The Bronxville History Center, located in the lower level of the Bronxville Public Library, is the Village of Bronxville’s repository of personal and organizational historical materials—personal papers, organizational records, photographs, newspapers, maps, books, artifacts, and other items—relating to Bronxville’s history.
Administrative Information Title: Bronxville History Center Printed Materials Collection Volume (excluding duplicates): Newspapers: About 100,000 pages Books: About 365 items Pamphlets, Booklets, Reprints, Reports, Periodicals: 5.3 linear feet School Yearbooks (not including Bronxville School): 14 items Exhibition and Auction Catalogs: 39 items Postcards: About 510 items Access: Open Processed by Raymond H. Geselbracht
The Bronxville History Center’s collection of papers of Frank Ross Chambers consists of correspondence, photographs, an autobiographical manuscript, a speech draft, biographical sketches, a passport, printed material, and about 75 photographs—all relating primarily to the lives of Frank Ross Chambers and Kate Waller Chambers, and to their house in Bronxville, called “Crow’s Nest.” Also included is an essay about the Nondescript Club’s first decade, 1895-1905, written by Margaret Chambers Warshuis. The correspondence includes eleven letters from Frank Ross Chambers to Kate Waller Chambers, 1869-1888, 1924, and undated, and five letters from Kate Waller Chambers to Frank Ross Chambers, 1866 (or 1867), 1883, and undated; the autobiographical manuscript is by Frank Ross Chambers and covers his life from childhood to the time he married Kate Waller, in 1884.
Approximately 500 unique used and unused picture postcards depicting Bronxville scenes, primarily view cards of houses and other structures and some streetscapes and miscellaneous subjects. The collection includes at least one private mailing card, some two dozen undivided-back cards dating from 1906-07, and about three dozen real photograph cards. Many of the early cards were published by three Bronxville businesses: Chambers Pharmacy, Frederick S. Steinman’s Pharmacy, and stationer Thomas J. Lydon. At least 30 other publishers produced Bronxville cards over the years. The collection contains duplicates of many cards, many of which contain a variety of handwritten messages and postal cancellations.
The papers of Bertrand G. Burtnett papers document primarily the history of Bronxville; the life of Bertrand G. Burtnett, including his several careers—as member of the New York State naval national guard, real estate contractor and broker, New York State assemblyman, member and president of the Bronxville Board of Education, business executive, political activist, Mason, member of several hereditary organizations, and Bronxville Village Historian and Eastchester Town Historian; and his family history and the hereditary organizations he belonged to.
The records of the Leonard S. Morange Post No. 464, American Legion, New York Department include minutes of the Post's regular monthly meetings and of the meetings of its executive committee, Post commander reports, correspondence, programs from the events that the Post sponsored in Bronxville, particularly during thye 1920s and 1930s, scrapbooks, membership history cards, a few artifacts, and other materials.
Correspondence, primarily, and reports, college records, notes, indentures, and printed material relating primarily to Hannah Dunlop (Andrews) Colt’s activities as a member of the Smith College Relief Unit, 1917-1919, and to her life and residences in Bronxville.
The collection contains about 1200 photographs which document the personal lives of Louise Lawrence Meigs, her family, and some of her acquaintances. Meigs and her family were wealthy people, and the photographs in the collection depict their homes and leisure activities, including their movements among their seasonal dwellings and their travels in the United States and to Europe. Many of the photographs in the collection depict scenes in the Adirondack Mountains, where the Meigs had a home at Big Wolf Lake, and also scenes in Bronxville, New York, where the Meigs primarily home was located, at 42 Prescott Avenue. The photographs also depict New York City, Washington, DC, rural England, and Meigs's father's home near New Castle, New Hampshire.
Legal briefs, minutes of a hearing, transcripts of testimony and of a hearing, correspondence and memorandums, briefing papers, and other documents relating to rate increase requests and a request to abandon a steam distribution line presented to the State of New York Public Service Commission by Lawrence Park Heat, Light and Power Company.
Collection contains about 4,600 photographs relating to the history of Bronxville, NY, and adjoining communities. Photographs depict especially the built environment of the village, individuals who live or lived in the village, and civic organizations active in the village.