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Guide to the Adrian Vanderveer Martense collection ARC.191

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Descriptive Summary

 
Creator: Martense, Adrian V., (Adrian Vanderveer), 1852-1898
Title: Adrian Vanderveer Martense collection
Dates [inclusive]: 1872-1889
Abstract: The Adrian Vanderveer Martense collection spans the dates 1872 to 1889 and measures 2.83 linear feet. The collection contains lantern slides and photographs taken by Martense documenting Brooklyn during the last quarter of the 19th century, in particular Flatbush, Brooklyn and the Blizzard of 1888, as well as other images of Brooklyn. The collection also includes four scrapbooks and one notebook compiled by Martense between 1872 and 1889.
Quantity: 3.0 linear feet in two lantern slide boxes, two oversize boxes, and one folder
Graphic materials [Box]: ARC.191 Box 1 of 2
Graphic materials [Box]: ARC.191 Box 2 of 2; V1974.018 Box 1 of 2
Mixed materials [Oversize]: ARC. 191 OS Box 1 of 2
Graphic materials [Box]: Prints by Accession (V1986.014)
Mixed materials [Oversize]: ARC. 191 OS Box 2 of 2
Call Phrase: ARC.191
Sponsor: This collection was processed and described as part of the project, "Uncovering the Secrets of Brooklyn's 19th Century Past: Creation to Consolidation," funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources, with additional support from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

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Biographical note

Adrian Vanderveer Martense (1852-1898) was an amateur photographer who was a descendent of early Dutch settlers in Brooklyn. The Martense family were longtime residents of Flatbush, one of the original six towns of Brooklyn and today a neighborhood in the borough of Brooklyn comprised of numerous smaller neighborhoods including Midwood, Ditmas Park, Fiske Terrace, Beverly Square (East and West), Prospect Park South, Caton Park, and Albemarle-Kenmore Terraces. In Flatbush, the Martense family built a homestead which included land that is now part of Green-Wood Cemetery. The Martense homestead stood for several generations until the family sold it in 1889, when Flatbush was transitioning from a farming community into an inner suburb.

For Adrian Vanderveer Martense, Flatbush became a subject for his photography. Martense documented houses, streets, and his friends and neighbors in Flatbush, as well as momentous events such as the Blizzard of 1888. Martense was a member of the Brooklyn Academy of Photography (which became the Brooklyn Camera Club in 1896) and served as its first recording secretary when it was established in 1887.

Sources:

  1. Ditmas, Charles Andrew. "The Adrian Martense Homestead." In Historic Homesteads of Kings County, Brooklyn, N.Y. Brooklyn, N.Y.: Self published, 1909. Accessed March 31, 2011. http://www.bklyn-genealogy-info.com/Town/Homesteads/Martense.html
  2. Back, Adina and Francis Morrone. Flatbush Neighborhood History Guide. New York: Brooklyn Historical Society, 2008.
  3. Brooklyn Camera Club. "Brooklyn Camera Club History." Accessed March 31, 2011. http://www.brooklyncameraclub.org/brooklyncameraclub/History.html

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Scope and Contents

The Adrian Vanderveer Martense collection spans the dates 1872 to 1889 and measures 2.83 linear feet. The collection contains lantern slides and photographs taken by Martense documenting Brooklyn during the last quarter of the 19th century, in particular Flatbush, Brooklyn and the Blizzard of 1888, as well as other images of Brooklyn. The collection also includes four scrapbooks and one notebook compiled by Martense between 1872 and 1889. The collection is organized into three series: Lantern slides, circa 1880;  Photograph albums, 1886 to 1888; and  Scrapbooks and notebook, 1872 to 1889.

OS Box 1 contains: Photograph album, Blizzard of 1888; Scrapbooks – "Fun" and "Religion I"

OS Box 2 contains: Photograph album, 1886 to 1888; Scrapbooks – "Extracts II" and "Extracts IV"; Notebook, "Scraps, 1872"

The lantern slides are contained in two lantern slide boxes.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Exterior views
  • Interior views
  • Lantern slides
  • Photograph albums
  • Scrapbooks

Subject Topics

  • American wit and humor
  • Architecture, Dutch -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Bli--ards -- Atlantic States
  • Dwellings -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Religious disputations
  • Street photography -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Theology -- United States
  • Wit and humor, Pictorial

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x Social life and customs |y 19th century
  • Flatbush (New York, N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.) |x Social life and customs |y 19th century
  • Prospect Park (New York, N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

Items in the collection created by Adrian Vanderveer Martense entered the public domain in 1968. All commercially produced slides are in the public domain. For information on securing rights to publish or reproduce, please see the Brooklyn Historical Society Reproduction Rights Policy.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); Adrian Vanderveer Martense collection, ARC.191, Box number, Object ID number (if applicable); Brooklyn Historical Society.

Related Materials

Brooklyn Historical Society holds a related collection, the Martense family papers (1994.003). Please consult library staff for more information.

Other Finding Aids

Item level description and digital versions of images from the collection are available for searching via the image database in the library. Please consult library staff for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The scrapbooks were a gift of Mr. J. Duffield Prince, 1952. The lantern slides were a gift of J.W. Prince, 1976. The source and date of acquisition for the photograph albums are unknown.

Processing Information note

Minimally processed to the series level except the lantern slides which have been processed to the item level.

This collection combines the accessions V1974.007; V1986.014; V1986.246; and 1977.164.

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: Lantern slides, circa 1880. 1.0 linear feet 133 lantern slides in two lantern slide boxes.

Scope and Contents

The lantern slides were made by Martense in the 1880s and concentrate on Flatbush, Brooklyn, in particular Martense's neighborhood and neighbors in Flatbush.

Series 2: Photograph albums, 1886-1888. 0.2 linear feet in one oversize box.

Scope and Contents

This series consists of two photographs albums compiled by Martense from his own photography.

The Blizzard of 1888 photograph album primarily contains scenes of Flatbush, Brooklyn after the blizzard. The photographs are albumen prints and are mounted onto the pages of the album. Bound into the album is a letter written to Martense by W. L. Keese. Keese was a subject in at least one of Martense's photographs and seems to have been a neighbor.

The second photograph album, 1886 to 1888, contains photographs of Martense's neighborhood in Flatbush including views looking out from Martense's house; informal portraits of his Flatbush neighbors (many are outside shots); views of Prospect Park; and exterior and interior views of houses in his neighborhood.

Series 3: Scrapbooks and notebook, 1872-1889. 1.73 linear feet in two oversize boxes.

Scope and Contents

The four scrapbooks consist of clippings compiled by Martense and are titled: "Fun," "Religion I," "Extracts II," and "Extracts IV." The notebook, dated 1872 and titled "Scraps," consists of handwritten literary quotes from writers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, James Russell Lowell, John Paul (born John Paul Friedrich Richter), and George Eliot, among others.

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