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Guide to the Brooklyn, N.Y., Department of Law, Corporation Counsel records 2013.015

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Collection processed by John Zarrillo

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 16, 2018
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Descriptive Summary

Creator: New York (N.Y.). Law Department.
Creator: Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.). Department of Law.
Title: Brooklyn, N.Y., Department of Law, Corporation Counsel records
Dates [inclusive]: 1843-1920
Dates [bulk]: 1894-1905
Abstract: The collection consists of the records of the office of the Corporation Counsel of the City of Brooklyn and, following the 1898 consolidation of the Greater City of New York, the records of the Brooklyn office of the Corporation Counsel of the City of New York. The bulk of the collection comprises legal documents related to complaints filed against the city. The Corporation Counsel was also responsible for overseeing the opening of city streets and the collection includes a series of records related to these matters. On the whole, the collection documents the activities of the Brooklyn Corporation Counsel, as well as the day-to-day legal issues that the citizens of Brooklyn faced in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It also documents the rapid expansion of Brooklyn's infrastructure, especially its streets and water supply. The Brooklyn, N.Y., Department of Law, Corporation Counsel records collection spans the years 1843 to 1920 (bulk dates 1894 to 1905).
Quantity: 118 Linear Feet in 235 manuscript boxes, 4 flat boxes, 1 flat file drawer, and 1 oversize shelf
Location: The majority of the materials in this collection are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact library@brooklynhistory.org at least three weeks prior to research visit.
Call Phrase: 2013.015
Sponsor: This collection was processed and described as part of the project, "City, Borough, Neighborhood, Home: Mapping Brooklyn's Twentieth-Century Urban Identity," funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).