Marshall collection of McLoughlin Brothers / Robert A. Graef illustrated children’s books, 1940-1943

Call number: 2013.009

Extent: 0.1 linear feet in one folder

Five children’s books, illustrated by Robert A. Graef and published by McLoughlin Bros., Inc, 1940-1943. The books belonged to Ken Marshall, and each book has been inscribed and/or autographed by illustrator Robert A. Graef. Titles include The Six Happy Goats,  Rip Van Winkle, and  A Christmas Carol (three copies).

Robert Arthur Graef (1879-1951) was an American illustrator. He was born on September 26, 1879, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York. In 1884, his family moved to Brooklyn, New York. He displayed artistic talent at a young age, and had his first illustration published in a local newspaper at the age of ten. He attended PS 78 in Brooklyn, and graduated from the Pratt Institute in 1896. That year the family moved to 399 Ocean Avenue, in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn. His father died in 1899, leaving the family a “significant fortune.” Soon, Graef opened an art studio at 70 5th Avenue, in Manhattan, and his illustrations were sold to numerous magazines and other publications. He married Ethel Esther Leffingwell in 1908. Their first son, Frederick Leffingwell Graef, was born on September 13, 1909, followed by a second son, Robert Leffingwell Graef, on October 20, 1914. During World War I, “he contributed patriotic recruitment posters to the war effort.” He became an early member of the Guild of Freelance Artists (later the Artists Guild) in 1921. In 1924, the family moved to 1910 Avenue I, in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn. He continued to publish artwork in magazines, and in 1940 he illustrated a series of classic children’s books for the McLoughlin Bros., Inc. He died at his home in Brooklyn on May 16, 1951.

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Names:

  • Graef, Robert A.
  • Marshall, Ken
  • McLoughlin Bros., inc.

Subjects:

  • Children’s literature

Types of Materials:

  • Children’s books

Ethel M. Martin Brooklyn nursing school collection, 1926-1933

Call number: 1996.001

Extent: 0.2 linear feet in two folders

The collection contains items which document Ethel M. Martin’s nursing education in Brooklyn, New York, dating from 1926 to 1933. It includes two photographs of Martin (one portrait and one snapshot), one autograph book (1926-1927), two editions of The Echo, the Prospect Heights Hospital and Brooklyn Maternity Training School for Nurses yearbook (1928-1929), and The Nursing Bureau of Brooklyn, Inc.’s Articles of Incorporation and Terms of Agreement with Registrants (1933). The autograph book and the 1928 yearbook contains inscriptions from other students to Martin. Martin was a nurse who practiced in Brooklyn and later Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Names:

  • Beebe, Linda Franks
  • Franks, Ethel Martin, 1907-2000
  • Nursing Bureau of Brooklyn, Inc.
  • Prospect Heights Hospital and Brooklyn Maternity (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Prospect Heights (New York, N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • Hospitals — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Nurses — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Nursing schools — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Women — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of Materials:

  • Autograph albums
  • Photographs
  • Yearbooks

John Muir collection of the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, 1880 – circa 1980s

Call number: 1994.009

Extent: 1 folder, in 0.01 linear feet

Collection consists of visual materials pertaining to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, dating from 1880 to the 1980s. These include: an 1880 photograph of 87 Bedford Avenue (Kings County Fire Insurance Company); an 1882 photograph of 84 Bedford Avenue (Burgess florist shop and The Hat Box); print of an 1888 photograph documenting an explosion at Stover’s Department Store (at Bedford Avenue and South 6th Street); a postcard featuring the Ross Street Presbyterian Church; and documentation of the fountain at Bedford Avenue and Division Avenue, including two small photographs (circa 1891), and two clippings (circa 1960s and 1980s).

Names:

  • Kings County Fire Insurance Company.
  • Muir, John C.
  • Ross Street Presbyterian Church.
  • Stover’s Department Store.

Places:

  • Bedford Avenue (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Williamsburg (New York, N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • Customs administration — New York (State) — New York
  • Federalist

Types of Documents:

  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Photographs
  • Postcards

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Maresi Company Confectioners and Caterers invoice, 1903

Call number: 1985.028

Extent: 0.1 linear feet, in 1 folder

The collection contains one invoice from 1903 for catering an event at the Flushing Institute in Flushing, Long Island. The invoice includes a list of menu items served at the event.

The Maresi Company Confectioners and Caterers had locations in Brooklyn (30 Clinton Street; 76 Seventh Avenue) and Manhattan (719 Sixth Avenue; 589 Madison Avenue; 320 Columbus Avenue).

Names:

  • Flushing Institute.
  • Maresi Company Confectioners and Caterers.

Places:

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

Subjects:

  • Caterers and catering — New York (State) — New York
  • Food

Types of Materials

  • Invoices

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Martense family papers, 1675-circa 1944

Call Number: ARC.285

Extent: 0.33 Linear feet, in one manuscript box and one flat box

The Martense family papers include deeds, indentures, wills, estate administration documents, promissory notes, bills of sale for enslaved African-Americans, correspondence, and photographs and other images. The bulk of the documents date from the 1700s to circa 1876. The images date from circa 1870 to circa 1944. Deeds and other land transaction documents dating from the 1700s comprise the largest portion of the collection. The Martense family lived in Flatbush, now part of the New York City borough of Brooklyn, and most of the collection concerns that area. Correspondence in the collection dates from 1837-1839 and includes several letters sent to Gerrit Martense at Rutgers College in New Brunswick, N.J., by his family in Flatbush. Subjects of the letters include domestic and local matters. The letters, and other documents in the collection, also refer to dealings concerning one Juan Scorsur, an Italian immigrant to New York attempting to acquire real estate in Brooklyn while residing for an extended time in Cuba. In addition to multiple generations of Martenses, among the surnames found in the collection are Cornell, Hegeman, Lefferts, Remsen, Suydam, Terhune, Van Brunt, Van der Bilt, Van der Veer, and Waldron. The bulk of the collection is in English, but there are several documents in Dutch and one in Spanish. The photographs and other images, to the extent they are identified, are principally of members of the Wilbur family, into which a Martense married.

Names:

  • Martense family

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Flatbush (New York, N.Y.)
  • Kings County (N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • African Americans — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Decedents’ estates — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Family life
  • Genealogy
  • Real property — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Slavery — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of material:

  • Cabinet photographs
  • Cartes-de-visite (card photographs)
  • Correspondence
  • Deeds
  • Indentures
  • Photographs
  • Promissory notes
  • Slave bills of sale
  • Wills

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John Middagh account book, 1773-1810

Call Number: 1974.027

Extent: 0.04 Linear feet, in one folder

This collection consists of one item: the account book of John Middagh, hatter and merchant of Brooklyn. The account book contains the autograph signatures of Middagh’s business associates in both Brooklyn and New York City, with their notations for dates of payment, amounts, and items or services purchased by Middagh for the period, 1773-1810. It also records the collection of Middagh’s taxes. Many prominent early Brooklynites set their hands to this book, including John Jacob Astor (1763-1848) and his agents.

Names:

  • Middagh, John

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) — Commerce

Subjects:

  • Businessmen — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Merchants — New York (State) — New York

Types of material:

  • Account books
  • Receipts (financial records)

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Middagh family papers, 1654-circa 1840

Call Number: 1974.179

Extent: 0.17 linear feet, in 17 folders in one manuscript box

The Middagh family papers (1654-circa 1840) contain a variety of documents, many linked to the Middagh family by name or by affiliated family, including Couwenhoven and Stryker. Many documents have no obvious relationship to the Middaghs. Most of the collection includes legal documents of various forms including deeds, bonds, agreements, and legal filings. Among the documents not clearly linked to the Middaghs are: the concluding pages of the 1825 correspondence from William Steele to his son concerning Jonathan Dayton’s recollections of Benjamin Franklin’s proposal for prayer at the 1787 Constitutional Convention; the articles of agreement between generals Burgoyne (British) and Gates (American) at Saratoga during the Revolutionary War (1772), signed by Burgoyne; plans for the building of a school in Huntington, Long Island, and the subscriber list (1762); and a circa 1675 transcript of a 1669 Suffolk County Clerk’s document regarding the testimony of several Indian sachems of Montauket relating to a land dispute. Three items referring to African-Americans in Brooklyn are in the collection: an unidentified will (1727), a slave bill of sale (1737), and an arrest warrant concerning the unlicensed sale of liquor, including to African-Americans (1751). Eight documents (1654-1702) are in Dutch.

Names:

  • Middagh family
  • Cowenhoven family
  • Stryker family
  • Torrey, Joseph, 1707-1791
  • United States. Constitutional Convention (1787)

Places:

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

Subjects:

  • African Americans — New York (State) — Kings County
  • County courts — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Genealogy
  • Indians of North America — New York (State) — Long Island
  • Real property — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Real property — New York (State) — Long Island
  • Saratoga Campaign, N.Y., 1777
  • Slavery — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of material:

  • Agreements
  • Correspondence
  • Deeds
  • Legal documents
  • legal instruments
  • Slave bills of sale

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John A. Mosley papers, 1911 – 1919

Call Number: 2005.020

Extent: 0.1 linear feet in three folders

This collection contains personal papers and letters, photographs, wedding certificates, and atlases pertaining to the life of John Archer Mosely, dating from 1911 to 1919.

John Archer Mosley was a Brooklyn resident who began work as a laborer at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 1913. He later transferred to the Brooklyn Naval Hospital in 1921, and was promoted to the title of Fireman in 1945. After the closing of the Brooklyn Naval Hospital in 1948, Mosley transferred to the U.S. Naval Hospital in St. Albans, N.Y., from which he retired in 1956. Mosley and his wife, Mollie, had four sons and two daughters. All four sons served in the U.S. Military. The Mosley family belonged to Bethel Baptist Church in Brooklyn, where John and Mollie were eventually elected Deacon and Deaconess.

Names:

  • Mosley, John A.

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • African Americans — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Navy-yards and naval stations — New York (State) — Kings County — Employees

Types of material:

  • Correspondence
  • Maps
  • Marriage certificates
  • Photographs

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Elizabeth Jane Miller family papers, 1842-1965

Call Number: 1977.280

Extent: 2.3 linear feet in one manuscript box and one flat box

The collection includes one scrapbook (disbound) and two baby biography books, all of which document members of the Miller family of the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn, dating from 1842 to 1965.

The scrapbook was compiled by Elizabeth Jane Miller, and includes correspondence in English and German, news clippings relating to the Miller family, birth records of Elizabeth Jane Miller, invitations to the marriage of Elizabeth Jane and Charles E. Miller, calling cards, postcards and programs from Trinity Episcopal Church in East New York, and other memorabilia. It features a number of photographs in an assortment of formats, including cyanotypes, tintypes, albumen prints, cabinet cards, and color prints. The photographs depict numerous Miller family members, as well as their home. The papers include memorabilia such as a leather wallet, dried flowers and leaves, and fabric samples.

The collection also includes two baby biography books of Elizabeth’s children, Vera Louise Miller and John Lester Miller. Dating from the 1890s through the 1920s, these books document the early lives of the Miller children and include an assortment of ephemera.

Elizabeth Jane Miller (1871-1965) was the daughter of Dr. Francis Frost Miller and Susette Henes, and was born and raised on Highland Avenue in the Brooklyn neighborhood of East New York. In the early 1890s, she attended school in Germany. In 1894, she married Charles E. Miller at Trinity Church in East New York.

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Names:

  • Miller family
  • Miller, Elizabeth Jane, 1871-1965

Places:

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

Subjects:

  • Children — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Families — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Genealogy
  • Religious institutions — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of material:

  • Artifacts (object genre)
  • Birth records
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence
  • Cyanotypes (photographic prints)
  • Invitations
  • Photographs
  • Picture postcards
  • Printed ephemera
  • Programs (documents)
  • Scrapbooks
  • Tintypes (prints)

Henry A. Meyer scrapbooks, 1888 – 1934

Call Number: 1977.193

Extent: 2.5 Linear feet, in one oversize manuscript box and two oversize flat boxes.

The Henry A. Meyer scrapbooks date from 1888 to 1934 and measure 2.25 linear feet. The collection consists of five scrapbooks which document the professional life of Henry Meyer, a Brooklyn businessman, real estate developer, and government official. The scrapbooks contain news clippings, correspondence, programs, photographs, and memorabilia. The scrapbooks document the following topics: Meyer’s campaign for mayor of Brooklyn and work with the United Retail Grocers’ Association; publication of Meyer’s autobiography, Looking Through Life’s Window; the Meyer family, politics, real estate, and development of Jamaica Bay and Vanderveer Park; launch of the municipal ferry boat Henry A. Meyer; and Meyer’s work with the New York City Docks Department, including Jamaica Bay and the Staten Island Ferry, as well as his campaign to be appointed postmaster of Brooklyn. In addition to the scrapbooks, the collection includes a copy of Vanderveer Park, by Meyers, inscribed to his mother, 1901.

Henry Adolf Meyer (1860-1940) was born in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. Meyer began his career as a grocer, serving as president of the Retail Grocer’s Association of Brooklyn and the Retail Merchants Association of Brooklyn. In 1891, Meyer ran unsuccessfully for Mayor of Brooklyn as a Republican. He formed the Germania Real Estate and Investment Company, which in 1892 began the development of the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, especially Vanderveer Park. Meyer was also committed to the development of Jamaica Bay as an industrial area and a harbor, working as the head of the Jamaica Bay Improvement Commission and as deputy New York City Dock Commissioner from 1918 to 1933. He authored two books: Vanderveer Park , published in 1901, and Looking Through Life’s Window, an autobiography published in 1930.

Names:

  • Meyer, Henry A., b. 1860
  • Brooklyn Retail Merchants’ Association (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Germania Real Estate and Improvement Company
  • Henry A. Meyer (Ferry)
  • Jamaica Bay Improvement Commission
  • New York (N.Y.). Dept. of Docks (1920-)
  • Staten Island Ferry
  • United Retail Grocers Association of Brooklyn

Places:

  • Flatbush (New York, N.Y.)
  • Gateway National Recreation Area (N.J. and N.Y.)
  • Jamaica Bay (N.Y.)
  • Vanderveer Park (New York, N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • Business enterprises — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Economic development — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Local elections — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Public officers — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Republican Party (N.Y.) — History — 19th century

Types of material:

  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence
  • Memorabilia
  • Photographs
  • Programs (documents)

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