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Brooklyn scrapbooks collection

Call Number



circa 1840 to 1979, inclusive


Mercier, Helen Cory (Role: Compiler)
Nickerson, Herman (Role: Compiler)
Frost, Josephine C. (Role: Compiler)
Hoag, Spencer (Role: Compiler)
Havemeyer, Loomis (Role: Compiler)


7.2 Linear Feet in two record cartons, six flat boxes and two volumes.

Language of Materials

English .


The Brooklyn scrapbooks collection consists of 22 volumes containing ephemeral materials documenting several subjects in Brooklyn from the 1840s to the 1970s.


This is an artifical collection and there is no formal arrangement.

Scope and Contents

Subjects include the Henry Ward Beecher adultery trial of 1875, the Brooklyn Theatre fire of 1876, the Coney Island Mardi Gras celebrations of 1913 and 1924, the 1935 proposition of the New York City and Long Island parkway system, World War I and World War II, the Prospect Park centennial in 1966, and several additional topics generally relating to history, business, politics, genealogy, and social and cultural life in Brooklyn, Long Island, and New York City. Compilers of the scrapbooks include Josephine C. Frost, Spencer Hoag, Helen Cory Mercier, and Herman Nickerson, though the origins of many of the scrapbooks are unknown. Materials in the scrapbooks include clippings and obituaries (many from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper), programs, pamphlets, menus, magazines, invitations and announcements, press releases, theater playbills, poems, postcards, illustrations, cartoons, and photographs. Also included is a scrapbook documenting a 1902 trip to Europe taken by Brooklyn resident Loomis Havemeyer (1886-1971) and his family.


Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction. The collection may only be used in the library and is not available through interlibrary loan. Requests to view the collection must be made at least 48 hours in advance of visit.

Conditions Governing Use

While many items at the Center for Brooklyn History are unrestricted, we do not own reproduction rights to all materials. Be aware of the several kinds of rights that might apply: copyright, licensing and trademarks. The researcher assumes all responsibility for copyright questions.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); Brooklyn scrapbooks collection, ARC.247, Box and Folder number; Brooklyn Public Library, Center for Brooklyn History.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Portions of the collection were the gift of Laura M. Brewster, Don Fina, Josephine C. Frost, Spencer Hoag, Helen Cory Mercier, and William A. Robbins, and Gabriel Harrison, dates unknown. Sources and dates of acquisition for remaining scrapbooks in the collection are unknown.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

If digital surrogates exist, they should be used in place of the originals whenever possible.

Related Materials

Brooklyn Theatre Fire Relief Association Records (1977.049)

Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims and Henry Ward Beecher collection (ARC.212)

Henry F. Minton scrapbook (1977.271)

Plymouth Church publications and ephemera (1986.019)

Brooklyn Republican Party scrapbook (1977.077)

Bloodgood H. Cutter autograph (1974.240)

Brooklyn Playbills and Programs Collection (BCMS.0041): Park Theatre

Frank Jenks theater program collection (1992.023)

May B. Woodward scrapbook (1977.292)

Brooklyn theater collection (1977.041)

Kings County Historical Society records (ARC.058)

Existence and Location of Copies

The Brooklyn Theatre Fire scrapbook by Augustus Toedteberg has been photocopied for access and is available in the library under the call number F129.B7 B768 1876p.

Collection processed by

Nicholas Pavlik

About this Guide

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2023-08-21 11:13:56 +0000.
Using Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language: English

Processing Information

This collection combines the accessions 1977.128, 1978.081, 1978.129, 1985.067, and 1991.046 along with additional found-in-collection material.


Brooklyn Historical Society
Center for Brooklyn History
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201