Brooklyn Daily Eagle Materials

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle is the Brooklyn Collection's primary source of information on the history of 19th and 20th century Brooklyn. The Eagle, first published in 1841, soon became renowned not only as a source of local news but as an arbiter of national and international issues as well. After it ceased publication in 1955, the Brooklyn Public Library was fortunate to acquire its archives.

The entire run of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle on microfilm is available to the public in our Popular Library during regular Central Library hours.

The “morgue”, which is actually newspaper clipping files of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle (1903-1955) is housed in 152 filing cabinets, and provides the single most important information source on Brooklyn's history in the 20th century. Although unavailable to the public for searching, the staff will take your request and search the clippings for you.

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle Online is the digitized form of the Eagle from 1841-1902. It is fully searchable by date and subject. We are currently seeking funding for the digitization of the remainder of the Eagle from 1903-1955.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle photographs record all aspects of Brooklyn life, primarily from the early 1900s to 1955. More than ten thousand of these photographs have been cataloged and can be found in our Historic Photographs. Appointments must be made to view original photographs.

A photograph “morgue” of photographs of national and international interest is available for research by staff.

The Eagle published histories, almanacs, pamphlets and ephemera of all kinds that documented the life of the Eagle itself, its employees, and its readers.

A collection of postcards from 1835-1951, many of which are digitized, cover a variety of subjects such as neighborhoods, places, and buildings.