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Guide to the Aurthur I. Okanst scrapbooks 2004.023

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Carolyn Vega, under the supervision of Leilani Dawson.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on December 16, 2016
Finding aid written in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Okanst, Arthur I.
Title: Arthur I. Okanst scrapbooks
Dates [inclusive]: 1928-1963
Abstract: This collection contains seventeen scrapbooks and one incomplete index compiled by Arthur I. Okanst (1886-1965) of Brooklyn, New York (N.Y.). These scrapbooks document the personal life and interests of a Jewish Brooklynite during the middle third of the twentieth century. The scrapbooks consist mainly of newspaper clippings, programs, menus, newsletters and other printed ephemera that cover the topics of domestic and international news, Jewish-American life, celebrities, theater, radio, and sports. The collection includes materials from various Jewish charities and organizations, and from Okanst’s Temple. The collection also contains many greeting cards, as well as bar mitzvah and marriage announcements.
Quantity: 2.5 linear feet in two record cartons and one manuscript box
General Physical Description: The scrapbooks are common lined composition notebooks. Early scrapbooks have flimsy brown or blue card stock covers. Beginning with Scrapbook: 1956-1957, each is bound in black and white marbled boards. Each folio has been hand numbered in red crayon or pencil at the upper right corner of each page recto. All scrapbooks retain their covers; most are attached. The bindings are all intact, and the sewing remains strong. The pages, though slightly discolored and cockled by acid damage, are not brittle. The edges of the text block are somewhat battered or frayed (many items extend past the borders of the text block). Most items in the scrapbooks are clippings from newspapers and other materials of low paper quality. The newspapers are heavily discolored, though not yet brittle. Most newspaper clippings are pasted in: this has helped lead to the distorted, cockled pages. Some materials are attached with staples or pressure-sensitive tape. Most of the staples have become rusted, and should be removed; and most of the tape has oxidized to the extent that it can easily be peeled off with no danger of tearing. Due to the large quantity of items they contain, the scrapbooks have swelled by as much as two inches. Because of the pamphlet binding style, however, the bindings and joints are not in particular danger. Materials should be handled with care. Hands should be clean, and, due to the ragged edges of the text block, gloves should not be worn.
Language of Materials: Materials in English.
Mixed materials [Box]: 2 of 3
Mixed materials [Box]: 1 of 3
Mixed materials [Box]: 3 of 3
Call Phrase: 2004.023