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Guide to the Henry A. Meyer scrapbooks 1977.193

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Collection processed by Weatherly Stephan

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 14, 2014
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Revised by John Zarrillo 2014

Descriptive Summary

 
Creator: Meyer, Henry A., b. 1860
Title: Henry A. Meyer scrapbooks
Dates [inclusive]: 1888-1934
Abstract: The Henry A. Meyer scrapbooks date from 1888 to 1934 and consists of five scrapbooks which document the professional life of Henry Meyer, a Brooklyn businessman, real estate developer, and government official. The scrapbooks contain news clippings, correspondence, programs, photographs, and memorabilia. In addition to the scrapbooks, the collection includes a copy of Vanderveer Park, by Meyers, inscribed to his mother, 1901.
Quantity: 2.5 linear feet in one oversize manuscript box and two oversize flat boxes.
Text [Oversize]: 1977.193 Box 3 of 3
Text [Box]: 1977.193 Box 1 of 3
Text [Oversize]: 1977.193 Box 2 of 3
Call Phrase: 1977.193
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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Biographical note

Henry Adolf Meyer (1860-1940) was born in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. Meyer began his career as a grocer, serving as president of the Retail Grocer's Association of Brooklyn and the Retail Merchants Association of Brooklyn. In 1891, Meyer ran unsuccessfully for Mayor of Brooklyn as a Republican. He formed the Germania Real Estate and Investment Company, which in 1892 began the development of the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, especially Vanderveer Park. Meyer was also committed to the development of Jamaica Bay as an industrial area and a harbor, working as the head of the Jamaica Bay Improvement Commission and as deputy New York City Dock Commissioner from 1918 to 1933. He authored two books: Vanderveer Park , published in 1901, and  Looking Through Life's Window, an autobiography published in 1930.

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Scope and Contents

The Henry A. Meyer scrapbooks date from 1888 to 1934 and measure 2.25 linear feet. The collection consists of five scrapbooks which document the professional life of Henry Meyer, a Brooklyn businessman, real estate developer, and government official. The scrapbooks contain news clippings, correspondence, programs, photographs, and memorabilia. The scrapbooks document the following topics: Meyer's campaign for mayor of Brooklyn and work with the United Retail Grocers' Association; publication of Meyer's autobiography, Looking Through Life's Window; the Meyer family, politics, real estate, and development of Jamaica Bay and Vanderveer Park; launch of the municipal ferry boat  Henry A. Meyer; and Meyer's work with the New York City Docks Department, including Jamaica Bay and the Staten Island Ferry, as well as his campaign to be appointed postmaster of Brooklyn.

In addition to the scrapbooks, the collection includes a copy of Vanderveer Park, by Meyers, inscribed to his mother, 1901.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Meyer, Henry A., b. 1860

Document Type

  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence
  • Memorabilia
  • Photographs
  • Programs (documents)

Subject Organizations

  • Brooklyn Retail Merchants' Association (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Germania Real Estate and Improvement Company.
  • Henry A. Meyer (Ferry).
  • Jamaica Bay Improvement Commission.
  • New York (N.Y.). Dept. of Docks (1920-).
  • Staten Island Ferry.
  • United Retail Grocers Association of Brooklyn.

Subject Topics

  • Business enterprises -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Economic development -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Local elections -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Public officers -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Republican Party (N.Y.) -- History -y 19th century

Subject Places

  • Flatbush (New York, N.Y.)
  • Gateway National Recreation Area (N.J. and N.Y.)
  • Jamaica Bay (N.Y.)
  • Vanderveer 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); Henry A. Meyer scrapbooks, 1977.193, Box and Folder number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Mrs. Alfred Steers, Jr., 1957.

Processing Information note

Minimally processed to the collection level.

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