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Brooklyn Historical Society Mixed manuscript collection

Call Number



1626-1957, inclusive



1 Linear Feet in 2 manuscript boxes and one oversize box (OS-38).

Language of Materials

English .


This collection handwritten documents of various provenance that had been artificially assembled by librarians at the Long Island Historical Society (now the Brooklyn Historical Society) in the 19??s. Documents primarily concern Kings, Queens, and Suffolk Counties in New York State, as well as the states of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Most items are legal documents, such as court records, deeds, and bonds. Additional materials include election records, Revolutionary War documents, family papers, and one enslaved person's bill of sale. Specific individuals and families represented in the documents include Aaron Burr, Robert Fulton, Frederick Douglas, the Pettet family, Samuel Spragg, and the Young family, among others. Documents of Kings County representatives of the Continental Congress, as well as a copy of a document in Dutch referencing the Dutch purchase of the island of Manhattan from Native Americans, are also included.

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); Brooklyn Historical Society Mixed manuscript collection, 1974.037, Box and Folder number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source and date of acquisition unknown. Formally accessioned in 1974.

Collection processed by

Nicholas Pavlik

About this Guide

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2023-08-21 11:17:22 +0000.
Using Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language: English

Processing Information

This collection was processed to the item level.

Processing Information

Oppressive descriptive language was remediated from the abstract note in this finding aid as part of an anti-racist descriptive language audit performed in January 2021. Folder titles were retained to maintain record of descriptive language of collection creators.

Revisions to this Guide

January 2021: Revised by Amy Lau, Archivist, to remediate oppressive language from abstract note.

Note Statement

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