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Uncorked History: Vintage Artifacts

1 week ago
Juli Jackson shows off her family treasures to Aileen Chumard, BLDG92 Executive Director, and Dennis Riley, BNYDC archivist Juli Jackson shows off her family treasures to Aileen Chumard, BLDG92 Executive Director, and Dennis Riley, BNYDC archivist

Staff at BLDG92 were extremely excited to receive an incredible trove of materials donated by Juli Jackson to the BNYDC archives.  Ms. Jackson is the daughter of Kathryn Steiner (nee Lackey), who christened the USS Brooklyn (CL-40) at the Yard in 1936, as well as the grand-daughter of Frank Lackey who served in Brooklyn for over 40 years as a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve and as commander of the New York State Naval Militia and eventually died at the Brooklyn Naval Hospital in 1944.  See the finding aid to this collection for more information or visit BLDG 92 in the Fall when we will have select items on display. 

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100 Years Ago - Remembering the USS Arizona

Dennis Riley 1 month, 1 week ago
USS Arizona Slips from the Launching Ways, National Archives, RG19 Records of the Bureau of Ships, ARC identifier 6003991 USS Arizona Slips from the Launching Ways, National Archives, RG19 Records of the Bureau of Ships, ARC identifier 6003991

100 years ago today, the USS Arizona (BB-39), named after the newest state in the union, was launched at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.  The Arizona was one of nine modern battleships completed at the Yard.  The largest and most powerful naval ship in service at the time of its launching, she was also the first U.S. battleship to use oil rather than coal for fuel – with a storage capacity of 2,322 tons of oil.

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Victory in Europe...Another Can Do Day

Dennis Riley 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Shipworker front page, May 8, 1945 Shipworker front page, May 8, 1945

70 years ago crowds may have swarmed Times Square to celebrate victory over Nazi Germany, but for the men and woman at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, it was another day at work making sure the U.S. Navy had the ships to finish the war in the Pacific.

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New in the Archives: USS Ohio Artifacts

Dennis Riley 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Detail of U.S. stamp on USS Ohio drift pin, circa 1820 Detail of U.S. stamp on USS Ohio drift pin, circa 1820

Recently artifact from the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s “first born” returned home thanks to a generous donation by Dr. Glenn Williams and Brett Curlew of Nassau Community College.

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New in the Archives: The Abraham Friedman Papers

Dennis Riley 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 4 months, 2 weeks 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 4 months, 3 weeks 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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New in the Archives: The Edward T. Steiniger Collection

Dennis Riley 5 months ago
Lance Corporal Edward Steiniger is third from the left Lance Corporal Edward Steiniger is third from the left

We recently posted a finding aid online to the Edward Steiniger Collection.  Like most of the personal collections donated to the archives, this is a small but important addition to the materials entrusted to our care.

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New in the Archives: The Joseph F. Rogers Collection

Dennis Riley 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Illustration for a 40mm mount Mk1 anti-aircraft gun, Ordnance Pamphlet 821 Illustration for a 40mm mount Mk1 anti-aircraft gun, Ordnance Pamphlet 821

The archives recently received a collection of material that adds to our understanding of the important work undertaken at the Yard when it was a Federal shipbuilding facility.  This latest addition consists of nine bound manuals related to Joseph F. Rogers' work as a machinist in the Ordnance Shop.  Five manuals deal with the construction, operation, and maintenance of a variety of anti-aircraft guns, while four others are Navy training courses for Fire Controlmen and Electronic Technician’s Mate.  Also included is a marine engineer’s manual.  The collection also includes a framed New York Daily News newspaper from the Yard’s closure, dated June 19, 1966 and the tool box and some tools used by Rogers. The toolbox and tools are a most welcome addition to our collection, especially considering the fact that they travelled to and from the Yard for nearly 20 years. In a sense they have returned home.

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New in the Archives: The William J. Yager Papers

Dennis Riley 6 months, 1 week ago
William Yager receives Beneficial Suggestion Award, 1951 William Yager receives Beneficial Suggestion Award, 1951

The archives received an impressive collection of materials donated by William Yager who worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard from 1947 until 1965.  During World War II he served in the U.S. Army and was first hired at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on July 11, 1947 as a Welder Apprentice and later promoted to Welder Combination. During his 30-plus years of employment he received several promotions to Shop Analyst and Scheduler (Welder Combination), Shop Analyst and Scheduler (Welder), and Shop Planner (Welder). In 1963, Mr. Yager received a promotion to Industrial Engineering Technician in the Production Department, a position he held until the Yard’s closure.  In this capacity he was responsible for establishing methods and standards of doing various shipbuilding jobs.  Outside of his official duties, Mr. Yager was active in the Yard’s gun club.  In 1965, as part of the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s reduction in force, Mr. Yager transferred to the Puget Sound Shipyard for the remainder of his career.  Since then he has lived in Bremerton, Washington.

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