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Guide to the Brooklyn Academy of Photography Washington centennial photographs V1974.013

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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 28, 2011
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

 
Creator: Brooklyn Academy of Photography.
Title: Brooklyn Academy of Photography Washington centennial photographs
Dates: 1889
Abstract: The Brooklyn Academy of Photography Washington centennial photographs date from 1889 and contain 670 items. The collection includes photographs of Manhattan and Brooklyn taken by Brooklyn Academy of Photography members during the Washington centennial parade and related festivities.
Quantity: 0.6 Linear feet in two manuscript boxes.
Graphic materials [Box]: Prints by Accession 33
Graphic materials [Box]: Prints by Accession 34
Call Phrase: V1974.013
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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Historical note

On April 30, 1889, the United States celebrated the centennial anniversary of the inauguration of President George Washington. In New York City--the site of the U.S. Capitol at the time of Washington's inauguration--the most prominent event was a parade led by President Benjamin Harrison, which traced Washington's inauguration day route from the New York Harbor through Manhattan to Federal Hall on Wall Street. New Yorkers also hosted pageants and banquets for the occasion.

The Brooklyn Academy of Photography was founded in 1887 and headquartered on Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights. In 1891, the academy merged with the Brooklyn Photographic Society, and the organization was re-named Brooklyn Camera Club in 1896. The Brooklyn Camera Club is still active as of 2011.

Sources

  1. Brooklyn Camera Club. "Brooklyn Camera Club History." Accessed May 16, 2011. http://www.brooklyncameraclub.org/brooklyncameraclub/History.html

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Scope and Contents note

The Brooklyn Academy of Photography Washington centennial photographs date from 1889 and contain 670 items. The collection includes photographs of Manhattan and Brooklyn taken by Brooklyn Academy of Photography members during the Washington centennial parade and related festivities. The bulk of the photographs show the parade route in lower Manhattan, especially Wall and Broad Streets, with bystanders, marching groups, and President Benjamin Harrison's convoy. The collection also documents a procession of ships in the East River and New York Harbor which commemorated Washington's arrival in New York by boat, as well as views of the Manhattan festivities from Brooklyn Heights. Street views of Brooklyn Heights and Downtown Brooklyn show the neighborhoods and buildings decorated for the celebration. Most photographs are identified by photographer's last name, though few other identifying details are provided.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901
  • Washington, George, 1732-1799

Document Type

  • Negatives (photographic)
  • Photographs

Subject Organizations

  • Brooklyn Academy of Photography.
  • Federal Hall National Memorial (New York, N.Y.).

Subject Topics

  • Parades -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Ships

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn Heights (New York, N.Y.)
  • Manhattan (New York, N.Y.)
  • New York Harbor (N.Y. and N.J.)
  • United States |x History |y 1783-1865
  • Wall Street (New York, N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use note

Items in this collection entered the public domain in 2009. 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); Brooklyn Academy of Photography Washington centennial photographs, V1974.013, Box number, Object ID number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Related Archival Materials note

Additional photographs by the Brooklyn Academy of Photography are available in the Brooklyn Academy of Photography Blizzard of 1888 photograph album, V1974.040. The constitution and by-laws of the Brooklyn Photographic Society are available in the Brooklyn clubs collection, ARC.172.

Other Finding Aids note

Item-level description and digital versions of images from the collection are available for searching via the image database in the library.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of the Brooklyn Academy of Photography, date unknown.

Processing Information note

Fully processed to the item level.

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