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Brookfield (N.Y.) Collection

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 25 Sep 2015

Biographical History

Brookfield is located in the southeast part of Madison County, New York. The area was first settled in 1791 by Stephen Hoxie and Phineas Brown, who were soon followed by others. The first town meeting was held in 1795. The town of Brookfield, which originally included Nos. 17, 18, and 19 of the Chenango Twenty Townships, was split off from Paris in 1795 and the first town meeting held shortly thereafter. [John E. Smith, ed. History of Brookfield, NY from our county and its people: A descriptive and biographical record of Madison County, New York. Boston: Boston History Company, 1899.]

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Brookfield (N.Y.) Collection consists of material pertaining to the early days of the town of Brookfield in Madison County, New York. The majority document business transactions (ledgers, receipts, agreements, promises to pay, etc.). There are also three ledger volumes and three small printed lists of town officeholders (1840, 1841, 1843).

Arrangement of the Collection

Manuscript items are chronological. Volumes are in no particular order.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Subject Headings


Business enterprises -- New York (State) -- 19th century.


Brookfield (N.Y. : Town) -- History.

Genres and Forms

Financial records.
Ledgers (account books)
Legal instruments.
Promises to pay.
Receipts (financial records)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Brookfield (N.Y.) Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 2015.

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