Fred Snitzer collection of Kings County Postal ephemera, 1717-2010

Call number: 2013.003

Extent: 22 linear feet in 36 manuscript boxes, 4 oversize manuscript boxes, and 1 record carton

The collection primarily consists of Kings County postcards and envelopes (covers) collected by Fred Snitzer, the bulk of which date from 1850 to 1950. It also includes letters (housed with related envelopes), clippings, invoices, property records, and Brooklyn history and postal collecting reference materials.

Fred Snizter was born in 1929. He was a longtime resident of Brooklyn and attended New Utrecht High School. He later resided at 75 Henry Street in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. He was self employed as an investment counselor, an expert rated chess player, a world traveler, and a collector of Brooklyn postal ephemera. He died, in Brooklyn, on October 26, 2012.

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Names:

  • Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Firm).
  • Delapierre family
  • Floyd Bennett Field (New York, N.Y.).
  • Lacks, Monica
  • Long Island Postal History Society.
  • New York Naval Shipyard.
  • Skurnick, Randy
  • Snitzer, Fred, 1929-2012
  • United States Postal Service.
  • Van Brunt family

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn Bridge (New York, N.Y.)
  • Coney Island (New York, N.Y.)
  • Flatbush (New York, N.Y.)
  • Prospect Park (New York, N.Y.)
  • Williamsburg (New York, N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • Amusement parks — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Business enterprises — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Long Island, Battle of, New York, N.Y., 1776
  • Navy-yards and naval stations — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Postal service — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Schools — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Stamp collecting — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Transportation — New York (State) — Kings County
  • United States |x History |y Civil War, 1861-1865
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • World War, 1939-1945

Types of materials:

  • Books
  • Catalogs
  • Correspondence
  • Deeds
  • Envelopes
  • Newsletters
  • Picture postcards
  • Postage stamps
  • Postcards

Sea Gate Sisterhood and Talmud Torah of Coney Island ledger, 1911-1923

Call number: 2012.007  

Extent: 1.25 linear feet in one flat box

The collection consists of the Sea Gate Sisterhood and Talmud Torah of Coney Island ledger. The ledger includes a history of the organization, meeting minutes, and financial records, dating from 1911 to 1923.

The Sea Gate Sisterhood was formed in 1911 by a group of women to support the local Jewish community and to raise funds for the construction of a synagogue in the Coney Island neighborhood of Brooklyn. In 1912, the Talmud Torah of Coney Island was organized by a “group of like-minded men,” who worked in conjunction with the Sisterhood. The two groups organized a series of fundraisers, and construction of the synagogue commenced in 1917. The building was located at Mermaid Ave. and West 23rd St., and was subsequently demolished in the mid-20th century.

Sophie Spitzer (born around 1862 in Austria-Hungary), was the primary organizer and first president of the Sea Gate Sisterhood. Her husband, Sigmund Spitzer (born around 1856 in Austria-Hungary), was a founding member of the Talmud Torah of Coney Island, and secretary of that organization.

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Names:

  • Sea Gate Sisterhood and Talmud Torah of Coney Island.
  • Spitzer, Sigmund, 1856?-
  • Spitzer, Sophie, 1862?-

Places:

  • Coney Island (New York, N.Y.)
  • Sea Gate (New York, N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • Jews — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Jews, Americans — New York (State) — New York
  • Judaism — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Religion
  • Religious institutions — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Synagogues — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of materials:

  • Ledgers (account books)
  • Minutes

Seaman family papers, 1752-1838

Call Number: 1974.005

Extent: 0.25 Linear feet, in 16 folders in one manuscript box

The Seaman family papers (1752-1838) principally concern merchant John Seaman and Willet Seaman, though several other Seaman family members are also represented. The bulk of the collection consists of deeds and other documents concerning land transactions. Several of these deeds relate to land in North Hempstead, Long Island, acquired to establish a manufactory for woolen goods, circa 1816. Other legal documents related to this business are also in the collection, such as partnership agreements and an insurance policy. An indenture for an apprentice from the Overseers of the Poor of Brooklyn and a bill of sale for John Seaman’s purchase of an enslaved African-American also relate to the manufactory, known as Seaman and Cock (the Cock referring to partners John Cock and Townsend Cock). Other land transactions concern Seaman properties or interests on Long Island, New York City, other New York State counties, and other states. Other documents include John Seaman’s will, Seaman’s conditions for the eventual manumission of the slave he purchased, and correspondence from Willet Seaman supporting quarantine laws to prevent the spread of yellow fever.

Names:

  • Seaman family

Places:

  • Long Island (N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.) — Commerce
  • North Hempstead (N.Y. : Town)

Subjects:

  • Commerce
  • Genealogy
  • Indentured servants — New York (State) — New York
  • Merchants — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Merchants — New York (State) — New York
  • Real property — New York (State)
  • Real property — New York (State) — Long Island
  • Slavery — New York (State) — Long Island
  • Woolen goods industry — New York (State) — Long Island

Types of material:

  • Agreements
  • Cadastral maps
  • Correspondence
  • Deeds
  • Indentures
  • Legal documents
  • Manuscript maps
  • Slave bills of sale
  • Wills

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Slavery Pamphlet Collection

Slavery Pamphlet Collection, late 18th century – late 19th century

Call Numbers: PAMP AASS-1 – PAMP Wolfe-1

Extent: 27 file boxes

The Brooklyn Historical Society has a collection of 18th and 19th century pamphlets relating to slavery. The collection comprises approximately 27 file boxes and contains over 1,000 unique items. The majority of these items are transcriptions of political speeches (usually made by United States congressmen), sermons, or reports of anti-slavery or colonization societies. The speeches primarily occurred in the period leading up to and including the United States Civil War, or between 1845 and 1865. The speeches often represent the speaker’s views on slavery, specifically in regards to issues of the day, e.g. causes of the Civil War or whether or not slavery should be expanded to new U.S. territories. The remainder of the collection is made up of various odds and ends, including broadsheets, a census report, novels, newspapers, scrapbooks, etc.

Please note that some items in the collection are extremely fragile and will not be available for patron use. In these cases, patrons can view the item on microfiche. This judgment will be made by staff.

All of the items in this collection can be searched using our catalog BobCat. The following list shows the most commonly used search terms.

Places:

  • Southern States
  • Confederate States of America

Subjects:

  • African Americans — Colonization
  • African Americans — Suffrage
  • Freedmen — United States
  • Fugitive slaves — United States
  • Kansas — Politics and government — 1854-1861
  • Lecompton constitution
  • Nebraska —  Politics and government — 1854-1861
  • Secession — Southern States
  • Slavery — United States
  • Slavery — United States — Extension to the territories
  • Slaves — Emancipation — United States
  • Statehood (American politics)
  • United States — Fugitive slave law (1850)
  • United States — History — Civil War, 1861-1865
  • United States — History — Civil War, 1861-1865 — Causes
  • United States — History — Civil War, 1861-1865 — Foreign public opinion
  • United States — Kansas-Nebraska act
  • United States — Politics and Government

Type of material:

  • Addresses
  • Annual reports
  • Antislavery literature
  • Anti-abolition literature
  • Congressional addresses
  • Fast-day sermons
  • Legislative speeches
  • Letters
  • Sermons
  • Thanksgiving sermons

Miklos Suba collection, circa 1900 to 2007

Call Number: 2009.014

Extent: 2.0 Linear feet, in one record carton and one oversize folder.

The collection consists of items related to artist Miklos Suba. The bulk of the of the collection relates to work depicting barber shop poles in Brooklyn, including 12 scale models of barbershop poles and corresponding sketches and working drawings for the models; sketches and renderings without corresponding models; and newspaper clippings about barbershops and barbershop poles in Brooklyn. All drawings and models were created circa 1940 to 1942.

Miklos Suba was an Hungarian-American artist, born in Szatmar, Hungary, on April 1, 1880. He studied architecture at the Royal Hungarian Technical University of Budapest, graduating in 1902. In 1903, he studied painting at the Vienna Academy, before returning to Budapest to work as an architect. In World War I he served in the Astro-Hungarian army. He married an American woman, May, and in 1913 fathered a daughter, Susanne. The Suba family immigrated to the United States in 1924, settling in Brooklyn, New York. Inspired by his new surroundings, he began painting in what would become known as the Precisionist style. His work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Brooklyn Museum. He died on July 18, 1944.

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Names:

  • James Graham & Sons.
  • Suba, Miklos, 1880-1944

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • Art — Exhibitions
  • Artists — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Barbershops — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Painters — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Precisionism

Types of material:

  • Books
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Drawings (visual works)
  • Exhibition catalogs
  • Photographs
  • Renderings (drawings)
  • Scale models

The Civil, Political, Professional and Ecclesiastical History and Commercial and Industrial Record of the County of Kings and the City of Brooklyn, N.Y. from 1683 to 1884 by Henry R. Stiles, 1884

Call Number: 2004.021

Extent: 0.5 Linear feet, in one oversize manuscript box.

One copy of The Civil, Political, Professional and Ecclesiastical History and Commercial and Industrial Record of the County of Kings and the City of Brooklyn, N.Y. from 1683 to 1884 by Henry Reed Stiles, published by W.W. Munsell & Co. in 1884. The volume is in poor condition; it has been disbound and some page are torn. Also included is a set of portraits of prominent 19th century Brooklynites from Stiles’s volume, some of which have been mounted and framed with matting.

Henry Reed Stiles (1832-1909) was a physician who authored a number of historical and genealogical works in the second half of the nineteenth and into the early twentieth centuries, including the 3 volume A History of the City of Brooklyn (1867-1870). Though his medical career took him to places as disparate as Dundee, Scotland and Woodbridge, New Jersey, Stiles lived most of his life in New York City and in Brooklyn. He was a founder of the Long Island Historical Society (now Brooklyn Historical Society) in 1863 and served as the Society’s first librarian.

This volume has been digitized and is freely available at: https://archive.org/details/cu31924088998061

Names:

  • Stiles, 1832-1909
  • W.W. Munsell & Co.

Places:

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

Subjects:

  • Business enterprises — New York (State) — Kings County — History
  • Industries — New York (State) — Kings County — History
  • Religious institutions — New York (State) — Kings County — History

Types of material:

  • Lithographs
  • Portraits
  • Volumes (documents by form)

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Victoria Andritz collection of Brooklyn Life issues and Ruth Ann Shipley wedding photographs, circa 1923-1925

Call Number: 2000.003

Extent: 1.2 Linear feet, in one oversize box.

This collection contains items donated to the Brooklyn Historical Society by Victoria Andritz, including various issues of Brooklyn Life, a weekly illustrated periodical for Brooklyn and Long Island, and two wedding photographs of Ruth Ann Shipley and her bridal party.

Names:

  • Andritz, Victoria
  • Shipley, Ruth Ann

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) — Social life and customs

Subjects:

  • Brooklyn life (Periodical)
  • Weddings — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of material:

  • Periodicals
  • Photographs

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Edward R. Squibb collection, 1832-1979

Call Number: 2008.021

Extent: 2.75 linear feet in one manuscript box and two custom boxes

This collection contains materials relating to Edward R. Squibb, his family, and his company, Squibb Pharmaceuticals. Items include correspondence, a family bible, books, pamphlets, additional printed materials, and nine antique pharmaceutical containers.

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Names:

  • Squibb, Edward Robinson, 1819-1900
  • Squibb family
  • E.R. Squibb & Sons

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • Chemists — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Families — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Pharmaceutical industry — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Physicians — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of material:

  • Apothecary containers
  • Books
  • Correspondence
  • Medicine bottles
  • Pamphlets
  • Printed ephemera
  • Publications

Brooklyn Bureau of Sewers records, circa 1853-1988

Call Number: ARC.235

Extent: 53.5 Linear feet, in 87 oversize manuscript boxes, 12 record cartons, and 10 flat boxes

The bulk of the collection includes documents supporting the assessments to be levied for sewer projects; the binders of this material include maps of the blocks and lots relevant to a sewer project, lists of property owners, and certifications. The bulk of the assessment binders are from the twentieth century (circa 1900-1960), but there are also many binders from the late nineteenth century. There are a few assessment binders from prior to the 1880s, with the earliest dating from 1859.

Other materials in the collection include blueprints of sewer projects and designs, field books concerning special sewer structures, notes on land valuation assessments, journals of work on particular projects, materials test results, and other matter. The bulk of this other material is from the early decades of the twentieth century, up to the 1930s. The latest material in the collection are excavation notices from the late-1980s.

Names:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.). Bureau of Sewers

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • Real property — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Sewer districts — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Sewerage — New York (State) — Kings County — Design and construction
  • Tax assessment — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of material:

  • Blueprints (reprographic copies)
  • Cadastral maps
  • Correspondence
  • Logs (records)

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Francis Skillman papers, 1769-1896

Call Number: ARC.280

Extent: 2.8 Linear feet, in one manuscript box and two flat boxes

Francis Skillman (1817-circa 1897) of Roslyn, Nassau County (part of Queens County in the nineteenth century), on Long Island, N.Y. was a Justice of the Peace from 1851-1876 in North Hempstead, a genealogist who published a family history of the Skillmans in 1892, and a farmer. The Francis Skillman papers include materials from each of these aspects of Skillman’s life. These materials include correspondence, a genealogy manuscript and the research underlying the manuscript, journals, a docket book, property agreements, and miscellaneous historical documents. The journals principally concern Skillman’s farming activities and his hiring of help. The correspondence can generally be categorized as: letters from the Civil War years to Skillman from Christian Walthert, a private in the 15th New York Regiment of Engineers; letters from Skillman to his brother principally concerning family matters; and responses to Skillman’s genealogical inquiries. Genealogical information on the Schenck and Onderdonk families can also be found in the collection.

Names:

  • Skillman, Francis
  • Onderdonk family
  • Schenck family
  • Skillman family
  • United States. Army. New York Engineers Regiment, 15th (1861-1865)

Places:

  • Nassau County (N.Y.)
  • North Hempstead (N.Y. : Town)
  • Queens County (N.Y.)
  • Roslyn (N.Y.)
  • United States — History — Civil War, 1861-1865

Subjects:

  • African Americans — New York (State) — Long Island
  • Agriculture — New York (State) — Long Island
  • County courts — New York (State) — Long Island
  • Crime — New York (State) — Long Island
  • Family life
  • Farmers — New York (State) — Long Island
  • Genealogy
  • Judges — New York (State) — Long Island
  • Real property — New York (State) — Long Island

Types of material:

  • Cadastral maps
  • Correspondence
  • dockets
  • Genealogies
  • Indentures
  • Journals (accounts)
  • Manuscript maps
  • Manuscripts (document genre)

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