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Guide to the Village of Brooklyn Fire Department member lists and minutes 1973.275

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 08, 2011
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.). Fire Dept.
Title: Village of Brooklyn Fire Department member lists and minutes
Dates [inclusive]: 1823-1828
Quantity: 0.03 Linear feet in one folder.
Text [Box]: A0014
Call Phrase: 1973.275
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 first record of organized firefighting in the town of Brooklyn, one of the six original towns comprising the present-day borough of Brooklyn, dates from 1772. An official Fire Department, consisting solely of volunteers, was established in 1785. By 1816, when Brooklyn was formally incorporated as a village, the Village of Brooklyn Fire Department had a total roll of 95 volunteer firefighters. In 1869, the then-City of Brooklyn's first paid professional Fire Department went into operation.


  1. Brooklyn Fire Department. Our Firemen. Brooklyn, N.Y.: s.n. 1892.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of a notebook and a one-page document containing minutes from meetings of the Village of Brooklyn Fire Department, as well as two lists of Department members by company. Items span the period 1823 to 1828.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Membership lists
  • Minutes

Subject Organizations

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.). Fire Dept.

Subject Topics

  • Fire fighters -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Volunteer fire companies -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (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); Village of Brooklyn Fire Department member lists and minutes, 1973.275, Box and Folder number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Related Materials

Related collections at the Brooklyn Historical Society include:

  1. 1973.215, Atlantic Hose Company No. 1 manuscript, 1835-1881
  2. 1977.080, Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Fire Department meeting minutes, 1848-1854
  3. 1977.158, Williamsburgh fire wardens minute book, 1845-1857
  4. 1989.006, Brooklyn Firefighting collection, 1825-1949

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The source and date of acquisition for this collection are unknown. The collection was formally accessioned in 1973.

Processing Information note

Minimally processed to the collection level.

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