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Guide to the Famous Brooklynites portrait collection V1974.051

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

Title: Famous Brooklynites portrait collection
Dates: circa 1870 to 1925
Quantity: 0.1 Linear feet in five folders and one medium format negative box.
Graphic materials [Box]: Medium Format Negatives 7
Graphic materials [Box]: Prints by accession 42
Call Phrase: V1974.051
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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Scope and Contents

The Famous Brooklynites portrait collection, spanning the period circa 1870 to 1925 and containing 47 items, is an artificially created collection comprised of portraits of famous Brooklynites. The portraits were selected from prints and negatives from the Image Collection by former director of the Long Island Historical Society Library (later the Brooklyn Historical Society), Clara Lamers. The collection was to be included in a project called the "Brooklyn Graphics Project." The collection is comprised of photographic prints, nonphotographic prints, and clippings. Included in the collection are portraits of Henry Ward Beecher, Eunice Beecher, Seth Low, Hugh McLaughlin, Henry Cruse Murphy, Henry Evelyn Pierrepont, Alden J. Spooner, Henry R. Stiles, Martin Kalbfleisch, and Walt Whitman, among others.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Beecher, Henry Ward, 1813-1887
  • Beecher, Henry Ward, Mrs., 1813-1897
  • Kalbfleish, Martin, 1804-1873
  • Low, Seth, 1850-1916
  • Murphy, Henry Cruse, 1810-1882
  • Pierrepont, Henry Evelyn, 1808-1888
  • Spooner, Alden J., (Alden Jermain), 1810-1881
  • Stiles, Henry Reed, 1832-1909
  • Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892

Document Type

  • Black-and-white prints (photographs)
  • Black-and-white prints (prints on paper)
  • Photographs
  • Portraits

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x History

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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); Famous Brooklynites portrait collection, V1974.051, Box number, Object ID number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

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 items in this collection is unknown. The collection was formally accessioned in 1989.

Processing Information note

Fully processed to the item level.

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