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

Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by John Zarrillo. Digital materials processed by Erica López in 2019.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on January 08, 2021
eng using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Last updated by John Zarrillo Revised by Maggie Schreiner to include links to digitized AV material. Revised by Maggie Schreiner to reflect born digital materials  , May 2017 , July 2019 , January 2021

Scope and Contents

The collection contains the papers and photographs of Everett H. Ortner (EHO) and Evelyn G. Ortner (EGO), dating from 1873 to 2012. It documents the Ortners personal and professional lives, especially their involvement in the historic preservation movement and Brooklyn cultural organizations.

Series 1: Evelyn G. Ortner personal papers contains files relating to EGO's education, interior design career, employment at the New York Chamber of Commerce and Industry, curation of the Fulton Ferry Firehouse exhibit, and her role as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the St. Ann Center for Restoration and the Arts.

Series 2: Everett H. Ortner personal papers contains files documenting the early life, education, military career, and professional career of EHO.

Series 3: Everett and Evelyn Ortner personal papers documents the professional, social, and familial lives of the Ortners, dating from 1900 to 2010. It includes an assortment of correspondence, clippings, photographs, ephemera, memorabilia, digital files, and other materials.

Series 4: Brooklyn and Historic Preservation photographs contains photographs related to Brooklyn and historic preservation in a variety of formats, dating from circa 1880s to 2000. Formats include prints, slides, negatives, and glass plate negatives. The series includes original photograghs by EHO, copy photographs of historic images used by EHO in lectures, and a small amount of original photographs taken by other photographers.

Series 5: Brooklyn and Historic Preservation lectures contains files on Brooklyn and historic preservation lectures, dating from the 1970s to 2006. The lectures were primarily delivered by EHO. The files include lecture notes, slide lists, transcripts, clippings, photographs, flyers, and audio cassette recordings.

Series 6: Brooklyn and Historic Preservation general files 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, notes, and other materials.

Series 7: Brownstone Revival Comittee records 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.

Series 8: Back to the City Conference records contains records relating to the Back to the City Conference (BTTC), dating from 1973 to 1992. It includes the records of the organization (Board of Directors files) and files relating to individual conferences.

Series 9: Brownstones and Historic Preservation clippings contains clippings relating to brownstones and the historic preservation movement, including the Brownstone Revival Committee (BRC), Back to the City Conference (BTTC), and the Brooklyn Union Gas Company's Cinderella project, dating from 1966 to 1985.

Series 10: Brownstone correspondence consists of correspondence relating to brownstones and the urban historic preservation movement, especially in the Park Slope neigborhood of Brooklyn, dating from 1965 to 2005. It includes several organizations, such as the Park Slope Betterment Committee, the Brownstone Revival Committee, and the Back to the City Conference.

Series 11: Brooklyn Union Gas Company - Cinderella projects documents the Brooklyn Union Gas Company's Cinderella program. The series consists of publications, correspondence, films, histories on the program and the company, and ephemera, dating from 1968 to 2008.

Series 12: Historic District Designation Reports contains New York City Historic District Designation Reports (1969-1973) and one map of historic locations in the Greenpoint and Williamsburg neighborhoods of Brooklyn (2005).

Series 13: Brooklyn and Manhattan postcards contains Brooklyn and Manhattan postcards and a small amount of other postcards and tradecards (Rising Sun Stove Polish and Paine's Funiture Manufactory) collected by EHO, dating from 1873 to 2007.