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Guide to the Matthews family papers 1977.428

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 11, 2011
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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Matthews family
Creator: Matthews, A. D., (Azel Dennis), 1809-1900
Creator: Matthews, Gardiner D.
Creator: Matthews, James
Title: Matthews family papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1840-1910
Quantity: 0.06 Linear feet in one folder.
Text [Box]: A0069
Call Phrase: 1977.428
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/Historical note

Azel D. Matthews (1809-1900), or A.D. Matthews, came to Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1828 from Massachusetts and opened a dry goods store in 1837. He was also active in a number of religious activities. The dry goods store, known as A.D. Matthews & Sons, was run by Azel's sons, James and Gardiner, after his death.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection contains various materials pertaining to the Matthews family of Brooklyn, N.Y. during the period 1840 to 1910. Items include a pamphlet and souvenir program relating to the 60th and 70th anniversaries of A.D. Mathews & Sons; photocopies of family correspondence; a genealogy of James Matthews (1757-1823); programs for dinners at the Montauk Club in Brooklyn, of which James Matthews was a member; a newsletter of the Brooklyn Bicycle Club; news clippings; and an invitation to the dedication of the memorial to the Maryland soldiers who fought in the Battle of Long Island during the Revolutionary War, addressed to Harry P. Matthews. Also included are photographs of Chauncey Depew (1834-1928), U.S. Senator from New York, and his wife May (Palmer) Depew. Depew was honored by the Montauk Club each year for thirty years. Some clippings and programs also pertain to Depew.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Depew, Chauncey M., (Chauncey Mitchell), 1834-1928
  • Depew, May Palmer
  • Matthews, A. D., (Azel Dennis), 1809-1900
  • Matthews, Gardiner D.
  • Matthews, James

Document Type

  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence
  • Genealogies
  • Menus
  • Pamphlets
  • Photographs
  • Printed ephemera
  • Programs (documents)

Subject Organizations

  • Montauk Club of Brooklyn.

Subject Topics

  • Clubs -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Cycling -- New York (State) -- Kings County -x Societies, etc.
  • Families -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Genealogy
  • General stores -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Politicians -- New York (State)

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x Social life and customs

Family Name(s)

  • Matthews family

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to users without restriction.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); Matthews family papers, 1977.428, Box and Folder number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Alice Matthews Love, 1966.

Processing Information note

Minimally processed to the collection level.

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