This series of audiovisual materials comes from the Packer Collegiate Institute records (2014.019), and contains audio, video, and film recordings dating from 1931-2013. Included in this series are audio and video alumni interviews, video and film recordings of events, ceremonies, and performances, as well as items related to the 1996 documentary celebrating the school’s sesquicentennial, “Packer Institute’s Day in the Life.”
Packer Collegiate Institute’s history coincides with the City of Brooklyn’s social and economic transformation from the mid-nineteenth century to today as well as documents the development of women’s education in Brooklyn, New York, and changing social and professional roles of women in the United States in this same period. Originally founded in 1845 as the Brooklyn Female Academy, the Packer Collegiate Institute was established by local Brooklyn community members to provide quality education for girls and young women. Rebuilt and renamed in 1854 after its benefactors, Harriet and William S. Packer, the school was one of the US’s most respected girls schools and junior colleges for young women until 1972, when it became a fully co-educational K-12 school. It remains a prominent institution in Brooklyn Heights today.
A finding aid to the entire collection can be found here: