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Borough President Brooklyn, 1918-1970. 11,500 images in collection; 390 in gallery. The Office of the Borough President was created in 1898 to compensate the formerly independent communities in the four counties of New York, Kings, Queens and Richmond, for the loss of governmental power to the consolidated Greater City of New York. They operated as "local mayors," with substantial control over construction and maintenance of streets, sidewalks, highways, sewers and public buildings. In the Brooklyn series, construction of the Coney Island Boardwalk ca. 1919, and images of the December 1960 United Airlines crash in Brooklyn Heights are of particular interest. Accession #79-001, 1918-1934, approximately 6,100 8" x 10" gelatin-silver prints, mostly taken by photographer Edward E. Rutter. Accession #03-017, 1940-1970, 5,401 4" x 5" acetate negatives, and 47 prints.