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Guide to the David C. Hurd papers 2015.019

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Collection processed by Katherine Palm

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on August 18, 2017
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Revised by Yingwen Huang, under the supervision of John Zarrillo  , May 2017

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hurd, David C.
Creator: Lovell, Judith C.
Title: David C. Hurd papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1904-2013
Abstract: The papers primarily consist of letters written by David C. Hurd to Avril L. Cato in Jamaica from 1914. The papers also include other documents and photographs of the couple and their family. Hurd emigrated from Jamaica, West Indies, to Brooklyn, New York in 1907, and the letters describe some of his experiences as an early twentieth century immigrant and describe his courtship with Ms. Cato.
Quantity: 0.21 Linear Feet in five folders.
Mixed Materials [Box]: A0091
Mixed Materials [Oversize]: OS-6
Call Phrase: 2015.019

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Biographical note

David C. Hurd was born in Jamaica, West Indies on April 13, 1885 to David James Hurd and Elizabeth McFarlane. He migrated to the United States in 1907 and settled in Brooklyn, New York, living in various locations in the Fort Greene and Crown Heights neighborhoods of Brooklyn. Trained as a teacher in Jamaica, Hurd worked a number of jobs in Brooklyn, including as a tailor, a custodian at a pool hall, and a salesman at a luxury car dealership. Hurd married Avril Louise Cato on August 26, 1914 in Port Antonio, Jamaica. Hurd was predeceased by his wife in 1962 and died in Brooklyn on October 7, 1971.

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Scope and Contents

The papers primarily consist of letters written by David C. Hurd to Avril L. Cato in Jamaica from 1914 along with assorted documents and photographs of the couple and their family. Hurd emigrated from Jamaica, West Indies, to Brooklyn, New York in 1907, and the letters describe some of his experiences as an early twentieth century immigrant and his courtship with Ms. Cato. The letters relate information about Hurd's work, his affection for his future wife, their discussions about travel, marriage and wedding plans, and the securing and furnishing of a flat when they return from their wedding in Jamaica. Other materials include a marriage register, a birth register, deeds, census records, a passport, photographs of the couple and their family, Judith Hurd's report cards, David Hurd's notebook containing his notes from various meetings he attended, and a copy of Judith C. Lovell's Papa's Letters.

Arrangement

The collection is not arranged in any particular order.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Hurd, Avril C.
  • Hurd, David C.

Document Type

  • Birth registers
  • Black-and-white prints (photographs)
  • Census records
  • Correspondence
  • Death certificates
  • Genealogies
  • Letters
  • Marriage registers
  • Passports
  • Photographic postcards
  • Photographic prints
  • Photographs
  • Notebooks
  • Report cards

Subject Topics

  • Caribbean Americans
  • Caribbean Americans -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Caribbean Americans -- New York (State) -- Kings County -x Economic conditions
  • Caribbean Americans -- New York (State) -- Kings County -x Social life and customs
  • Deeds -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Immigrants -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Jamaican Americans
  • Jamaicans -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Portraits
  • West Indian Americans -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Bedford-Stuyvesant (New York, N.Y.)
  • Crown Heights (New York, N.Y.)
  • Fort Greene (New York, N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

Donation of fifteen letters was received and accessioned in 2015. Additional materials were received and processed in April 2017. Additional materials were received in June 2017 and processed in August 2017.

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright status of this collection has not been evaluated. Please consult library staff for more information.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); David C. Hurd papers, 2015.019, Box and Folder number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Judith C. Lovell, 2015, 2017.

Processing Information

Minimally processed to the collection level.

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