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Guide to the Old Fort Johnson correspondence 1973.246

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Nicholas Pavlik

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 08, 2011
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: De Peyster, J. Watts, (John Watts), 1821-1907
Creator: Ferris, Morris Patterson, b. 1855
Creator: Ferris, Morris Patterson, Mrs., 1855-1932
Creator: Wetmore, Edmund
Creator: White, E. P.
Title: Old Fort Johnson correspondence
Dates [inclusive]: 1905-1907
Quantity: 0.04 Linear feet in one folder.
Text [Box]: A0011
Call Phrase: 1973.246
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

Old Fort Johnson, a National Historic Landmark located in Montgomery County, N.Y., was the 18th-century home of Sir William Johnson, an official of the British Empire. It was later owned by wealthy philanthropist John de Watts Peyster, who presented it to the Montgomery County Historical Society in the early 20th century. As of 2011, the Montgomery County Historical Society continues to own and operate Old Fort Johnson as a historic site and museum.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of correspondence spanning 1905 to 1907 and regarding the acquisition of the Old Fort Johnson property by the Montgomery County Historical Society. Correspondence is among various individuals with a vested interested in the acquisition of Fort Johnson, including lawyers Morris P. Ferris (founder of the New York State Historical Association), Edmund Wetmore, and E.P. White. Additional letters are between Ferris's wife, Mary L.D. Ferris, and John Watts de Peyster. A small amount of news clippings regarding John Watts de Peyster and the acquisition of his property is also included.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence

Subject Organizations

  • Montgomery County Historical Society (Montgomery County, N.Y.).
  • Old Fort Johnson (N.Y.).

Subject Topics

  • Acquisition of property -- New York (State) -- Montgomery County
  • Historic buildings -- New York (State) -- Montgomery County
  • History -- Societies, etc.

Subject Places

  • Montgomery County (N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); Old Fort Johnson correspondence, 1973.246, 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.

Processing Information note

Minimally processed to the collection level.

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