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Guide to the Joseph Hess collection of Brooklyn Bridge photographs V1990.064

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Patricia Glowinski

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 28, 2011
English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Title: Joseph Hess collection of Brooklyn Bridge photographs
Dates: Circa twentieth century
Quantity: 0.03 Linear feet three items housed in one folder.
Graphic materials [Box]: Prints by Accession 73
Call Phrase: V1990.064
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.

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Scope and Contents

The Joseph Hess collection of Brooklyn Bridge photographs consists of three black-and-white 8 x 10 inch glossy photographs showing views of the Brooklyn Bridge, circa 1950. Included is one aerial view of the bridge, as well as two views of the bridge shown from the Brooklyn waterfront looking south towards the Manhattan cityscape. Piers and boats are also shown in the photographs.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Black-and-white prints (photographs)
  • Cityscapes
  • Marines (visual works)
  • Photographs

Subject Topics

  • Aerial photographs
  • Piers -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Waterfronts -- New York (State) -- New York

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x Buildings, structures, etc. |v Pictorial works
  • Brooklyn Bridge (New York, N.Y.) |v Pictorial works
  • East River (N.Y.)
  • Manhattan (New York, N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.) |x Buildings, structures, etc. |v Pictorial works

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction rights for the photographs have not been evaluated. 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); Joseph Hess collection of Brooklyn Bridge photographs, V1990.064, Box number, Object ID number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Related Materials

The Brooklyn Historical Society holds additional manuscript and photographic collections related to the Brooklyn Bridge. Please consult with library staff for more information.

Other Finding Aids

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Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Joseph Hess, 1990.

Processing Information note

Fully processed to the item level.

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