Preliminary Guide to Environmental Sources
Brooklyn Heights Association.
- Brooklyn Heights Association. Records, 1916-1985.
25 linear ft.
Arrangement: Alphabetical by name of subject.
Organized in 1910, the purpose of the organization is the preservation and improvement of Brooklyn Heights as a desireable place to live through cooperative efforts of residents.
Minutes of the Board of Governors, 1977-1985, (incomplete); certificate of incorporation, 1948; revisions to bylaws; and certificates and documents designating Brooklyn Heights as a National Historic Site and an Historic District under the N.Y.C. Landmarks Preservation Commission, 1965. President's annual reports, 1923-1967, (incomplete); reports, programs, and clippings of annual meetings, 1928-1982. Office files consisting of correspondence, reports, maps, and legal documents involving issues such as noise pollution from expressways, commercial, public and private building development, and zoning regulations, 1973-1980; newsletters of BHA describing projects and actions taken to support its efforts, 1955-1985; relationships with other community street organizations, city agencies, and N.Y.C. Landmarks Preservation Commission; development plan for Fulton Ferry landing along East River. Other files concern Anti-Crime Patrol, 1957-1969; improvements in automobile traffic, 1967-1981; zoning requests and reports for conversion of residences to businesses; correspondence regarding Jehovah's Witnesses, Norwegian Club, Grace Court Alley, widening of streets, height of buildings, the waterfront area, 1921-1967, and rehabilitation of the Promenade, 1983-1985.
Maps encompass those for zoning, 1916; average monthly rent by blocks, 1940; Brooklyn Civic Center Improvement Program, 1941-1958; proposed Brooklyn-Queens Expressway through Brooklyn Heights, 1944; blueprint of blocks, highway and Cadman Plaza, 1973; community of Brooklyn Heights; and proposed subway lines, 1926. Also certificates from N.Y.C. Landmarks Preservation Commission for approval, recommendations or rejection of changes in buildings, 1971-1983; financial records consisting of cashbooks, 1922-1982, and correspondence file, 1977-1979. Historic information about Brooklyn Heights and the Association are found in an unpublished history of BHA and its accomplishments, 1960, and two publications: BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, YESTERDAY-TODAY-TOMORROW, 1937, and ROWBOATS TO RAPID TRANSIT, 1973. Some photographs are in office files; in zoning file are photographs of street scenes of Brooklyn Heights, primarily of commercial district, most identified; also photograph album of buildings, ca. 1960.
- Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.). Parks Dept. City and Borough of Brooklyn
Parks Dept. records, 1856-1944, 1885-1910 (bulk)
6 linear ft.
Arrangement: By specific department project.
Includes administrative and office records concerning the planning, building, and operation of Prospect Park, Eastern Parkway, Coney Island, Forest Park, and Shore Road recreation and scenic areas. Includes reports, memos, correspondence, bids and specifications, property conveyance records, citizens' petitions, and financial records.
Finding aids: Register.
- Graff, M. M. Marianne Moore and Greensward Foundation miscellany,
1 cubic ft.
M.M. Graff was active in the Greensward Foundation and was a friend of Marianne Moore. Marianne Moore was president of the Greensward Foundation from 1964-1972. M.M. Graff's records of Marianne Moore's involvement with the conservation of Central and Prospect Parks and with the Greensward Foundation. Materials include clippings about Moore's work with the Friends of Prospect Park; articles written by M.M. Graff and others about Moore's park work, and her efforts to save the Prospect Park Boathouse; a copy of a letter from Moore to David Brower at the Sierra Club concerning Moore's introduction to CENTRAL PARK COUNTRY: A TUNE WITHIN US; a flyer from the Marianne Moore Remembrance Fund; two issues of the MARIANNE MOORE NEWSLETTER, 1977; pamphlet; and correspondence.
- Schiller, Gary. Mill Basin records, 1939-1970, 1952-1965 (bulk)
1.6 cubic ft.
Arrangement: Subject arrangement.
Schiller was active in issues concerning the Mill Basin section of Brooklyn. He served as community mayor of that section and was also associated with the Mill Basin Neighborhood Civic Association, the American Legion, the Boy Scouts of America, and the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
Records consist primarily of correspondence, clippings, leaflets, photos, and maps concerning local civic improvement efforts in the Mill Basin section of Brooklyn. Activities include three campaigns to obtain the free use of public school facilities for local groups including the Boy Scouts, 1939, 1952-1958, and 1969; a fight against the construction of an incinerator, 1954-1956; plans for the development of Jamaica Bay and Floyd Bennet Field, 1968-1970; and dedication ceremonies for Charles W. Boyce Square and Vincent J. Hickman Park.
Finding aids: Preliminary inventory prepared by Brooklyn Rediscovery.