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

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Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by John Zarrillo

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on July 02, 2019
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Last updated by John Zarrillo Revised by Maggie Schreiner to include link to digitized AV material.  , May 2017 , July 2019

Container List

Series 6: Brooklyn and Historic Preservation general files, circa 1880-2008. 22.45 Linear Feet in eleven manuscript boxes, five flat boxes, two small boxes, two film canisters, and one oversize folder

Arrangement

The series contains an assortment of unorganized files that were arranged chronologically by the processing archivist.

Scope and Contents

This series is comprised of assorted files relating to Brooklyn (history and culture) and the historic preservation movement that were collected by the Ortners, dating from circa 1880 to 2008. The files include publications, typescripts, correspondence, photographs, posters, 16mm films, VHS tapes, notes, and other materials. It contains a small of amount of historical memorabilia, including an engraving print of the First Methodist Episcopal Church, a Brooklyn Young Republicans ribbon, and a menu from Trommer's restaurant. Architectural drawings for buildings on the south side of Ninth Street (east of Eighth Avenue) in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn are also available in the series.

The series documents several Brooklyn organizations, including the Park Slope Betterment Committee, Park Slope Block Association, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Brooklyn Museum, Long Island Historical Society/Brooklyn Historical Society (LIHS/BHS), Brownstone Revival Committee/Coalition, Brooklyn Union Gas Company's Cinderella projects, and Preservation Volunteers. Of particular note are the files relating to the Park Slope Betterment Committee, which was established in the mid-1960s and was a precursor to the Park Slope Civic Council. The efforts of these groups led to landmarking of the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn. Also of note are files relating to the Board of Directors of both BAM and LIHS/BHS.

The series contains two 16mm films: a WCBS-TV Eye on New York segment titled "So You Want To Own A Brownstone" and a film titled Brooklyn Bridge.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 39 Folder : 15 First Place Methodist Episcopal Church engraving print
circa 1880
Box: 39 Folder : 16 Brooklyn Young Republican Club ribbon
1885
Box: 75 Folder : - Elevation and sections of seven four story and cellar brick houses on the south side of Ninth Street, 237' - 10 1/2" east of Eighth Avenue - Charles Hart, owner and Thomas F. Carroll, architect

General

Oversize architectural drawings

circa 1890s
Box: 40 Folder : 1 New England Society in Brooklyn
1904-1911
Box: 40 Folder : 2 New York City research (1 of 3)
1911-1980s
Box: 40 Folder : 3 New York City research (2 of 3)
1911-1980s
Box: 72 Folder : - New York City research (3 of 3)

General

Oversize. Includes "South Brooklyn and Gowanus in History" by Charles M. Higgins.

1911-1980s
Box: 77 Folder : - Trommer's menu

General

Located at Bushwick Avenue and Conway Street

1920s
Box: 40 Folder : 4 Brooklyn Bridge (Brooklyn Museum)
1958, 1983
Box: 40 Folder : 5 "How They Brought Brooklyn Chewing Gum to the Brownstone Ball" typescript by EHO
1960s
Box: 40 Folder : 6 Park Slope map
1960s
Box: 40 Folder : 7 Prospect Park
1964-1976
Box: 40 Folder : 8 Long Island Historical Society - Prospect Park Centennial
1965
Box: 75 Folder : - Park Slope Civic Council brochure

General

Oversize

circa 1965
Box: 40 Folder : 9 Park Slope Civic Council releases

General

Includes photographs of Frederick W. Richmond

1965-1969
Box: 69 Item : - Prospect Park Centennial medal
1966
Box: 40 Folder : 10 Park Slope Block Association - Preservation
1966-1967
Box: 40 Folder : 11 Park Slope Betterment Committee
1966-1970
Box: 41 Folder : 1 Park Slope Betterment Committee
1966-1974
Box: 41 Folder : 2 Flatbush Avenue Improvement Committee
1966-1974
Box: 41 Folder : 3 House Tours (1 of 2)

General

Includes Brooklyn neighborhoods of Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Prospect Heights, and Hoboken, New Jersey.

1966-1986
Box: 76 Folder : - House Tours (2 of 2)

General

Oversize

1966-1986
Box: 76 Folder : - Up to the minute map of Grand Army Plaza area the scenic hub and cultural centre of Brooklyn

General

Oversize

1967
Box: 41 Folder : 4 Bankers Party
1967-1970
Box: 41 Folder : 5 Park Slope Betterment Committee book
1967-1971
Bin: 2014.003.06.1 Reel : - WCBS-TV News Eye on New York - "So You Want To Own A Brownstone" film
1968
Box: 41 Folder : 6 Park Slope Betterment Committee - Finances
1968-1969
Box: 75 Folder : - Clipping on the Park Slope North Improvement Project with photographs by EHO

General

Oversize

1969
Box: 41 Folder : 7 Landmark Preservation by John S. Pyke Jr.
1969
Box: 41 Folder : 8 Park Slope Betterment Committee
1969-2007
Box: 41 Folder : 9 Secession
1969
Box: 41 Folder : 10 Park Slope Betterment Committee - Prospect Place project (1 of 2)

General

Includes photographs documenting brownstones on Prospect Place by James Kalett

1969-1970
Box: 76 Folder : - Park Slope Betterment Committee - Prospect Place project (2 of 2)

General

Photographs documenting brownstones on Prospect Place by James Kalett in an oversize folder.

1969-1970
Box: 41 Folder : 11 Downtown Brooklyn Development Committee
1969-1971
Box: 41 Folder : 12 Brownstone Archival

General

Includes Brooklyn Union Gas Company, Cinderella II, Victorian Society in America, Park Slope Betterment Committee, and Brownstone Revival Committee

1969-1978
Box: 41 Folder : 13 Master Plan - Brownstone Reference
1969-1982
Box: 76 Folder : - Carroll Gardens architectural preservation poster

General

Oversize. In Italian and English.

circa 1960s-1970s
Box: 42 Folder : 1 Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) ephemera
1970s
Box: 42 Folder : 2 Fort Greene
1970s
Reel: 2014.003.06.2a,b Reel : - Brooklyn Bridge film (two reels)
circa 1970s
Box: 77 Folder : - The Old-House Journal binder
circa 1970s
Box: 42 Folder : 3 The Victorian Society in America
1970s
Box: 42 Folder : 4-5 Brooklyn and Manhattan walking tours (2 folders)
1970s-1980s
Box: 42 Folder : 6 Brooklyn history

General

Includes Brooklyn Borough President Howard Golden, New York City Mayor David Dinkins, Long Island Historical Society/Brooklyn Historical Society, Battle of Long Island, Civil War, and Gateway National Recreation Area

1970s-1999
Box: 72 Folder : - Bedford Stuyvesant Beautification Association - Save Our Magnolia ephemera

General

Oversize

1970
Box: 42 Folder : 7 Pasadena
1970
Box: 76 Folder : - Berkeley Place Block Festival poster

General

Oversize

circa 1970
Box: 42 Folder : 8 Swiss article
circa 1970
Box: 42 Folder : 9 New York Times letters
1970-1974
Box: 42 Folder : 10 Air Conditioning
1971
Box: 42 Folder : 11 Brownstone Surveys
1971
Box: 42 Folder : 12 Eliot Janeway interview
1971
Cabinet: Flat file A Drawer : 1 Historic Park Slope poster

General

In Oversize Posters folder

1971
Box: 42 Folder : 13 Park Slope rezoning
1971
Box: 42 Folder : 14 Wall Street Journal - Park Slope
1971
Box: 42 Folder : 15 Brooklyn Brownstone Conference plaques
1972
Box: 42 Folder : 16 Brownstone Architecture
1972-1974
Box: 43 Folder : 1 Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
1972-2001
Box: 43 Folder : 2 Boerum Hill
1973-1977
Box: 43 Folder : 3 London - Preservation
1974
Box: 43 Folder : 4 Fulton Ferry Brooklyn (South Street Reporter)
1974-1975
Box: 43 Folder : 5 Brooklyn history
1974-1997
Box: 43 Folder : 6 Brownstone neighborhoods - Jerome Krase
1975
Box: 74 Folder : - "By Bernstein" program/poster - The Chelsea Theater Center of Brooklyn (BAM)
1975
Box: 72 Folder : - Municipal Art Society and NYCOC articles by EHO

General

Oversize. Includes two typescripts.

1975, circa 1984
Box: 43 Folder : 7 Long Island Historical Society building report by Lori Zabar
circa 1975
Box: 43 Folder : 8 Magnolia Tree Earth Center
1975-1976
Box: 43 Folder : 9 Grand Army Plaza Quadriga

General

Includes contact sheet of photographs of the return of statue to the memorial arch

1975-1978
Box: 43 Folder : 10 Brownstone Course
1975-1982
Box: 43 Folder : 11 Long Island Historical Society/Brooklyn Historical Society

General

Includes Board of Directors and Library Committee files

1975-1990
Box: 43 Folder : 12 Bicentennial
1976
Box: 69 Item : - Brooklyn Bicentennial Commission - Prison-Ship Martyrs medal
1976
Box: 43 Folder : 13 Brooklyn Brownstone Bank
1976
Box: 76 Folder : - Building the Brooklyn Bridge: The Original Drawings exhibition poster (Whitney Museum of Art, Downtown Branch)

General

Rolled

1976
Box: 51 Folder : 6 Reprint of Lectures on Ventilation: Being a Course Delivered in the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia during the winter of 1866-67
1976
Box: 43 Folder : 14 Battle of Long Island - Bicentennial project
circa 1976
Box: 43 Folder : 15 Battle of Long Island screenplay
circa 1976
Box: 72 Folder : - Breweries - The Phoenix clipping

General

Oversize

1977
Cabinet: Flat file A Drawer : 1 Robert Bidne exhibition poster (FAR Gallery)

General

In Oversize Posters folder

1977
Box: 44 Folder : 1 Cultural ephemera

General

Includes Montauk Club, Congregation Beth Elohim, Atlantic Antic, Chelsea Theater Center, Henry Street Settlement's New Federal Theater, and Prospect Park Environmental Center

1977-1984
Box: 44 Folder : 2 If Stoops Could Speak; A History of First Street - First Street Block Association (Park Slope)
1978
Cabinet: Flat file A Drawer : 1 Old Brooklyn in Early Photographs 1865-1929 exhibition poster (Long Island Historical Society)

General

In Oversize Posters folder

1978
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Landmarks Preservation Commission
1978-1984
Cabinet: Flat file A Drawer : 1 Spencer Mews: adapting an abandoned church for residential and commercial use poster (Preservation Bulletin Number Five)

General

In Oversize Posters folder

1979
Box: 44 Folder : 3 Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)

General

Includes program signed by Count Basie

1979-1983
Box: 44 Folder : 4 Brooklyn Museum ephemera
1979-1985
Cabinet: Flat file A Drawer : 1 City People posters (summer and winter)

General

In Oversize Posters folder

circa 1970s-1980s
Cabinet: Flat file A Drawer : 1 Cities are Neighborhoods / Neighborhoods are People / Conserve the Neighborhoods poster

General

In Oversize Posters folder

circa 1970s-1980s
Cabinet: Flat file A Drawer : 1 Triangle Parks Committee - Auction and Art Show posters

General

In Oversize Posters folder

circa 1970s-1980s
Box: 44 Folder : 5 Litchfield Villa and Prospect Park
1980s
Box: 44 Folder : 6 Park Slope - Walking tour guide
circa 1980s
Box: 44 Folder : 7-9 Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) ephemera (3 folders)
1980s
Box: 44 Folder : 10 Long Island Historical Society - Centennial anniversary celebration
1980
Box: 76 Folder : - Manhattan Skyline by Tony Graham poster

General

Rolled

1980
Cabinet: Flat file A Drawer : 1 Preservation: Reusing America's Energy poster (National Trust Historic Preservation)

General

In Oversize Posters folder

1980
Cabinet: Flat file A Drawer : 1 Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) poster

General

In Oversize Posters folder

circa 1981
Cabinet: Flat file A Drawer : 1 Brooklyn Before the Bridge - American paintings from the Long Island Historical Society poster (Brooklyn Museum)

General

In Oversize Posters folder

1982
Box: 44 Folder : 11 Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) 120 Benefit report
circa 1982
Box: 44 Folder : 12 Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Local Development Corporation - The Lafayette renovation
1982-1984
Box: 44 Folder : 13 Brooklyn Botanic Garden
1982-1987
Cabinet: Flat file A Drawer : 1 "Bird's-Eye View of the Great Suspension Bridge" lithograph poster

General

In Oversize Posters folder

circa 1983
Box: 45 Folder : 1 Brooklyn Bridge Centennial (1 of 2)
1983
Box: 75 Folder : - Brooklyn Bridge Centennial (2 of 2)

General

Oversize. Includes Nathan's Famous calendar, wacky hat, issue of The Phoenix, and reissue of  New York Times issue.

1983
Box: 75 Folder : - Brooklyn Bridge centennial pennants

General

Oversize

1983
Box: 69 Item : - Brooklyn Bridge centennial medal
1983
Box: 69 Item : - Brooklyn Bridge ceramic dish
circa 1983
Cabinet: Flat file A Drawer : 1 Views of the Brooklyn Bridge poster

General

In Oversize Posters folder

circa 1983
Box: 72 Folder : - Brownstone News - Annual Brownstone Fair advertisement in The Phoenix

General

Oversize

1983
Box: 45 Folder : 2 Coney Island - Geo clipping
1983
Cabinet: Flat file A Drawer : 1 I Love New York - Brooklyn - Travel Guide poster

General

In Oversize Posters folder

circa 1983
Box: 76 Folder : - "In Transit: Two Centuries of Commuting in Brooklyn" - Long Island Historical Society ephemera

General

Oversize

1983
Cabinet: Flat file A Drawer : 1 South Street Seaport poster

General

In Oversize Posters folder

1983
Box: 45 Folder : 3 Weeksville: Now and Then
1983
Box: 45 Folder : 4-5 Statue of Liberty restoration (2 folders)

General

Includes photographs. Related slides available in box 67.

1983-1984
Box: 45 Folder : 6 Brooklyn Botanic Garden ephemera
1983-1985
Box: 45 Folder : 7 Brooklyn Museum - The Great East River Bridge exhibition
1983-1985
Box: 45 Folder : 8-9 Long Island Historical Society - Name change (2 folders)

General

Includes Architectural and Engineering Museum Planning Study

1983-1985
Box: 45 Folder : 10 Downtown Brooklyn
1983-1989
Box: 75 Folder : - Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) - Next Wave Festival program

General

Oversize

1984
Cabinet: Flat file A Drawer : 1 Brooklyn's City Hall exhibition poster (Municipal Arts Society)

General

In Oversize Posters folder

1984
Box: 46 Folder : 1 Brownstone stuff

General

Includes clippings, ephemera, and testimony of EHO as Chairman of the Brownstone Revival Committee of New York concerning the Intro. #672 before the City Council (May 17, 1991)

1984-1993
Cabinet: Flat file A Drawer : 1 From Brooklyn to the Sea: Ships, Seafarers and New York Harbor exhibition poster (Museum of the Borough of Brooklyn, Brooklyn College)

General

In Oversize Posters folder

1985
Box: 46 Folder : 2 Human Proportion - The building of New York's Upper West Side by John J. Gallagher - edited typescript
1985
Box: 46 Folder : 3 New York State Constitutional Bicentennial
1988
Box: 46 Folder : 4 NYC 1898 Consolidation
1988-1998
Cabinet: Flat file A Drawer : 1 Brooklyn Borough Hall Restoration posters

General

In Oversize Posters folder

1989
Cabinet: Flat file A Drawer : 1 Manhattan Municipal Building Seventy-Fifth Anniversary 1914-1989 poster

General

In Oversize Posters folder

1989
Box: 46 Folder : 5 Brooklyn clippings
1990s
Box: 46 Folder : 6 Brooklyn Clubs - Research by EHO
1990s
Box: 46 Folder : 7 359 Broadway
1990s
Cabinet: Flat file A Drawer : 1 Brooklyn poster by Warren Linn (The New Yorker parody)

General

In Oversize Posters folder

circa 1990s
Box: 78 Cassette : 1 Film on Brooklyn: Restoration of Bedford Stuyvesant (VHS tape)

Existence and Location of Copies

This film has been digitized and is available on Brooklyn Historical Society's Internet Archive account. View the video here.

circa 1990s
Box: 78 Cassette : 1 Film on Brooklyn: Downtown Brooklyn (VHS tape)

Existence and Location of Copies

This film has been digitized and is available on Brooklyn Historical Society's Internet Archive account. View the video here.

circa 1990s
Box: 78 Cassette : 1 Film on Brooklyn: Rebirth of Atlantic Avenue (VHS tape)

Existence and Location of Copies

This film has been digitized and is available on Brooklyn Historical Society's Internet Archive account. View the video here.

circa 1990s
Box: 78 Cassette : 1 Film on Brooklyn: Partnership in Prospect Heights (VHS tape)

Existence and Location of Copies

This film has been digitized and is available on Brooklyn Historical Society's Internet Archive account. View the video here.

circa 1990s
Box: 78 Cassette : 2 Film on Brownstone Brooklyn: The Brownstones of Brooklyn (VHS tape)

Existence and Location of Copies

This film has been digitized and is available on Brooklyn Historical Society's Internet Archive account. View the video here.

circa 1990s
Box: 78 Cassette : 2 Film on Brownstone Brooklyn: Cinderella of Berkeley Place (VHS tape)

Existence and Location of Copies

This film has been digitized and is available on Brooklyn Historical Society's Internet Archive account. View the video here.

circa 1990s
Box: 78 Cassette : 2 Film on Brownstone Brooklyn: My, My Brooklyn (VHS tape)

Existence and Location of Copies

This film has been digitized and is available on Brooklyn Historical Society's Internet Archive account. View the video here.

circa 1990s
Box: 78 Cassette : 2 Film on Brownstone Brooklyn: Brooklyn, USA -- the Rebirth of an American City (VHS tape)

Existence and Location of Copies

This film has been digitized and is available on Brooklyn Historical Society's Internet Archive account. View the video here.

circa 1990s
Box: 78 Cassette : 3 The Battle of Long Island (VHS tape)
circa 1990s
Box: 78 Cassette : 4 Pirnie (VHS tape)

General

In a case labeled "The Brownstones of Brooklyn" -- it is unclear whether the case relates to the tape

circa 1990s
Box: 46 Folder : 8 Flatbush: Architecture and Urban Development from Dutch Settlement to Commercial Strip
1990
Cabinet: Flat file A Drawer : 1 You Gotta Have Park! poster (Prospect Park)

General

In Oversize Posters folder

1990
Box: 46 Folder : 9 Episcopal Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew - Sesquicentennial celebration
1991
Cabinet: Flat file A Drawer : 1 Great New York State Wine and Food Festival poster (Fulton Ferry Landing)

General

In Oversize Posters folder

1992
Box: 46 Folder : 10 "Living in the City" by EHO typescript
1992
Box: 46 Folder : 11 Civil War - Brooklyn
1993
Cabinet: Flat file A Drawer : 1 Park Slope: Northern Exposure - 34th Annual House Tour poster

General

In Oversize Posters folder

1993
Cabinet: Flat file A Drawer : 1 Brooklyn Celebrates - 30th Anniversary of the Landmarks Preservation Law poster

General

In Oversize Posters folder

1995
Box: 46 Folder : 12 Green-Wood Cemetery
1995
Box: 46 Folder : 13 BAM fundraising correspondence
1996
Box: 46 Folder : 14 "The Glory that was Brooklyn Beer" by EHO typescript and research

General

Includes Brooklyn Brewery ephemera

1996
Box: 47 Folder : 1 EHO lectures and other Brownstone events
1996-2005
Box: 47 Folder : 2 New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission - Rowhouse Manual
circa 2000
Box: 78 Cassette : 6-7 "Volunteers At Work" - Preserving America's Historic Sites - Preservation Volunteers (VHS tapes - 2 copies)
2002
Box: 78 Cassette : 8 "Volunteers At Work" - Preserving America's Historic Sites - Preservation Volunteers (VHS tapes - PAL format)
2002
Box: 52 Folder : - WNYC "Brooklyn Brownstones" program audio cassettes (two copies)

General

Profile of EHO

2002
Box: 47 Folder : 3 WNYC "Brooklyn Brownstones" program print outs
2002
Box: 47 Folder : 4 Charles Lockwood correspondence
2003
Box: 78 Cassette : 9 Leffert's House (VHS tape)
2003
Box: 47 Folder : 5 Brownstones

General

Includes Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, Preservation Volunteers, Brownstoner bibliography, advertisement for EHO talk "Brownstones and the Brownstone Age," Brownstone Revival Coalition press releases, and Park Slope walking tour

2003-2010
Box: 47 Folder : 6 Preservation Volunteers - Reports and photographs
2004
Box: 47 Folder : 7 "Don't Tell Mayor Brooklyn Bloomberg About the Brownstone Bargain: Low, Low Real Estate Taxes" by EHO
2005
Box: 47 Folder : 8 Robert Furman - Before Brooklyn and After sample chapters
2006
Box: 51 Folder : 7 "Brownstone violation" clipping
2007
Box: 47 Folder : 9 Open House New York
2007
Box: 47 Folder : 10 Park Slope Civic Council - Civic News
2008

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