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Guide to the Prospect Park lantern slide collection V1980.002

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Weatherly Stephan

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

Descriptive Summary

Title: Prospect Park lantern slide collection
Dates [inclusive]: circa 1866-circa 1920s
Quantity: 1.0 Linear feet in two lantern slide boxes and one folder.
Graphic materials [Box]: Prints by accession 43 (V1976.2.1-V1980.5.27)
Graphic materials [Box]: V1980.002 Box 1 of 2
Graphic materials [Box]: V1980.002 Box 2 of 2
Call Phrase: V1980.002
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

Prospect Park, located in Brooklyn, N.Y. was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the landscape architects responsible for Central Park and Riverside Park in Manhattan. Construction began in 1866 and continued into the 1870s. The park's design included a meadow, wooded ravine, and lake. Prospect Park was immensely popular upon opening, and attracted visitors from across the social classes. The park's rural scenery and recreation areas were supplemented by new features such as a zoo and playgrounds in the early 20th century. As of 2011, Prospect Park is one of the largest parks in Brooklyn and receives over eight million visitors each year.


  1. Prospect Park Alliance. "Timeline." Accessed April 1, 2011.

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Scope and Contents note

The Prospect Park lantern slide collection dates from circa 1886 to 1929 and contains 91 items. The collection includes both black-and-white and hand-colored lantern slides. The slides show Prospect Park from the time of construction to the 1920s, as well as the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens and notable Brooklyn buildings. Images show park activities, such as group recreation, sports, and gatherings; statues and monuments; construction of the park; horticultural and holiday displays; large areas of the park, such as the parade grounds, Prospect Park Zoo, Prospect Park Lake, Long Meadow, and various walkways; and aerial views of the entire park.

Some lantern slides in the collection originate from commercial slide studios, namely Edward Van Altena and Breseler Lantern Slides Co. One copy print is also available.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Lantern slides

Subject Organizations

  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Subject Topics

  • Aerial photographs
  • Monuments -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Parks -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Statues -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Prospect Park (New York, N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to users without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use note

All commercially produced slides are in the public domain. Copyright for anonymously created works will remain in effect for 120 years following the date of creation. Based on the date range of this collection, all items will enter the public domain by 2049. 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); Prospect Park lantern slide collection, V1980.002, Box number, Object ID number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

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

Source and date of acquisition for the collection are unknown. This collection was accessioned in 1980.

Processing Information note

Fully processed to the item level.

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