New York Customs House accounting records and John Jay copy of Federalist Paper No. 2, 1704-1709, 1787

Call Number: 1974.127

Extent: 1 linear foot, in one flat box

The collection includes the receipts and accounts of the Province of New York Customs House (1704-1709) and a handwritten copy of the Federalist Paper No. 2 by John Jay (1787). Although the two items were accessioned as a single unit, the connection between the two is unknown.

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Names:

  • Jay, John, 1745-1829
  • New York (Colony). Customs House.

Places:

  • New York (N.Y.)

Subjects:

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

Types of Documents:

  • Financial records
  • Manuscripts (document genre)

Brooklyn 26th Ward improvement report for New Jersey Avenue, 1891 – 1891

Call Number: 1987.008

Extent: 0.08 Linear feet, in one folder

A single bound volume, dated 1891, that consists of a report on the paving, curbing, and guttering of New Jersey Avenue between Atlantic Avenue and Jamaica Avenue in Brooklyn.

Names:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)

Places:

  • Atlantic Avenue (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • Roads — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of material:

  • Reports

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C. B. Nichols scrapbooks, circa 1860-circa 1896

Call Number: 1974.134

Extent: 2.4 Linear feet, in two flat boxes and one manuscript box

The collection includes five scrapbooks of Civil War era artifacts. Two scrapbooks hold envelopes with Union-themed images. One scrapbook includes Confederacy and Confederate state artifacts, especially currency and securities. Another scrapbook holds examples of various forms of scrip, not necessarily War-related, from several states. The final scrapbook holds a variety of documents on Union-related themes, including various Sanitary Commission fairs and other relief efforts, Colonel Elmer E. Ellsworth of the 11th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, and the Lincoln assassination.

Names:

  • Nichols, C. B.
  • Ellsworth, E. E., 1837-1861
  • Brooklyn and Long Island Fair in Aid of the United States Sanitary Commission. (1864)

Places:

  • United States — History — Civil War, 1861-1865

Subjects:

  • Bonds
  • Money — United States
  • Paper money — Confederate States of America

Types of material:

  • Admission tickets
  • Cartes-de-visite (card photographs)
  • Circulars (fliers)
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Envelopes
  • Fliers (printed matter)
  • Photographs
  • Poems
  • Scrapbooks
  • scrip

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Brooklyn Navy Yard Oral History, 2006-2011

Brooklyn Navy Yard Oral History, 2006-2011.

Call#: 2010.003

Extent: 47 digital audio files

In partnership with the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, Brooklyn Historical Society collected interviews with men and women who worked in or around the Brooklyn Navy Yard.  The majority of the interviews are with people who worked in the Yard during WWII.  The narrators discuss growing up in New York, their work at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, their relationships with others in the Yard, gender relations and transportation to and from work.  Many narrators bring up issues of ethnicity, race, and religion at the Yard or in their neighborhoods.  Several narrators describe the launching of the U.S.S. Missouri battleship and recall in detail their daily tasks at the Yard as welders, office workers, and ship fitters.  While interviews focus primarily on experiences in and around the Yard, many narrators also discuss their lives after the Navy Yard, relating stories about their careers, dating and marriage, children, social activities, living conditions, and changes in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

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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. Oral histories are also available at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at Building 92.

Brooklyn Navy Yard Oral History, 1987-1989

Brooklyn Navy Yard Oral History, 1987-1989.

Call #: 1995.005

Extent: 12 digital audio files

In 1987-1989, Brooklyn Historical Society interviewed 10 people who worked in the Brooklyn Navy Yard during WWII.  Interviews were conducted by Benjamin Filene and Diane Esses and focus on working conditions and the experiences of women doing nontraditional labor such as welding and shipfitting.  These interviews were recorded on cassette tape and have been digitized to make them available for listening.

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. Oral histories also available at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at Building 92.

 

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.