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Guide to the Ralph S. Solecki archaeological surveys ARC.092

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Nicholas Pavlik

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 23, 2011
English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Solecki, Ralph S.
Title: Ralph S. Solecki archaeological surveys
Dates: 1977
Quantity: 0.29 Linear feet in two folders.
Mixed materials [Box]: ARC.092 1 of 1
Call Phrase: ARC.092
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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Biographical Note

Ralph S. Solecki, Ph.D. (b. 1917) is an archaeologist and professor emeritus at Columbia University. He has conducted excavations in the United States, the Middle East, and eastern Europe. He is most well-known for his excavations at Shanidar Cave in the Zagros Mountains of Iraq during the 1950s, which were integral to the study of Neanderthals. In 1977, Solecki conducted an archeaological survey of several areas of Brooklyn for the Red Hook Water Pollution Control Project, which was initiated by the New York City Department of Water Resources to assess the impact of sewer construction in Brooklyn.


  1. Hirst, K. Kris. "Ralph Stefan Solecki [b. 1917]." Accessed September 7, 2010.

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Scope and Contents

The Ralph S. Solecki archaeological surveys include two folders containing copies of reports drawn up by Solecki in 1977 for the Red Hook Water Pollution Control Project, which was undertaken by the New York City Department of Water Resources to assess the impact of sewer construction in Brooklyn. The surveys contain historical and geological information, as well as analyses of street pavings and sewer routes, concerning areas in the Brooklyn neighorhoods of Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn Heights, Fulton Ferry Landing, and DUMBO. Specific streets surveyed include Nevins Street, Fulton Street, Joralemon Street, Atlantic Avenue, Furman Street, and Plymouth Street. There is also information on the history and geology of the Gowanus Canal. Finally, the surveys also include photographs, hand-drawn maps and diagrams, and copied illustrations.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Geological surveys
  • Illustrations (layout features)
  • Maps
  • Photographs

Subject Organizations

  • New York (N.Y.). Dept. of Water Resources.

Subject Topics

  • Archaeological geology |z New York (State) |z Kings County
  • Archaeological surveys |z New York (State) |z Kings County
  • Geology |z New York (State) |z Kings County
  • Sewerage -- New York (State) -- Kings County -x Design and construction

Subject Places

  • Atlantic Avenue (New York, N.Y.)
  • Boerum Hill (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x Antiquities
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x History
  • Brooklyn Heights (New York, N.Y.)
  • Carroll Gardens (New York, N.Y.)
  • DUMBO Historic District (New York, N.Y.)
  • Fulton Ferry Landing (New York, N.Y.)
  • Fulton Street (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Furman Street (New York, N.Y.)
  • Gowanus Canal (New York, N.Y.)
  • Joralemon Street (New York, N.Y.)
  • Nevins Street (New York, N.Y.)
  • Plymouth Street (New York, N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use note

In accordance with conditions set forth by the donor, this collection is not to be published or reproduced.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); Ralph S. Solecki archaeological surveys, ARC.092, Box and Folder number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Robert Solecki, 1978 and 1979.

Processing Information note

Minimally processed to the collection level.

The collection combines the accessions 1978.175 and 1979.003.

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