Lloyd Ultan, who was inaugurated Bronx Borough Historian on October 26, 1996, is marking the 15th anniversary of entering this government office in his typical manner—by working.
Ultan is in the midst of publishing his latest book, “Blacks in the Colonial Bronx,” his tenth overall and the third since his appointment. He also writes over 50 articles a year for newspaper, magazines, journals and internet sites. In addition, he answers inquiries by letter or telephone, gives talks and lectures rian. Lloyd Ultan, born and educated in the Bronx, is a true Bronxite and the perfect person to serve as our official historian,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz.
n his 15 years of government service, Ultan notes that his greatest pleasure comes from the expressions of wonder and amazement on people’s faces when he tells them of some of the great things that happened in The Bronx that they did not know before.
“If I can spread the word about the astonishing heritage shared by all Bronxites and the important contributions the borough and its people made to the growth and development of the country and the world, and thus increase their respect for the Br sues as source material in writing the borough’s history.
Ultan is the longest-serving of the five borough historians in New York City. The borough historians are appointed by their respective borough presidents and serve at his or her pleasure. Ultan was initially appointed by Fernando Ferrer, reappointed by Adolfo Carrion, Jr., and reappointed again by Ruben Diaz Jr. Many consider him to be the expert in the field of Bronx history. For this, he was named a Centennial Historian of New York.