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Guide to the Henry Reed Stiles papers ARC.218

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Larry Weimer

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Finding aid is written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Stiles, Henry Reed, 1832-1909
Title: Henry Reed Stiles papers
Dates [inclusive]: circa 1855 to 1884
Abstract: The collection includes correspondence received by Henry Reed Stiles in response to his requests for historical information in connection with his writing of A History of the City of Brooklyn. The bulk of the correspondence concerns religious institutions and congregations in Brooklyn, N.Y., including the areas of Williamsburg, Bushwick, and Greenpoint. Baptist, Congregational, Episcopal, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist Episcopal, Presbyterian, Reformed Dutch, and Universalist congregations are represented in the correspondence. A small number of institutions other than religious are represented in the collection. Among these is correspondence from the African-American activist and educator William J. Wilson concerning the history of Brooklyn's Colored Public School Number 1. Also found here are financial data from Green-Wood Cemetery (1839-1868) and historical information about the Brooklyn Academy of Eclectic Medicine. The collection also includes, among other material, Jonathan Greenleaf's descriptive recollections of 1840s East Brooklyn (the Wallabout area) and its subsequent growth to 1860 and correspondence from Joseph Gardner Swift, the Chief Engineer of the Army responsible for the fortifications built at New York and Brooklyn in 1814.
Quantity: 0.13 Linear feet in one manuscript box
Language of Materials: Materials in English.
Call Phrase: ARC.218
Sponsor: Developed with grant funds from the U.S. Department of Education Underground Railroad Educational and Cultural (URR) Program.