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Guide to the Joseph Arthur Burr, Jr. composition book 1973.108

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Nicholas Pavlik

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on July 07, 2011
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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Burr, J. Arthur, (Joseph Arthur)
Title: Joseph Arthur Burr, Jr. composition book
Dates [inclusive]: 1860-1866
Abstract: Joseph Arthur Burr, Jr. (1850-1915) was a lawyer who served as Corporation Counsel for the City of Brooklyn from 1896 to 1898 and, from 1905 until his death, as a Justice of the New York State Supreme Court. This collection consists of a composition book kept by Burr as a youth attending the Williamsburgh Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. (1860-1864) and the Wilton Academy in Connecticut (1864-1866). Burr's book includes short descriptions of places and events in and around Brooklyn and New York. Among the subjects of these brief descriptions are the Japanese government's 1860 delegation in New York, Blackwell's Island (now Roosevelt Island), the 1864 Brooklyn and Long Island Sanitary Fair, local menageries, the brickyard at Verplanck's Point on the Hudson River, the launch of the frigate Re D'Italia from the Webb Shipyard, the Morgan Iron Works, and anniversary celebrations of the Williamsburg Sunday School Union. Several entries are influenced by the progression of the Civil War and include reflections on some aspect of it, particularly the closing events of the war and Lincoln's assassination.
Quantity: 0.08 Linear feet in one folder.
Language of Materials: Materials in English.
Text [Box]: Box 1 (A0002)
Container: 1 folder
Call Phrase: 1973.108
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.