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Guide to the Brooklyn photograph and illustration collection ARC.202

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Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Weatherly Stephan

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on February 12, 2015
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

 
Title: Brooklyn photograph and illustration collection
Dates [inclusive]: circa 1900 to 1950
Abstract: The Brooklyn photograph and illustration collection contains approximately 7000 items dating from the early to mid 20th century.
Quantity: 12.6 linear feet in 23 manuscript boxes, one oversize box, one extra oversize box, and one flat file drawer.
Graphic materials [Oversize]: XOS Box
Graphic materials [Oversize]: Flat File; Drawer 3
Graphic materials [Oversize]: OS Box
Graphic materials [Box]: ARC.202 12 of 23
Graphic materials [Box]: ARC.202 8 of 23
Graphic materials [Box]: ARC.202 7 of 23
Graphic materials [Box]: ARC.202 6 of 23
Graphic materials [Box]: ARC.202 5 of 23
Graphic materials [Box]: ARC.202 11 of 23
Graphic materials [Box]: ARC.202 10 of 23
Graphic materials [Box]: ARC.202 9 of 23
Graphic materials [Box]: ARC.202 8 of 23
Graphic materials [Box]: ARC.202 16 of 23
Graphic materials [Box]: ARC.202 15 of 23
Graphic materials [Box]: ARC.202 14 of 23
Graphic materials [Box]: ARC.202 13 of 23
Graphic materials [Box]: ARC.202 1 of 23
Graphic materials [Box]: ARC.202 2 of 23
Graphic materials [Box]: ARC.202 3 of 23
Graphic materials [Box]: ARC.202 4 of 23
Graphic materials [Box]: ARC.202 23 of 23
Graphic materials [Box]: ARC.202 22 of 23
Graphic materials [Box]: ARC.202 21 of 23
Graphic materials [Box]: ARC.202 20 of 23
Graphic materials [Box]: ARC.202 19 of 23
Graphic materials [Box]: ARC.202 18 of 23
Graphic materials [Box]: ARC.202 17 of 23
Call Phrase: ARC.202
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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Scope and Contents note

The Brooklyn photograph and illustration collection contains approximately 7000 items dating from the early to mid 20th century. The collection provides comprehensive visual documentation of the borough of Brooklyn, N.Y., with images of neighborhoods, homes, buildings, the waterfront, and infrastructure. Subjects of interest include aerial views of Brooklyn, major local banks, armories, bridges, churches, civic groups, libraries, museums, schools, parks, railroads, subway stations, and city and government agencies such as prisons, fire and police departments, and post offices. Over 30 Brooklyn neighborhoods are documented, including Brownstone Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bushwick, Crown Heights, Brownsville, Canarsie, Flatlands, Sheepshead Bay, Gravesend, Coney Island, Bay Ridge, Sunset Park, Borough Park, and Flatbush. In addition to images of the Brooklyn Navy Yard (formally known as the New York Naval Shipyard), the collection also contains photographs of Brooklyn docks, harbors, and ferries.

The collection is divided into four groups. The first group consists of photographs numbered V1973.5 and accounts for the majority of the collection. Illustrations are numbered V1973.6. The third group, labeled "prints by subject," is unnumbered. The three groups are arranged alphabetically by subject, and subject indexes for each group are available in the library. Item-level description is available for V1973.5 and V1973.6 in the library's image database, PastPerfect. Users can search the database by neighborhood, street, business, or agency name, as well as by subject terms. The fourth group contains 26 miscellaneous oversize prints and photographs of Brooklyn, dating from circa 1825 to 1950. The oversized prints and photographs show various buildings and locations in Brooklyn. Exterior, interior, aerial, and panoramic views are represented. The collection also includes several studio portraits of Brooklynites.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Black-and-white prints (photographs)
  • Black-and-white prints (prints on paper)
  • Exterior views
  • Illustrations (layout features)
  • Interior views
  • Panoramas
  • Photographs
  • Studio portraits

Subject Organizations

  • New York Naval Shipyard.

Subject Topics

  • Aerial photographs
  • Armories -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Banks and banking -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Bridges -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Business enterprises -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Church buildings -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Civic improvement -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Dwellings -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Fire departments -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Libraries -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Museums -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Parks -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Police -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Post office buildings -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Prisons -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Railroads -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Schools -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Subway stations -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Waterfronts -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Bath Beach (New York, N.Y.)
  • Bay Ridge (New York, N.Y)
  • Bedford-Stuyvesant (New York, N.Y.)
  • Bensonhurst (New York, N.Y.)
  • Boerum Hill (New York, N.Y.)
  • Borough Park (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brighton Beach (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x Buildings, structures, etc. |v Pictorial works
  • Brownsville (New York, N.Y.)
  • Bushwick (New York, N.Y.)
  • Canarsie (New York, N.Y.)
  • Carroll Gardens (New York, N.Y.)
  • Clinton Hill (New York, N.Y.)
  • Cobble Hill (New York, N.Y.)
  • Coney Island (New York, N.Y.)
  • Crown Heights (New York, N.Y.)
  • Downtown Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Dyker Heights (New York, N.Y.)
  • Flatbush (New York, N.Y.)
  • Flatlands (New York, N.Y.)
  • Fort Greene (New York, N.Y.)
  • Gerritsen Beach (New York, N.Y.)
  • Gowanus (New York, N.Y.)
  • Gravesend (New York, N.Y.)
  • Greenpoint (New York, N.Y.)
  • Manhattan Beach (New York, N.Y.)
  • New Lots (New York, N.Y.)
  • New Utrecht (New York, N.Y.)
  • Park Slope (New York, N.Y.)
  • Prospect Heights (New York, N.Y.)
  • Prospect Park South (New York, N.Y.)
  • Red Hook (New York, N.Y.)
  • Sea Gate (New York, N.Y.)
  • Sheepshead Bay (New York, N.Y.)
  • Sunset Park (New York, N.Y.)
  • Williamsburg (New York, N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use note

BHS does not hold the rights to any images in this collection. Images published before 1923 are in the public domain. Copyright status for images published after 1923 have not been evaluated. Unpublished images will enter the public domain 70 years from the death of their creator (when the identity of the creator is known) or 120 years from the date of creation (for works made for hire (corporate authorship), anonymous works, or when the death date of the creator is unknown). For more information please consult library staff.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); Brooklyn photographs and illustrations, ARC.202, Box number, Object ID number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Other Finding Aids note

Item-level description and digital versions of images from the groups V1973.5, V1973.6, as well as the oversize photographs and illustrations are available for searching via the image database in the library.

A full index of subjects in groups V1973.5, V1973.6, and "prints by subject" are available in paper form in library.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The bulk of the collection was formalized into a collection in 1973, but material was collected throughout the 20th century from various news agencies, magazines, journals, and other print publications.

Processing Information note

Fully processed to the item level.

This collection combines the accessions V1973.5, V1973.6, V1991.012, and V1991.032.

Finding aid authored by Weatherly Stephan on April 27, 2011. Additional content contributed by Patricia Glowinski on November 4, 2011. Immediate Source of Acquisition note and Conditions Governing Use note updated by John Zarrillo in February 2015.

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