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Guide to the collection of Brooklyn, N.Y., Civil War relief associations records, ephemera and other material ARC.245

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Collection processed by Deena M. Schwimmer, updated by Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on June 13, 2019
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Material found in repository added to collection by Lena Evers-Hillstrom  , October 2018

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Women's Relief Association of the City of Brooklyn
Creator: Brooklyn and Long Island Fair in Aid of the United States Sanitary Commission. (1864)
Creator: War Fund Committee (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
Title: Collection of Brooklyn, N.Y., Civil War relief associations records, ephemera and other material
Dates [inclusive]: circa 1798 to 1964
Dates [bulk]: 1861-1866
Abstract: The collection was compiled over time by the Brooklyn Historical Society (formerly the Long Island Historical Society). It principally contains the records of two major Brooklyn-based Civil War relief associations, the War Fund Committee and the Women's Relief Association, including records of their various projects. A large portion of the collection documents one significant project undertaken by these organizations, the Brooklyn and Long Island Fair of 1864, also known as the Sanitary Fair. Documentation of the Fair covers both its financial aspects and the events and exhibits taking place there, and includes posters, broadsheets, printed matter, the Fair's newspaper, subscription books, admission tickets, stereographs of the New England Kitchen exhibit, and more. Some artifacts exhibited at the Fair are included in the collection, notably an album of autographed writings with contributions by Hawthorne, Longfellow, and James Fenimore Cooper, among many others. Documents concerning other relief organizations are found in the collection, including the Brooklyn Bureau of the American Freedmen's Friend Society and the Brooklyn and Long Island Christian Commission. Records of fundraising in Brooklyn for a Lincoln Monument Fund and in response to an 1866 fire in Portland, Maine, are also included. In addition, the collection holds other materials, primarily concerning the Civil War, relief efforts in cities other than Brooklyn, politics, commercial advertising, and other matters.
Quantity: 4 Linear Feet in 5 manuscript boxes and 9 boxes of various sizes
Language: Materials in English, except for a set of correspondence in Spanish.
Call Phrase: ARC.245