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Descriptive Summary

 
Creator: American McAll Association. Brooklyn Auxiliary.
Creator: American Sunday-School Union. Foreign Sunday-School Association.
Creator: Auxiliary Foreign Mission Society of New-York and Brooklyn.
Creator: Baptist Children's Home of Long Island (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Brooklyn Association in Aid of the Grande-Ligne Mission (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Brooklyn Baptist Orphanage.
Creator: Brooklyn City Bible Society.
Creator: Brooklyn City Mission and Tract Society.
Creator: Brooklyn City Tract Society.
Creator: Brooklyn Hebrew Orphan Asylum.
Creator: Brooklyn Tabernacle (New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Christian Union for Work Among the Chinese (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Church Mission of Help (Episcopal Church). Diocese of Long Island.
Creator: Congregational Church Extension Society of New York City and Brooklyn.
Creator: Daughters of Israel Benefit Society (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Evangelical Home Society of Brooklyn (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Foreign Sunday School Association.
Creator: Hebrew Educational Society of Brooklyn.
Creator: Helping Hand of Brooklyn (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: International Catholic Truth Society.
Creator: Long Island Baptist Association. Children's Home. Women's Board.
Creator: Long Island Baptist Association. Children's Home.
Creator: Mercy Home for Children (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Missionary Training Institute (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: New York Port Society.
Creator: Peoples Pulpit Association.
Creator: Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.. Presbytery of Brooklyn. Woman's Home and Foreign Missionary Society.
Creator: Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.. Synod of Long Island. Woman's Home and Foreign Missionary Society.
Creator: Prospect Heights Presbyterian Church (New York, N.Y.). Young People's Society of Christian Endeavor.
Creator: Sixth Avenue Baptist Sunday School (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). Boys' Mission Band.
Creator: Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Diocesan Central Council of Brooklyn.
Creator: St. Phebe's Mission and Convalescent Home (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: St. Phebe's Mission.
Creator: Union for Christian Work (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.. Presbytery of Brooklyn-Nassau. Expansion Fund.
Creator: Warren Street Mission (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Wartburg Lutheran Home for Aged and Infirm (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Woman's American Baptist Home Mission Society. Long Island Division.
Creator: Woman's Baptist Foreign Missionary Society. Long Island Division.
Creator: Woman's Baptist Missionary Society. Long Island Division.
Creator: Woman's National Sabbath Alliance. Brooklyn Auxiliary.
Creator: Women's Baptist Home Mission Society. Long Island Division.
Title: Religious organizations of Brooklyn collection
Dates [inclusive]: 1828-1986
Dates [bulk]: Bulk, 1841-1931
Abstract: The religious organizations of Brooklyn collection contains records and publications of several church-affiliated and interdenominational charities, shelters, schools, and missions estalished in Brooklyn in the 19th and 20th centuries. Materials in the collection span the period 1828 to 1986 and chiefly consist of annual reports and manuals containing comprehensive information on organizations' yearly activities and accomplishments. Additional items include case study reports, newsletters, event programs, informational pamphlets and brochures, and catalogs.
Quantity: 1.3 linear feet in three manuscript boxes and one oversize folder.
Text [Box]: ARC.242 1 of 4
Text [Box]: ARC.242 2 of 4
Text [Box]: ARC.242 3 of 4
Text [Oversize]: ARC.242 4 of 4
Call Phrase: ARC.242
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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Historical Note

The widespread emergence of religious organizations devoted to philanthropy in New York City began with the revival of Protestantism in the early 19th century. The reemergence of Protestantism encouraged its followers to provide spiritual and material aid to those in need, and evangelicals responded by establishing a number of benevolent organizations, such as the American Tract Society and the American Bible Society, which were dedicated to the distribution of the scriptures, and the American Sunday School Union, which labored for the establishment of Sunday schools in rural areas. Other Protestant groups founded homes to shelter and care for orphans, widows, unwed mothers, the disabled, and the unemployed. Groups of other religious denominations, including Catholics and Jews, soon followed accordingly and established their own charities, shelters, societies, schools, and missions.

Despite their denominational affiliations, several religious organizations also supported interdenominational work so as to provide as wide-reaching a benefit as possible. While much of the highly-publicized philanthropy in 19th-century New York was the work of wealthy private citizens, such as Peter Cooper, John Jacob Astor, and Charles Pratt, religious organizations were instrumental to the burgeoning of philanthropy in the city, as their members, many of whom were women, conducted their roles as teachers, nurses, social workers, and missionaries for very low wages.

Sources:

  1. Hammock, David C. "Philanthropy," in The Encyclopedia of New York City, ed. Kenneth T. Jackson (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press; New York: New York Historical Society, c1995), 896-898.

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Scope and Contents

The religious organizations of Brooklyn collection contains records and publications of various religious philanthropic organizations estalished in Brooklyn in the 19th and 20th centuries. Materials in the collection span the period 1828 to 1986, with the bulk dating between 1841 and 1931.

The majority of the material consists of annual reports and manuals containing comprehensive information on several organizations' yearly activities and accomplishments. Most of these are contained as individual yearly publications, though some are compiled in bound volumes. The reports and manuals typically include historical information on an organization; lists of officers, directors, managers, and committees; reports from various officers within an organization; financial statements; minutes and proceedings from annual meetings; lists of donors and contributors; and lists of member churches, individual members, and subscribers.

The remainder of the collection consists of various publications and ephemera, including individually published articles of incorporation, constitutions, and bylaws; case study reports; newsletters; programs for fundraising events; informational pamphlets and brochures; and catalogs.

A significant number of organizations are represented in the collection, including the following, presented in alphabetical order:

American McAll Association, Brooklyn Auxiliary

Auxiliary Foreign Mission Society of New-York and Brooklyn

Brooklyn Association in Aid of the Grande-Ligne Mission

Brooklyn Baptist Orphanage (also represented under its subsequent names, the Children's Home of the Long Island Baptist Assocation and the Baptist Children's Home of Long Island)

Brooklyn City Bible Society

Brooklyn City Tract Society (also represented under its subsequent name, the Brooklyn City Mission and Tract Society)

Brooklyn Hebrew Orphan Asylum

Brooklyn Tabernacle of the Peoples Pulpit Association

Christian Union for Work Among the Chinese

Church Mission of Help, Diocese of Long Island

Congregational Church Extension Society of New York City and Brooklyn

Daughters of Israel Benefit Society

Evangelical Home for the Aged

Foreign Sunday School Association

Hebrew Educational Society of Brooklyn

Helping Hand of Brooklyn

International Catholic Truth Society

Long Island Division of the Women's Baptist Home Mission Society (also represented under its subsequent name, the Woman's American Baptist Home Mission Society)

Long Island Division of the Woman's Baptist Missionary Society (also represented under its subsequent name, the Woman's Baptist Foreign Missionary Society)

Mercy Home for Children

Missionary Training Institute

New York Port Society

Presbytery of Brooklyn-Nassau

Sixth Avenue Baptist Sunday School Boys' Mission Band

Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Diocesan Central Council of Brooklyn

St. Phebe's Mission (also known as St. Phebe's Mission and Convalescent Home)

Union for Christian Work

Warren Street Mission

Wartburg Lutheran Home for Aged and Infirm

Woman's National Sabbath Alliance, Brooklyn Auxiliary

Women's Home and Foreign Missionary Society of the Brooklyn Presbytery

Young People's Society of Christian Endeavor (Prospect Heights Presbyterian Church)

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Annual reports
  • Articles of incorporation
  • Brochures
  • Bylaws (administrative records)
  • Catalogs
  • Circulars (fliers)
  • Constitutions
  • Financial statements
  • Membership lists
  • Minutes
  • Pamphlets
  • Printed ephemera
  • Proceedings
  • Programs (documents)
  • Reports
  • Subscription lists
  • Volumes (documents by form)

Subject Organizations

  • American McAll Association. Brooklyn Auxiliary.
  • American Sunday-School Union. Foreign Sunday-School Association.
  • Auxiliary Foreign Mission Society of New-York and Brooklyn.
  • Baptist Children's Home of Long Island (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Brooklyn Association in Aid of the Grande-Ligne Mission (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Brooklyn Baptist Orphanage.
  • Brooklyn City Bible Society.
  • Brooklyn City Mission and Tract Society.
  • Brooklyn City Tract Society.
  • Brooklyn Hebrew Orphan Asylum.
  • Brooklyn Tabernacle (New York, N.Y.).
  • Christian Union for Work Among the Chinese (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Church Mission of Help (Episcopal Church). Diocese of Long Island.
  • Congregational Church Extension Society of New York City and Brooklyn.
  • Daughters of Israel Benefit Society (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Evangelical Home Society of Brooklyn (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). Evangelical Home for the Aged.
  • Foreign Sunday School Association.
  • Hebrew Educational Society of Brooklyn.
  • Helping Hand of Brooklyn (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • International Catholic Truth Society.
  • Long Island Baptist Association. Children's Home. Women's Board.
  • Long Island Baptist Association. Children's Home.
  • Mercy Home for Children (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Missionary Training Institute (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • New York Port Society.
  • Peoples Pulpit Association.
  • Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.. Presbytery of Brooklyn. Woman's Home and Foreign Missionary Society.
  • Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.. Synod of Long Island. Woman's Home and Foreign Missionary Society.
  • Prospect Heights Presbyterian Church (New York, N.Y.). Young People's Society of Christian Endeavor.
  • Sixth Avenue Baptist Sunday School (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). Boys' Mission Band.
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Diocesan Central Council of Brooklyn.
  • St. Phebe's Mission and Convalescent Home (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • St. Phebe's Mission.
  • Union for Christian Work (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.. Presbytery of Brooklyn-Nassau.
  • Warren Street Mission (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Wartburg Lutheran Home for Aged and Infirm (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Woman's American Baptist Home Mission Society. Long Island Division.
  • Woman's Baptist Foreign Missionary Society. Long Island Division.
  • Woman's Baptist Missionary Society. Long Island Division.
  • Woman's National Sabbath Alliance. Brooklyn Auxiliary.
  • Women's Baptist Home Mission Society. Long Island Division.

Subject Topics

  • Baptists -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Baptists -- New York (State) -- Kings County -x Charities
  • Baptists -- New York (State) -- Kings County -x Missions
  • Bible -- Publication and distribution -- Societies, etc.
  • Catholic Church -- New York (State) -- Kings County -x Charities
  • Catholics -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Charitable giving
  • Church charities -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Church charities -- New York (State) -- Kings County -x History
  • Church societies -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Church work with immigrants -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Church work with the poor -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Congregational churches -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Congregationalists -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Jews -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Jews -- New York (State) -- Kings County -x Charities
  • Lutheran Church -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Lutheran Church -- New York (State) -- Kings County -x Charities
  • Lutherans -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Methodist Episcopal Church -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Methodist Episcopal Church -- New York (State) -- Kings County -x Charities
  • Methodists -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Missionaries -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Old age homes -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Orphanages -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Presbyterian Church -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Presbyterian Church -- New York (State) -- Kings County -x Charities
  • Presbyterian Church -- New York (State) -- Kings County -x Missions
  • Presbyterians -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Protestants -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Religious education of children -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Religious institutions -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Social settlements -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Sunday schools -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Women in church work -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Long Island (N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); Religious organizations of Brooklyn collection, ARC.242, Box and Folder number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Portions of this collection were the gifts of Mrs. Henry E. Drake, 1986, and St. Phebe's Mission, 1915. Sources and dates of acquisition for all remaining items in the collection are unknown.

Processing Information note

Minimally processed to the collection level.

The collection combines the accessions 1985.096 and 1985.110.

Young People's Society of Christian Endeavor (Prospect Heights Presbyterian Church) file added to collection by John Zarrillo, December 2014.

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