Brooklyn Historical Society logo

Guide to the Edna Glyde photography collection V1988.001

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: Glyde, Edna
Title: Edna Glyde photography collection
Dates [inclusive]: circa 1940 to 1967
Quantity: 1.04 Linear feet in two manuscript boxes and one negative box.
Graphic materials [Box]: Slides: V1988.001 Box 1 of 1; V1988.012 Box 1 of 1
Graphic materials [Box]: Prints by Accession 65
Graphic materials [Box]: Medium Format Negs 8
Call Phrase: V1988.001
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.

Return to Top »

Biographical note

Photographer Edna Glyde (1905-1989) was a resident of Willow Street in Brooklyn Heights.

Return to Top »

Scope and Contents note

The Edna Glyde photography collection dates from circa 1940 to 1967 and contains 197 items. The collection consists of color slides, negatives, contact sheets, and black-and-white prints by resident Edna Glyde, with cityscapes and images of urban conditions in Brooklyn during the mid 20th century.

Prints, contact sheets, and film negatives date from the World War II and postwar era, and document the Brooklyn Heights, Downtown, Fulton Ferry, and Navy Yard areas of Brooklyn. A large portion of the prints and negatives are street scenes, with images of sidewalks, storefronts, street vendors, and residents. Many street scenes show snowstorms and winter scenes in the neighborhoods. Exterior shots of Brooklyn Heights homes concentrate on architectural details, such as ironwork, stoops, and decorative accents. In addition, rooftop views from Brooklyn Heights provide limited skyline views of Brooklyn. These images also show signs of change and growth in the borough during the 1940s and 1950s, such as food ration notices during World War II, the elevated subway lines prior to demolition, the newly-constructed Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, and abandoned or demolished buildings. Businesses, warehouses, and small construction projects in these neighborhoods are also depicted. A small number of prints and negatives show the Coney Island and Bath Beach neighborhoods of Brooklyn as well.

Color slides in the collection date from 1964 to 1967. These images concentrate largely on the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood, especially around Columbia Heights and the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. These slides show views of the New York Harbor, Manhattan skyline, piers, and the Brooklyn Bridge. A small number of slides also show the Margate, NJ attraction, Lucy the Elephant.

Return to Top »

Access Points

Document Type

  • Cityscapes
  • Color slides
  • Contact sheets
  • Negatives (photographic)
  • Photographs

Subject Organizations

  • New York Naval Shipyard.

Subject Topics

  • Architecture -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Business enterprises -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • City and town life -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Dwellings -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Railroads, Elevated -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Storefronts -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Street photography -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn Bridge (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn Heights (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (New York, N.Y.)
  • Downtown Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Fulton Ferry Landing (New York, N.Y.)
  • Manhattan (New York, N.Y.)
  • New York Harbor (N.Y. and N.J.)

Return to Top »

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to users without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use note

Based on the creator's date of death, all items in this collection will enter the public domain by 2059. For information on securing rights to publish or reproduce, please see the Brooklyn Historical Society Reproduction Rights Policy.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); Edna Glyde photography collection, V1988.001, Box number, Object ID number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Other Finding Aids note

Item-level description and digital versions of images from the collection are available for searching via the image database in the library.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Edna Glyde, 1989.

Processing Information note

Fully processed to the item level.

Return to Top »

Return to Top »