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Guide to the Brooklyn Historical Society Mixed manuscript collection 1974.037

Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Nicholas Pavlik

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on June 13, 2019
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Updated by Mary Mann to reflect incorporation of additional materials  , March 1, 2019

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Brooklyn Historical Society
Title: Brooklyn Historical Society Mixed manuscript collection
Dates [inclusive]: 1626-1957
Abstract: This collection handwritten documents of various provenance that had been artificially assembled by librarians at the Long Island Historical Society (now the Brooklyn Historical Society) in the 19??s. Documents primarily concern Kings, Queens, and Suffolk Counties in New York State, as well as the states of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Most items are legal documents, such as court records, deeds, and bonds. Additional materials include election records, Revolutionary War documents, family papers, and one slave bill of sale. Specific individuals and families represented in the documents include Aaron Burr, Robert Fulton, Frederick Douglas, the Pettet family, Samuel Spragg, and the Young family, among others. Documents of Kings County representatives of the Continental Congress, as well as a copy of a document in Dutch referencing the Dutch purchase of the island of Manhattan from Native Americans, are also included.
Quantity: 1 Linear Feet in 2 manuscript boxes and one oversize box (OS-38).
Call Phrase: 1974.037
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.