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Guide to the Emmanuel House lantern slide collection V1981.284

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 08, 2012
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Emmanuel House lantern slide collection
Dates [inclusive]: circa 1900 to 1914
Abstract: The slides contain photographs of children at the Emmanuel House, their activities, interior and exterior shots of the building, as well as a small number of illustrations and reproduced sheet music.
Quantity: 0.5 linear feet in one lantern slide box.
Graphic materials [Box]: V1981.284 Box 1 of 2
Graphic materials [Box]: V1981.284 Box 2 of 2
Call Phrase: V1981.284
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

Emmanuel House was located at 131 Steuben Street in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn. As a civic center and place of outreach run by the Young Men's League of the Emmanuel Baptist Church, the Emmanuel House offered Sunday school, Kindergarten and recreational classes to children of the church and neighborhood. Emmanuel House was demolished in the mid 20th century during an expansion of the neighboring Pratt Institute, at which time outreach and recreational activities were resumed at the Emmanuel Baptist Church.


  1. "Emmanuel House." In Brooklyn Daily Eagle Almanac, 327. Brooklyn Daily Eagle: Brooklyn, N.Y., 1904.

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Scope and Contents note

The Emmanuel House lantern slide collection contains 87 slides dated circa 1900 to 1914. The slides contain photographs of children at the Emmanuel House, their activities, interior and exterior shots of the building, as well as a small number of illustrations and reproduced sheet music. The majority of the images in the collection are group portraits of clubs and classes at Emmanuel House, such as the Kindergarten, Sunday school, sewing school, scouts, and baseball team. In addition to group portraits, the collection includes informal photographs of the clubs' recreational activities, such as camping and swimming. Some slides originate from commercial slide studios, namely the Radio Mat Slide Company and Charles A. Beseler.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Lantern slides

Subject Organizations

  • Emmanuel Baptist Church (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Emmanuel House (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).

Subject Topics

  • Children -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Kindergarten -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Sunday schools -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x Religious life and customs
  • Clinton Hill (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 items 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 2034. 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); Emmanuel House lantern slide collection, V1981.284, Box number, Object ID number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Related Archival Materials note

Records of the Emmanuel Baptist Church are also available at the Brooklyn Historical Society; see ARC.136.

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 this collection are unknown. The collection was accessioned in 1981.

Processing Information note

Fully processed to the item level.

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