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Explore a Brooklyn family's complex legacy through BHS's archival collections

Spanning almost four centuries, the Lefferts Family Papers reveal Brooklyn’s remarkable transformation from an agricultural frontier to a diverse urban center.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Leon Levy Foundation, Brooklyn Historical Society has been able to process, conserve, and digitize the letters, journals, books, maps, photographs, legal records, and many other documents that chronicle one of Brooklyn’s first families.

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This project has been made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation

The Lefferts Family Story

Learn about the development of Brooklyn's landscape, economy, and culture through the eyes of one family in the Lefferts Family Story.
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Browse the Image Gallery

Browse through this site's digital image gallery for a close-up look at some of the collection's most important documents and artifacts.
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