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Guide to the John D. Morrell Photograph Collection ARC.005

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Collection processed by Julie I. May.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 15, 2012
English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

 
Creator - Creator: Morrell, John D., 1921-1988
Title: John D. Morrell photographs
Dates [inclusive]: 1957-1974
Dates [bulk]: Bulk, 1958-1963
Abstract: John D. Morrell, assistant librarian at the Long Island Historical Society (now called the Brooklyn Historical Society) donated over 2,000 black and white and color negatives and prints to the Photography Collection. The images are indexed at the item level by address, street names, and/or neighborhood sometimes including proper names of businesses or institutions.
Quantity: 15.0 linear feet in one filing cabinet
Graphic materials [Cabinet]: 1 of 1
Call Phrase: ARC.005
Sponsor: Digitizing and cataloging funded by a grant from Gerry Charitable Trust.

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Biographical Note

John Morrell was a graduate of Pratt Institute and the assistant librarian at the Long Island Historical Society (now the Brooklyn Historical Society) under Head Librarian, Edna Huntington for many years.

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Scope and Content

The photographs in this collection are documentary in subject matter of almost every Brooklyn neighborhood from 1957-1974 in color and black and white. The areas highly represented include Brooklyn Heights (New York, N.Y.), Bath Beach (New York, N.Y.), Flatbush (New York, N.Y.), Carroll Gardens (New York, N.Y.), and Downtown Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.). Though the subject focuses primarily on the buildings and street scenes of Brooklyn, some people are also photographed. The predominant years include 1958-1963 and are mostly black and white and were photographed using 120mm film and printed on 3.5” photographic paper by a processing lab.

System of Arrangement

The film and prints were numbered by a volunteer who indexed the collection by address and/or street coordinates and neighborhood. All prints and negatives are separate and stored numerically; negatives are described with an N following the unique object identification number. Black and white photographs use the object id prefix v1974.4; color photographs use the object id prefix v1974.9. There is no apparent subject or date order to the collection, although blocks and neighborhoods are sometimes grouped together.

Item-level description is available through the image database.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Morrell, John D., 1921-1988

Document Type

  • Black-and-white prints (photographs)
  • Color prints (photographs)
  • Negatives (photographic)
  • Photographs

Subject Topics

  • Buildings -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Photography -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Streets -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Bath Beach (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn Heights (New York, N.Y.)
  • Carroll Gardens (New York, N.Y.)
  • Downtown Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Flatbush (New York, N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by the Brooklyn Historical Society. All uses beyond fair use requires a licensing agreement as per Title 17 of the U.S. Copyright Law. Please consult library staff for more information.

Other Finding Aids

Item-level records for the collection are available for searching via the Image Database in the library and the online image database.

Immediate Source of Acquisition.

Gift of John D. Morrell.

Processing Information

Collection indexed by A.C. Stillwell at the time of donation. In 2008, a grant allowed for the digitization of the entire collection, at which time the records were standardized at the item level with contemporary neighborhood names and street names and proper names of businesses and institutions. Collection information entered into Archivists' Toolkit by Julie I. May in 2009.

Photograph Records

Item-level description and digital versions of images from the collection are available for searching via the online image database.

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Container List

Series 1 - Black and white photographs, 1957-1963

Scope and Contents

The black and white photographs series includes 2,170 photographs taken between 1958 and 1963. The format is 2 1/4" square and the photographs are documentary in style rather than artistic. The photographs are individually cataloged with the address, when known, and/or the cross streets, the date, and the neighborhood. Searching at this level is possible in the online image database.

Series 2 - Color photographs, Bulk, 1958-1964 1958-1974

Scope and Contents

The color photographs series includes 503 photographs taken between 1956 and 1974. The format is 2 1/4" square and the photographs are documentary in style rather than artistic. The photographs are individually cataloged with the address, when known, and/or the cross streets, the date, and the neighborhood. Searching at this level is possible in the online image database.

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