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Guide to the Everett and Evelyn Ortner papers and photographs ARC.306

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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on July 02, 2019
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 Last updated by John Zarrillo Revised by Maggie Schreiner to include link to digitized AV material.  , May 2017 , July 2019

Container List

Series 7: Brownstone Revival Comittee records, 1967-2008

Scope and Contents

The series contains files relating to the Brownstone Revival Committee (BRC) (later Brownstone Revival Coalition), dating from 1967 to 2008. It includes organizational records, lecture and workshop files, copies of the Brownstone calendar, and issues of the organization's publication, The Brownstoner.

Additional files related to the BRC can be found in Series 3: Everett and Evelyn Ortner personal papers,  Series 5: Brooklyn and Historic Preservation lectures,  Series 6: Brooklyn and Historic Preservation general files,  Series 8: Back to the City Conference,  Series 9: Brownstones and Historic Preservation clippings, and  Series 10: Brownstone correspondence.

Arrangement

The series is organized into five sub-series:

Sub-series 7.1: Brownstone Revival Committee administrative records

Sub-series 7.2: Brownstone Revival Committee lectures, seminars, and workshops

Sub-series 7.3: The Brownstoner

Sub-series 7.4: Brownstone calendars and photographs

Sub-series 7.5: H. Dickson McKenna files

Sub-series 7.1: Brownstone Revival Committee administrative records, 1967-2008. 5.85 Linear Feet in two manuscript boxes, four folders, and two oversize folder

Scope and Contents

The sub-series contains administrative records of the Brownstone Revival Committee (BRC) (later the Brownstone Revival Coalition), dating from 1967 to 2008. They include Board of Directors files, correspondence, reports, financial records, photographs, home-buyer's guides, one scrapbook, and ephemera.

The BRC organized the first Back to the City conference in 1974, and some files related to that conference are found in this sub-series.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 26 Folder : 10 BRC Historic

General

Includes 1979-1986 board meeting minutes

1967-2004
Box: 26 Folder : 11 Home-Buyer's Guide to New York City Brownstone Neighborhoods
1969
Box: 26 Folder : 12 BRC - General I
1969-1975
Box: 27 Folder : 1 BRC - General II
1968-1974
Box: 27 Folder : 2 BRC - General III
1970-1986
Box: 27 Folder : 3 BRC "Gems"

General

Includes Park Slope walking tour, Gowanus typescript by John Muir, lists of recommended professionals and craftpersons, and other documents

1970s-1998
Box: 27 Folder : 4 BRC vs. IRS
1970-1971
Box: 27 Folder : 5 Brownstone Surveys
1971-2002
Box: 27 Folder : 6 Back to the City tour
1974
Box: 27 Folder : 7 BRC - Publicity

General

Includes Back to the City

1974-1976
Box: 27 Folder : 8 BRC bank, mortgages, and bankers
1975-1976
Box: 27 Folder : 9 BRC board meetings

General

Includes financial records

1977-1983
Box: 28 Folder : 1 BRC Guide to New York City's Fine Old Neighborhoods (fourth edition)
1979
Box: 77 Folder : - Brownstone Revival Committee scrapbook
1979-1980
Box: 28 Folder : 2 Brownstone Revival Committee and Brownstone Fairs

General

Includes photograph of Brooklyn Borough President Sebastian Leone and Brooklyn Union Gas Company President Eugene Luntey with Brownstone billboard

1980-1987
Box: 28 Folder : 3 Reverse Mortgages

General

Includes Ortners' reverse mortgage application for 272 Berkeley Place and issues of the Brownstoner (Spring and Winter 1989, Spring 1990, and Fall 1993)

1982-1994
Box: 28 Folder : 4 Brownstone Revival Coalition of New York
1982-2007
Box: 75 Folder : - Brooklyn Brownstone Fair posters

General

Oversize

1986
Box: 75 Folder : - BRC brochure layout

General

Oversize

1986
Box: 28 Folder : 5 BRC correspondence
1986-2000
Box: 28 Folder : 6 Brownstoner Ad appeal/rates
1986-2004
Box: 28 Folder : 7 Brownstone Awards
1989-1993
Box: 28 Folder : 8 BRC membership forms
circa 1990s
Box: 28 Folder : 9 Grants
1990-1996
Box: 28 Folder : 10 BRC miscellaneous
1995-1998
Box: 28 Folder : 11 BRC Board of Directors
1996-1997
Box: 28 Folder : 12 BRC brochure
1996-2001
Box: 29 Folder : 1 BRC bills
1996-2003
Box: 29 Folder : 2 BRC board meetings and mailing lists
2008

Sub-series 7.2: Brownstone Revival Committee lectures, seminars, and workshops, 1970-2004. 0.65 Linear Feet in twelve folders

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

The sub-series contains files relating the lectures, workshops, and seminars produced by the Brownstone Revival Comittee (later the Brownstone Revival Coalition), dating from 1970 to 2004. It includes correspondence, flyers, programs, lecture notes, slide lists, and photographs.

Additional lectures delivered by EHO, some of which may have been produced by the Brownstone Revival Committee, can be found in Sub-series 3.1: Personal papers, memorabilia, and photographs,  Sub-series 3.3: Publicity, and  Series 5: Brooklyn and Historic Preservation lectures. Slides were used by EHO in his lectures can be found in  Sub-series 4.3: Brooklyn and Historic Preservation slides.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 25 Folder : 6 BRC lectures
1970-1974
Box: 25 Folder : 7-8 BRC lecture notes and slide lists (2 folders)
1970s-2004
Box: 26 Folder : 1 BRC lectures

General

Includes 3.5" floppy disk

1990-2002
Box: 26 Folder : 2 BRC seminars
1996
Box: 26 Folder : 3 BRC fall seminars
1998
Box: 26 Folder : 4 BRC workshops
1980-2001
Box: 26 Folder : 5 BRC workshop

General

Includes photographs

1990
Box: 26 Folder : 6 BRC workshop
1991
Box: 26 Folder : 7 BRC workshop
1992
Box: 26 Folder : 8 BRC workshop
1994
Box: 26 Folder : 9 BRC workshop
2001

Sub-series 7.3: The Brownstoner, 1968-2005. 0.25 Linear Feet in three folders

Scope and Contents

The sub-series contains issues of The Brownstoner, the newsletter for the Brownstone Revival Committee (later the Brownstone Revival Coalition), dating from 1968 to 2005. The newsletter includes articles on historic home renovation, state and local legislation concerning historic homes and home buying, finances (mortgages, insurance, etc.), cultural events, street beautification, walking tours and lectures, landmarking, and gentrification.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 20 Folder : 1 The Brownstoner
1968-1970
Box: 20 Folder : 2 The Brownstoner
1971-1972
Box: 20 Folder : 3 The Brownstoner
1973-1974
Box: 20 Folder : 4 The Brownstoner
1975-1976
Box: 20 Folder : 5 The Brownstoner
1977-1978
Box: 21 Folder : 1 The Brownstoner
1979-1980
Box: 21 Folder : 2 The Brownstoner
1981-1982
Box: 21 Folder : 3 The Brownstoner
1983-1985
Box: 21 Folder : 4 The Brownstoner
1986-1987
Box: 21 Folder : 5 The Brownstoner
1988-1989
Box: 22 Folder : 1 The Brownstoner
1990-1992
Box: 22 Folder : 2 The Brownstoner
1993-1997
Box: 22 Folder : 3 The Brownstoner
1998-2005

Sub-series 7.4: Brownstone calendars and photographs, 1985-2006. 0.65 Linear Feet in thirteen folders

Arrangement

The sub-series is subdivided into calendars and photographs. Each section is arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

The sub-series consists of calendars produced by the Brownstone Revival Committee (later the Brownstone Revival Coalition) and copy photographs (prints, negatives, and contact sheets) that were featured in the calendars, dating from 1985 to 2006. The calendars include images of 19th century New York (primarily Manhattan) and advertisements for businesses related to brownstones and historic home renovation. The photographs portion of the sub-series includes some images that were not used in the calendars. The sub-series does not include calendars for the following years: 1986, 1987, and 2003.

Additional copy slides of images used in the calendar can be found in Sub-series 4.3: Brooklyn and Historic Preservation slides.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 22 Folder : 4 Brownstone calendars
1985, 1988-1997
Box: 22 Folder : 5 Brownstone calendars
1998-2002, 2004-2006
Box: 23 Folder : 1 Brownstone calendar - Prints and negatives

General

Includes photograph of EGO and Clem Labine

circa 1980s-1990s
Box: 23 Folder : 2 Brownstone calendar - Negatives and contact sheets
1988
Box: 23 Folder : 3 Brownstone calendar - Prints and negatives
1990
Box: 23 Folder : 4 Brownstone calendar - Prints
1991
Box: 23 Folder : 5 Brownstone calendar - Pix not used
1991
Box: 23 Folder : 6 Brownstone calendar - Negatives
1991-1992
Box: 23 Folder : 7 Brownstone calendar - Prints and negatives
1994-1995
Box: 23 Folder : 8 Brownstone calendar - Prints and negatives
1998-1999
Box: 23 Folder : 9 Brownstone calendar - Prints, negatives, and captions
2002
Box: 23 Folder : 10 Brownstone calendar - Negatives
2003
Box: 23 Folder : 11 Brownstone calendar - Prints
2000s

Sub-series 7.5: H. Dickson McKenna files, 1972-1994. 1.8 Linear Feet in three folders and one oversize folder

Scope and Contents

The sub-series contains the Brownstone Revival Committee (BRC) and Back to the City Conference records of H. Dickson McKenna, dating from 1972 to 1994. McKenna was an organizer and speaker at the first Back to the City Conference in 1974, and served as the Treasurer and board member of the BRC in the 1980s and 1990s.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 29 Folder : 3 H. Dickson McKenna's Back to the City file
1972-1974
Box: 29 Folder : 4 H. Dickson McKenna's BRC board files
1981-1982
Box: 29 Folder : 5 H. Dickson McKenna's BRC board files
1985-1994
Box: 72 Folder : - H. Dickson McKenn'as BRC financial records

General

Oversize

1984-1992

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