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Guide to the Pierrepont family papers ARC.263

Center for Brooklyn History
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

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

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on June 09, 2022
eng using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Last updated by John Zarrillo Updated by Maggie Schreiner to reflect the incorporation of additional materials Updated by Alice Griffin to include CBH language.  , March 2017 , March 2019 , May 2022

Container List

Series 2: Personal and Social Matters, 1823-1918. 1.5 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

This series primarily concerns the private, social, educational, and cultural pursuits of various Pierreponts, principally Henry Sr. Some important documents concern the Pierreponts's commercial and property interests; an example of this is an 1845 letter from Henry concerning Brooklyn Heights and Montague Street land transactions. Much of the correspondence in the series concerns the various civic committees and religious or cultural institutions supported by the Pierreponts, including the Long Island Historical Society, Astronomical Society of Brooklyn, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Committee on the University, and St. John's Church. Some correspondence and other documents concern the two Anna Maria Pierreponts (Constable and Jay); among these is an 1848 letter discussing the impact of a large fire in Brooklyn.

Also found here are materials concerning Henry's elementary education and intellectual interests, family history and genealogy, and material concerning deaths and burial monuments. Among the historical notes is 1863 correspondence from Henry Sr. to Henry Stiles discussing the history of Brooklyn Heights. Some financial records are included in the series, such as the details of a 1845 wharf and land purchase and Henry's personal cash book (1825-1832). Also included is a 1907-08 series of National Photographic Library Postcards presented to the LIHS by Henry E. Pierrepont.


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

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 3, 4 Henry E. Pierrepont: early education (2 folders)


Includes the book Key to the exercises calculated to enable private learners to become their own instructors in grammar and composition. Includes the  Yearly distribution of premiums for the pupils of the Lyceum.

Box: 9 Folder : 1 Notebook of H.E. Pierrepont containing mathematical exercises, sketches, and essays
circa 1830
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Barometric record kept by H.E. Pierrepont
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Article by H.E. Pierrepont on the tides of the Great Lakes
Box: 1 Folder : 7 List of Subscribers to the Brooklyn Assembly
1832, 1873
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Washington and Montague Park proposals published in local newspapers, also includes correspondence
1845-1848, 1860
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Astronomical Society of Brooklyn: subscription book for the construction of an observatory, constitution


One piece of correspondence is in French.

Box: 1 Folder : 10 Act concerning French Spoliation Claims
1850, 1885
Box: 91 Folder : 2 Passport, H.E Pierrepont, Jr.
Box: 1 Folder : 11-15 Correspondence: Henry and Henry Jr. (5 folders)


These folders include correspondence to and from the Henry Pierreponts. Most likely concern Henry Sr., though Henry Jr. is also represented. Correspondence to a Henry from one of the Anna Maria Pierreponts is included in a later folder.

Box: 1 Folder : 16 Correspondence: John J.
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Correspondence and other documents: Anna Marias (Constable and Jay)


This folder includes documents likely related to both Anna Maria (Constable) Pierrepont (Hezekiah's wife) and to Anna Maria (Jay) Pierrepont (Henry Sr's wife).

Box: 1 Folder : 18 Correspondence: to Seth (Low Pierrepont?)
Box: 1 Folder : 19 H.E. Pierrepont's personal cash book
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Financial Documents


Includes financial details of a 1845 wharf and land purchase.

1838, 1845, 1865-1870
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Contents of H.E. Pierrepont, Jr.'s wallet


The wallet itself was removed from this collection to BHS's museum collection. The contents include genealogical notes, correspondence, financial notes, and clippings.

Box: 1 Folder : 22 Social cards
circa 1890
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Ellen Low Pierrepont: death and estate
Box: 1 Folder : 24 Pierrepont Family History prepared by John Jay Pierrepont (photocopy)
1904, 1921
Box: 1 Folder : 25 Typescript recollections concerning Peter and Nancy (both blind from smallpox), children of Pierre Jay
circa 1880s
Box: 1 Folder : 26 Notes concerning history of plate once owned by Nathan Beers
circa 1900
Box: 1 Folder : 27 National Photographic Library Postcards and certificate presented to LIHS by Henry E. Pierrepont

Processing Information

Archival material found in repository added to collection by Lena Evers-Hillstrom in October 2018.

Scope and Contents

Contains 1908 certificate of membership for Henry E. Pierrepont to the National Photographic Library, a placard declaring that it was presented by Pierrepont to the Long Island Historical Society, and several placards with photographs and descriptions on the back. The 1907 photographs are of natural phenomena in Alaska and the Southwestern United States such as Yellowstone Park, anthropological images of Southwestern Native peoples, and images of archeological sites. The images have detailed descriptions of what they depict on the backs of the individual placards.

Box: 93 Pierrepont House architectural drawings

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