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Guide to the Long Island Historical Society photographs V1974.031

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Patricia Glowinski

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

Descriptive Summary

Creator - Photographer: Herwig, Ellis
Creator - Photographer: Kritzler, Alan
Creator - Photographer: Krogius, Henrik
Creator: Long Island Historical Society.
Creator - Photographer: Tanare, Ernest
Title: Long Island Historical Society photographs
Dates: circa 1925 to 1980
Quantity: 0.31 Linear feet in one manuscript box.
Graphic materials [Box]: Prints by accession 40
Call Phrase: V1974.031
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

The Long Island Historical Society (LIHS) was established in 1863 in the neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights. From 1863 to 1880, LIHS rented rooms on Hamilton Street until it was able to build its now landmarked building. The building, designated a National Historic Landmark in 1991, was designed by architect George B. Post and completed in 1881. Portions of the interior of the building, including its library, were designated an Interior Landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. As of 2011, only 110 interiors have been granted this designation by the Commission.

The mission of LIHS was to preserve and encourage the study of Long Island and Brooklyn history via collecting and making available primary and secondary resources, as well as to hold exhibitions, tours, and events. Originally named the Long Island Historical Society due to its location on Long Island, which today is comprised of four counties--Kings County, Queens County, Nassau County, and Suffolk County--it was renamed the Brooklyn Historical Society in 1985.


  1. Petersen, Martin C. and Sean Hemmerle (photos). "Looking Inward." Metropolis Magazine, December, 2010. Accessed May 23, 2011.
  2. National Park Service. "National Historic Landmarks Program: Brooklyn Historical Society Building." Accessed May 23, 2011.
  3. Brooklyn Historical Society. "About BHS: The Landmark Building." Accessed May 23, 2011.

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Scope and Contents

The Long Island Historical Society photographs date from circa 1925 to 1980 and measure .31 linear feet. The photographs relate to the Society's historic building, as well as the activities of the Long Island Historical Society (now the Brooklyn Historical Society). The collection is comprised of black-and-white photographic prints, color photographic prints, contact sheets, and contact sheet negatives. The photographs were created by both professional and amateur photographers including Ernest Tanare, Ellis Herwig, Henrik Krogius, and Alan Kritzler, among others, while the creator is unknown for the remaining photographs in the collection. A large portion of photographs in the collection focus on exterior, interior, and detail views of the landmarked LIHS building. The collection also documents activities of the Society--such as exhibitions, tours, and events--held at LIHS from the 1950s through 1970s. Both black-and-white and color images document LIHS exhibitions, LIHS staff, group tours at LIHS, as well as the speakers and attendees of events held at LIHS.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Post, George Browne, 1837-1913

Document Type

  • Black-and-white prints (photographs)
  • Color prints (photographs)
  • Contact sheets
  • Detail views
  • Exterior views
  • Interior views
  • Negatives (photographic)
  • Photographs

Subject Organizations

  • Brooklyn Historical Society (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Long Island Historical Society.

Subject Topics

  • Architecture -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Exhibitions
  • History -- Societies, etc.

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x Buildings, structures, etc. |v Pictorial works
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x History
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x Intellectual life |y 20th century
  • Brooklyn Heights (New York, N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction rights for the photographs have not been evaluated. 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); Long Island Historical Society photographs, V1974.031, Box number, Object ID number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Related Materials

Brooklyn Historical Society holds other materials related to this collection. Interested researchers should see the Long Island Historical Society records (1985.012); Long Island Historical Society Building Committee records (1974.125); and Long Island Historical Society Building Committee photograph collection (V1998.053). Please consult library staff for more information.

Other Finding Aids

Item level description and digital versions of images from the collection are available for searching via the image database in the library. Please consult library staff for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source and date of acquisition for this collection are unknown. It is presumed that portions of the collection were created by the Long Island Historical Society (now Brooklyn Historical Society). Portions of the collection were formally accessioned in 1974.

Processing Information note

Fully processed to the item level.

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