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Guide to the Brooklyn Historical Society Mixed manuscript collection 1974.037

Brooklyn Historical Society
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Brooklyn 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Nicholas Pavlik

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on January 20, 2021
eng using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Updated by Mary Mann to reflect incorporation of additional materials Revised by Amy Lau, Archivist, to remediate oppressive language from abstract note.  , March 1, 2019 , January 2021

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 enslaved person's 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.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Spragg, Samuel
  • Fulton, Robert
  • Burr, Aaron

Document Type

  • Military records
  • Judicial records
  • Legal documents
  • Bonds (legal records)
  • Family papers
  • Bills of sale
  • Indentures
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Patents

Subject Organizations

  • American Red Cross
  • United States. Navy

Subject Topics

  • Indians of North America -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Slavery -- New York (State) -- Long Island
  • Deeds
  • Elections
  • Masonry -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • African Americans
  • Insurance -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • United States |x Politics and government
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • United States |x History |y Revolution, 1775-1783
  • Manhattan (New York, N.Y.)
  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
  • Suffolk County (N.Y.)
  • Queens County (N.Y.)

Family Name(s)

  • Pettet family
  • Young family
  • Schoonmaker family

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); Brooklyn Historical Society Mixed manuscript collection, 1974.037, Box and Folder number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source and date of acquisition unknown. Formally accessioned in 1974.

Processing Information

This collection was processed to the item level.

Processing Information

Oppressive descriptive language was remediated from the abstract note in this finding aid as part of an anti-racist descriptive language audit performed in January 2021. Folder titles were retained to maintain record of descriptive language of collection creators.

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 15 million 5 hundred thousand dollar bond issued to Drexel, Morgan and Co.
Box: 1 15 million 5 hundred thousand dollar bond issued to Hamilton Fish
Box: OS-42 159th Regiment Volunteers
Box: 1 Agreement signed by Joshua Cornnell and Moses Taylor
Box: OS-38 Folder : 1 Agreement to raise the salary of Rev. Martinus Schoonmaker (in Dutch)
Box: 1 American School Diary of William Robbins
Box: 1 An Act to Preserve the Freedom and Indpendence of this State
Box: 1 An act to protect the contents of vessels wrecked at sea
February 16, 1787
Box: 1 Anderfuhren, Albert last will and testimony
Box: OS-40 Appointment of John Bergen to assist shipwrecks
February 16, 1787
Box: 1 Blank bond issued by quartermaster general Timothy Pickering
Box: 1 Book commemorating the twentieth anniversary of the Masonic Star of Bethlehem Grand Chapter
Box: OS-41 Broadsheets printed with Governor Charles S. Whitman's proclamation regarding a state military census
Box: 1 Brooklyn Fire Brick and Clay Retort Works
June 26, 1869
Box: 1 Buery, William recommendation letter from the Governor of Pennsylvania plus handwritten letter with unidentified sender and recipient
Box: 1 Certification of John B. Sammis contribution from Washington National Monument Society
Box: 1 Certification of payment for those employed on the 1779 Expedition to Virginia
May 6, 1784
Box: OS-41 Charter giving lands to "George Master of Rosse"
September 1728
Box: OS-38 Folder : 4 Copy of General Order No. 10, distributed by Admiral Farragut to the captains under his command
Box: 1 Declaration of belief in the sacrament and against adoration of saints, multiple signatures
Box: 1 Decree appointing Richard Waterman to Providence, RI Justice of the Peace
September 26, 1753
Box: 1 Deed signed by John Scidmore of Huntington in Suffolk County
Box: 1 Drawing and description of Samuel A. Willoughby
Box: 1 Exiles' Property (probably from Terhune family papers)
Revolutionary War era
Box: 1 Grening, Paul C. deed to More, Jane E.
December 19, 1887
Box: 1 Harris, Sarah to Lady_Little (Brooklyn to Philadelphia letter)
January 31, 1800
Box: 1 Home insurance purchased by Sarah Milburn for 177 Hoyt Street
July 1, 1880
Box: 1 Illuminated manuscript booklet (in Latin)
Box: 1 Indenture for land sold to Richard Bryan in Cornwall, England
Box: 1 Indenture for lumber business for Charles L. Snow
April 25, 1859
Box: 1 Indenture for property owned by Sarah J. and Charles L. Benedict to Edward J. Roberts
Box: 1 Indenture of Samuel Thorne
Box: 1 Indenture of William Bulby to George Morton
Box: 1 Indenture of William Bulley and settling of account with Mordecai Harrison
Box: OS-38 Folder : 3 Insurance for an addition to the house of Thomas Arden at 7 Franckfort Street by the Mutual Assurance Company
Box: 1 Interstate Commerce Commission papers
Box: 1 Kings County nominations for the Provincial Congress
November 14, 1775
Box: 1 Kings County notarized statements of pay
Box: 2 Labor contract for building of Southold Harbour wharf
Box: 2 Last will and testimony in County Court of N. London
Box: 2 Letter from P. Schagen to the States General of the Dutch Republic about the purchase of Manhattan (in Dutch)
November 1626
Box: 2 Letter from representatives of Queens County upholding Kings County congress nomination
February 19, 1789
Box: 2 Letter of recommendation for Mr. Sands for Senator
March 16, 1791
Box: 2 Letter of recommendation for Samuel Cloves as Judge for Queens County
March 22, 1792
Box: 2 Letter to assessors and collectors of Brookland from the town supervisors
Box: 2 Letters from Frederick Douglass to H.M. Smith regarding a trip from D.C. to Brooklyn
February 10 and February 16, 1893
Box: OS-38 Folder : 7 Letters of patent for William Farris for improvements in propelling carriages, signed by John Adams and Timothy Pickering
Box: 2 List of laws affecting altering streets, avenues, etc, in the City of Brooklyn
Box: 2 Lynde, Charles W. deed to Mitchell, Clarence G.
March 21, 1848
Box: 2 Marstons, William and Haycock, William signed document (folded parchment)
Box: OS-37 Mayhew family tree
Box: 2 Ordination documentation for Samuel Niles, Thomas Prince and John Webb in Boston
March 7, 1732
Box: 2 Papers of the Masonic Star of Bethlehem Grand Chapter
Box: 2 Pardon for treason issued by George III for Israel Howell
January 23, 1777
Box: 2 Payroll documentation for judiciary, sheriff and city courts
April, 1892
Box: 2 Petitions and accompanying documents of the Apalachian and Timuquan Indians of Florida (in Spanish)
Box: 2 Pettet family papers (3 legal documents)
Box: 2 Photostat of Profession of Faith
Box: 2 Power of attorney notice of mariner Samuel Spragg
Box: 2 Proof of Tory allegiance for the protection of Richard Hudson
Box: 2 Receipt and court release both endorsed by Aaron Burr
Box: 2 Receipt of goods for James Keenan from James Rorke and Co.
November 30, 1869
Box: 2 Records of Suffolk County court verdicts (William Smith, John Conklin)
Box: 2 Red Cross Service Flag
Box: 2 Resolutions on the death of General Joseph C. Pinckney of the Order of the American Star
April 6, 1881
Box: 2 Royal order of leave for Daniel Hanton to appeal to the King in Council
February 11, 1757
Box: 2 Sale of slave from Benajah Strong in the County of Suffolk to Thomas Tredwell of Huntington
November 3, 1793
Box: 2 School District 6 tax collection papers
Box: 2 Suffolk County court records (2 documents)
Box: 2 Surrogate court ruling for Jane Anne and Charles C. Pinckney
March, 1892
Box: 2 Westerly, RI town meeting notes
March 4, 1699
Box: 2 Will and codicil of Robert Fulton
March 6, 1816
Box: 2 Young family papers (6 miscellaneous documents, 2 in Latin)

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