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Guide to the Ramus family papers and photographs 1978.174

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Collection processed by Matthew Gorham

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on June 18, 2013
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Finding aid written by Matthew Gorham in 2011, updated to include previously separated photographic materials by Mike Satalof in 2012. Revised in 2013 by Caridad Bojorquez under the supervision of Julie May.  , 3/28/2013

Descriptive Summary

 
Creator: Ramus family
Creator: Ramus, Angelo
Creator: Ramus, Esther
Title: Ramus family papers and photographs
Dates [inclusive]: 1836-1917
Abstract: The Ramus family papers span between 1836 to 1917 and contain citizenship papers, estate documents, wills, land and property documents, correspondence and ephemera, and genealogical notes. Photographs are of immediate and extended Ramus Family members and span between 1848 and 1910.
Quantity: 0.66 linear feet In one document box and five odd-size photograph boxes
Call Phrase: 1978.174
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. Photographs from this collection were digitized as part of Project CHART (Cultural Heritage Access Research and Technology); a collaboration between the Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Museum and Brooklyn Public library with the Pratt Institute. Funded through an IMLS grant sponsored by the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program.

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Biographical note

Isaac Ramus (circa 1805-1876) was a retail dealer in hosiery and undergarments with a store located at 385 Canal Street in Manhattan. He married Esther Baruth (1810-1886) in 1830. They immigrated from London and lived at 214 Dean Street in Brooklyn. Their son Angelo (circa 1834-1860) moved to San Francisco in adulthood, and died there at the age of 26 from yellow fever. Their other son Louis Ramus married Hannah Levy, she died at 36 years of age.

The majority of documents, ephemera, and photographs pertain to other members of the Ramus family and in-laws: Louis Ramus and Hanna Levy's' children, Ira and Julian, Adele Schwartz and parents, Ira Silverberg and family, as well as some of Hanna's family.

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Scope and Contents note

The Ramus family papers and photographs measure 0.66 linear feet and span between 1836 to 1917. The papers contain citizenship papers, estate documents, wills, land and property documents, correspondence and ephemera, and genealogical notes pertaining to the Ramus family of Brooklyn. Photographs span the period 1848 to 1910 and contain immediate family photographs as well as extended family and in-laws.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Ramus, Isaac
  • Ramus, Julian
  • Ramus, Louis
  • Ramus, Mariah

Document Type

  • Ambrotypes (photographs)
  • Black-and-white prints (photographs)
  • Cabinet photographs
  • Cartes-de-visite (card photographs)
  • Citizenship papers
  • Daguerreotypes (photographs)
  • Deeds
  • Estate records
  • Genealogies
  • Photograph albums
  • Portraits
  • Studio portraits
  • Tintypes (prints)
  • Wills

Subject Topics

  • Families -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Genealogy
  • Hosiery industry

Subject Places

  • Boerum Hill (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to users without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use note

All commercially produced slides are in the public domain. Copyright for anonymously created items will remain in effect for 120 years following the date of creation. Based on the date range of this collection, all items will enter the public domain by 2033. For information on securing rights to publish or reproduce, please see the Brooklyn Historical Society Reproduction Rights Policy.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); Ramus family papers and photographs, 1978.174, Box and Folder number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Louis Ramus, date unknown. The papers were formally accessioned in 1978. The accession papers list a variant spelling of the last name, written as "Ramos."

Photograph Records

Item-level description and digital version of images from the collection are available for viewing via the online image database.

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Container List

Box
A0088
 

Series 1: Papers, 1836-1908. 0.33 linear feet In seven folders in one document box

Scope and Contents

The Ramus family papers measure 0.3 linear feet and span the period 1836 to 1908. The papers include citizenship papers, estate documents, wills, land and property documents, correspondence and ephemera pertaining to the Ramus family of Brooklyn. Genealogical notes are also available in the collection.

Series 2: Photographs, Bulk, 1850-1910 1848 and 1917. 0.33 linear feet In six manuscript boxes

Scope and Contents

The collection is organized at the subseries level by photographic object type and includes: 29 cabinet card photographs, 8 tintypes of various sizes, 3 daguerrotypes, 3 ambrotypes, 2 photographic postcards. Located separately is one bound album with metal clasp comprised of cartes-de-visite, tintypes and 1 photographic print.

Document Type

  • Ambrotypes (photographs)
  • Cabinet photographs
  • Cartes-de-visite (card photographs)
  • Daguerreotypes (photographs)
  • Photograph albums
  • Photographic postcards
  • Tintypes (prints)

Subject Topics

  • Families -- New York (State)

Family Name(s)

  • Ramus family
Item
1978.174
 

Subseries 1: Photographic Album, Bulk, 1850-1910 1848 and 1917. In one phase-box

Box
3 Daguerreotypes
 

Subseries 2: Daguerreotypes, 1840 and 1860

Box
2 Ambrotypes
 

Subseries 3: Ambrotypes, 1850 and 1865

Box
1 Tintypes
 

Subseries 4: Tintypes, 1855 and 1920

Box
1 Cartes-de-visite
 

Subseries 5: Cartes-de-visite, 1850 and 1870

Box
A0088
 

Subseries 6: Photographic Postcards, 1905 and 1920

Box
1 Cabinet Cards
Box
A0088
 

Subseries 7: Cabinet Cards, 1870 and 1920

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