Digital Collections


Brooklyn's historic newspaper, photographs, manuscripts, trade cards, sheet music and neighborhood histories...some of Brooklyn Public Library's most distinctive collections are available online.

The Brooklyn Collection, which houses most of these original collections, offers browsing and research services in a beautiful reading room at the Central Library.

Digitized City Directories, 1856 - 1908

Digitized City Directories, 1909 - 1967

Brooklyn Daily Eagle Online
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
View the Brooklyn Daily
Eagle Online
Our Brooklyn
Our Brooklyn website
Featuring the history, facts, and photos of the various neighborhoods that make up our borough
View Our Brooklyn
Brooklyn in the
Civil War

Brooklyn in the Civil War
Explore Brooklyn's history during the Civil War, including lesson plans for teachers
Fulton Street Trade Card Collection
Fulton Street Trade Card
Explore the colorfully illustrated and often humorous advertising cards
Sheet Music Covers
Fulton Street Trade Card
Explore Illustrated Covers from the Brooklyn Sheet Music Collection
Historic Photographs
Historic Brooklyn Photos
View more than 10,000 Brooklyn photographs, and order digital or print reproductions.
What Shall We Read
to Children

 the Hunt Collection
Explore Clara Whitehill
Hunt Collection
of children's books
Theater Playbills and Programs
Brooklyn Theater Playbills and Programs Collection
Explore Highlights from the Brooklyn Theater Playbills and Programs Collection
Photo Galleries
 Photo Galleries
Browse historic photos in slideshows arranged by theme