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Guide to the Burton family papers and photographs ARC.217

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Weatherly Stephan

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on December 13, 2011
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Burton family
Creator: Burton, Josie E. Newcomb
Creator: Burton, Percival
Creator: Burton, Virginia Baptista
Creator: Burton, William W.
Creator: Newcombe family
Title: Burton family papers and photographs
Dates [inclusive]: 1861-1949
Quantity: 1.25 Linear feet in three manuscript boxes.
Graphic materials [Box]: ARC.217 1 of 3
Graphic materials [Box]: ARC.217 2 of 3
Graphic materials [Box]: ARC.217 3 of 3
Graphic materials [Box]: ARC.217 Framed Photographs
Call Phrase: ARC.217
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

William W. Burton (d. 1882) was born in England and became a U.S. citizen in 1861. The same year, he married Virginia Baptista, a Portugese immigrant. William Burton was a house painter based in Manhattan. The Burton family lived at 436 Lafayette Avenue in what is now the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. The couple had five children: Percival, Virginia E., Minnie, Charles, and Sidney. Percival Burton (b. 1879) married Josie E. Newcombe, and the couple had one son, Robert Burton.

Virginia Baptista was born in Madeira, Portugal, and was separated from her family as they emigrated from Portugal to Trinidad. According to correspondence, she was stolen by a childless couple who eventually settled in New York. Twenty-five years later, Baptista was able to locate her family in Madeira, but lost permanent contact with her mother. Her father died two months after his family left Portugal.

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Scope and Contents note

The Burton family papers and photographs date from 1870 to 1949 and measure 1.25 linear feet. The collection includes the papers of William W. Burton, his wife Virginia Baptista Burton, their son and daughter-in-law Percival Burton and Josie E. Newcombe Burton, and the Newcombe family. Manuscript material includes bonds, deeds, titles, and mortgages related to the family home on Lafayette Avenue; wills; family correspondence; school ephemera and certificates; receipts and account books; and drivers licenses and automobile registration papers.

Photographs in the collection, totalling 189 items, include cabinet cards, cartes-de-visite, tintypes, and prints with portraits of the Burton family. Many of the photographic items are contained in two albums. Portraits of unidentified men, women, and children--possibly related to the Burton and Newcombe families--as well as images of Naval ships, Manhattan, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania are also included.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Autograph albums
  • Cabinet photographs
  • Cartes-de-visite (card photographs)
  • Certificates
  • Correspondence
  • Land titles |z New York (State) |z Kings County
  • Licenses
  • Photograph albums
  • Photographs
  • Portraits
  • Printed ephemera
  • Receipts (financial records)
  • Tintypes (prints)
  • Trade cards (advertising)

Subject Topics

  • Bonds -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Deeds -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Families -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Mortgages -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Wills -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Family Name(s)

  • Burton family

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to users without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright will remain in effect for 120 years following the date of creation. All images in this collection will enter the public domain by 2057. 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); Burton family papers and photographs, ARC.217, Box and Folder number, Object ID number (if applicable); Brooklyn Historical Society.

Other Finding Aids note

Item-level description and digital versions of images from the collection are available for searching via the image database in the library.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Source and date of acquisition for this collection are unknown.

Processing Information note

Minimally processed to the collection level.

This collection combines two separate accessions: 1978.181 and V1981.283.

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