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Series 2: Personal and Social Matters, 1823-1918, inclusive


1.5 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

This series primarily concerns the private, social, educational, and cultural pursuits of various Pierreponts, principally Henry Sr. Some important documents concern the Pierreponts's commercial and property interests; an example of this is an 1845 letter from Henry concerning Brooklyn Heights and Montague Street land transactions. Much of the correspondence in the series concerns the various civic committees and religious or cultural institutions supported by the Pierreponts, including the Long Island Historical Society, Astronomical Society of Brooklyn, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Committee on the University, and St. John's Church. Some correspondence and other documents concern the two Anna Maria Pierreponts (Constable and Jay); among these is an 1848 letter discussing the impact of a large fire in Brooklyn.

Also found here are materials concerning Henry's elementary education and intellectual interests, family history and genealogy, and material concerning deaths and burial monuments. Among the historical notes is 1863 correspondence from Henry Sr. to Henry Stiles discussing the history of Brooklyn Heights. Some financial records are included in the series, such as the details of a 1845 wharf and land purchase and Henry's personal cash book (1825-1832). Also included is a 1907-08 series of National Photographic Library Postcards presented to the LIHS by Henry E. Pierrepont.


The series is arranged by document form and subject matter in roughly chronological order.

Henry E. Pierrepont: early education (2 folders), 1823-1824, inclusive

Box: 1, Folder: 3, 4 (Material Type: Text)


Includes the book Key to the exercises calculated to enable private learners to become their own instructors in grammar and composition. Includes the Yearly distribution of premiums for the pupils of the Lyceum.

Notebook of H.E. Pierrepont containing mathematical exercises, sketches, and essays, circa 1830, inclusive

Box: 9, Folder: 1 (Material Type: Text)

Barometric record kept by H.E. Pierrepont, 1839-1840, inclusive

Box: 1, Folder: 5 (Material Type: Text)

Article by H.E. Pierrepont on the tides of the Great Lakes, 1839, inclusive

Box: 1, Folder: 6 (Material Type: Text)

List of Subscribers to the Brooklyn Assembly, 1832, 1873, inclusive

Box: 1, Folder: 7 (Material Type: Text)

Washington and Montague Park proposals published in local newspapers, also includes correspondence, 1845-1848, 1860, inclusive

Box: 1, Folder: 8 (Material Type: Text)

Astronomical Society of Brooklyn: subscription book for the construction of an observatory, constitution, 1850, inclusive

Box: 1, Folder: 9 (Material Type: Text)


One piece of correspondence is in French.

Act concerning French Spoliation Claims, 1850, 1885, inclusive

Box: 1, Folder: 10 (Material Type: Text)

Passport, H.E Pierrepont, Jr., 1863, inclusive

Box: 91, Folder: 2 (Material Type: Text)

Correspondence: Henry and Henry Jr. (5 folders), 1832-1895, inclusive

Box: 1, Folder: 11-15 (Material Type: Text)


These folders include correspondence to and from the Henry Pierreponts. Most likely concern Henry Sr., though Henry Jr. is also represented. Correspondence to a Henry from one of the Anna Maria Pierreponts is included in a later folder.

Correspondence: John J., 1918, inclusive

Box: 1, Folder: 16 (Material Type: Text)

Correspondence and other documents: Anna Marias (Constable and Jay), 1826-1902, inclusive

Box: 1, Folder: 17 (Material Type: Text)


This folder includes documents likely related to both Anna Maria (Constable) Pierrepont (Hezekiah's wife) and to Anna Maria (Jay) Pierrepont (Henry Sr's wife).

Correspondence: to Seth (Low Pierrepont?), 1909-1910, inclusive

Box: 1, Folder: 18 (Material Type: Text)

H.E. Pierrepont's personal cash book, 1825-1832, inclusive

Box: 1, Folder: 19 (Material Type: Text)

Financial Documents, 1817, 1838, 1845, 1865-1870, inclusive

Box: 1, Folder: 20 (Material Type: Text)


Includes financial details of a 1845 wharf and land purchase and a receipt for an 1817 survey.

Contents of H.E. Pierrepont, Jr.'s wallet, 1875-1902, inclusive

Box: 1, Folder: 21 (Material Type: Text)


The wallet itself was removed from this collection to BHS's museum collection. The contents include genealogical notes, correspondence, financial notes, and clippings.

Social cards, circa 1890, inclusive

Box: 1, Folder: 22 (Material Type: Text)

Ellen Low Pierrepont: death and estate, 1872-1905, inclusive

Box: 1, Folder: 23 (Material Type: Text)

Pierrepont Family History prepared by John Jay Pierrepont (photocopy), 1904, 1921, inclusive

Box: 1, Folder: 24 (Material Type: Text)

Typescript recollections concerning Peter and Nancy (both blind from smallpox), children of Pierre Jay, circa 1880s, inclusive

Box: 1, Folder: 25 (Material Type: Text)

Notes concerning history of plate once owned by Nathan Beers, circa 1900, inclusive

Box: 1, Folder: 26 (Material Type: Text)

National Photographic Library Postcards and certificate presented to LIHS by Henry E. Pierrepont, 1907-1908, inclusive

Box: 1, Folder: 27 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Scope and Contents

Contains 1908 certificate of membership for Henry E. Pierrepont to the National Photographic Library, a placard declaring that it was presented by Pierrepont to the Long Island Historical Society, and several placards with photographs and descriptions on the back. The 1907 photographs are of natural phenomena in Alaska and the Southwestern United States such as Yellowstone Park, anthropological images of Southwestern Native peoples, and images of archeological sites. The images have detailed descriptions of what they depict on the backs of the individual placards.

Processing Information

Archival material found in repository added to collection by Lena Evers-Hillstrom in October 2018.

Pierrepont House architectural drawings, undated, inclusive

Box: 93 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)
Center for Brooklyn History
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201