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Guide to the Brooklyn ferries legal records 1986.046

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 21, 2011
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Union Ferry Company (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Title: Brooklyn ferries legal records
Dates [inclusive]: 1822-1878
Quantity: 0.42 Linear feet in one manuscript box.
Text [Box]: 1986.046 1 of 1
Call Phrase: 1986.046
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 steam ferry to provide service across the East River between Brooklyn and New York City was the Fulton Ferry, which officially opened in 1814 and connected the two Fulton Streets on either side of the River. Other early steam ferries between Brooklyn and New York included the South Ferry, which opened in 1836 and connected Atlantic Street in Brooklyn to New York's Whitehall Street, and the Hamilton Ferry, which opened in 1846 and connected Hamilton Avenue in Brooklyn to the Battery in New York. By 1854, several competing ferry lines between Brooklyn and New York were consolidated by the Union Ferry Company.


  1. Adams, Arthur G. "Ferries," in The Encyclopedia of New York City, ed. Kenneth T. Jackson (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press; New York: New York Historical Society, c1995), 397-401.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection contains leases, laws, and published court proceedings relating to several Brooklyn ferry operations. The leases are of the Fulton Street, South Street, and Hamilton Avenue ferries. Also included are acts of incorporation of the Brooklyn Union Ferry.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Articles of incorporation.
  • Leases
  • Legal documents

Subject Organizations

  • Union Ferry Company (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).

Subject Topics

  • Ferries -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Transportation -- New York (State) -- Kings County

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to users without restriction.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); Brooklyn ferries legal records, 1986.046, Box and Folder number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Related Materials

Related archival collections at the Brooklyn Historical Society:

  1. 1974.251, Unnamed ferry line subscribers' agreement, 1833
  2. 1977.030, New-York and Brooklyn Steam Ferry Boat Company toll books, 1825-1837
  3. 1977.051, Catherine and Main Street Ferry Company records, 1812-1845
  4. 1978.134, 69th Street Brooklyn Ferry Corporation rate schedule notices, 1961
  5. 1978.195, Brooklyn Ferry Company indenture, 1859
  6. 1991.019, Records relating to the Catherine Street Ferry, 1801

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Source and date of acquisition unknown. Formally accessioned in 1986.

Processing Information note

Minimally processed to the collection level.

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