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Guide to the Brooklyn Bridge centennial celebration collection 1994.015

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Patricia Glowinski and Nicholas Pavlik

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 22, 2011
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Descriptive Summary

Creator - Compiler: Herd, Pauline
Title: Brooklyn Bridge centennial celebration collection
Dates: 1983
Quantity: 1.76 Linear feet in one manuscript box and one oversize box.
Mixed materials [Box]: 1994.015 1 of 2
Text [Oversize]: 1994.015 2 of 2
Call Phrase: 1994.015
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 Bridge is a steel suspension bridge that spans the East River connecting the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn in New York City. Completed in 1883, the bridge was called both the East River Bridge and the New York and Brooklyn Bridge until 1915 when the name was officially changed to the Brooklyn Bridge. The bridge was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964 and was further designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 1972. The original designer of the bridge was John Augustus Roebling (1806-1869), a German engineer who immigrated to the United States in 1831. Roebling invented the wire cable which he would eventually incorporate into the design of the Brooklyn Bridge. Roebling's son, Washington Augustus Roebling (1837-1926), also an engineer, took over as chief engineer of construction following the sudden death of his father in 1869. In 1872, Washington Roebling fell ill with decompression sickness, acquired during the construction of the bridge, and never fully recovered. His wife, Emily Warren Roebling (1843-1903), was instrumental in seeing through the construction and completion of the bridge.


  1. Fletcher, Ellen. "John Augustus Roebling." In The Encyclopedia of New York City, edited by Kenneth T. Jackson, 1017. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press; New York: New-York Historical Society, 1995.
  2. Fletcher, Ellen. "Washington Augustus Roebling." In The Encyclopedia of New York City, edited by Kenneth T. Jackson, 1017. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press; New York: New-York Historical Society, 1995.

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Scope and Contents note

This collections contains various materials documenting the Brooklyn Bridge centennial celebration in 1983, including magazines, publications, correspondence, programs, calendars, bulletins, posters, clippings, photocopies of articles, and additional ephemera. Also included is an April 1984 copy of Technology and Culture, the quarterly journal of the Society for the History of Technology, containing several articles on the 100th anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Bulletins
  • Calendars
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence
  • Journals (periodicals)
  • Magazines (periodicals)
  • Newspapers
  • Posters
  • Printed ephemera
  • Programs (documents)
  • Publications

Subject Topics

  • Bridges -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x Buildings, structures, etc.
  • Brooklyn Bridge (New York, N.Y.) |x Centennial celebrations, etc.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to users without restriction.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); Brooklyn Bridge centennial celebration collection, 1994.015, Box and Folder number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Related Materials

Related archival collections at the Brooklyn Historical Society:

  1. 1992.020, Washington A. Roebling family letters, circa 1820-1955
  2. ARC.047, William C. Kingsley family collection, circa 1870-1950
  3. V1986.249, Brooklyn Bridge photographs, circa 1890-1930
  4. V1986.005, New York & Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn City viewbook, 1883
  5. V1990.064, Joseph Hess collection of Brooklyn Bridge photographs, circa 20th century

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Pauline Herd, 1995.

Processing Information note

Minimally processed to the collection level.

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