Charles Rogers photograph and business card, circa 1901

Call number: 2001.053

Extent: 0.02 linear feet in one folder and one sleeve

The collection contains one business card for Charles Rogers and one cabinet card photograph of Rogers and others in front of his storefront. Rogers was a fur garment salesman, and his shop was located at 44 and 46 Steuben Street, Brooklyn, NY.

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Names:

  • Rogers, Charles
  • Rogers, Robert J.

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • Business enterprises — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Fur garments — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of Materials:

  • Business cards
  • Cabinet photographs
  • Photographs

Kathy Hayes Collection of Norman Rosten and Richard Rosenblum literature, 1968-1995

Call number: 2014.008

Extent: 0.5 linear feet in one manuscript box

The collection is composed of Brooklyn-related literature which was collected by Kathy Hayes. Included in the collection are four children’s book by Richard Rosenblum and four books by Norman Rosten. Additionally, the collection includes four manuscripts by Rosten, as well as his obituary (New York Newsday).

Richard Rosenblum (circa 1928-) was an American author and illustrator. He was born in Brooklyn (N.Y.), around 1928, and later graduated from Cooper Union. He was an author and illustrator of several children’s books, many of which documented the Jewish experience in 20th century Brooklyn.

Norman Rosten (1913-1995) was an American poet, playwright, and novelist. He was born on January 1, 1913, in New York City and was raised in Hurleyville, NY. He graduated from Brooklyn College (1931-1935), New York University (1936), and the University of Michigan (1937-1938), where he won the Avery Hopwood Award for his drama and poetry. He returned to New York in 1939, and was named a winner in the Yale Series of Younger Poets in 1940. In 1941, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. His work was published and performed from the 1940s to the 1980s. His poetry was published in The New Yorker, and his play, “Mister Johnson,” opened on Broadway in 1956. As a longtime resident of Brooklyn, the borough was prominently featured in his later work. In 1979, he was named poet laureate of Brooklyn. He was married to Hedda Rosten from 1938, until her death in 1984. He died in Brooklyn on March 7, 1995

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Names:

  • Brooklyn Dodgers (Baseball team).
  • Hayes, Kathy
  • Rosenblum, Richard
  • Rosten, Norman, 1914-1995

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn Bridge (New York, N.Y.)
  • Coney Island (New York, N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • American literature — New York (State) — Kings County
  • American poetry — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Authors, American — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Baseball — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Jews — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Sexuality & culture

Types of materials:

  • Books
  • Children’s books
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Typescripts

 

90th Regiment New York Veteran Volunteer Association papers, 1862, 1882-1897

Call Number: 1977.005

Extent: 0.25 Linear feet, in 12 folders in one manuscript box

The 90th Regiment New York Veteran Volunteer Association papers includes documents concerning this Civil War veterans organization, founded 1884, and to a somewhat lesser extent, Mansfield Post No. 35 of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.). These documents were written or compiled by Thomas D. Sugden, a member and sometime officer of the organizations, both of Brooklyn, New York. The bulk of the material dates from 1882-1894. It includes meeting notes, admission tickets and other ephemera, a scrapbook of 90th Veterans Association memorabilia, invitations, financial reports for Post 35, correspondence, and newspaper clippings. The collection includes only three items dating from the 90th regiment’s war years; these are three numbers of The New Era, a newspaper published in Key West, Florida, and edited by the regiment’s quartermaster.

Names:

  • Sugden, Thomas D., d. 1923
  • 90th Regiment New York Veteran Volunteer Association (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Grand Army of the Republic. Mansfield Post No. 35 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • United States. Army. New York Infantry Regiment, 90th (1861-1866)

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) — History — Civil War, 1861-1865 — Veterans
  • United States — History — Civil War, 1861-1865 — Veterans

Subjects:

  • New era (Key West, Fla.)
  • American newspapers — Florida — Key West
  • Veterans — New York (State) — Societies, etc.
  • Veterans — New York (State) — Kings County — Societies, etc.

Types of material:

  • Admission tickets
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence
  • Invitations
  • Leaflets (printed works)
  • Minutes
  • Printed ephemera
  • Scrapbooks

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Richetta Randolph Wallace papers, 1906-1971

Call Number: 1978.137

Extent: 3.0 Linear feet, in five manuscript boxes, one flat box, and one oversize folder.

The collection consists of the personal and business papers of Richetta Randolph Wallace (1884-circa 1971), an African-American woman having a longstanding engagement with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Harlem (New York City), African-American literary and arts culture, and matters of race relations, racial justice and civil rights. Documents include correspondence, pamphlets and other published print matter, event programs and other ephemera, photographs, receipts, manuscripts, and newspaper clippings. Commonly known by her maiden name, Randolph was office manager for the NAACP until the mid-1940s and personal secretary to Mary White Ovington and James Weldon Johnson. The collection includes correspondence with Ovington and Johnson as well as other NAACP principals. including Walter White, William Pickens, and others. The collection includes a full typescript draft of Johnson’s Black Manhattan, with notes, and a galley proof (1930) of the book. Much of the collection consists of print matter, which centers on matters of race in the United States, including discrimination, lynching, justice (or injustice), and civil rights. Other print matter includes programs, sermons, church newsletters, and other materials, principally concerning Mt. Olivet Baptist Church. Correspondence documents Randolph’s activities on behalf of Mt. Olivet over the years. There are a small number of photographs in the collection including, among others, those of Randolph, of Johnson and his wife in Great Barrington (1929), of Ovington, and stock images of NAACP principals.

Names:

  • Wallace, Richetta G. Randolph
  • Johnson, James Weldon, 1871-1938
  • Ovington, Mary White, 1865-1951
  • Mount Olivet Baptist Church (New York, N.Y.)
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Subjects:

  • African American churches — New York (State) — New York
  • African American women
  • African American women civil rights workers
  • African Americans — Civil rights — History — 20th century
  • Civil rights movements — New York (State) — New York
  • Civil rights workers — New York (State) — New York
  • Minorities — Civil rights — New York (State) — New York
  • Women in church work — New York (State) — New York
  • Women — New York (State) — New York

Types of material:

  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence
  • galley proofs
  • Pamphlets
  • Photographs
  • Printed ephemera
  • Programs (documents)
  • Publications

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Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation oral histories, 2007-2008

Call number: 2008.030

Extent: 32.27 gigabytes in 236 files, total running time: 48 hours, 18 minutes, 21 seconds; 1 linear foot in one record box

Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) and Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (Restoration) partnered on the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation oral history project in 2007-2008 to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of Restoration’s founding as the first community development corporation (CDC) in the United States. Nearly sixty interviews were conducted with founding Board members, supporters, activists, artists, tenants, and other community members. Audio clips from these oral history interviews were included in the exhibit Reflections on Community Development: Stories from Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (BHS 2008, Restoration 2009).

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Names:

  • Alston, Peggy
  • Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation.
  • Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. Center for Art and Culture.
  • Billie Holiday Theatre.
  • Central Brooklyn Coordinating Council (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Fulton-Nostrand United Merchants Association.
  • Grannum, Colvin W.
  • Inniss, Charles E.
  • Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968
  • Society for the Preservation of Weeksville and Bedford-Stuyvesant History.
  • Thomas, Franklin A.
  • Vann, Albert, 1934-
  • Youth Arts Academy.

Places:

  • Bedford-Stuyvesant (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.) |x Politics and government

Subjects:

  • African Americans — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Arts — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Business enterprises — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Civil rights movements — United States -y 20th century
  • Community centers — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Community development corporations — New York (State) — New York
  • Community organi-ing — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Economic development — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Enterprise -ones — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Entrepreneurship — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Gentrification — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Housing — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Nonprofit organi-ations — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of materials:

  • Bedford-Stuyvesant (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.) |x Politics and government

 

Brooklyn Roads

Brooklyn Roads, 1825-1883. 3 boxes, 0.5 linear ft.

ArMs 1977.337

This is a collection of petitions from citizens, reports, contracts, surveys, and assessment notices for public improvements in the City of Brooklyn. Nearly all of the items were addressed to the Brooklyn Common Council and then referred to the Assessment, Law, or Street committees.

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Bennet and Ryder families collection, 1670-2006

Call Number: ARC.001

Extent: 2.5 Linear feet, in 3 manuscript boxes and 1 oversized flat box

This collection of papers contains historical documents created by the descendants of early English and Dutch settlers in colonial New Amsterdam. The Bennets, Lakes, Stillwells and Van Sicklens were English families who lived in the Netherlands and then emigrated to New Amsterdam in the mid-17th century. William Adrianse Bennet settled Gowanus for the Dutch in 1636, while Jan Lake, Nicholas Stillwell and Dutchman Fernandus Van Sicklen were part of the group that settled the English town of Gravesend with Lady Deborah Moody in 1643. Both of these areas are now part of Brooklyn, New York. The collection is divided into three series. The first series contains the papers of descendants of the Bennets and Ryders; the second series contains the papers of the descendants of the Lake, Stillwell and Van Sicklen families; and the third series contains photographs and postcards of the Bennett, Ryder, Vorhis, and Valentine families. Photographs of family members from the Van Cleef and Sillwell families are also included in series three. The documents, the majority of which are wills, deeds and indentures, were created from 1670-1915; the photographs range from the 1870s to 1979.

Names:

  • Bennet, Cornelius W., ca. 1776-ca. 1852
  • Bennet, Gitty, b. ca. 1774
  • Bennet, Willem Willemse, ca. 1639-ca. 1694
  • Bennet, Willem
  • Bennet, Winant, 1740-1816
  • Bennett, Edward, b. ca. 1863
  • Bennett, Ellen, 1818-1894
  • Bennett, Elley May Ryder
  • Bennett, Gertrude Ryder
  • Brown, Abraham, b. ca. 1802
  • Lake, Coert, 1760-1846
  • Lake, Court D., 1788-1874
  • Lake, Daniel, 1696-1776
  • Lake, Daniel, 1783-1827
  • Lake, Derrick, 1765-1832
  • Ryder, Charles M., 1844-1917
  • Ryder, Gertrude M., 1844-1916
  • Stillwell, Jaques, fl. 1805
  • Stillwell, Nicholas, 1709-1781
  • Vanderbilt, Aaron
  • Williams, Gertrude Ryder Bennett
  • Protestant Dutch Reformed Church of Flatlands (New York, N.Y.)
  • Bennet, Wynant, ca. 1716-ca. 1768
  • Lake, Derick, ca. 1720-ca. 1800
  • Stillwell, Jaques I., 1801-ca. 1863
  • Stillwell, Jaques J., 1827-1884
  • Van Sicklen, Ferdinand, ca. 1801-1849

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) — History
  • Coney Island (New York, N.Y.)
  • Gowanus (New York, N.Y.)
  • Gravesend (New York, N.Y.)
  • Kings County (N.Y.)
  • New Utrecht (New York, N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • Genealogy

Types of material:

  • Correspondence
  • Deeds
  • Indentures
  • Legal documents
  • Photographs
  • Postcards
  • Receipts (financial records)
  • Wills

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