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New in the Archives: The Abraham Friedman Papers

Dennis Riley 2 years, 4 months ago
Abraham Friedman's Navy Yard ID Abraham Friedman's Navy Yard ID

Abraham Friedman was born on October 9, 1895 in Russia. He served in World War I in Company F, 13th Engineering Corps from September to December 1918. According to his 1921 application for employment, Friedman scored a 98 on the civil service exam to be a rigger’s helper. He had previously worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in this capacity between 1919 and 1921, but had left as a result of slow work.  At the time, he was living on Alabama Avenue in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn. 

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From the Archives: Women's History through Architectural Drawings

Dennis Riley 2 years, 5 months ago
Addition of Women's Toilets & Locker Room, Building 4 Mold Loft, 1942 Addition of Women's Toilets & Locker Room, Building 4 Mold Loft, 1942

The bulk of the BNYDC archives consist of some 30,000 architectural drawings, most from the days when the Yard was a Navy facility.  So much of the attention on the Yard’s expansion during the war years tends to focus on the demise of Wallabout Market and the construction of new buildings, including Building 77 (warehouse and administrative offices) and two buildings that no longer exist: Buildings 294 (sub-assembly shop) and 296 (fabricating shop).

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12 Highlights from inside the Archives

Dennis Riley 2 years, 5 months ago
Blueprint detail showing the Commandant and executive offices in Building 3, 11th Floor, 1932. Blueprint detail showing the Commandant and executive offices in Building 3, 11th Floor, 1932.

We recently hosted a special visit to the archives from the folks at Untapped Cities and they wrote a great piece highlighting some of the materials in our collection.  Check out what they thought the top 12 highlights were – from architectural drawings, to personal papers of Yard workers, to artifacts and even some wallpaper from Admiral’s Row.  Just a small sampling of how we are trying to maintain the history of the Yard as part of its continuing 200-plus year legacy of manufacturing and technological innovation:

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