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Guide to the Erasmus Hall Records
1325–1989 (bulk, circa 1775–1975)
 MS 201

New-York Historical Society
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Collection processed by Joseph Ditta (2021)

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on January 12, 2022
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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Erasmus Hall Academy
Creator: Erasmus Hall High School
Title: Erasmus Hall records
Dates [inclusive]: 1325–1989 (bulk, circa 1775–1975)
Abstract: Records (known as the Archives) of Erasmus Hall Academy (1787–1896) and its successor, Erasmus Hall High School (1896–circa 1975), at 911 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn. The first school chartered by the Regents of the State of New York, Erasmus Hall educated, initially, the children of Dutch-speaking farmers of Flatbush, and, later, thousands of students in the Brooklyn and New York City Board of Education systems, including many future prize-winning actors, authors, artists, musicians, scientists, and sports figures. Along with trustees' minutes (1787–1896) and the school's newspaper, The Dutchman (1925–1974), the collection contains material documenting the history of Brooklyn (such as registers of electors and voters in Flatbush, 1859–1860) and papers from the early Cowenhoven, Lefferts, Lott, Martense, Vanderveer, and Zabriskie families (such as a 1797 bill of sale to Garret Martense for an enslaved woman named Peg).
Quantity: 57 Linear feet (approximately), in 40 document boxes, 21 record cartons, 14 flat boxes, 3 oversize folders, and 1 boxed tube.
Location: With the exception of one box (RC-19a) and three oversize folders, the bulk of this collection is stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact manuscripts@nyhistory.org prior to your research visit to coordinate access. Keep in mind that it will take between two (2) and five (5) business days for collections to arrive, and you should plan your research accordingly.
Language: The documents in this collection are in English, with some examples of Dutch, and of foreign languages taught at Erasmus Hall (e.g., German, Latin, Spanish, etc.).
Call Phrase: MS 201