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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

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Series 3: Everett and Evelyn Ortner personal papers, 1900-2012

Scope and Contents

The series documents the professional, social, and familial lives of the Ortners, dating from 1900 to 2012. It includes an assortment of correspondence, clippings, photographs, ephemera, memorabilia, digital files, and other materials. The Ortners' involvement in Brooklyn cultural affairs and the historic preservation movement are well represented throughout the series.

Arrangement

The series is organized into eight sub-series:

Sub-series 3.1: Personal papers, memorabilia, and photographs

Sub-series 3.2: Personal correspondence

Sub-series 3.3: Publicity

Sub-series 3.4: 272 Berkeley Place

Sub-series 3.5: Finances

Sub-series 3.6: Address books

Sub-series 3.7: Daily diaries

Sub-series 3.8: Desktop computer tower

Sub-series 3.1: Personal papers, memorabilia, and photographs, 1900-2010. 14.82 Linear Feet in six manuscript boxes, five flat boxes, two small boxes, and one oversize folder

Scope and Contents

The sub-series contains a variety of materials that document the professional, social, and familial lives of the Ortners, dating from 1900 to 2010. It includes correspondence, photographs, clippings, writings, ephemera, and memorabilia. The Ortners' roles in Brooklyn's cultural institutions and the historic preservation movement are well represented throughout the sub-series.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 16 Folder : 3 E + E memorabilia - Mostly Everett

General

Includes photographs (dating back to 1900), clippings, and ephemera

1900-2006
Box: 16 Folder : 4 E + E pictures

General

Includes photographs of the Ortners and family, interior and exterior photographs of 272 Berkeley Place, family correspondence, and ephemera

1915-2007
Box: 16 Folder : 5 E + E memorabilia

General

Includes portrait of EHO's mother, Brownstone Revival Committee, Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, Popular Science, EHO's writings, correspondence, clippings, and ephemera

1915-2008
Box: 16 Folder : 6 EHO photographs
1920s-2004
Box: 16 Folder : 7 EGO photographs
circa 1920s-2000s
Box: 16 Folder : 8 E + E memorabilia

General

Includes Brownstone Revival Committee/Coalition, photographs, clippings, and ephemera

1939-2010
Box: 16 Folder : 9 Love letters and cards
circa 1940s-1960s
Box: 53 Folder : - EGO snapshots and photographs

General

Includes photographs of EGO, EHO, friends, parties, special events, pets, Prospect Park, Fulton Ferry/Brooklyn Bridge, and foreign travel. Polaroid photographs have been removed and filed separately for preservation purposes.

circa 1940s-1986
Box: 16 Folder : 10 Assorted memorabilia

General

Includes EHO Army portrait, EGO identification cards, EHO business card, and travel ephemera

1940s-1980s
Box: 17 Folder : 1 E + E memorabilia

General

Includes photographs, Army portrait of EHO, interior photographs of 272 Berkeley Place, Brownstone Revival Committee, Back to the City, course on Brownstones taught by EHO at the New School, clippings, and ephemera

1940s-2009
Box: 17 Folder : 2 Miscellaneous memories - OP/LP

General

Includes color transparencies of the interior of 116 Remsen Street (1963), photographs of EHO in the bath tub, a book titled Radio Talks on Mathematics (owned by EGO), a list of the Ortners' travels, correspondence, and clippings

1941-2005
Box: 17 Folder : 3 E + E memorabilia

General

Includes photographs, poems, Popular Science, correspondence, clippings, and ephemera

1950-2009
Box: 17 Folder : 4 Wedding invitations
1953
Box: 17 Folder : 5 E + E memorabilia

General

Includes photographs, clippings, and EGO memorials

1953, 1993-2008
Box: 17 Folder : 6-7 E + E memorabilia (2 folders)

General

Includes portraits of EGO, correspondence, clippings, and ephemera. Covers interior design, brownstones, Brooklyn Union Gas Company, Popular Science, and Long Island Historical Society.

1959-1976
Box: 17 Folder : 8 Anne E. Ortner and dog photographs
1960s
Box: 39 Folder : 1 Greece photographs
circa 1960s
Box: 72 Folder : - EHO portrait

General

Oversize

circa 1960s
Box: 68 Folder : - Unidentified Polaroids
circa 1960s
Box: 76 Folder : - Contact sheets

General

Oversize

1968
Box: 17 Folder : 9 EGO resumes
1960s-2000s
Box: 18 Folder : 1 EGO business cards and driver's license
1960s-2002
Box: 18 Folder : 2 EGO early career photographs at 272 Berkeley Place

General

Includes resume, clippings, and Park Slope walking tour flyer

1961-1971
Box: 18 Folder : 3 E + E odds and ends

General

Includes clippings, ephemera, a photograph of EGO, and invitation to the 100th anniversary of 272 Berkeley Place, and a note from Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz

1961-2004
Box: 39 Folder : 2 Puerto Rico vacation medium format color negatives
1962
Box: 18 Folder : 4 Man with dogs photograph
1966
Box: 18 Folder : 5 Victorian Society in America
1966-1970, 2002
Box: 18 Folder : 6 Pet dog "Mara" and cat

General

Includes dog licenses, name plate, and letter regarding dog biting a neighbor

1966-1991
Box: 18 Folder : 7 E + E memorabilia

General

Includes photographs, Brooklyn Brownstone Conference, 1992 Brownstone calendar, clippings, and ephemera

1966-2006
Box: 72 Folder : - Contact sheet: various objects

General

Oversize

1968
Box: 72 Folder : - Mounted photograph #52: Young EHO sitting for a caricature

General

Oversize

circa 1960s-1970s
Box: 72 Folder : - Mounted photograph #54

General

Oversize

circa 1960s-1970s
Box: 76 Folder : - Oversize photographic prints

General

Includes duplicate of mounted photograph #54

circa 1960s-1970s
Box: 18 Folder : 8 EHO portraits and biographical statements

General

Includes photographic prints and negatives

1970s-1980s
Box: 18 Folder : 9 Dining with E + E
1970s-2006
Box: 18 Folder : 10 EGO odds and ends
1970s-2006
Cabinet: Flat file A Drawer : 1 A Centennial Celebration - Tolstoy's 'War and Peace' read in its entirety poster (WBAI 99.5)

General

In Oversize Posters folder

1970
Box: 68 Folder : - EGO Polaroid snapshots
circa 1970
Box: 18 Folder : 11 EGO tribute file

General

Includes obituaries, honors, photographs, clippings, mementos, and remembrances

1970-2007
Box: 72 Folder : - EGO at Fulton Ferry Landing photograph by Jim Kallet

General

Oversize

circa 1975
Box: 3 Folder : 10 EGO - Art Commission and Landmarks Comission applications
1976-1984
Box: 18 Folder : 12 E + E memorabilia

General

Includes photographs, Preservation Volunteers, Brownstone Revival Committee, Back to the City Conference, an interior design article by EGO, correspondence, clippings, and ephemera

1976-2010
Box: 72 Folder : - EHO portraits - Matted Polaroids (three folders)

General

Oversize

1977
Box: 18 Folder : 13 EGO personal miscellaneous

General

Includes draft of speech delivered at Friends of BAM annual meeting and Long Island Historical Society Women's Committee files

1977-2003
Box: 18 Folder : 14 Montauk Club
1977, 2003-2004
Box: 39 Folder : 3 Old/Classic photographs
1979-1990
Box: 72 Folder : - Assorted Honors

General

Oversize certificates from Brownstone Revivial Committee (BRC), Victorian Society in America, City of Louisville, and the Preservation League of New York State

1979-2005
Box: 51 Folder : 5 8"x8" computer diskettes
1980s
Box: 39 Folder : 4 EHO face pasted on historic preservation cartoon
circa 1980s
Box: 18 Folder : 15 EHO, Howard Golden, and others photograph
circa 1980s
Box: 19 Folder : 2 Overseas Press Club
1981-1983
Box: 39 Folder : 5 Ronald Reagan letter to EGO
1982
Box: 39 Folder : 6 Award certificates

General

Includes Long Island Historical Society, Brooklyn Historical Society, and Historic Districts Council

1983-2002
Box: 73 Folder : - Brooklyn Borough President citations honoring EGO and EHO
1983, 1995, 2006
Box: 39 Folder : 7 Mauela at City Hall negatives and contact sheets
1984
Box: 19 Folder : 3 Savables

General

Includes clippings and correspondence

1984-2009
Box: 19 Folder : 4 Who's Who - Biographical
1984-2009
Box: 19 Folder : 5 Montauk Club stained glass dedication, 272 Berkeley Place parlor, EHO self-portraits, EGO portraits

General

Negatives and contact sheets

1985
Box: 19 Folder : 6 272 Berkeley Place 100th anniversary party photographs
1986
Box: 39 Folder : 8 Park Slope Civic Council George Lougren Memorial Award - EHO
1986
Box: 19 Folder : 7 Brooklyn Brewery
1987-2004
Box: 68 Folder : - EGO with statuary Polaroids
circa 1980s-1990s
Box: 19 Folder : 1 Postcards

General

Includes images of Brooklyn Botanic Graden and the Montauk Club taken by EHO, cards featuring EGO, Municipal Art Society postcards (including an image of 226 Berkeley Place), and historic images of Brooklyn

1980-2000s
Box: 39 Folder : 9 Bill Clinton inauguration and election night party invitations
1992-1993
Box: 19 Folder : 8 Mayor David Dinkins - New-York Historical Society
1993
Box: 74 Item : - St. Mary's Community Services - Preserving Community Art Award to EGO plaque
1995
Box: 39 Folder : 10 Park Slope Civic Council Volunteer Award - EGO
1996
Box: 76 Folder : - Ortner caricatures by Sam Norkin

General

Oversize

1996
Box: 19 Folder : 9 "House of Ortner" dinner menus and hummus certificate
1997-2005
Box: 19 Folder : 10 Eggenhofer art sale

General

Includes photographs

1999
Box: 19 Folder : 11 E + E memorabilia

General

Includes Ortner party ephemera and photographs

1999-2008
Box: 19 Folder : 12 Documents

General

Includes correspondence, EHO biographical statement, EHO talk on Park Slope, statement on EHO by EGO, statements on the Berkeley Carroll plan, and poem

2000-2010
Box: 19 Folder : 13 Postal cards
2001
Box: 19 Folder : 14 E + E anniversary dinners

General

Includes photograph

2001-2002
Box: 19 Folder : 15 Awards
2002
Box: 19 Folder : 16 Preservation League of New York State award

General

Includes photographs

2002
Box: 19 Folder : 17 Clippings and ephemera

General

Includes correspondence, event invitations and programs, and photographs of an Ortner party

2004-2010
Box: 39 Folder : 11 EHO birthday poem
2005
Box: 19 Folder : 18 BAM - EGO memorial service
2006
Box: 19 Folder : 19 Lucy G. Moses Award
2006
Box: 71 Item : - Lucy G. Moses award statue
2006
Box: 19 Folder : 20 EGO memorials and EHO letter to New York Times
2006-2007
Box: 19 Folder : 21 EHO curriculum vitae and award correspondence
2006-2009
Box: 76 Folder : - Evelyn Ortner Memorial Day proclamation

General

Oversize

2007
Box: 19 Folder : 22 EGO memorabilia
2009-2010
Box: 19 Folder : 23 EHO oral history interview

General

Recorded in 2003

2010
Box: 19 Folder : 24 Miscellaneous

General

Includes proposal for a photographic survey of historic buildings, 1871 Report of the City Clerk of the City of Brooklyn (pages 350-351), poem by EHO (1960), 12th Street preschool negatives, and ephemera

1871, 1960-2000s

Sub-series 3.2: Personal correspondence, 1939-2010. 1.2 Linear Feet in seventeen folders

Scope and Contents

The sub-series primarily consists of letters and cards written by the Ortners' friends and family, dating from 1939 to 2010. It also includes a small amount of clippings and ephemera, as well some outgoing correspondence written. Some notable correspondents include as President Jimmy Carter, President Bill Clinton, Mayor John V. Lindsay, State Senator William T. Conklin, and Borough President Sebastian Leone. Items of note include the Ortners' love letters and a draft letter to the Brooklyn Union Gas Company regarding the Cinderalla project.

Correspondence relating to brownstones and historic preservation can be found in Series 10: Brownstone correspondence.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 79 Folder : 8 Ortner family correspondence
1939-1964
Box: 8 Folder : 4 Special correspondence (letters)

General

Includes President Jimmy Carter, President Bill Clinton, and draft letter to Brooklyn Union Gas Company regarding Cinderella Award

1951-1993
Box: 8 Folder : 5-7 Special correspondence (cards) (3 folders)
1951-1993
Box: 9 Folder : 1 Special correspondence (ephemera)
1951-1993
Box: 9 Folder : 2-4 E + E correspondence (3 folders)

General

Includes New York City Mayor John V. Lindsay, New York State Senator William T. Conklin, Brooklyn Borough President Sebastian Leone, and love letters from EHO to EGO

1953-1983
Box: 9 Folder : 5 Sympathy cards for EGO's parents
1969-1970
Box: 9 Folder : 6 EGO cards
1983-1984
Box: 9 Folder : 7 EHO complaint letters
1990-2004
Box: 10 Folder : 1 Correspondence
1995-2005
Box: 10 Folder : 2-3 Correspondence (2 folders)
1999-2009
Box: 10 Folder : 4 EHO letters to New York Times
2007-2008
Box: 10 Folder : 5 EHO e-mails
2009-2010

Sub-series 3.3: Publicity, 1969-2004. 0.75 Linear Feet in nine folders

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

The sub-series contains ephemera, clippings, correspondence, and clippings related to the Ortners' role in Brooklyn cultural organizations and the historic preservation movement, dating from 1969 to 2004. Major institutions represented in the sub-series include the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Brooklyn Museum, Long Island Historical Society, Back to the City Conference, Montauk Club, and Brownstone Revival Committee. EGO's career as an interior designer is also represented in the sub-series.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 10 Folder : 6-7 E + E publicity (2 folders)

General

Includes photographs, U.S. Congressman Fred Richmond, BAM, Brooklyn Museum, Long Island Historical Society, other cultural institutions, historic preservation, and interior design

1969-1979
Box: 11 Folder : 1-2 EGO personal publicity (2 folders)

General

Includes photographs, ephemera, correspondence, and clippings. Covers cultural institutions (especially BAM), historic preservation, and interior design.

1970s
Box: 11 Folder : 3 Publicity - Lectures and clippings

General

Includes resumes

1974-2004
Box: 11 Folder : 4 EHO publicity
1976-1980s
Box: 11 Folder : 5-6 E + E publicity (2 folders)

General

Includes photographs, historic preservation, interior design, Back to the City, Montauk Club, Brooklyn Union Gas Company, Long Island Historical Society, New York Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and U.S. Congressman Fred Richmond

1978-1981
Box: 12 Folder : 1 EGO publicity

General

Includes photograph

1979-1999

Sub-series 3.4: 272 Berkeley Place, circa 1905-2009 1954-2009. 2 Linear Feet in ten folders and one flat box

Scope and Contents

The sub-series consists of files material related to the Ortner's home at 272 Berkeley Place in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn. It includes photographs, mortgages, a guest book, and other files, dating from circa 1905 to 2009. It also includes material related to Elsie Hincken, the first owner of the building. Additional photographs and other files related to the building can be found in Sub-series 3.1: Personal papers, memorabilia, and photographs,  Series 4: Brooklyn and Historic Preservation photographs, and  Series 12: Historic District Designation Reports.

Arrangement

Generally arranged chronologically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 47 Folder : 11 Copy of On Liberty by John Stuart Mill owned by Elsie Hincken
circa 1905
Box: 23 Folder : 13 Guest book
1954-1986
Box: 72 Folder : - 272 Berkeley Place interior photograph?

General

Oversize

circa 1960s
Box: 24 Folder : 1 Williamsburgh Savings Bank - Mortgage
1963-1978
Box: 24 Folder : 2 272 Berkeley Place directions
circa 1968
Box: 24 Folder : 3 272 Berkeley Place burglaries

General

Includes photographs and slides

1979-1980
Box: 24 Folder : 4 Studio apartment advertisement
circa 1990s
Box: 24 Folder : 5 Bluestone sidewalks
1993-1995
Box: 24 Folder : 6 272 Berkeley Place notes
2000s
Box: 24 Folder : 7 272 Berkeley Place interior photographs by Madeleine Isom
2002
Box: 72 Folder : - 272 Berkeley Place interior photographs by Levi Stolove

General

Oversize

circa 2006
Box: 24 Folder : 8 Elsie Hincken - First owner of 272 Berkeley Place - Notes by EHO
2007-2008

Sub-series 3.5: Finances, 1963-2008. 0.25 Linear Feet in three folders

Scope and Contents

The sub-series consist of the Ortners' expense journals and income tax returns, dating from 1963 to 2008.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 13 Folder : 3 Expense journals (three volumes)
1963-2001
Box: 13 Folder : 4-5 Income tax returns (two folders)
1996-2008

Sub-series 3.6: Address books, circa 1960s-2000s. 0.1 Linear Feet in one folder

Scope and Contents

The sub-series contains the Ortner's address books, dating from circa 1960s to 2000s.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 13 Folder : 6 Address books
circa 1960s-2000s

Sub-series 3.7: Daily diaries, 1968-2009. 0.9 Linear Feet in three folders and one small box

Scope and Contents

The sub-series consists of daily diaries that track the day-to-day affairs of the Ortners, dating from 1968 to 2009.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 13 Folder : 7 Daily diaries and notes
1968, 1974
Box: 14 Folder : 1-2 Daily diaries (2 folders)
1981-1985
Box: 15 Folder : - Daily diaries (36 diaries)
1985-2009

Sub-series 3.8: Personal computer, 2000s-2012. 1.16 Linear Feet in one personal computer

Conditions Governing Access

This computer is currently unprocessed and unavailable to researchers.

Scope and Contents

The collection includes one personal computer that belonged to the Ortners from the 2000s to 2012.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Item: Personal computer (1 of 1) Item : - Personal computer
2000s-2012

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