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Guide to the John B. Woodward papers ARC.275

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Carolyn Vega

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on March 01, 2016
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Finding aid revised and entered into Archivists' Toolkit by Nicholas Pavlik (October 2011). Cartes-de-visite and cabinet cards added to description by Larry Weimer.  , January 2012

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Woodward family
Creator: Woodward, John B., (John Blackburne), 1835-1896
Title: John B. Woodward papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1820-1924
Abstract: This collection consists of correspondence, ephemera, scrapbooks, cartes-de-visite, cabinet cards, and other materials relating to John Blackburne Woodward (1835-1896). A lifelong Brooklyn resident, Woodward was a notable businessman, military officer, and philanthropist. He ran a successful trading business, completed his military career as Adjutant General, and served on the boards of many prominent organizations. The revitalization of both the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences and Prospect Park have been attributed to Woodward's dedicated work. In 1885, Woodward made an unsuccessful bid for Mayor of Brooklyn. The collection includes material on several organizations that Woodward was engaged in, particularly from the 1860s through the 1890s. These included Johnstown flood relief, the Society of the Army of the Potomac, J. S. T. Stranahan Statue Fund, the 13th Regiment of the National Guard of the State of New York (during the Civil War years), and the Brooklyn Institute. Political campaign ephemera of the 1880s is in the collection. The photographs in the collection are principally of the regimental military officers Woodward served with.
Quantity: 3.0 linear feet in one manuscript box, one record carton, and four other containers.
Graphic materials [Box]: 6
Graphic materials [Box]: 5 (Cartes-de-visite 1)
Text [Box]: 1
Text [Item]: 3
Text [Box]: 2
Graphic materials [Box]: 4
Call Phrase: ARC.275
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.