PS 99 autograph book, 1936

Call number: 2003.001

Extent: 0.1 linear feet in one folder

Autograph and memory book from PS 99, Brooklyn, New York, dated January 29, 1936, originally belonging to Stanley Bregman (1922-1998). The book includes a photograph of principal Meyer Padve (1889-1959).

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Names:

  • Bregman, Stanley, 1922-1998
  • Nolan, Brendan
  • Padve, Meyer, 1889-1959
  • P.S. 99 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • Public schools — New York (State) — Kings County
  • School children — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Students — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of Materials:

  • Autograph albums

P.S. 80 Night School scrapbooks, 1947-1948

Call number: 2008.020

Extent: 1.25 linear feet in one flat box

The collection consists of two scrapbooks which were created by night school students (recent immigrants and refugees learning English) at P.S. 80 in the Coney Island neighborhood of Brooklyn in the 1940s. The documents produced by the students touch upon American history, World War II experiences, their home countries, life in New York, and opinions on the school.

P.S. 80 was located in the Coney Island neighborhood of Brooklyn, on West 19th Street, near Neptune Avenue. It was demolished sometime around 1980.

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Names:

  • Barchat, Annette
  • P.S. 80 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Coney Island (New York, N.Y.)
  • United States |x History

Subjects:

  • Adult learning — New York (State) — Kings County
  • English language — Composition and exercises
  • Immigrants — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Students — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Teachers — New York (State) — Kings County
  • World War, 1939-1945

Types of materials:

  • Scrapbooks

Prospect Park Hotel and Restaurant photograph, circa 1890

Call number: 2001.049

Extent: 0.01 linear feet in one folder

One photograph of the Prospect Park Hotel and Restaurant, circa 1890. The clubhouse of the Long Island Wheelmen is also visible. The hotel was possibly located on Bedford Avenue, near Atlantic Avenue.

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Names:

  • Long Island Wheelmen.
  • Prospect Park Hotel and Restaurant.

Places:

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

Subjects:

  • Cycling — New York (State) — Kings County — Societies, etc.
  • Hotels — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Restaurants — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of materials:

  • Photographic prints

The Origins Of Brooklyn Bridge Park, 1986-1988

by Scott M. Hand and Otis Pratt Pearsall

This is the story of the pivotal first three years along the timeline to Brooklyn Bridge Park  in which the Brooklyn Heights Association (BHA) halted the Port Authority’s drive, supported by the City, to auction Piers 1-6 to private developers for a massive housing development of 3,000,000 square feet (2,600 units) destructive of the world famous views, and proposed instead a succession of two scenarios for a Park extending from Atlantic Avenue to the Brooklyn Bridge–years which culminated (after a series of 10 meetings/hearings) on December 14, 1988 in Community Board 2’s unanimous 31-0 repudiation of the Port Authority’s plan and embrace of the Association’s concept of “Harbor Park”. It explains the circumstances which prompted the authors, Scott M. Hand and Otis Pratt Pearsall, to initiate organization of the Coalition for Harbor Park (renamed the Brooklyn Bridge Park Coalition, now the Conservancy), and it asks whether, absent the doctrinaire no-housing policy which prompted their resignations as Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, of the BHA Piers Committee, the Park might have happened well short of the additional quarter century the community was made to wait.

The project was suggested by the announcement of plans to publish a history of Brooklyn Bridge Park and the apparent need, after the lapse of 25 years, for a frank, first-hand account by two of the leading participants.

Researchers and writers interested in referencing or quoting from this monograph are welcome to do so, as long as their use of the material includes the following credit line:
From The Origins Of Brooklyn Bridge Park, 1986-1988 by Scott M. Hand and Otis Pratt Pearsall, a monograph published in 2014, on the Brooklyn Historical Society catablog.

If a direct quote is used, the page number from the monograph should be cited. The credit line must appear in close proximity to the reference,  or in a special section devoted to credits.

A chronological compilation of source documents will be made available for the use of researchers in the Society’s Othmer Library during regular research hours.

The monograph will also be available on the website of the Brooklyn Heights Association.

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Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims and Henry Ward Beecher collection, 1819 – 1980

Call Number: ARC.212

Extent: 28.0 cubic feet, in 75 boxes: 32 manuscript boxes, 38 flat boxes, and 5 small boxes.

The Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims and Henry Ward Beecher collection traces the career of the Reverend Henry Ward Beecher, the well known 19th century preacher, and the history of Plymouth Congregational Church, of which Beecher was the first pastor. Plymouth Church was a major institution in 19th century Brooklyn, first gaining recognition on national and international levels as Beecher’s pulpit. Beecher was well known for his oratorical ability and for his vocal opposition to slavery and support of the Northern cause during the Civil War. He also spoke out on subjects ranging from women’s suffrage and evolution to organized labor and temperance. Beecher was a popular figure despite controversy that surrounded his activities, including a charge of adultery that resulted in a widely reported trial in 1875.

The collection relates principally to Beecher’s pastorate at Plymouth Church from 1847 until his death in 1887. Other materials, ranging through 1980, concern the church’s other pastors and the history of Plymouth Church itself, which consolidated with the Church of the Pilgrims in 1934. The papers provide insight into the church congregation’s various activities, illustrate the history of Beecher’s influence on his congregation and on 19th century congregationalism, and shed light on both the public and private life of a major American personality of the 19th century.

Names:

  • Beecher, Henry Ward, 1813-1887
  • Abbott, Lyman, 1835-1922
  • Beecher, Henry Ward, 1813-1897
  • Beecher, William Constantine, b. 1849
  • Durkee, J. Stanley, 1866-1951
  • Fifield, Lawrence Wendell, b. 1891
  • Hibben, Paxton, 1880-1928
  • Hillis, Newell Dwight, 1858-1929
  • Hunt, Rose Ward
  • Tilton, Elizabeth M. Richards, b. 1834
  • Tilton, Theodore, 1835-1907
  • Bethel of Plymouth Church (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Church of the Pilgrims (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). Sunday School
  • Church of the Pilgrims (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Henry Ward Beecher Literary and Debating Society (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Henry Ward Beecher Missionary Circle (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Plymouth Church (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). Sunday School
  • Plymouth Church (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Plymouth Institute (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Ellinwood, T. J., 1830-1921
  • King, Horatio C., 1837-1918

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) — Church history
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) — Religious life and customs
  • Brooklyn Heights (New York, N.Y.)
  • United States — Religion

Subjects:

  • 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 material:

  • Cartes-de-visite (card photographs)
  • Church newsletters
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence
  • Cylinder phonographs (phonographs)
  • Photographs
  • Picture postcards
  • Scrapbooks
  • Sermons
  • Typescripts

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Provost collection of Bushwick family papers, 1709-1859

Call Number: 1977.180

Extent: 1.6 Linear feet, in two folders and one oversize flat box

The Andrew J. Provost collection of Bushwick, N.Y., family papers includes documents compiled by Provost and his son likely in connection, at least in part, with their genealogical research and writings. The documents include deeds, indentures, wills, and property maps ranging from 1653 to 1835, some with certifications and other official notations ranging to 1859. The earliest original document is 1709; documents dated from the 1600s are nineteenth century certified copies. The materials concern Bushwick (Kings County, N.Y.) families and property, including that in the Greenpoint section (now part of the New York City borough of Brooklyn). Surnames appearing in the collection include Arundius, Bennet, Calyer, Cappoens, Meserole/Miserol, Praa, Provost, and Volckertsen, among others.

Names:

  • Provost, Andrew J., 1834-1925
  • Bennet family
  • Calyer family
  • Meserole family
  • Praa family
  • Provost family

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Bushwick (New York, N.Y.)
  • Bushwick (New York, N.Y.) — Manuscript maps
  • Greenpoint (New York, N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • Genealogy
  • Real property — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of material:

  • Cadastral maps
  • Deeds
  • Family papers
  • Indentures
  • Manuscript maps
  • Wills

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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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Pierrepont family papers, 1761-1918

Call Number: ARC.263

Extent: 94.55 Linear feet, in 7 manuscript boxes and 85 flat boxes

The Pierrepont family papers (1761-1918) document the intersection of commercial, civic and personal interests across three generations of one of the most prominent and influential families of nineteenth century Brooklyn, New York. The bulk of the collection concerns the business dealings of Henry Evelyn Pierrepont from 1838 to his death in 1888. This especially includes an extensive set of accounting and transactional records concerning the Pierrepont Stores, the family’s warehouse on Brooklyn’s East River waterfront; these include records of ships arriving at the Stores and their cargoes delivered. Additionally, there are substantive correspondence, legal documents and other materials concerning the Union Ferry Company, of which Henry was an officer. In addition to commerce and shipping, a major theme of the collection is that of land acquisition in Brooklyn Heights and at the adjacent waterfront in the early nineteenth century, and the development of that property over the course of the century. Included in the collection are correspondence, deeds, indentures, leases, accounting records, diaries, maps, invoices, receipts, business proposals, legal filings, clippings, and historical and genealogical manuscripts.

Names:

  • Pierrepont family
  • Pierpont, Hez. B., 1768-1838
  • Pierrepont, Henry Evelyn, 1808-1888
  • Pierrepont, Henry Evelyn, 1845-1911
  • Pierrepont, John Jay, 1849-1923
  • Brooklyn Heights Railroad Company
  • Covered Tube Cable Railway Co. (Brooklyn, New York, NY)
  • Long Island Historical Society
  • Nassau Cable Railway Company of Brooklyn (Brooklyn, New York, NY)
  • Pierrepont Stores (Brooklyn, New York, NY)
  • Union Ferry Company (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |v Maps
  • Brooklyn Heights (New York, N.Y.)
  • East River (N.Y.)
  • Jefferson County (N.Y.)
  • Oswego County (N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • Bonded warehouses and goods — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Business enterprises — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Ferries — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Imports — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Landowners — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Real estate development — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Real property -x Ownership — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Shipping — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Waterfronts — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of material:

  • Account books
  • Broadsides (notices)
  • Cadastral maps
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence
  • Daybooks
  • Deeds
  • Diaries
  • Indentures
  • Invoices
  • Journals (accounts)
  • Ledgers (account books)
  • Manuscript maps
  • Manuscripts (document genre)
  • Scrapbooks

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Portrait Collection

Portrait Collection, 1700-2000

25 boxes (10.42 linear feet)

Photographs and printed matter, including reproductions of drawings, engravings, and paintings, featuring people from Brooklyn and beyond ranging from the 18th to 20th centuries. Organized alphabetically by last name of the person featured in the portrait.

Subjects:

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

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Crown Heights Oral History

Crown Heights Oral History – Bridging Eastern Parkway, 1993-1994.

Call #: ArMs 1994.006

Extent: 40 audio cassettes

In 1993-1994, the Brooklyn Historical Society collected interviews with residents of the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights. Thirty-three interviews were conducted by Craig Wilder, Jill Vexler, and Aviva Segall. The subtitle, Bridging Eastern Parkway, refers to racial tensions expressed during the 1991 Crown Heights riots. Narrators are of African American, Caribbean, Jewish, Polish, and Russian descent and include members of the Lubavitch community.

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.