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Guide to the Henry Nagel papers 2015.004

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Melissa Aaronberg

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on December 19, 2016
Finding Aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Revised by John Zarrillo  , December 2016

Descriptive Summary

Creator - Donor: Pitt, Carolyn Newell
Title: Henry Nagel papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1897-1964
Dates [bulk]: Bulk, 1901-1943
Abstract: These papers are comprised of items belonging to Henry Nagel, a resident of Brooklyn, New York, who was employed as Controller for Chase National Bank. These papers include Henry Nagel's personal documents and business correspondence. These papers also include items related to New York University, Packer Collegiate Institute, the United States Treasury War Finance Commission, and the New York Veteran Police Association. An avid basketball fan, Henry Nagel's papers include newspaper clippings related to the Crescent basketball team of St. Thomas Episcopal Church.
Quantity: 1.0 linear feet in one manuscript box and one oversize folder
Mixed materials [Box]: 1 of 1
Mixed materials [Box]: OS-23
Call Phrase: 2015.004

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Biographical Note

Henry Nagel (1883-1964) was a bank controller and life-long Brooklyn, New York, resident. He had a long and successful career at Chase Bank and its predecessor institutions. He married Caroline Newell on October 7, 1908. Their only child, Winifred Gladys Nagel Pitt, was born on July 5, 1912. His banking career began in 1904 after his graduation from Boy's High School, in the Bedford–Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. In the mid-1920s, he briefly worked at Chase Bank's Paris branch. He was also a basketball player in his youth, and avidly followed the Crescent basketball team at his church, St. Thomas Episcopal Church.

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Scope and Contents

These papers are comprised of items belonging to Henry Nagel, a resident of Brooklyn, New York, and the Controller for Chase National Bank. These items range in date from 1897 to 1964. His personal documents include his marriage and death certificates, travel photographs and ephemera, a school certificate from Public School 73 (located at the corner of Macdougal Street and Rockaway Avenue, in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant), and a syllabus for a business class from New York University. His passport photograph and a postcard from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in France are also included. An avid basketball fan, Henry Nagel collected newspaper clippings related to the Crescent basketball team of St. Thomas Episcopal Church. His business career is represented by his correspondence and business cards. These papers also include a certificate of appreciation from the United States Treasury War Finance Commission and an honorary membership pin and card from the New York Veteran Police Association.

The papers also include items relating to Henry Nagel's daughter, Winifred Gladys Nagel Pitt. These primarily relate to her marriage to Frank R. Pitt in 1937. They also include several items relating to Packer Collegiate Institute, where she attended school, including: Supplementary Reading for the Academic and Collegiate Schools booklet (1922), Class Day program (1931), the Annual Sermon to the Graduating Class (1931), clippings, photographs, and an address titled "Bender of the Twig" by school President Paul D. Schafer (1939).

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Nagel, Henry, 1883-1964
  • Shafer, Paul D., 1902-1984

Document Type

  • Artifacts (object genre)
  • Birth certificates
  • Business cards
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence
  • Lapel pins
  • Licenses
  • Marriage certificates
  • Passports
  • Photographs

Subject Organizations

  • Boys' High School (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Chase National Bank of the City of New York.
  • Equitable Trust Company of New York.
  • P.S. 73 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Packer Collegiate Institute.
  • St. Thomas Episcopal Church (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). Crescent basketball team.

Subject Topics

  • Banks and banking -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Basketball -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Church records and registers -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Finance |z New York (State) |z Kings County
  • Marriage customs and rites -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Police -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Preparatory school students -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Sports -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Travel
  • Universities and colleges -x Alumni and alumnae -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • World War, 1939-1945 -x War work -- New York (State) -- Kings County

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use note

The copyright status of the photographs found in the collection has not been evaluated. Please consult library staff for more information.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); Henry Nagel papers, 2015.004, Box and Folder number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Related Archival Materials note

Williamsburgh Savings Bank account book and scrapbook (1990.008)

National City Bank of New York postcards (2000.007)

South Brooklyn Savings Bank records (2007.001)

Packer Collegiate Institute records (2014.019)

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Carolyn Newell Pitt, 2015, 2016.

Processing Information note

Minimally processed to the collection level by Melissa Aaronburg in October 2015. An additional accrual of material was added to the collection in December 2016 by John Zarrillo and the finding aid was subsequently revised.

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