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Long Island Early Manuscripts collection

Call Number



1659-1861, inclusive


Higbie, Hamilton A. (Role: Donor)
Wilder, Frank (Role: Donor)
Townsend, Arthur O. (Role: Donor)
Seward, William
Benson, Robert
Clinton, George, 1739-1812
Child, Isaac


0.30 Linear Feet in one half manuscript box and two folders in an oversize box (OS-38).

Language of Materials

English .


The collection contains correspondence, land deeds, wills, and legal and official documents, mainly related to 18th century Long Island. Includes materials related to enslaved people and Native Americans.

Biographical / Historical

This collection was likely assembled by BHS staff from multiple donations at an unknown date.


Materials have been grouped by subject.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence, legal and official documents, land deeds, wills, and two accounts of dreams or visions, one apocalyptic and the other martial and religious. The majority of the collection relates to late 17th through early 19th century Long Island, but a few documents concern Massachusetts during the same period. It contains documents relating to slavery (an enslaved person is included in the property bequeathed in a will and there is a bill of sale for a young enslaved Black woman) and Native Americans (multiple land deeds) and includes items of interest bearing on early LI families: Conkling of Easthampton, Hendrickson of South Hempstead, Udall of Islip, Willets of Islip, and Whitman of Huntington. Significant subjects include: Abraham Lincoln, George Clinton, and Wyandanch.

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

All materials are in the public domain.

Preferred Citation

Identification of Item, date (if known); Early Long Island Manuscript collection, 1974.003, Box and Folder number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Immediate source of acquisition unknown. Formally accessioned in 1974.

Collection processed by

Katy Christensen

About this Guide

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2023-08-21 11:17:10 +0000.
Using Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language: Finding aid is written in English

Processing Information

Materials have been housed in acid free folders. Folder titles have been supplied by the archivist.

Oppressive descriptive language was remediated from subject terms, abstract, and scope and contents notes in this finding aid as part of an anti-racist descriptive language audit performed in December 2020.

Revisions to this Guide

December 2020: Revised by Amy Lau, Archivist, to remediate oppressive language from subject terms, abstract, and scope and content notes.


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