The Brooklyn Collection houses a rich assortment of Brooklyn-related research materials and archival documents, including:
- Brooklyn Daily Eagle materials: the entire run of the Eagle (1841-1955) is available online through the site Brooklyn Newsstand. We also have a comprehensive collection of clippings -- organized by name and subject -- and more than 250,000 photographs from the newspaper in our "morgue.".
- Other Brooklyn newspapers
- Photographs (purchase, use and copyright information here)
- Postcards (preview a selection from our catalog here)
- Newspaper clippings (vertical files)
- Manuscripts and archives
- Digital collections (accessible online)
- Finding Aids
- Ancestry.com Library Edition (available at BPL computer terminals): Genealogical research for over 1.5 billion names in more than 4000 databases. Get access to census data, military and birth records, social security index and passenger lists.
- Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper (the "morgue")
- Digitized city and telephone directories, 1856 - 1967
- City directories and telephone directories on microfilm, 1796 - 1986
- Census information
- Guide to genealogical resources in New York City
Resources for Students and Teachers
- Class Visits
- Brooklyn in the Civil War: documents and lesson plans
- Brooklyn Connections: An exciting program for 4-12th graders
- Brooklyn Coloring Book: A downloadable coloring booklet of historic sites in Brooklyn
- Literary Map of Brooklyn: A map showcasing Brooklyn's unique literary history.