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Guide to the Brooklyn, N.Y., Bureau of Sewers records ARC.235

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Collection processed by Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 16, 2018
Finding aid is written in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.). Bureau of Sewers
Title: Brooklyn, N.Y., Bureau of Sewers records
Dates [inclusive]: circa 1853 to 1988
Dates [bulk]: 1880-1960
Abstract: The collection consists of records of the Bureau of Sewers of the city and, after 1898, borough of Brooklyn, New York. The bulk of the collection includes documents supporting the assessments to be levied for sewer projects; the binders of this material include maps of the blocks and lots relevant to a sewer project, lists of property owners, and certifications. The bulk of these materials are from the twentieth century (circa 1900-1960), but there are also many binders from the late nineteenth century. There are a few assessment binders from prior to the 1880s, with the earliest dating from 1859. Other materials in the collection include blueprints of sewer projects and designs, field books concerning special sewer structures, notes on land valuation assessments, journals of work on particular projects, materials test results, and other matter. The bulk of this other material is from the early decades of the twentieth century, up to the 1930s. The latest material in the collection are excavation notices from the late-1980s.
Quantity: 53.5 Linear Feet in 87 oversize manuscript boxes, 12 record cartons, and 10 flat boxes
Location: The majority of the materials in this collection are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact library@brooklynhistory.org at least three weeks prior to research visit.
Language: Materials in English.
Call Phrase: ARC.235
Sponsor: Processing of this collection was supported with funding from the Peck Stacpoole Foundation. Funding for the project was also provided by Goldman Sachs.

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Biographical / Historical

In the mid-19th century, the City of Brooklyn made a serious effort to tackle its sewage and waste problems. As with the rest of the United States, Brooklyn (as did Manhattan) lacked underground sewage systems. With the outbreak of cholera and other infectious diseases circa 1830, combined with an ever-rising population, the City of Brooklyn established a Board of Sewer Commissioners in 1857 to deal with its formidable sewage disposal problems. Still, sewage disposal consisted mostly of drainage, and it wasn't until the last quarter of the 19th century that the construction of underground sewage systems began in Brooklyn. With the consolidation of Flatbush and the other municipalities of Kings County into the borough of Brooklyn in the late 1800s, the expansion of the sewer system continued well into the twentieth century.

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Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection includes documents supporting the assessments to be levied for sewer projects; the binders of this material include maps of the blocks and lots relevant to a sewer project, lists of property owners, and certifications. The bulk of the assessment binders are from the twentieth century (circa 1900-1960), but there are also many binders from the late nineteenth century. There are a few assessment binders from prior to the 1880s, with the earliest dating from 1859.

Other materials in the collection include blueprints of sewer projects and designs, field books concerning special sewer structures, notes on land valuation assessments, journals of work on particular projects, materials test results, and other matter. The bulk of this other material is from the early decades of the twentieth century, up to the 1930s. The latest material in the collection are excavation notices from the late-1980s.

Arrangement

The collection is organized in the following series:

Missing Title

  1. Series 1: Assessment Binders
  2. Series 2: Division of Survey and Design Worksheets
  3. Series 3: Contract Administration Logsheets
  4. Series 4: Project Work Logs and Journals
  5. Series 5: Land Valuation Assessments
  6. Series 6: Blueprints
  7. Series 7: Field Books - Special Sewer Structures
  8. Series 8: Tests and Computations
  9. Series 9: Excavation Notices
  10. Series 10: Miscellaneous

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Cadastral maps
  • Blueprints (reprographic copies)
  • Logs (records)
  • Correspondence

Subject Organizations

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.). Bureau of Sewers

Subject Topics

  • Tax assessment -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Sewer districts -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Sewerage -- New York (State) -- Kings County -x Design and construction
  • Real property -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no conditions governing use of the collection.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); Brooklyn, N.Y., Bureau of Sewers records, ARC.235, Box and Folder number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Related Materials

Brooklyn Historical Society holds three photograph collections from the early twentieth century that relate to the subject of this collection. Two of these are plate glass negative collections (Weindorf collection: V1974.024 and Sewer construction collection: V1988.041). The third is a computation book used as a photo album (V1986.247).

Other Finding Aids

Certain explanatory notes at the series and sub-series levels of the collection do not display on-line in NYU's Finding Aid Portal. These notes relate to the arrangement of this complex collection and related maps in Brooklyn Historical Society's collection. To view these additional notes, the researcher is encouraged to refer to the PDF form of this finding aid, found on BHS's catablog, Emma, available from BHS's website (www.brooklynhistory.org).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The sources of the accessions comprising the collection are not known.

Processing Information

Several volunteers were responsible for processing the assessment binders (series 1), which comprise the bulk of the collection, between June 2011 and January 2012. Alison Bunis and Willy Gillespie did preparatory arrangement and photocopying work for the Transitional and Post-Consolidation binders. Alison also processed the Transitional Sub-series. A team of volunteers from the firm Goldman Sachs arranged much of the Post-Consolidation Sub-series and processed the bulk of the Ocean Front district binders. Ted Rizzo processed the bulk of the assessment binders, including those in the Post-Consolidation Sub-series and the Brooklyn District Sub-series. The overall collection arrangement was managed by archivist Larry Weimer, who also described the collection and processed all material other than the Transitional, Post-Consolidation and Brooklyn District assessment binders.

The collection combines the following accessions: 1978.144, 1985.057, 1993.009, and 2011.010.

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Container List

Series 1: Assessment Binders, circa 1859-circa 1962. 44.8 Linear Feet in 85 oversize manuscript boxes, 6 record cartons and 3 flat boxes

Arrangement

The series is organized in five sub-series:

Pre-consolidation: Includes assessment binders from the city of Brooklyn, i.e., up to the point of consolidation with New York City in 1898.

Post-consolidation: Includes assessment binders from the borough of Brooklyn, circa 1900 to circa 1952. This sub-series comprises the bulk of the series and the collection.

Transitional: Includes assessment binders from the borough of Brooklyn, 1898 to 1906. Although these binders date from the post-consolidation period, they were organized in their own sub-series because they do not refer to a local sewer district as do those in the Post-consolidation sub-series.

Brooklyn District: Includes assessment binders from the borough of Brooklyn, circa 1943 to circa 1962. These binders were arranged in a separate sub-series because their projects were attributed to either a local sewer district named "Brooklyn" or to the borough president rather than a local district, neither case being found in earlier periods.

Queens County: Includes a small number of assessment binders concerning Queens.

Scope and Contents

This series includes the documents compiled by the Bureau of Sewers for the likely purpose of establishing the tax assessments to be levied for particular sewer projects. For each project the relevant documents were compiled in an "assessment binder." The documents include maps of the blocks and lots relevant to a sewer project, lists of the property owners by lot, name of the contractor engaged in the project, and certifications about the project and the provided information. There are few technical project details in the material as the documents seem to focus on setting the assessments rather than on project construction.

The bulk of the material dates from circa 1900 to 1930 and concerns the development of the Bay Ridge, Flatbush, and "Ocean Front" (e.g., Flatlands, Gravesend) districts in the consolidated borough of Brooklyn. Nonetheless, there is substantial material pre-dating Brooklyn's 1898 consolidation with New York City. The earliest of these pre-consolidation binders date from circa 1859, with the bulk from the 1880s-1890s. There are also about 200 binders from the years around consolidation, about 200 binders from the mid-twentieth century (circa 1943-1962), and a small number of Queens County assessment binders from the early twentieth century.

Sub-series 1: Pre-Consolidation, circa 1859-circa 1897 1883-1897. 7.5 Linear Feet in six record cartons

Arrangement

The sub-series has three levels of arrangement. Beginning with the highest level:

1) The sub-series is arranged overall by map designation (Map B, Map C, so forth) indicated on the assessment booklet.

2) In addition to a map code, most books also refer to a district number and some also further refer to a sub-division number. Within a set of maps, books without a district designation appear first, followed by those with just a district designation, then followed by those with both a district and sub-division designation.

3) Each of the above segments is arranged in order of assessment book number.

A few assessment books either had no specified map code, or referred only to the 29th Ward. These are at the end of the sub-series.

Regarding the date ranges found in the container list, the researcher should consider all to be circa dates. There are several documents within each assessment book, often with a range of dates, and the processing archivist used a single representative date for each book to establish the approximate date range.

Scope and Contents

This sub-series includes the assessment binders from the city of Brooklyn (i.e., for years prior to the 1898 consolidation with New York City).

Related Materials

BHS's map collection includes a small number related to sewers from the pre-consolidation period. An especially useful map for use in conjunction with this sub-series provides an overview of the parts of Brooklyn included in particular sewer "maps" in use at 1875. Because this sub-series is arranged by the alphabetical designation of the various sewer maps, the 1875 map of the entire system provides a key for understanding the geographic range of each part of the sub-series. The call number of the map is B A-1875.Fl.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Map B (1 book)
1870
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Map C (2 books)
1859
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Map D (1 book)
1871
Box: 1 Folder : 4-5 Map E (5 books)
1859-1893
Box: 1 Folder : 6-7 Map F (4 books)
1893-1897
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Map G (1 book)
1874
Box: 1 Folder : 9-11 Map I, District 21 (10 books)
1875-1897
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Map I, District 21, Sub-divisions 3, 9, 10 (3 books)
1872
Box: 1 Folder : 13-16 Map I, District 21, Sub-divisions 14-20 (8 books)
1878-1893
Box: 1 Folder : 17-18 Map J (5 books)
1873-1882
Box: 1 Folder : 19-20 Map J, District 22 (7 books)
1877-1896
Box: 2 Folder : 1-2 Map J, District 22 (6 items)
1883-1894
Box: 2 Folder : 3-5 Map J, District 22, Sub-divisions 8-13, 15 (8 books)
1870-1893
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Map K, District 23 (2 books)
1873-1894
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Map L, District 24 (21 books)
circa 1877-circa 1893
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Map L, District 24, Sub-divisions 3, 24, 26-28, 31, 33-43 (17 books)
circa 1872-circa 1895
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Map M, District 26 (1 book)
1895
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Map N, District 29 (50 books)
circa 1890-circa 1896
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Map N, District 29 (4 books)
1879-1893
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Map N, District 29, Sub-divisions 7, 9, 12, 13, 17 (5 books)
1876-1891
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Map O, District 37 (43 books)

General

District 37 includes Weeksville, among other areas.

circa 1884-circa 1895
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Map O, District 37 (20 books)

General

District 37 includes Weeksville, among other areas. See especially assessment book 340.

circa 1883-circa 1894
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Map O, District 37, Sub-divisions 5, 11, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 24, 26-36 (20 books)
circa 1874-circa 1894
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Map Q (3 books)
1870
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Map Q, Districts, 32, 34, 36 (2 books)
1874-1895
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Map R, District 38 (2 books)
1876, 1893
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Map S, District 39 (2 books)
1893-1896
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Map S, District 39, Sub-divisions 1-7, 9-13, 15-21 (19 books)
circa 1895-circa 1897
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Map unspecified (2 books)
1859, 1872
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Ward 29, District 1 (7 books)
1896-1897
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Ward 29, District 1, Sub-divisions 5-7 (4 books)
1897

Sub-series 2: Transitional, circa 1898-circa 1906. 3.5 Linear Feet in eight manuscript boxes

Arrangement

The sub-series is arranged in assessment binder number order, which corresponds to a roughly chronological order.

In its original state, most of the material was held in hard-cover binders by metal fasteners; in these cases, the material was removed from the binders. The cover of the original binder, which included a project description, was photocopied and included with the retained documents (generally, the retained documents also include a form of this description, but a photocopy was taken in case the cover referenced additional details). Most of the documents refer to the original assessment binder number, but when they did not, the archivist noted the binder number in [brackets] on both the photocopy of the cover and on an internal document.

Most of the original binders included the date that the material was "confirmed by the Board of Assessors." In some instances, this date was recorded on the inside of the binder cover itself. In those instances, the archivist transcribed the Board of Assessor confirmation date onto an internal document; this appears in brackets as [CBA] with the transcribed date enclosed. In only the earliest binders, another date was recorded, that of "confirmed with Tax Col[lector]'s copy." These were also transcribed by the archivist and appear as [CTC] with the transcribed date enclosed.

Generally, all binders were discarded after the documents were removed, the cover photocopied, and the CBA and CTC dates transcribed. If the inside binder covers contained any notes other than the dates, these were photocopied. (Some binders noted that the information had been included on a wall map. This note was not photocopied.) Two binders (numbers 26 and 57) were retained as representative samples of the bulk.

In some instances, documents were bound into their covers. The entire bound matter was retained in these instances. These are foldered together, roughly sequenced with the loose documents.

Regarding the date ranges found in the container list, the researcher should consider all to be circa dates. There are several documents within each binder, often with a range of dates, and the processing archivist used a single representative date for each binder to establish the approximate date range.

Scope and Contents

This series generally includes the assessment binders for the borough of Brooklyn from the years shortly after consolidation. They are differentiated from the bulk of post-consolidation binders (see sub-series 3) in that these do not refer to a local sewer district by name. Generally, this sub-series includes the earliest binders created after consolidation, beginning with binder 1 and extending roughly to about binder 300, though there are gaps and exceptions in the numbering sequence.

Related Materials

BHS's map collection includes a small number related to sewers. Two maps are especially useful in conjunction with this sub-series. The first, dated 1875, provides an overview of the parts of Brooklyn included in particular sewer "maps" in use at 1875. Some of the binders in this sub-series refer to these sewer maps, which are recognized by their alphabetical designation. The call number of the map is B A-1875.Fl. The second useful map shows the extent of the sewer system throughout Brooklyn as of 1902; the call number is B A-1902.Fl.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 24 Folder : 1-8 Binders 1-42
circa 1898-circa 1899
Box: 25 Folder : 1-9 Binders 43-79
circa 1899-circa 1900
Box: 26 Folder : 1-6 Binders 78-101
circa 1901
Box: 27 Folder : 1-7 Binders 102-135
circa 1901
Box: 28 Folder : 1-7 Binders 136-168
circa 1901-circa 1902
Box: 29 Folder : 1-6 Binders 164-190
circa 1902-circa 1903
Box: 30 Folder : 1-5 Binders 187-341
circa 1902-circa 1906
Box: 31 Folder : 1-3 Binders 221-300
circa 1903-1905

Sub-series 3: Post-Consolidation, circa 1900-circa 1955. 30.6 Linear Feet in 71 manuscript boxes and 1 flat box

Arrangement

Although the binders were found in no organized state by the processing archivist, it appears that the original order of the post-consolidation binders was in sequential assessment book number, which was roughly chronological. These numbers ranged from 1 to circa 3200. In an effort to enhance user access to the collection, the archivist referred to a document within each binder to determine the local sewer district approving the project (e.g., Bay Ridge, Flatbush, etc.). The binders are arranged in alphabetical order by these local sewer districts. Binders referring to two districts are placed with the first district appearing alphabetically (e.g., binders referring to both Flatbush and New Lots districts follow the Flatbush only binders). Within each district, the binders are arranged by assessment binder number. (The first 200 or so post-consolidation binders had no reference to a local sewer district; these binders were organized separately by the archivist, in the Transitional sub-series. A few later-dated binders with no referenced district were retained in the  Post-consolidation sub-series as "Unspecified.")

The districts appear as follows:

Bay Ridge

Bay Ridge and Flatbush

Bay Ridge, Flatbush, and Prospect Heights

Bedford

Bedford and Williamsburg

Bushwick

Bushwick and Williamsburg

Flatbush

Flatbush and New Lots

Flatbush and Ocean Front

Flatbush and Prospect Heights

Greenpoint

Heights

New Lots

Ocean Front

Prospect Heights

Prospect

Prospect and River Front

Red Hook

River Front

Williamsburg

Unspecified District

In its original state, most of the material was held in hard-cover binders by metal fasteners; in these cases, the material was removed from the binders. The cover of the first 1000 or so original binders included a project description; this was photocopied and included with the retained documents (generally, the retained documents also include a form of this description, but a photocopy was taken in case the cover referenced additional details). Most of the documents refer to the original assessment binder number, but when they did not, the archivist noted the binder number in [brackets] on both the photocopy of the cover and on an internal document before discarding the binder cover.

Approximately 1600 of the original binders recorded on the inside cover the date that the material was "confirmed by the Board of Assessors." In those instances, the archivist transcribed the Board of Assessor confirmation date onto an internal document; this appears in brackets as [CBA] with the transcribed date enclosed.

Generally, all binders were discarded after the documents were removed, the cover photocopied, and the CBA date transcribed. If the inside binder covers contained any notes other than the dates, these were photocopied. (Some binders noted that the information had been included on a wall map. This notation was not photocopied.)

In some instances, documents were bound into their covers. The entire bound matter was retained in these instances. These are foldered together, roughly sequenced with the loose documents. Some thick or multi-volume bound materials were boxed separately well out of sequence.

Regarding the date ranges found in the container list, the researcher should consider all to be circa dates. There are several documents within each binder, often with a range of dates, and the processing archivist used a single representative date for each binder to establish the approximate date range.

Related Materials

BHS's map collection includes a small number related to sewers. One map is particularly relevant to this sub-series as it shows the extent of the sewer system throughout Brooklyn as of 1902; the call number is B A-1902.Fl. The bulk of this sub-series concerns sewer projects occurring after 1902, so the 1902 map is useful for establishing the approximate extent of the system at an early point in the chronology of the sub-series.

Scope and Contents

This sub-series comprises the bulk of the assessment binders. It includes sewer projects done throughout the consolidated borough of Brooklyn (i.e., Kings County) through the first half of the twentieth century. The bulk of the material concerns the local districts consolidated into Brooklyn in 1898 (e.g., Bay Ridge (New Utrecht), Flatbush, and Ocean Front (Flatlands and Gravesend). Areas that were within pre-1898 Brooklyn are also represented in the sub-series, though not as extensively as the newer areas. The specific districts included in the sub-series are listed in the arrangement note.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 32 Folder : 1-9 Bay Ridge Binders 204 - 365
1903-1906
Box: 33 Folder : 1-7 Bay Ridge Binders 366 - 479
1906-1908
Box: 34 Folder : 1 Bay Ridge Binder 416 (3 vols)
1908
Box: 35 Folder : 1-6 Bay Ridge Binders 483 - 530
1908
Box: 36 Folder : 1-6 Bay Ridge Binders 531 - 572
1909
Box: 37 Folder : 1-6 Bay Ridge Binders 569 - 650
1909
Box: 38 Folder : 1-6 Bay Ridge Binders 646 - 719
1909
Box: 39 Folder : 1-4 Bay Ridge Binders 480, 680, 768, 8--
1908-1910
Box: 40 Folder : 1-6 Bay Ridge Binders 721 - 862
1909-1911
Box: 41 Folder : 1-6 Bay Ridge Binders 870 - 1034
1911-1912
Box: 42 Folder : 1-7 Bay Ridge Binders 1039 -1290
1912-1914
Box: 43 Folder : 1-7 Bay Ridge Binders 1293 - 2154
1914-1926
Box: 44 Folder : 1 Bay Ridge Binders 2400 - 2877
1928-1947
Box: 45 Folder : 1 Bay Ridge - Flatbush - Prospect Heights Binder 411 (8 vols in 2 boxes)
1907
Box: 46 Folder : 1 Bay Ridge - Flatbush - Prospect Heights Binder 411 (8 vols in 2 boxes)
1907
Box: 44 Folder : 2-7 Bay Ridge - Flatbush Binders 362 - 1019
1906-1912
Box: 47 Folder : 1 Bedford Binders 268 - 2549
1904-1930
Box: 47 Folder : 2 Bedford - Williamsburg Binders 582 - 648
1909-1910
Box: 47 Folder : 3-7 Bushwick Binders 195 - 360
1903-1906
Box: 48 Folder : 1-7 Bushwick Binders 361 - 456
1906-1908
Box: 49 Folder : 1-6 Bushwick Binders 457 - 797
1908-1910
Box: 50 Folder : 1-3 Bushwick Binders 801 - 1208
1910-1913
Box: 51 Folder : 1-3 Bushwick Binders 649, 900, 1063
1909-1912
Box: 50 Folder : 4 Bushwick - Williamsburg Binder 787 - 1232
1910-1914
Box: 50 Folder : 5-7 Flatbush Binders 203 - 285
1903-1905
Box: 52 Folder : 1-8 Flatbush Binders 287 - 406
1905-1908
Box: 51 Folder : 4-6 Flatbush Binders 414, 481, 506
1908
Box: 53 Folder : 1-6 Flatbush Binders 462 - 609
1908-1909
Box: 54 Folder : 1-6 Flatbush Binders 616 - 746
1909
Box: 55 Folder : 1-6 Flatbush Binders 748 - 840
1909-1910
Box: 56 Folder : 1-6 Flatbush Binders 507, 532, 573, 606, 608, 842
1908-1910
Box: 57 Folder : 1-6 Flatbush Binders 846 - 922
1910-1911
Box: 58 Folder : 1-6 Flatbush Binders 923 - 1025
1911-1912
Box: 59 Folder : 1-8 Flatbush Binders 1027 - 1139
1912
Box: 60 Folder : 1-6 Flatbush Binders 851, 1086, 1175, 1176, 1180, 1194
1911-1913
Box: 61 Folder : 1-7 Flatbush Binders 1136 - 1237
1912-1913
Box: 62 Folder : 1-7 Flatbush Binders 1240 - 1316
1912-1914
Box: 63 Folder : 1-8 Flatbush Binders 1323 - 1438
1914-1915
Box: 64 Folder : 1-4 Flatbush Binders 1222, 1288, 1349, 1456 (1 vol of 4)
1913-1915
Box: 65 Folder : 1 Flatbush Binder 1456 (3 vols of 4)
1915
Box: 66 Folder : 1, 2 Flatbush Binders 1179, 1377 (2 vols)
1913-1914
Box: 67 Folder : 1-8 Flatbush Binders 1439 - 1560
1915-1917
Box: 68 Folder : 1-7 Flatbush Binders 1561 - 1658
1917-1921
Box: 69 Folder : 1-6 Flatbush Binders 1659 - 2045
1921-1925
Box: 70 Folder : 1-6 Flatbush Binders 2047 - 2293
1925-1928
Box: 71 Folder : 1-8 Flatbush Binders 2294 - 3544
1928-1930
Box: 72 Folder : 1-7 Flatbush Binders 2545 - 2958
1930-1951
Box: 72 Folder : 8 Flatbush - New Lots Binders 1405, 1407, 2784
1915, 1937
Box: 72 Folder : 9 Flatbush - Ocean Front Binders 2075 - 2389
1926-1928
Box: 73 Folder : 1 Flatbush - Ocean Front Binders 2473 - 2878
1929-1947
Box: 73 Folder : 2 Flatbush - Prospect Heights
1906-1914
Box: 73 Folder : 3-5 Greenpoint Binders 1950 - 2669
1924-1931
Box: 74 Folder : 1 Greenpoint Binder 2024
1926
Box: 73 Folder : 6, 7 Heights Binders 252 - 1668
1904-1922
Box: 75 Folder : 1-6 New Lots Binders 676 - 1008
1909-1911
Box: 74 Folder : 2, 3 New Lots Binders 1071, 1252 (2 vols)
1912-1914
Box: 76 Folder : 1-8 New Lots Binders 1045 - 1410
1912-1915
Box: 77 Folder : 1-6 New Lots Binders 1411 - 2168
1915-1927
Box: 78 Folder : 1-4 New Lots Binders 2172 - 2715
1927-1932
Box: 79 Folder : 1-8 Ocean Front Binders 1926 - 2005
1924-1925
Box: 80 Folder : 1-7 Ocean Front Binders 2006 - 2077
1925-1926
Box: 81 Folder : 1-7 Ocean Front Binders 2078 - 2147
1926
Box: 82 Folder : 1-8 Ocean Front Binders 2149 - 2217
1926-1927
Box: 83 Folder : 1-9 Ocean Front Binders 2218 - 2326
1927-1928
Box: 84 Folder : 1-9 Ocean Front Binders 2328 - 2411
1928-1929
Box: 85 Folder : 1-8 Ocean Front Binders 2406 (4 folders), 2413 - 2444
1929
Box: 86 Folder : 1-8 Ocean Front Binders 2446 - 2520
1929
Box: 87 Folder : 1-8 Ocean Front Binders 2522 - 2607
1929-1931
Box: 88 Folder : 1-9 Ocean Front Binders 2609 - 2680
1931-1932
Box: 89 Folder : 1-8 Ocean Front Binders 2682 - 2735
1932-1935
Box: 90 Folder : 1, 2 Ocean Front Binders 2745, 2759
1935
Box: 91 Folder : 1 Ocean Front Binder 2785 (1 vol of incomplete set)
1937
Box: 92 Folder : 1 Ocean Front Binder 2786 (5 vols in 2 boxes)
1937
Box: 93 Folder : 1 Ocean Front Binder 2786 (5 vols in 2 boxes)
1937
Box: 94 Folder : 1-7 Ocean Front Binders 2742 - 2787
1935-1938
Box: 95 Folder : 1-7 Ocean Front Binders 2788 - 2841
1938-1942
Box: 96 Folder : 1-6 Ocean Front Binders 2842 - 2890
1942-1948
Box: 97 Folder : 1-5 Ocean Front Binders 2891 - 2935
1948-1950
Box: 98 Folder : 1-6 Ocean Front Binders 2936 - 2967, 2977

General

Binder 2977 includes a map of the Coney Island area.

1950-1952
Box: 99 Folder : 1-3 Ocean Front Binders 2968 - 3063
1951-1955
Box: 99 Folder : 4 Ocean Front - Brooklyn Binders 3021 - 3057

General

The "Brooklyn District" documents in this folder relate to those in Sub-series 4.

1954-1955
Box: 99 Folder : 5, 6 Prospect Heights Binders 227 - 584
1903-1908
Box: 100 Folder : 1-4 Prospect Heights Binders 600 - 1564
1909-1918
Box: 100 Folder : 5, 6 Prospect Binders 1972 - 2756
1924-1925
Box: 100 Folder : 7 Prospect - River Front Binder 2319
1953
Box: 101 Folder : 1-3 Red Hook Binders 224 - 707
1903-1909
Box: 101 Folder : 4 River Front Binder 2990
1953
Box: 101 Folder : 5-7 Williamsburg Binders 298 - 482
1905-1908
Box: 90 Folder : 3 Williamsburg Binder 7--
1910
Box: 102 Folder : 1-6 Williamsburg Binders 562 - 1503
1909-1916
Box: 103 Folder : 1 Williamsburg Binders 1578 - 2011
1918-1925
Box: 103 Folder : 2-5 Unspecified District Binders 677 - 2853
1909-1944

Sub-series 4: Brooklyn District, circa 1943-circa 1962. 2.5 Linear Feet in six manuscript boxes

Scope and Contents

In the 1940s, a new local district appears in the collection, referred to as the "Brooklyn District" or as simply "Brooklyn." At some point in time, all assessment binders begin to refer only to Brooklyn and not to the other district names found in the Post-Consolidation Sub-series. These mid-twentieth century binders referring only to Brooklyn comprise this Sub-series.

Arrangement

The sub-series is arranged in assessment binder number order. One folder in the Post-Consolidation Sub-series includes some documents relevant to Brooklyn District (see folder titled "Ocean Front - Brooklyn Binders 3021 - 3057" in Box 99).

Regarding the date ranges found in the container list, the researcher should consider all to be circa dates. There are several documents within each binder, often with a range of dates, and the processing archivist used a single representative date for each binder to establish the approximate date range.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 104 Folder : 1 Binders 2843 - 2909
1943-1948
Box: 104 Folder : 2-4 Binder Number Unknown (Contract number 3614)
1949
Box: 104 Folder : 5, 6 Binder 2929 (2 folders of 3)
1950
Box: 105 Folder : 1 Binder 2929 (1 folder of 3)
1950
Box: 105 Folder : 2-6 Binders 2931 - 3019
1950-1954
Box: 106 Folder : 1-7 Binders 3009 - 3070
1953-1956
Box: 107 Folder : 1-5 Binders 3071 - 3120
1956-1959
Box: 108 Folder : 1-6 Binders 3121 - 3172
1959-1961
Box: 109 Folder : 1-6 Binders 3173 - 3206
1961-1962

Sub-series 5: Queens County, 1912-1927. 0.7 Linear Feet in two flat boxes

Arrangement

The series is arranged in chronological order.

Scope and Contents

This sub-series includes a small number of assessment binders related to projects in Queens County, including Newtown.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 16 Item : 1-10 Assessment binders
1912-1922
Box: 17 Item : 1-10 Assessment binders
1923-1927

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Series 2: Division of Survey and Design Worksheets, circa 1936-circa 1959. 1.5 Linear Feet in five flat boxes

Scope and Contents

The series includes worksheets that appear to be block and lot lists preliminary to those used in the assessment binders (series 1, sub-series 3). The worksheets refer to contract number, not assessment binder number. They appear to relate principally to contracts numbered in the 3400-3900 range only. Some of the worksheets concern private sewer contracts. Most of the worksheets have limited information.

Arrangement

The worksheets were found in a largely disorganized state, though most pages of multi-page woksheets seem to have stayed together. Some effort was made during processing to bring related pages together, but there can be no assurance that this was accomplished.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 19 Folder : - Worksheets
circa 1936-circa 1959
Box: 20 Folder : - Worksheets
circa 1936-circa 1959
Box: 21 Folder : - Worksheets
circa 1936-circa 1959
Box: 22 Folder : - Worksheets
circa 1936-circa 1959
Box: 23 Folder : - Worksheets
circa 1936-circa 1959

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Series 3: Contract Administration Logsheets, circa 1920-1960. 1.5 Linear Feet in one record carton, one manuscript box, and one flat box

Arrangement

The series is arranged in chronological order and by the form and subject matter of the document.

Scope and Contents

The series includes several volumes of logsheets in a standard, pre-preprinted form used for recording key dates in the administration of a project (e.g., district resolution passed, approvals received, prints made, property owner lists prepared, etc.). The assessment binder number (see series 1, sub-series 3) to which the contract relates is also recorded. Summary logs are included in the material. One of the volumes relates to private sewer work. There are sizable gaps in the earliest records in the series, and it appears that the earliest forms relate to contract number circa 2100. The series runs through contract 3969. The related assessment binders appear to run circa 1603 to 3157, but there is not a direct correlation in sequence between the contract numbers and the assessment binder numbers.

The series also includes a "scrapbook" of clippings of published requests for project bids, with annotations, 1923-1932, a log recording the removal and return of project records from the files, 1929-1946, a list of quarterly reports (1933-1940), and lists related to contracts for the Sheepshead Bay area.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 7 Item : 1 Contracts circa 2076-2708 (assessments circa 1603-2087)
circa 1920-1925
Box: 7 Item : 2 Contracts circa 2709-3064 (assessments circa 2068-2411)
1926-1929
Box: 7 Item : 3 Contracts circa 3065-3300 (assessments circa 2421-2617)
1929-1931
Box: 7 Item : 4 Contracts circa 3301-3651 (assessments circa 2823-2929)
1931-1950
Box: 7 Item : 5 Contracts circa 3651-3773 (assessments circa 2908-3008)
1948-1953
Box: 7 Item : 6 Contracts circa 3774-3969 (assessments circa 3124-3157)
1959-1960
Box: 7 Item : 7 Private Sewer Contracts 541-785
1936-1960
Box: 8 Item : 1 Document Use Log
1929-1946
Box: 8 Item : 2 Project Bid Requests
1923-1932
Box: 18 Folder : 1 Quarterly Reports; Sheepshead Bay Area Sewer Contract Lists

General

The documents in this folder are brittle and crumbling apart. They should be used only with archival supervision.

circa 1933-circa 1940

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Series 4: Project Work Logs and Journals, circa 1909-circa 1940. 1.25 Linear Feet in one record carton and one flat box

Arrangement

The series is arranged in chronological order and by subject of the documents.

Scope and Contents

This series includes various types of logs and journals concerning the work performed on projects and the work roles of project participants. The principal documents in the series include: a 4 volume "diary" of daily work performed on contract 1924 in 1915-16 (Tompkins Ave from Greene Ave to Fulton St, etc.) performed by the Litchfield Construction Company, and a 2 volume "Force Acct Book" concerning contract 882 (1909-12) performed by the J.J. Creem(?) Company at East 95th St., between East New York Ave. and Hegaman Ave, etc. The series also includes a notebook referring to various projects (circa 1916-1920s), and logs of work assignments (circa 1930s-1940).

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 11 Item : 1-8 Work Logs and Journals
circa 1909-circa 1940
Box: 12 Item : 1-3 Work Logs and Journals
circa 1909-circa 1940

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Series 5: Land Valuation Assessments, 1932-1938, 1951. 0.5 Linear Feet in six folders in one record carton

Scope and Contents

The series includes correspondence, maps, blueprints, computations, and other documents related to the design engineer's determination of the assessed valuation of land within a project area.

Arrangement

The series is arranged in order of a code found on the correspondence, which runs in roughly chronological order. Codes found in the series range from 8601 to 8759.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 9 Folder : 6 folders Assessments
1932-1938, 1951

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Series 6: Blueprints, circa 1897-circa 1935 1914-1927. 2 Linear Feet in two record cartons

Arrangement

The series was minimally processed and there is no order to the material.

Scope and Contents

The series includes blueprints for tunnels, regulators, sewer and manhole placement on streets and at railroad crossings, technical details of sewers, and other related matter. Much of the material is labeled as being either a superseded plan or as a plan having no special structure. Some specific structures included are plans for a "biological plant" in the 26th Ward and a 1907 tunnel for improving the sanitary conditions of the Gowanus Canal.

The plans are printed on cloth, folded, with pencilled descriptions on the backing.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 13 Folder : - Blueprints
circa 1897-circa 1935
Box: 14 Folder : - Blueprints
circa 1897-circa 1935

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Series 7: Field Books - Special Sewer Structures, circa 1929. 0.5 Linear Feet in one manuscript box

Arrangement

The series is ordered according to the numbers on the booklets (1-30, except for 27, which is missing), preceded by two unnumbered booklets (an index and a table of inspections).

Scope and Contents

The series includes a set of booklets with field notes and drawings concerning special sewer structures.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 15 Item : 31 booklets Field Books
circa 1929

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Series 8: Tests and Computations, 1906-1910, circa 1930s. 1 Linear Feet in one record carton

Arrangement

The series is arranged chronologically and by subject of document.

Scope and Contents

The series includes several bound volumes of results of tests of construction materials and of construction-related computations, circa 1906-1910. One folder, possibly circa 1930s, includes various lists of information, including locations of overflow manholes, drop manholes, and "unusual and extraordinary types of sewer construction," and other items.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 10 Item : 1-9 Tests and Computations
1906-1910, circa 1930s

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Series 9: Excavation Notices, 1986-1988 1988. 0.4 Linear Feet in six folders in one record carton

Arrangement

The series is in chronological order by year. Within years, there is no order.

Scope and Contents

This series includes "Notices of Excavation and/or Demolition" filed under Rule 53 of the Industrial Code. The bulk of the series includes forms from 1988, with some from 1987 and a very few items from 1986. The notices follow a standard form and include information about the excavator and the location (e.g., address) and brief description of the work to be done.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 9 Folder : 6 folders Notices
1986-1988

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Series 10: Miscellaneous, 1853-circa 1954. 0.1 Linear Feet in four folders in one record carton

Arrangement

The series includes various items that did not fit within the scope of the other series. There is no order to their presentation.

Scope and Contents

This series includes a variety of a small number of documents that did not fit well within the other series of the collection. The series includes two contracts from the 1850s for sewerage work (one in Navy St. from DeKalb to Flatbush Ave. and the other concerning sewers in District 6 commencing at North Second St.), a draft contract, 1902 correspondence concerning a troublesome employee, addenda to specifications for a pumping station at Avenue V, and an advertising piece for Andrews Pressure Water Supply. A large number of blank forms were found with the original collection. The bulk of these were discarded, but a sample was retained in this series (blanks of the oversize forms used by the Division of Survey and Design as worksheets are found in that series).

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 9 Folder : 4 folders Miscellaneous
1853-circa 1954

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