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Guide to the Pierrepont family papers ARC.263

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Teresa Mora (1999), with modifications by Larry Weimer (2011).

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on August 10, 2015
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Pierrepont family
Creator: Pierrepont Stores (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Pierrepont, Henry Evelyn, 1808-1888
Creator: Pierrepont, Henry Evelyn, 1845-1911
Creator: Pierrepont, John Jay, 1849-1923
Title: Pierrepont family papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1761-1918
Abstract: The Pierrepont family papers (1761-1918) document the intersection of commercial, civic and personal interests across three generations of one of the most prominent and influential families of nineteenth century Brooklyn, New York. The bulk of the collection concerns the business dealings of Henry Evelyn Pierrepont from 1838 to his death in 1888. This especially includes an extensive set of accounting and transactional records concerning the Pierrepont Stores, the family's warehouse on Brooklyn's East River waterfront; these include records of ships arriving at the Stores and their cargoes delivered. Additionally, there are substantive correspondence, legal documents and other materials concerning the Union Ferry Company, of which Henry was an officer. In addition to commerce and shipping, a major theme of the collection is that of land acquisition in Brooklyn Heights and at the adjacent waterfront in the early nineteenth century, and the development of that property over the course of the century. Included in the collection are correspondence, deeds, indentures, leases, accounting records, diaries, maps, invoices, receipts, business proposals, legal filings, clippings, and historical and genealogical manuscripts.
Quantity: 94.55 linear feet in 7 manuscript boxes and 85 flat boxes
Language of Materials: Materials are in English.
Call Phrase: ARC.263
Sponsor: Arrangement and description sponsored in 1999 by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.