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Records on the opening of Washington Park, Fort Greene, Brooklyn 1973.269

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: Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.). Common Council.
Creator: New York (State). Legislature. Assembly.
Title: Records on the opening of Washington Park, Fort Greene, Brooklyn
Dates: 1847
Quantity: 0.02 Linear feet in one folder.
Text [Box]: A0012
Call Phrase: 1973.269
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

Washington Park was designated as a public park in the Fort Greene district of the City of Brooklyn in 1845, and the New York State Legislature officially passed an act to secure land for the Park in 1847. Designs for the improvement of the Park were made by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the designers of Central and Prospect Parks, beginning in 1867. The Park was renamed Fort Greene Park in 1897.


  1. New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. "Fort Greene Park." Accessed April 22, 2011.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of a copy of the New York State Assembly's 1847 act for the opening of Washington Park in Fort Greene in the City of Brooklyn, as well as a report of the commissioners appointed under the act, which details the ownership history of the land occupied by the Park. A list of the members of the Common Council of the City of Brooklyn is also included.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Legislative acts
  • Membership lists
  • Reports

Subject Organizations

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.). Common Council.
  • New York (State). Legislature. Assembly.

Subject Topics

  • Parks -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Washington Park (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); Records on the opening of Washington Park, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, 1973.269, Box and Folder number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Mrs. James D. Lester, date unknown. The collection was formally accessioned in 1973.

Processing Information note

Minimally processed to the collection level.

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