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Guide to the Brooklyn scrapbooks collection ARC.247

Center for Brooklyn History
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Nicholas Pavlik

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on January 06, 2023
eng using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Revised by Diana Bowers  , November 2022

Descriptive Summary

Creator - com: Mercier, Helen Cory
Creator - com: Nickerson, Herman
Creator - com: Frost, Josephine C.
Creator - com: Hoag, Spencer
Creator - com: Havemeyer, Loomis
Title: Brooklyn scrapbooks collection
Dates [inclusive]: circa 1840 to 1979
Abstract: The Brooklyn scrapbooks collection consists of 22 volumes containing ephemeral materials documenting several subjects in Brooklyn from the 1840s to the 1970s.
Quantity: 7.2 Linear Feet in two record cartons, six flat boxes and two volumes.
Call Phrase: ARC.247
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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Scope and Contents

Subjects include the Henry Ward Beecher adultery trial of 1875, the Brooklyn Theatre fire of 1876, the Coney Island Mardi Gras celebrations of 1913 and 1924, the 1935 proposition of the New York City and Long Island parkway system, World War I and World War II, the Prospect Park centennial in 1966, and several additional topics generally relating to history, business, politics, genealogy, and social and cultural life in Brooklyn, Long Island, and New York City. Compilers of the scrapbooks include Josephine C. Frost, Spencer Hoag, Helen Cory Mercier, and Herman Nickerson, though the origins of many of the scrapbooks are unknown. Materials in the scrapbooks include clippings and obituaries (many from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper), programs, pamphlets, menus, magazines, invitations and announcements, press releases, theater playbills, poems, postcards, illustrations, cartoons, and photographs. Also included is a scrapbook documenting a 1902 trip to Europe taken by Brooklyn resident Loomis Havemeyer (1886-1971) and his family.


This is an artifical collection and there is no formal arrangement.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Frost, Josephine C.
  • Cutter, Bloodgood H. (Bloodgood Haviland)
  • Cory, Maude Wilson
  • Beecher, Henry Ward

Document Type

  • Pamphlets
  • Correspondence
  • Picture postcards
  • Illustrations (layout features)
  • Photographs
  • Programs (documents)
  • Playbills
  • Menus
  • Obituaries
  • Press releases
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Scrapbooks
  • Maps
  • Poems
  • Printed ephemera
  • Magazines (periodicals)

Subject Organizations

  • Kings County Historical Society
  • Prospect Park Centennial Committee
  • Coney Island Carnival Company (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). Executive Committee

Subject Topics

  • Genealogy
  • Families -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • History -- Societies, etc.
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • Centennial celebrations, etc.
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Real property -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Parkways -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Parkways -- New York (State) -- Long Island
  • Voyages and travels
  • Trials (Adultery) -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Carnival -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Fires -x Casualties -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Theaters -x Fires and fire prevention -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Europe -- Description and travel
  • Theaters -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Theater -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x Intellectual life
  • Prospect Park (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x History
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x Politics and government
  • Long Island (N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • Coney Island (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x Social life and customs

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction. The collection may only be used in the library and is not available through interlibrary loan. Requests to view the collection must be made at least 48 hours in advance of visit.

Conditions Governing Use

While many items at the Center for Brooklyn History are unrestricted, we do not own reproduction rights to all materials. Be aware of the several kinds of rights that might apply: copyright, licensing and trademarks. The researcher assumes all responsibility for copyright questions.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); Brooklyn scrapbooks collection, ARC.247, Box and Folder number; Brooklyn Public Library, Center for Brooklyn History.

Related Materials

Brooklyn Theatre Fire Relief Association Records (1977.049)

Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims and Henry Ward Beecher collection (ARC.212)

Henry F. Minton scrapbook (1977.271)

Plymouth Church publications and ephemera (1986.019)

Brooklyn Republican Party scrapbook (1977.077)

Bloodgood H. Cutter autograph (1974.240)

Brooklyn Playbills and Programs Collection (BCMS.0041): Park Theatre

Frank Jenks theater program collection (1992.023)

May B. Woodward scrapbook (1977.292)

Brooklyn theater collection (1977.041)

Kings County Historical Society records (ARC.058)

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

If digital surrogates exist, they should be used in place of the originals whenever possible.

Existence and Location of Copies

The Brooklyn Theatre Fire scrapbook by Augustus Toedteberg has been photocopied for access and is available in the library under the call number F129.B7 B768 1876p.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Portions of the collection were the gift of Laura M. Brewster, Don Fina, Josephine C. Frost, Spencer Hoag, Helen Cory Mercier, and William A. Robbins, and Gabriel Harrison, dates unknown. Sources and dates of acquisition for remaining scrapbooks in the collection are unknown.

Processing Information

This collection combines the accessions 1977.128, 1978.081, 1978.129, 1985.067, and 1991.046 along with additional found-in-collection material.

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Container List

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 1 A Brief History of Maude Wilson Cory
Mercier, Helen Cory

Scope and Contents

Newspaper clippings related to Brooklynite Maude Wilson Cory (1879-1964), "who was prominent in business and politics."

Cory, Maude Wilson
Box: 1 Personal scrapbook of Josephine C. Frost
Frost, Josephine C.

Biographical Note

Josephine C. Frost was a genealogist who lived in Brooklyn.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, clippings and photographs related to Frost's life and family.

Box: 1 Scrapbook of poems from different sources
Nickerson, Herman

Scope and Contents

Collected by Herman Nickerson, Northport, Long Island and with commentary in shorthand.

1870 July 6
Box: 1 Politics, vols. 3-5
Hoag, Spencer

Scope and Contents

Three volumes of politics clippings from Brooklyn newspapers. Volume 3 has an index at the front.

circa 1887
Box: 2 [Clippings]
Brewster, Laura M.
Brewster, Laura M.
circa 1850s-1880s
Box: 2 Miscellaneous Historical Notes

Scope and Contents

Clippings related to historic buildings in the Northeast region of the United States.

Box: 2 Poems by Bloodgood Cutter
Cutter, Bloodgood H. (Bloodgood Haviland)
Box: 2 [Eagle clippings]
Fina, Donald P.

Scope and Contents

Four volumes of clippings from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. There are two volumes with clippings related to vital statistics (obituaries, marriage announcements etc.) and one each on real estate and transit.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

These scrapbooks appear to have been compiled by Donald P. Fina, although one label reads "Don Frica."

Box: 3 Clippings of portraits and cartoons of the Beecher-Tilden Trial
Morris & Pearsall
Box: 3 Park Theatre Broadsides
Harrison, Gabriel
Harrison, Gabriel
Box: 4 Parkway System - New York City and Long Island

Scope and Contents

Black and white photographs documenting the construction of various parkways around New York City and Long Island. Also includes one folded map at front.

Box: 5 Loomis Havemeyer vacation scrapbook

Scope and Contents

Documents a 1902 trip to Europe taken by Brooklyn resident Loomis Havemeyer (1886-1971) and his family.

Box: 6 Prospect Park Centennial scrapbook

Scope and Contents

"To Robert E. Blum from Jack [Ray; coordinator] and [Miss] Jimi [Kadrey; assistant]." Contains correspondence, clippings, photographs and ephemera as well as an original centennial flag.

Box: 7 [Preutz scrapbook]

Scope and Contents

This scrapbook has multiple pieces of correspondence loose at front addressed to Alex E. Preutz. It contains clippings and ephemera related to New York City politics and sports as well as military and veteran news (primarily circa 1940s-1950s). Loose at the front is one issue of New York News magazine, October 13 1974.

Box: 7 Kings County Historical Society scrapbook

Scope and Contents

Ephemera and publications from the Kings County Historical Society.

Kings County Historical Society
circa 1911-1920
Box: 8 Brooklyn Theatre Fire scrapbook compiled by Augustus Toedteberg
Toedteberg, Augustus

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A photocopied version of this scrapbook is available in the library under the call number F129.B7 B768 1876p and should be used in place of this original if possible.

Box: 9 [Coney Island] Mardi Gras "Frolics of 1924"

Scope and Contents

Scrapbook of clippings related to Coney Island Mardi Gras, 1924. One photograph of Coney Island Mardi Gras Executive Committee, 1913. One letter from Coney Island Business Men's Club, undated.


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