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Guide to the Mary L.D. Ferris papers on the history of Gramercy Park 1973.230

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

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Collection processed by Nicholas Pavlik

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Ferris, Morris Patterson, Mrs., 1855-1932
Title: Mary L.D. Ferris papers on the history of Gramercy Park
Dates [inclusive]: circa 1898 to 1921
Quantity: 0.04 Linear feet in one folder.
Text [Box]: A0010
Call Phrase: 1973.230
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.

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Historical Note

Gramercy Park is a neighborhood on the East Side of Manhattan. Originally called Krom Moerasje (little crooked swamp) by Dutch settlers, it was renamed Gramercy by the English. In the early 19th century, the swamp was drained and streets were laid out in an English style around a private park, leading to the present-day name of the neighborhood.

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Scope and Contents

One bound volume containing clippings and notes presumably compiled by Mary L.D. Ferris, as well as correspondence to and from Ferris, relating to the history of the Manhattan neighborhood of Gramercy Park. Materials in the volume span the period circa 1898 to 1921 and focus particularly on the origin of the neighborhood's name.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence
  • Research notes

Subject Topics

  • Neighborhoods -- New York (State) -- New York -x History

Subject Places

  • Gramercy Park (New York, N.Y.)
  • Manhattan (New York, N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); Mary L.D. Ferris papers on the history of Gramercy Park, 1973.230, Box and Folder number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The source and date of acquisition for this collection are unknown. The collection was formally accessioned in 1973.

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