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Matthews family papers

Call Number



1840-1910, inclusive


Matthews, A. D. (Azel Dennis)
Matthews family
Matthews, Gardiner D.
Matthews, James


0.06 Linear Feet in one folder.

Language of Materials

English .


This collection contains various materials from the period 1840-1910 pertaining to the Matthews family of Brooklyn, N.Y.,including Azel D. Matthews of the dry goods store A.D. Matthews & Sons.

Biographical note

Azel D. Matthews (1809-1900), or A.D. Matthews, came to Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1828 from Massachusetts and opened a dry goods store in 1837. He was also active in a number of religious activities. The dry goods store, known as A.D. Matthews & Sons, was run by Azel's sons, James and Gardiner, after his death.


The collection is arranged into two folders by type.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains various materials pertaining to the Matthews family of Brooklyn, N.Y. during the period 1840 to 1910. Items include a pamphlet and souvenir program relating to the 60th and 70th anniversaries of A.D. Mathews & Sons; photocopies of family correspondence; a genealogy of James Matthews (1757-1823); programs for dinners at the Montauk Club in Brooklyn, of which James Matthews was a member, including for the annual Chauncey Depew dinners; a newsletter of the Brooklyn Bicycle Club; news clippings; and an invitation to the dedication of the memorial to the Maryland soldiers who fought in the Battle of Long Island during the Revolutionary War, addressed to Harry P. Matthews. The programs for the Montauk Club's Chauncey Depew dinners include photographs of Chauncey Depew (1834-1928), U.S. Senator from New York, and his wife May (Palmer) Depew. Depew was honored by the Montauk Club each year for thirty years. Some clippings and programs also pertain to Depew.

Conditions Governing Access

Open to users without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

The materials in this collection are in the public domain. 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); Matthews family papers, 1977.428, Box and Folder number; Brooklyn Public Library, Center for Brooklyn History.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Alice Matthews Love, 1966.

Related Materials

Montauk Club collection (BCMS.0045)

Collection processed by

Nicholas Pavlik

About this Guide

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2023-11-29 14:46:57 +0000.
Using Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language: Description is written in: English, Latin script.

Processing Information

Minimally processed to the collection level. This collection was rehoused and the finding aid revised by Dee Bowers in 2023. At that time, clippings were photocopied and the originals discarded.


Brooklyn Historical Society


Box: A0026 (Material Type: Text)
Center for Brooklyn History
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Brooklyn, NY 11201