many of the correspondents are fellow clergymen. The subjects of the correspondence principally include pleasantries and expressions of spirituality, especially in relation to dealing with difficulties, being favored with luck, matters of health or illness, and other fortunes or misfortunes of life. There is some commentary on finding preaching positions, performing clerical duties and seeking to redeem sinners. In this connection, there is an unsent 1788 letter from Lowe in which he expresses frustration that his church will not allow African-Americans to become members; he details the objections of the members and his answers to those objections.

Names:

  • Lowe, Peter
  • Flatbush Dutch Reformed Church (Flatbush, New York, N.Y.)

Places:

  • Flatbush (New York, N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • Clergy — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Reformed Church — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of material:

  • Correspondence

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Luquer and Payne families papers, 1822-1980

Call Number: ARC.282

Extent: 0.5 Linear feet, in one manuscript box and one flat box

The Luquer and Payne families papers (1822-1980) center on the Reverend Lea Luquer (1833-1919) and his wife, Eloise Elizabeth (nee Payne) (1834-1894), with material related to earlier and later generations of their family and related families, including Low, Lynch and Pierrepont. The collection includes Eloise’s journal of her 1874 travels in Western Europe with Lea. There are several editions of “The S.S.S.S. Gazette” (1876-1879), handwritten collections of poems and stories authored principally by the children of Lea and Eloise Luquer. There are nineteenth century indentures and other agreements concerning property in Brooklyn Heights, New York City, and Westchester County (N.Y.). Many of these relate to the estates of Nicholas Luquer (1810-1864) and Thatcher Taylor Payne (died 1863). The collection includes Payne and Luquer family genealogical documents compiled in the twentieth century, and records of burial plots at Green-Wood Cemetery for members of the Low, Luquer, Lynch, and Pierrepont families, among others. There is correspondence from Henry Evelyn Pierrepont to his wife (1865-1866) and documents concerning Seth Low Pierrepont’s disposition of property from the family home at One Pierrepont Place in Brooklyn, circa 1941. The collection holds a few Civil War era documents related to the Confederate States of America, including bonds and military correspondence.

Names:

  • Luquer family
  • Luquer, Eloise Elizabeth
  • Luquer, Lea
  • Luquer, Nicholas
  • Luquer, Thatcher T. P.
  • Lynch family
  • Overmyer, Grace
  • Payne family
  • Payne, John Howard, 1791-1852
  • Pierrepont family
  • Pierrepont, Henry Evelyn, 1808-1888
  • Pierrepont, Seth Low
  • Green-Wood Cemetery (New York, N.Y.)
  • White Star Line

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn Heights (New York, N.Y.)
  • Europe — Description and travel
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • Southern States — History — Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Westchester County (N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • Cemeteries — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Decedents’ estates — New York (State)
  • Genealogy
  • Ocean travel
  • Real property — New York (State)

Types of material:

  • Bonds (legal records)
  • Correspondence
  • Diaries
  • Family papers
  • Indentures
  • Invoices
  • Journals (accounts)
  • Manuscripts (document genre)
  • Receipts (financial records)

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Henry Lloyd ledgers, 1703-1744

Call Number: 1974.117

Extent: 2.4 Linear feet, in two oversize boxes.

Six ledgers of Henry Lloyd, recording financial transactions and accounts throughout the period 1703 to 1744. The volumes include four waste books (i.e., day books), one invoice book, and a journal that duplicates much of the information contained in the other volumes.

Names:

  • Lloyd, Henry, 1685-1763

Places:

  • Long Island (N.Y.) — Commerce
  • Queens Village (New York, N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • Farmers — New York (State) — Long Island
  • Farmers — New York (State) — Queens County
  • Landowners — New York (State) — Long Island
  • Manors — New York (State) — Long Island
  • Manors — New York (State) — Queens County
  • Merchants

Types of material:

  • Daybooks
  • Financial records
  • Ledgers (account books)
  • Volumes (documents by form)

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Lefferts family papers, circa 1650s-1970s

Call Number: ARC.145

Extent: 14.25 Linear feet, in 2 record cartons, 7 document boxes, and 14 oversize or odd-size boxes

The Lefferts family papers contain documents created and collected by members of the Lefferts family, a Brooklyn family of Dutch origin that played a prominent role in the city’s politics, society, and development. The collection also contains records created and collected by the stewards of the Lefferts Historic House Museum in relation to the Lefferts family and the house’s history. The documents span from the 1650s to the 1970s and include those created by members of the Lefferts family in Brooklyn (particularly in the town of Flatbush) as well as members of the family that branched out into other parts of America including Ohio and Illinois. The collection covers a variety of subjects including the development of Flatbush, the Lefferts family role in the political, economic, religious, and social life of Flatbush and Brooklyn, colonial life, slavery, and more. The documents include personal papers and correspondence of the family members, papers related to maintenance of their farm and businesses, genealogical records of the family, and photographs and other graphic materials of family members and the Lefferts house. The collection also contains related clippings, some maps, and an assortment of books either owned by or related to the Lefferts family and Flatbush. There are some documents related to the maintenance of the Lefferts Historic House and some documents and graphic materials collected over time by the stewards of the house.

Names:

  • Lefferts family
  • Cortelyou, John, 1772-1855
  • Hegeman family
  • Lefferts, Eliza, 1831-1865
  • Lefferts, Femmetie Hegemann, 1760-1847
  • Lefferts, Jacobus L.
  • Lefferts, James, 1800-1862
  • Lefferts, John, 1719-1776
  • Lefferts, John, 1785-1829
  • Lefferts, John, 1814-1877
  • Lefferts, John, 1826-1893
  • Lefferts, Leffert, 1774-1847
  • Lefferts, Maria Lott, 1786-1865
  • Lefferts, Peter
  • Lott family
  • Schenck, Sarah Lefferts
  • Vanderbilt, Gertrude Lefferts, b. 1824.
  • Brooklyn, Flatbush, and Coney Island Railway Company
  • Brooklyn, Jamaica, and Flatbush Turnpike Company
  • Flatbush Dutch Reformed Church (Flatbush, New York, N.Y.)
  • Flatbush Plank Road Company
  • Gravesend and Coney Island Bridge and Road Company

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) — Maps
  • Flatbush (New York, N.Y.)
  • Kings County (N.Y.) — History — Revolution, 1775-1783
  • Long Island (N.Y.) — History — Revolution, 1775-1783
  • New York (N.Y.) — Maps.

Subjects:

  • Deeds — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Draft Riot, New York, N.Y., 1863
  • Farms — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Genealogy
  • Long Island, Battle of, New York, N.Y., 1776
  • Real property — New York (State) — New York — Maps
  • Roads — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Slavery — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Transportation — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of material:

  • Account books
  • Bible
  • Birth records
  • Cadastral maps
  • Cookbooks
  • Daguerreotypes (photographs)
  • Death records
  • Engravings
  • Financial records
  • Genealogies
  • Indentures
  • Land titles — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Manuscript maps
  • Marriage records
  • Photographs
  • Picture postcards
  • Receipts (financial records)
  • Slave bills of sale
  • Tintypes (prints)
  • Wills

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Landon family papers, 1665-1864, bulk 1718-1864

Call Number: 1977.025

Extent: 2.5 Linear feet, in 5 manuscript boxes

The Landon family papers relate principally to Jared Landon (died circa 1815) and to Henry Landon (died 1866) in their capacities as county judges, estate executors, and landholders. The Landons were residents of Cutchogue, part of the town of Southold in Suffolk County on the eastern end of Long Island, and the bulk of the collection concerns that area. Other Landons, such as Jared’s father Samuel (circa 1700-1782), and other New York areas are represented in the collection, though to a much lesser extent.

The collection is rich with legal and financial documents that can provide insight into social, economic, cultural, and political aspects of Suffolk County in the late eigtheenth century and first half of the nineteenth century. Document types include inventories, vendue (auction) accounts, day books, ledgers, promissory notes, court orders, trespasses and other court-related documents, land indentures and transfers, town meeting notices and resolutions, and more. The collection also holds substantive correspondence on legal, financial, personal, and political matters, including those related to the Democratic Party in Southold in the late 1820s-1840s. Documents concerning the American Revolution and the British occupation of New York, including the imprisonment of Jared Landon, are in the collection. References to African-Americans appear throughout the collection, including in account books and court cases.

Names:

  • Conkling, David, d. 1787?
  • Floyd, C. A., 1791-1873
  • Huntington, Abel, 1777-1858
  • Landon family
  • Landon, Henry
  • Landon, Jared
  • Landon, Samuel, ca. 1700-1782?
  • Sage, Ebenezer, 1755-1834
  • Democratic Party (New York, N.Y.)
  • Long Island Railroad Company
  • Seaflower (Sloop : ca. 1786)
  • United States. Army. New York Infantry Regiment, 48th (1861-1865)

Places:

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

Subjects:

  • African Americans — New York (State) — Suffolk County
  • Commerce
  • County courts — New York (State) — Suffolk County
  • Genealogy
  • Indians of North America — Treaties.
  • Judges — New York (State) — Suffolk County
  • Liquor laws — New York (State) — Suffolk County
  • Politics, Practical — New York (State) — Suffolk County

Types of material:

  • Accounts
  • Articles of incorporation.
  • Correspondence
  • Daybooks
  • Deeds
  • Diaries
  • Estate inventories.
  • Indentures
  • Ledgers (account books)
  • Legal documents
  • legal instruments
  • Petitions
  • Promissory notes
  • Receipts (financial records)
  • Warrants

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Journals of Long Island History

Long Island Historical Society Quarterly, 1939-1942;  The Journal of Long Island History, 1961-1969 and 1973-1982

From 1939-1942, 1961-1969, and 1973-1982, the Brooklyn Historical Society (known then as the Long Island Historical Society) published a periodic journal, called the Long Island Historical Society Quarterly in 1939-42 and, in the later years, The Journal of Long Island History. The journals include articles on historical topics concerning Kings, Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk counties. Many of the articles, especially in the 1939-1942 volumes, include full or partial transcriptions of account books, correspondence, deeds, tombstone inscriptions, and other manuscripts from the BHS collection and elsewhere. While there is a wide range of subject matter, perhaps best-represented in the journal are articles concerning the colonial period through the 19th century, American Revolution, Civil War, and African-American history. No appointment is necessary to use the journals in the BHS library.

 

 

Lincoln, Abraham

Emancipation Proclamation, Leland-Boker Authorized Edition, 1864.

M1986.257

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.

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