Blackburne, Woodward, and Ottaway family papers, 1807-2011

Call Number: 2013.006

Extent: 5.0 linear feet in 3 manuscript boxes, 1 records carton, 1 oversize flat box, 2 photograph boxes, and 1 object box.

This collection consists of correspondence, wills, land indentures, travel journals and diaries, photographs (cabinet cards, cartes-de-visite, daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, photo postcards, loose prints), holiday cards, scrapbooks, school programs, report cards, inventories of assets, hymnals and other books, genealogies, and artifacts including a parasol and pairs of spectacles relating to individuals in the Woodward, Blackburne, Cook, Ward, Littlejohn, Condit, Haynes, Hart, Ottaway, and Prosser families; all descendants of John Blackburne (1775-1845) and Elizabeth Cook (1781-1812). John Blackburne emigrated from England to the United States in 1821, settling in Brooklyn Heights; his grandson John Blackburne Woodward (1835-1895) was a Civil War general and prominent business, political, and civic leader. This collection is focused on family matters, including European travels and daily life at the family members’ homes in Brooklyn, including nos. 70 Sands Street and 86 Sands Street (within a parcel of properties owned by the family), 259 Henry Street, and 54 Remsen Street, and is a reflection of memorabilia preserved by women of the family, particularly Mary Woodward and Ruth Hart Ottaway, from one generation to the next, along with materials and information gathered in the course of genealogical research by various family members.

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  • Best, Mary W.
  • Blackburne, Elizabeth Cook, 1781-1812
  • Blackburne, John, 1775-1845
  • Blackburne, Robins Cook, 1812-1850
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
  • Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences.
  • Condit, William Henry, 1839-1873
  • Hart, Elizabeth Condit, 1868-1915
  • Haviland, Mattie
  • Haynes, Sophia Condit, 1865-1952
  • Littlejohn, Arthur, 1856-1895
  • Littlejohn, Duncan
  • Littlejohn, Robina Woodward, 1827-1895
  • Littlejohn, Sophia, (Sophia Ward Blackburne Littlejohn), 1812-1893
  • Littlejohn, Thomas, b. 1859
  • Ottaway, James H., 1911-2000
  • Packer Collegiate Institute.
  • Parkes, Phebe
  • Procteroe, Robina Woodward, b. 1856
  • Procteroe, Robina, b. 1882
  • Prosser, Bertha
  • Prosser, Fred
  • Prosser, Robert Woodward, 1862-1958
  • Prosser, Roger D.
  • Prosser, Thomas
  • Tousey, Elizabeth
  • Ward, Susannah, 1784-1869
  • Weber, Martha Woodward, b. 1830
  • Woodward, Maria, 1833-1904
  • Woodward, Mary Barrow Blackburne, 1807-1850
  • Woodward, Robert Buddicom, 1840-1915
  • Woodward, Robina Blackburne, 1802-1893
  • Woodward, Thomas, 1793-1873


  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) — Social life and customs — 19th century
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) — Social life and customs — 20th century
  • Brooklyn Heights (New York, N.Y.)
  • Buck Hill Falls (Pa.)
  • Endicott (N.Y.)
  • Europe — Description and travel
  • Flatbush (New York, N.Y.)
  • Norfolk (Conn.)
  • Purchase (N.Y.)
  • Sands Street (New York, N.Y.)


  • Plymouth chimes (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Abolitionists — New York (State)
  • Adultery — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Antislavery movements — United States
  • Authors, American
  • City clergy — New York (State) — New York
  • Clergy as authors
  • Congregational churches — New York (State) — Kings County — Clergy
  • Congregationalists — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Lectures and lecturing — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Pews and pew rights
  • Reformers — United States
  • Religious education of children — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Religious institutions — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Sunday schools — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Trials (Adultery) — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of Materials:

  • Ambrotypes (photographs)
  • Artifacts (object genre)
  • Birth certificates
  • Bulletins
  • Cabinet photographs
  • Cartes-de-visite (card photographs)
  • Children’s books
  • Citizenship papers
  • Correspondence
  • Daguerreotypes (photographs)
  • Diaries
  • Dies (tools)
  • Genealogies
  • Greeting cards
  • Hymnals
  • Inventories
  • Invitations
  • Magazines (periodicals)
  • Manuscripts (document genre)
  • Mortgages
  • Parasols
  • Passports
  • Photographic postcards
  • Portraits
  • Prayerbooks
  • Programs (documents)
  • Report cards
  • School yearbooks
  • Scrapbooks
  • Songbooks
  • Spectacles (eye glasses)
  • Typescripts
  • Wills

Flatlands Overseers of the Poor account book, 1807-1831

Call Number: 2005.001

Extent: 0.04 Linear feet, in one folder

The account book includes the record of financial transactions conducted by the Overseers of the Poor of Flatlands, Kings County, N.Y., from December 1807 until the Overseer position was abolished in April 1831. The journal includes both receipts and expenditures, which typically include reference to the recipient’s name and the amount of cash or goods provided by the Overseers.


  • Baxter, Garret S.
  • Flatlands (New York, N.Y.). Overseers of the Poor
  • Lott family
  • Wyckoff family


  • Flatlands (New York, N.Y.)
  • Kings County (N.Y.) — History — 19th century


  • Poor — Services for — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Public welfare — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of material:

  • Account books
  • Journals (accounts)

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Henry Onderdonk papers, 1729-1895

Call Number: ARC.045

Extent: 10.0 Linear feet, in 8 manuscript boxes and 4 flat boxes

Henry Onderdonk (1804-1886) of Queens County, Long Island, New York, was an educator at Union Hall Academy, and an historian and author of many works based on his research among local records. The Onderdonk papers include manuscript versions of Onderdonk’s historical works; notes and transcriptions taken by Onderdonk from private journals, church and local government records, and newspapers; correspondence from historians, genealogists and others often conveying information requested by Onderdonk; and scrapbooks of newspaper clippings covering the 1820s to 1868, with some earlier and later dated material. The bulk of the material concerns the geographic area encompassing present day Queens and Nassau counties, though the other two counties on Long Island, Kings and Suffolk, are also represented. The historical manuscripts, notes and extensive correspondence in the collection tend to center around Onderdonk’s research into the American Revolution, Quakers, churches, agriculture/animal husbandry, and genealogies, all with a focus on Long Island. Perhaps the most prominent correspondent is James Fenimore Cooper, whose three letters concern Loyalist Oliver de Lancey. Among the many other correspondents are historians George Bancroft, E. F. Ellet, E. B. O’Callaghan, Jeptha Root Simms, and Jared Sparks. The several scrapbooks in the collection, also with a Long Island focus, concern a number of subjects, principally electoral and partisan politics, agriculture, temperance, announcements and public notices for a wide variety of events, such as school openings, church dedications, auctions, cultural talks, etc., crimes and accidents, court proceedings, Civil War recruitments and drafts, and railroad developments, among other matters.


  • Onderdonk, Henry, 1804-1886
  • Bancroft, George, 1800-1891
  • Bergen, Teunis G., 1806-1881
  • Bowne, J. T., 1847-1925
  • Cooper, James Fenimore, 1789-1851
  • Corwin, Edward Tanjore, 1834-1914
  • De Lancey, Oliver, 1718-1785
  • Ellet, E. F., 1818-1877
  • Frost, Gideon
  • Hicks, Benjamin Doughty
  • Hicks, John D.
  • Hoadly, Charles J., 1828-1900
  • Johnson, Jeremiah, 1768-1852
  • Jones, William Alfred, 1817-1900
  • King, John A., 1788-1867
  • Latting, John Jordan, b. 1819
  • Lossing, Benson John, 1813-1891
  • O’Callaghan, E. B., 1797-1880
  • Sabine, Lorenzo, 1803-1877
  • Simms, Jeptha Root, 1807-1883
  • Sparks, Jared, 1789-1866
  • Strong, Thomas M.
  • Stuart, I. W., 1809-1861
  • Thompson, Benjamin F., 1784-1849
  • Queens County Agricultural Society (N.Y.)
  • Union Hall Academy (Jamaica, New York, N.Y.)


  • Flushing (New York, N.Y.)
  • Hempstead (N.Y.)
  • Jamaica (New York, N.Y.)
  • Kings County (N.Y.)
  • Long Island (N.Y.)
  • Long Island (N.Y.) — History — Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Long Island (N.Y.) — History — Revolution, 1775-1783
  • Nassau County (N.Y.)
  • North Hempstead (N.Y. : Town)
  • Oyster Bay (N.Y.)
  • Queens County (N.Y.)
  • Suffolk County (N.Y.)


  • African Americans — New York (State) — Queens County
  • Agriculture — New York (State) — Long Island
  • Agriculture — New York (State) — Queens County
  • Church announcements
  • County courts
  • Crime — New York (State) — Long Island
  • Crime — New York (State) — Queens County
  • Fourth of July — New York (State) — Long Island
  • Fourth of July — New York (State) — Queens County
  • Genealogy
  • Local elections — New York (State) — Long Island
  • Local elections — New York (State) — Queens County
  • Long Island, Battle of, New York, N.Y., 1776
  • Press and politics
  • Quakers — New York (State) — Long Island
  • Quakers — New York (State) — Queens County
  • Railroad companies — New York (State) — Long Island
  • Temperance — Societies, etc.

Types of material:

  • Birth records
  • Burial records
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence
  • Fliers (printed matter)
  • Genealogies
  • Marriage records
  • Scrapbooks
  • Transcripts
  • Vital statistics records

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Aurthur I. Okanst scrapbooks, 1928-1963


Call number: 2004.023

Extent:  2.5 linear feet in two record cartons and one manuscript box

Arthur I. Okanst was a Jewish-American Brooklynite who documented his life and interests in numerous scrapbooks. Born on 22 March 1886, Okanst lived with his wife and daughter in Flatbush, Brooklyn. He was an active member of his Jewish community and followed news related to the world and national state of Jewish affairs. Okanst also enjoyed popular entertainment, followed celebrity news, and frequently attended the theater. Nothing is known of his professional life. Okanst died in September of 1965.

A total of seventeen scrapbooks, as well as an incomplete index, are included in this collection. They contain clippings and published obituaries; theater and event programs and playbills; souvenirs, menus, leaflets and other printed ephemera; greeting cards (especially Birthday and Anniversary cards), telegrams, and invitations to weddings and bar mitzvahs.  Also included are newsletters from Okanst’s local Temple and clippings documenting the events leading up to and during World War II.

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  • Grossfield, Anne Faith, b. 1942
  • Grossfield, Avery
  • Grossfield, Harriet
  • Grossfield, Rena
  • Okanst, Arthur I., 1886-1965
  • Okanst, Helen (nee Newman), d. 1970
  • Temple Ahavath Sholom (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).


  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x Social life and customs |y 20th century
  • United States |x Foreign Relations |y 20th century
  • United States |x Politics and government |y 20th century
  • United States |x Social life and customs |y 20th century


  • Antisemitism in the press |y 20th century
  • Celebrities — United States -y 20th century
  • Jews
  • Jews — Charities -y 20th century
  • Jews — United States -y 20th century
  • New York (N.Y.) — Social life and customs -y 20th century
  • Presidents — United States -y 20th century
  • Radio — United States -y 20th century
  • Sports — United States -y 20th century
  • Television — United States -y 20th century
  • Theater — United States -y 20th century
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Zionism in the press |y 20th century

Types of materials:

  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Ephemera
  • Greeting cards
  • Invitations
  • Leaflets (printed works)
  • Obituaries
  • Pamphlets
  • Programs (documents)
  • Theater programs