Brooklyn Collection

Image of the Week

The year 2016 marks the 75th anniversary of the Brooklyn's Central Library. Throughout this year we will be posting pictures reflecting the history of this landmark building, the people who worked here and the services that were offered from this location. The first installment is an image of the silver trowel with which the ground was broken in 1912 for the first, unfinished attempt to build a library on this site. That effort was derailed by WWI.

About the Brooklyn Collection

The Brooklyn Collection is Brooklyn Public Library's local history division, providing a range of information and services about anything and everything Brooklyn. Our rich assortment of research materials and archival documents includes maps, historic Brooklyn photographs, ephemera, prints and the full run of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

historic photographs website

View and/or purchase more than 20,000 Brooklyn photographs.

Digital Collections
Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Fulton Street Trade Cards

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Brooklyn in theCivil War

Explore Brooklyn's history during the Civil War.

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Brooklyn Connections

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