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HISTORICAL PRINTS OF BROOKLYN AND NEW YORK

Finding Aid

Arranged and described by:
Ellen H. Belcher
April 1998

Dates: 1857-1907

Scope and Content:
This collection of 19th and 20th century prints were removed from illustrated weeklys and atlases and were collected by the library for their content. The collection is separated into two parts, prints and maps. The prints represent a sampling of popular images relating to events, places and daily life in New York and Brooklyn. Some of the prints serve as political commentary on local concerns, such as the Brooklyn Navy Yard; others illustrate historical subjects. The maps show geographical details of New York and its environs over the late 19th century to the early 20th century. Major buildings, streets, ferry routes and bridges are delineated. The prints from the illustrated weeklys are all wood engravings, some hand colored, the maps are mostly lithographs.

provenance:
These prints were found in the Library in 1998. It seems that they may have been purchased by the library some time in the early to mid 1980s.

BOX LIST:

Box 1: ILLUSTRATIONS OF BROOKLYN AND NEW YORK

Folder 1: PAGES FROM HARPER'S WEEKLY
          "Ye Story of Ye Navy Yard Wh is at Brooklyn."
                (from Harper's Weekly, March 12, 1859, p. 164) (Hand colored)
          "Kings County Court-House, Brooklyn -[sketched by J. Wells]"
                (from Harper's Weekly, March 4, 1865, pp.141-2] (Hand Colored)
          "Prospect Park, Brooklyn, New York - Drawn by H. Fenn."
                (from Harper's Weekly, September 12, 1868, p.583-4)
          "Fulton Ferry in 1750, From the Brooklyn Shore -[From an Old Print]"
                (from Harper's Weekly, November 2, 1872, pp. 844-3)
          "Clamming in the Great South Bay, Long Island Coast - Drawn by E. A. Abbey."
                (from Harper's Weekly, September 8, 1877, pp. 699-700)
          "On the Iron Pier, Coney Island - The Rush for the Last Boat- Drawn by H.A. Ogden"
                (from Harper's Weekly, July 29, 1882, p. 473)
          "'Rotton Row,' Brooklyn Navy-Yard. - Drawn by Walter H. Goater."
                (from Harper's Weekly, August 5, 1882, pp. 487-8)
          "Scenes and Incidents at Rockaway Beach, Long Island - Drawn by A. B. Frost"
                (from Harper's Weekly, July 12, 1884, p. 444)

Folder 2: PAGES FROM OTHER ILLUSTRATED WEEKLYS
          "Brooklyn Heights, Opposite the City of New York."
                (from Gleason's Pictorial, Boston, November 25, 1854) [hand colored].
          "Long Island - Construction of the Rockaway beach Hotel by the aid of Weston's Electric           Light. The Building as it Will Appear when Completed."
                (from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper." March 27, 1880, pp. 59-60)
          "Our Popular Summer Resort-An Afternoon's Amusements at Manhattan Beach Hotel."
                (from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, August 6, 1881, 377-8)

BOX 2: MAPS OF BROOKLYN AND NEW YORK

Folder 1:
          "Preliminary Chart of New York Bay and Harbor. From a trigonometrical survey under the direction of A. D. Bach, superintendent" 1857 [FRAGILE]

Folder 2:
          "Johnson's New York and Brooklyn."
                (from unidentified atlas, 1866 pp. 40-41)
          "New York and Brooklyn"
                (from an unidentified atlas, 1867 pp. XA - XA)
          "Map of the Vicinity of New York" (1876)
          "New York and Brooklyn"
                (from unidentified atlas, 1886 pp 35-34)
          Map of New York
                (from Rand-McNally Indexed Atlas, 1907, pp. 49-52)
          Maps of Brooklyn, New York City and New York State
                (from Gaskell's Atlas of the World pp: 83-86)
          "Greater New York," "Map of Boston" on verso
                (from unidentified atlas, pp 99-100)

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Created By: Ellen Belcher
Revised: 3/14/2000

 

 
 
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