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Guide to the Lott family papers ARC.186

Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Nicholas Pavlik

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on June 13, 2019
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Contents

The Lott family papers date from 1702 to 1954 and contain materials illuminating the lives of several members of the Lott family in Brooklyn, chiefly those of the second through eighth generations (please refer to the Biographical Note for more information about specific individuals who feature prominently in the collection). The collection also relates to members of several families connected to the Lotts by marriage or through legal and business transactions, including the Bennit (also spelled Bennett), Bergen, Boerum, Cortelyou, Ditmas, Duryea, Everit, Hegeman, Lefferts, Livingston, Lloyd, Longmire, Ludlow, Martense, Nevins, Rapalje (also spelled Rapalye, Rapelje, and Rapelye), Remsen, Ryder, Schenck, Suydam, Terhune, Van Brunt, Vanderbilt, Vanderveer, Van Eyck, Vegte, Wyckoff, and Zabriskie families.

Materials in the collection are quite varied, but are mainly comprised of family correspondence; legal documents, such as land deeds (sometimes including hand-drawn maps of properties), indentures, agreements, and conveyances, including one from the estate of Abraham Lott transferring ownership of an African American slave to Jan Van Der Veer (Vanderveer); and financial records. Several of the affairs referred to in the legal documents are presumed to have been overseen by members of the Lott family in their official and legal capacities. Also, some of the legal documents are written in Dutch, though most are in English.

Additional items include wills; Lott family genealogical records and family history notes, as well as a Lott family coat of arms; notebooks and loose pages of notes; a series of blueprints for the H. D. Lott residence in Flatbush; loose clippings containing obituaries and marriage announcements of family members and friends; an autograph book (containing inscriptions in English, Japanese, Dutch, and various West African languages); and music books, scrapbooks, and sketchbooks. These latter items contain drawings, poetry, music compositions, religious writings, obituaries and marriage announcements, and various clippings and ephemera relating to local news, politics, education, fashion, advertisements and sales, dining, literature, housekeeping, and various Brooklyn Dutch Reformed churches. Other items relating to the Lott family's involvement in Protestant Dutch Reformed churches in Brooklyn, particularly the Flatbush Dutch Reformed Church, include printed histories, programs and brochures, photostat copies of ecclesiastical records, pew deeds, and correspondence.

The collection includes visual materials, such as photographic prints, stereocards, negatives, non-photographic prints, and one illustration. Many of the images document late 19th century Flatbush.

It also includes items relating to Erasmus Hall Academy in Flatbush, such as programs and the Academy's clay seal; and various pieces of ephemera.