Verrazano-Narrows Bridge opening press kit and photographs, 1963

Call number: 2004.024

Extent: 0.01 linear feet in one folder

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge opening press kit, which includes press releases, opening program, speech transcripts, photographs, and other publicity materials. The bridge opened on March 7, 1963.

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Names:

  • Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority.
  • United States Steel Corporation.

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Staten Island (New York, N.Y.)
  • Verrazano-Narrows Bridge (New York, N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • Bridges — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of Materials:

  • Photographic prints
  • Photographs
  • Press releases

Village of Williamsburgh declarations of sale, 1836-1837

Call number: 1985.027

Extent: 0.1 linear feet, in 1 folder

The collection contains seven declarations of sale for property in Village of Williamsburgh, dated 1836 to 1837. The property was seized by the village trustees for unpaid tax assessments, and then sold at auction. The following names are found in the collection: Alanson Ackerly, Andrew Brady, Daniel Ewen, Henry Meigs, Daniel Olmstead, Jacob Taylor, and Samuel Wiswell.

The Village of Williamsburgh, which was part of the Town of Bushwick, was incorporated in 1827. In 1840, it separated from Bushwick, and was established as the independent Town of Williamsburgh. In 1852, it incorporated as the City of Williamsburg, and shortly thereafter was annexed by the City of Brooklyn in 1855.

Places:

  • Williamsburg (New York, N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • Real property auctions — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Real property — Ownership — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Tax assessment — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of Materials:

  • Deeds

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Viebrock family papers, 1943 – 1944

Call Number: 2001.009

Extent: 0.2 Linear feet, in two folders.

Letters of the Viebrock family of 1124 Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, including the correspondence of a World War II soldier. Additional items include one bulletin of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, located at Ditmas Avenue between East 21st and 22nd Streets in Brooklyn, and one monthly news publication of the Confectioners and Ice Cream Manufacturer’s Association.

Names:

  • Viebrock family

Subjects:

  • Families — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Soldiers — Family relationships — New York (State) — Kings County
  • World War, 1939-1945

Types of material:

  • Correspondence

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Robert Vadheim Brooklyn neighborhood renewal and development collection, 1962 – 1987

Call Number: 1987.002

Extent: 2.33 Linear feet, in one manuscript box, one record carton, and one oversize box.

The Brooklyn neighborhood renewal and development collection contains 2.33 linear feet of materials dating from 1962 to 1987, compiled by Dr. Robert H. Vadheim. The collection focuses on revival, renewal, and renovation efforts within Brooklyn’s neighborhoods and cultural institutions. Document types in the collection include newspaper clippings, magazine articles, social announcements, invitations, neighborhood tour pamphlets, and other ephemera. In addition to Brooklyn neighborhoods, brownstones, and building restoration, the collection also documents the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and the Brooklyn Bridge–particularly the 1983 Brooklyn Bridge Centennial. Magazine clippings discussing specific observances or general occasions of change in New York City as a whole are also included.

The borough of Brooklyn, N.Y. began experiencing significant surges of change and renewal in the 1960s. Efforts to renovate and preserve Brooklyn’s diverse landscapes were sparked by local concern for neighborhoods suffering from neglect or in need of preservation, and by general interests in Brooklyn’s history, architecture, and geographic location. Proposals for urban renewal garnered support not only from Brooklynites, but from outside land developers, business investors, and potential home owners attracted by the intact federal and Victorian houses in Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Boerum Hill, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Fort Greene, Flatbush, and Crown Heights. The steady renewal of buildings and physical landscapes in the 1970s and 1980s drew new attention and financial interests to Brooklyn as new resident populations and businesses began moving into the borough’s neighborhoods. As renewal efforts continued, property values rose and continued to rise as revitalization continued.

Dr. Robert Vadheim (1920-2010), a physician, was a longtime resident of Brooklyn Heights and an active member of the Brooklyn community. Vadheim and his partner Robert Johnson moved to Brooklyn Heights in 1964, In 2005, Dr. Vadheim received the Brooklyn Heights Association’s Award for Extraordinary Community Service. His donations to the Brooklyn Historical Society included works of art and manuscript collections that document changes in Brooklyn and its surroundings during the mid to late 20th century.
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Names:

  • Vadheim, Robert, 1919-2010
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden
  • Brooklyn Museum

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn Bridge (New York, N.Y.)
  • Kings County (N.Y.) — Newspapers

Subjects:

  • Brooklyn Heights press & Cobble Hill news
  • Phoenix (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Brownstone buildings — New York (State) — New York
  • City planning — New York (State) — New York
  • Community development — New York (State) — New York
  • Urban renewal — New York (State) — New York

Types of material:

  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Magazines (periodicals)
  • Maps
  • Printed ephemera
  • Publications

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Rutgert A. Van Brunt estate papers, 1788-1830

Call Number: 1978.156

Extent: 0.1 Linear feet, in one folder and one oversize item

The collection consists of the papers pertaining to the estate of Rutgert A. Van Brunt (1761-1818) of New Utrecht, Kings County (N.Y.). The collection appears to have been compiled by the acting executor, John C. Vanderveer. The documents include the probated last will and testament, inventories, receipts, and property disposition agreements.

Names:

  • Van Brunt family
  • Van Brunt, Rutgert A.
  • Vanderveer family
  • Vanderveer, John C.

Places:

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

Subjects:

  • Auctions — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Decedents’ estates — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Genealogy
  • Inventories of decedents’ estates — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Wills — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of material:

  • Family papers
  • Indentures
  • Receipts (financial records)

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Teunis G. Bergen collection of Van Brunt family genealogy papers, 1770-1881

Call Number: 1978.157

Extent: 0.3 linear feet, in eleven folders, including one oversize

The Teunis G. Bergen collection of Van Brunt family genealogy papers spans the period 1770 to 1881 and measures 0.3 linear feet. The papers include letters, legal documents, and genealogical notes and transcriptions concerning the Van Brunt family, collected by Teunis G. Bergen. Much of the material concerns Kings County (N.Y.), especially New Utrecht (now part of Brooklyn), but New Jersey and other locales also appear in the genealogical documents. Many of the letters are from John Van Brunt (1802-1880) of Englewood, N.J.; these typically concern genealogy and family history, but some also include his perspectives on politics, the development of Englewood, and local issues such as a controversy over racially segregated schools. The legal documents include deeds, wills, and slave bills of sale.

Names:

  • Bergen, Teunis G., 1806-1881
  • Van Brunt family
  • Van Brunt, John

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Englewood (N.J.)
  • Kings County (N.Y.)
  • New Utrecht (New York, N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • African Americans
  • Families — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Genealogy
  • Slavery — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Wills — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of material:

  • Cadastral maps
  • Correspondence
  • Family papers
  • Genealogical tables
  • Genealogies
  • Indentures
  • Legal documents
  • Manuscript maps
  • Research notes
  • Slave bills of sale
  • Transcripts

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Van Brunt v. Gifford arbitration judgment, 1791-1794

Call Number: 1977.168

Extent: 0.08 Linear feet, in one folder

A four page document that records the 1791 judgment of a Kings County (N.Y.) panel of arbitrators in an unspecified dispute between the executors of the estate of Wilhemus Van Brunt and William B. Gifford of Flatbush. Van Brunt and Gifford were brothers-in-law. Col. Rutgert Van Brunt (Gravesend) and Rutgert W. Van Brunt (New Utrecht) were the executors. Surnames on the panel were Lefferts, Sands, Cortelyou, Couwenhoven, and Stillwell. The panel found in favor of the Van Brunt estate. The last page of the document includes the signed acknowledgements of the Van Brunts as having received payments in satisfaction of the award (1792-1794).

Although somewhat uncertain, the principals referenced in this document are likely as follows: Wilhemus Van Brunt (1723-1790), a farmer of New Utrecht; Col. Rutgert Van Brunt (1733-1812) of Gravesend, a farmer, county official at the time of this document, and a brother of Wilhemus; Rutgert W. Van Brunt (1757-1834) of New Utrecht, a son of Wilhemus. Wilhemus married Jannetje Van Voorhees in 1750. Her sister was Annatie, who married William B. Gifford, thereby relating the Giffords to Wilhemus by marriage. (See Teunis G. Bergen, Genealogy of the Van Brunt Family, 1653-1867, page 17-18, 17f, 41.)

Names:

  • Van Brunt family
  • Gifford, William B.
  • Van Brunt, Wilhelmus

Places:

  • Kings County (N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • arbitration
  • Arbitration and award — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Decedents’ estates — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of material:

  • Financial records

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Rutgert Van Brunt survey map of Brooklyn lot at ferry, 1716

Call Number: 1974.164

Extent: 0.02 Linear feet, in one folder

The collection includes one document, a hand drawn map of a lot at the ferry in Brooklyn, New York, surveyed by Rutgert Van Brunt for the town trustees, March 27, 1716. It is not known which Rutgert Van Brunt created the map. The map had been owned by historian and genealogist Teunis G. Bergen (1806-1881).

Teunis G. Bergen (1806-1881) of New Utrecht (Kings County, N.Y.), now part of the New York City borough of Brooklyn, was a historian and genealogist. He was connected to the Van Brunts by marriage, and in 1867 he published a genealogy of the family. According to Bergen, Rutger Joesten Van Brunt was the common ancestor of Van Brunts in what became the United States. Van Brunt emigrated from the Netherlands and settled in New Utrecht in 1657. The name Rutgert was common in the family’s succeeding generations so it is unknown which Rutgert Van Brunt drew the map in this collection. It seems likely that it was one of Rutger Joesten’s grandsons, either Rutgert (died 1758) or Rutgert (died 1760), both of New Utrecht. (See Teunis G. Bergen, Genealogy of the Van Brunt Family, 1653-1867, page 10-11, 13-14)

Names:

  • Bergen, Teunis G., 1806-1881
  • Van Brunt family

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) — Maps

Types of material:

  • Cadastral maps
  • Manuscript maps

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