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Guide to the Lefferts family papers ARC.145

Brooklyn Historical Society
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Brooklyn 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Craig P. Savino

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on January 19, 2021
eng using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Revised by Amy Lau, Archivist, to remediate oppressive language from subject terms and scope and contents note.  , December 2020

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open to researchers without restriction except those materials which are too fragile or materials which contain mold spores.

Conditions Governing Use

The majority of the materials in this collection are in the public domain, but for some materials copyright restrictions may apply and permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from Brooklyn Historical Society and the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); Lefferts family papers, ARC.145, Box and Folder number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Related Materials

Brooklyn Historical Society holds the DeWitt Clinton papers (collection ARC.021) which contain correspondence regarding Leffert Lefferts and his desire to resign as judge from the Kings County Court in 1826.

Leffert Lefferts is also mentioned in 1824 correspondence from Gabriel Furman to his father, a state assemblyman (Gabriel Furman papers, collection ARC.190). And a deed conveying property in Flatbush to Leffert Lefferts is found in the  Nehemiah Denton papers (collection 1977.171).

The Gertrude Lefferts Vanderbilt collection (collection 1974.168) contains an assortment of legal and business records related to the Vanderbilt family in Flatbush, Kings County, New York. John Lefferts, Peter Lefferts, Cornelius Van Der Veer, and Jeremiah Lott appear in some of the documents in the collection as witnesses and members of various local appointments. The documents range from 1737 to 1818.

More material related to Gertrude Lefferts Vanderbilt can be found in BHS's Collection of Brooklyn, N.Y., Civil War relief associations records, ephemera and other material (ARC.245) which Vanderbilt had a hand in helping.

Separated Materials

An assortment of books owned by the Lefferts or related to the Lefferts were removed for cataloguing.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection is comprised of four separate accessions. The provenance for accession 1977.347 (the account book of Jacobus Lefferts) and the provenance for accession 1977.445 (receipt for shares in Brooklyn, Jamaica and Flatbush Turnpike company for Leffert Lefferts) are unknown, but both were formally accessioned in 1977. Accession 2006.004 (Lefferts family papers and memorabilia) was given as a gift in January of 2001 by Carol Schleede Chester. Accession 2010.001 (Lefferts family papers and book) was given as a gift in January of 2010 by the Prospect Park Alliance and Lefferts Historic House Museum of Brooklyn, NY.

Processing Information

The Lefferts family papers come from four different accessions. Two of these accessions, 1977.347 and 1977.445, were single items and were simply integrated with the rest of the Lefferts materials. Accession 2006.004 was previously processed by an archivist at Brooklyn Historical Society in conjunction with the Lefferts Historical House Museum staff in 2006. The project was supervised chiefly by Leilani Dawson. This accession was reprocessed when it was combined with the two earlier, single-item accessions and the most recent accession, all containing relevant Lefferts materials.

The most recent accession, 2010.001, consists of materials from the Lefferts Historical House Museum of the Prospect Park Alliance. These materials consist of items that have been part of the Lefferts Historical House since it was first moved to Prospect Park in 1919 and materials that were collected by or donated to the museum up until 2010. The museum was originally under the stewardship of the Fort Greene chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and some of the collected items reflect their interests in American colonial history. Other items were donated by descendents of the Lefferts family. No previous processing or arrangement was done on the materials from this accession.

Only accession 2006.004 had a discernable arrangement and after the addition of the three other accessions, the current arrangement somewhat reflects that prior arrangement, including separate series for Lefferts books and Lefferts visual materials, but with some notable additional series such as Genealogical Material and  Maps.

These materials were collectively processed by Craig P. Savino in 2011.

Oppressive descriptive language was remediated from the subject terms, abstract, and scope and contents notes in this finding aid as part of an anti-racist descriptive language audit performed in December 2020. Folder titles were retained to maintain record of descriptive language of collection creators.