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Guide to the Early Brooklyn and Long Island photograph collection ARC.201

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Patricia Glowinski

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on May 01, 2012
English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Contents

The Early Brooklyn and Long Island photograph collection is comprised of (roughly) 1,400 photographic prints, measuring 8.67 linear feet, taken by various photographers from circa 1860 to 1920. The collection includes views of locations on Long Island, which is comprised of the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens (Kings County and Queens County respectively), Nassau County, and Suffolk County. The majority of the photographs in the collection depict views of Brooklyn and Suffolk County. The photographers are primarily amateur photographers and include George Bradford Brainerd (also spelled Brainard), Elias Lewis Jr., A.R. Young, Eugene L. Armbruster, and Walter H. Nelson. The collection also includes photographs from the commercial photography firm George P. Hall & Son, as well as photographs where the photographer is unknown. Subjects include the built environment (houses, churches, railroad stations, mills, cemeteries, asylums, penitentiaries, ferry terminals, lighthouses, and parks, among others) and the natural environment (beaches, shorelines, trees, creeks, ponds, bays, and harbors, among others). The collection also includes many views of Coney Island and Prospect Park.

The collection is organized into four series:

  1. George Bradford Brainerd photographs, circa 1870 to 1880
  2. Elias Lewis, Jr. photographs, 1877 to 1879
  3. A.R. Young photographs, circa 1870 to 1880
  4. Miscellaneous photographers, circa 1860 to 1920