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Guide to the Brooklyn Heights Association collection ARC.148

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

Creator: Brooklyn Heights Association.
Title: Brooklyn Heights Association collection
Dates [inclusive]: 1929-1998
Quantity: 0.42 Linear feet in one manuscript box and one oversize folder.
Text [Box]: ARC.148 1 of 1
Text [Box]: Vertical File Oversize Box
Call Phrase: ARC.148
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

The Brooklyn Heights Association ("BHA") was formed in 1910, and remains the oldest neighborhood association in New York City. Residents and business owners in Brooklyn Heights organized the group to advocate for the improvement and preservation of the neighborhood. The Association formed committees to address issues pertinent to resident and neighborhood concerns, such as civil improvement, police, traffic, parking, trees, and recreation. BHA supported the New York City Landmarks Preservation Law and in 1965, Brooklyn Heights was designated as the first Historic District in New York City. In 2010, BHA celebrated its centennial anniversary and remains an active and influential organization in Brooklyn Heights.

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Scope and Contents

The Brooklyn Heights Association collection spans the dates 1929 to 1998 and measures 0.42 linear feet. Materials in the collection include newsletters, bulletins, bylaws, annual reports, treasurers reports, and letters to the general membership. Newsletters and bulletins constitute a large portion of the collection, detailing the work of the Association and the concerns of members. Topics frequently addressed in newsletters and bulletins include parking, crime, neighborhood appearance, and schools. One folder of material focuses specifically on the creation of the Brooklyn Heights Historic District in 1965.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Annual reports
  • Bulletins
  • Bylaws (administrative records)
  • Correspondence
  • Newsletters

Subject Organizations

  • Brooklyn Heights Association.

Subject Topics

  • Citi-ens' associations -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Historic districts -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Historic preservation

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn Heights (New York, N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); Brooklyn Heights Association collection, ARC.148, Box and Folder number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Source and date of acquisition for the collection is unknown.

Processing Information note

Minimally processed to the collection level.

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