Cora Williamson ephemera collection, circa 1870s-1880s

Call Number: 1985.030

Extent: 0.1 linear feet, in 1 folder

The collection consists of 19th century ephemera belonging to a schoolgirl named Cora Williamson. It contains a printed card with a poem entitled “The Little Nurse;” one Reward of Merit certificate to Williamson from Rosa J. Prall, teacher; and one envelope addressed to Williamson at 44 Livingston Street, Brooklyn.

Cora Williamson (1867?-1932) was a lifetime resident of Brooklyn Heights, where she resided at 44 Livingston Street. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S.H. Williamson, had two sisters, Louise and Lilly, and one brother, Alfred. She died in her home in 1932 and is buried in Green-Wood Cemetery.

Names:

  • Williamson, Cora, 1867?-1932

Places:

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

Subjects:

  • Poetry
  • Students — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of Materials:

  • Ephemera
  • Printed ephemera
  • Rewards of merit

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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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Wilmot and Andrews ledgers, 1839-1915

Call number: 1985.023

Extent: 0.1 linear feet, in 1 folder

This collection consists of two ledgers which belonged to Wilmot and Andrews, each containing lists of daily sales and expenditures dating from 1839-1915. Sales include provisions for families and ships, such as meat, fish, sugar, bread, produce, dairy products, and other goods. Wilmot and Andrews conducted business in New York City.

Wilmot and Andrews owned a general store and possibly owned rental houses in New York City in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Names:

  • Wilmot and Andrews.

Places:

  • New York (N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • Business enterprises — New York (State) — New York
  • General stores — New York (State) — New York

Types of Materials:

  • Account books
  • Business records
  • Ledgers (account books)

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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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Names:

  • 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

Places:

  • 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.)

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 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

Williamsburgh Savings Bank Building photographs and architectural drawings, 1888 – 2001


Call Number: ARC.116

Extent: 4.6 linear feet, in one manuscript box and flat file storage.

The Williamsburgh Savings Bank Building photographs and architectural drawings span the years 1888 to 2001, with bulk dates of 1927 to 1929. The collection documents the design, construction, architectural and infrastructural features, and daily work life in the now landmarked building at One Hanson Place in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Fort Greene, particularly between its opening and the early 1960s. The collection is arranged into two series: Photographs and Architectural drawings.

Names:

  • Williamsburgh Savings Bank Building (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y. : Hanson Place)

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x Buildings, structures, etc.
  • Fort Greene (New York, N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • Art deco (Architecture)
  • Bank buildings |z New York (State) |z Kings County
  • Buildings |z New York (State) |z Kings County |x Design and construction
  • Holidays |z New York (State) |z Kings County

Types of material:

  • Architectural drawings
  • Black-and-white prints (photographs)
  • Color prints (photographs)
  • Color slides
  • Drawings (visual works)

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Epher Whitaker papers, 1864-1900

Call Number: ARC.286

Extent: 0.13 Linear feet, in four folders

Epher Whitaker (1820-1916) was pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Southold, Long Island, for more than forty years, retiring the pastorate in 1891. He was also an author and historian. The Epher Whitaker papers (1864-1900) include manuscripts of fourteen of Whitaker’s sermons, lectures and short writings dating from the late 1800s. There is also a small amount of correspondence from 1864 concerning religious revival among children. Most of the lectures and sermons concern historical topics, including past ministers at Southold and Shelter Island; preachers who appeared in the pulpit of the First Presbyterian Church of Southold, including African-Americans; the history of the First Presbyterian; and a survey of Suffolk County history. A summary of remarks entitled “The Proper Work of the Ministry” is an autobiographical account of Whitaker’s career (1891). Other manuscript remarks include reflections on “The Rise of Woman” and the relation of church and state, as well as religious themes.

Names:

  • Whitaker, Epher, 1820-1916
  • First Presbyterian Church (Southold, N.Y.)

Places:

  • Shelter Island (N.Y.)
  • Southold (N.Y.)
  • Suffolk County (N.Y.)
  • Suffolk County (N.Y.) — History

Subjects:

  • African Americans — New York (State) — Suffolk County
  • Presbyterian Church — Clergy
  • Presbyterian Church — New York (State) — Suffolk County

Types of material:

  • Lecture notes
  • Sermons

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John B. Woodward papers, 1820 – 1924

Call Number: ARC.275

Extent: 3.0 linear feet in one manuscript box, one record carton, and four other containers.

This collection consists of correspondence, ephemera, scrapbooks, cartes-de-visite, cabinet cards, and other materials relating to John Blackburne Woodward (1835-1896). A lifelong Brooklyn resident, Woodward was a notable businessman, military officer, and philanthropist. He ran a successful trading business, completed his military career as Adjutant General, and served on the boards of many prominent organizations. The revitalization of both the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences and Prospect Park have been attributed to Woodward’s dedicated work. In 1885, Woodward made an unsuccessful bid for Mayor of Brooklyn. The collection includes material on several organizations that Woodward was engaged in, particularly from the 1860s through the 1890s. These included Johnstown flood relief, the Society of the Army of the Potomac, J. S. T. Stranahan Statue Fund, the 13th Regiment of the National Guard of the State of New York (during the Civil War years), and the Brooklyn Institute. Political campaign ephemera of the 1880s is in the collection. The photographs in the collection are principally of the regimental military officers Woodward served with.

Names:

  • Woodward family
  • Woodward, John B., 1835-1896
  • Brooklyn Club (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences
  • New England Society in the City of Brooklyn
  • New York (State). National Guard. Regiment, 13th

Places:

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

Subjects:

  • Businessmen — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Generals — New York (State)
  • Philanthropists — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Political candidates — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of material:

  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence
  • Menus
  • Printed ephemera
  • Scrapbooks

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Terhune and Wyckoff families papers, 1747-1932

Call Number: ARC.279

Extent: 0.8 Linear feet, in two manuscript boxes.

The Terhune and Wyckoff families papers (1747-1932) include documents of two prominent families, affiliated through marriage, from Gravesend in Kings County, New York (part of the New York City borough of Brooklyn after 1898). John Terhune (1767-1842) played a significant role in the early development of Coney Island as a resort location, and the collection includes some documents on that subject and on a dispute over whether to incorporate the town of Gravesend. The bulk of the collection, dating from the first half of the nineteenth century and likely compiled principally in connection with the administration of the estates of various Terhunes and Wyckoffs, includes bills, receipts, promissory notes, inventories, deeds, indentures, court filings, and other financial and legal documents. The collection holds several individual items of interest, including two letters commenting on the use of personal slanders as a tactic in political campaigns, a document related to the founding of the Agricultural Society of Kings County, six cartes-de-visite, bills of sale and a will referring to enslaved African-Americans, indentured servitude agreements, and a promissory note (1796) from Aaron Burr to Albert Terhune. Other names of Gravesend residents appearing frequently in the collection include Bennet, Emmans, Lake, Lott, Ryder, and Stillwell.

Names:

  • Terhune family
  • Emmans family
  • Lott family
  • Stillwell family
  • Terhune, Albert
  • Terhune, John
  • Wyckoff family
  • Coney Island House (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Gravesend and Coney Island Bridge and Road Company

Places:

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

Subjects:

  • African Americans — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Auctions — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Court records — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Executors and administrators — New York — Kings County
  • Genealogy
  • Indentured servants — New York (State) — New York
  • Inventories of decedents’ estates — New York (State) — New York
  • Legal documents — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Locomotive engineers
  • Public officers — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Railroads — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Real property — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Wills — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of material:

  • Cartes-de-visite (card photographs)
  • Correspondence
  • Deeds
  • Estate inventories.
  • Genealogies
  • Indentures
  • Invoices
  • Promissory notes
  • Receipts (financial records)
  • Slave bills of sale
  • Tax records

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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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Edwin Warriner papers and photographs, 1790-1958

Call Number: 1977.255

Extent: 6.25 Linear feet, in 15 manuscript boxes and 3 photograph boxes

The bulk of the Edwin Warriner (1839-1898) papers and photographs includes the research notes and related materials gathered during the last decades of the nineteenth century in preparation for a planned, but never completed, encyclopedia of Methodism on Long Island, New York. Warriner’s files concern Methodist ministers, churches, circuits, and locales throughout Long Island. The collection includes correspondence, transcriptions, draft manuscript entries, clippings, and photographs, such as cabinet cards, cartes-de-visite, and tintypes. Warriner’s files also include some original documents dating from as early as 1791. The collection also includes printed material dating from the twentieth century that was added to the Warriner files after his death in 1898.This material consists mostly of special anniversary publications and other such documents that include historical notes on various Methodist churches.

Names:

  • Methodist Episcopal Church. New York East Conference
  • Warriner, Edwin, 1839-1898

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) — Church history
  • Kings County (N.Y.) — Church history
  • Long Island (N.Y.) — Church history
  • Queens County (N.Y.) — Church history

Subjects:

  • African American churches — New York (State) — Kings County
  • African American churches — New York (State) — Long Island
  • Church anniversaries — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Clergy — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Clergy — New York (State) — Long Island
  • Clergy — New York (State) — Queens County
  • Methodist Church — Clergy
  • Methodist Church — United States — Clergy — Biography
  • Methodist Church — United States — History
  • Methodist Episcopal Church — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Methodist Episcopal Church — New York (State) — Long Island
  • Methodist Episcopal Church — New York (State) — Queens County
  • Methodists, German — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of material:

  • Cabinet photographs
  • Cartes-de-visite (card photographs)
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • commemoratives
  • Correspondence
  • Research notes
  • souvenir programs
  • Tintypes (prints)

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