Our collection includes more than 5,000 books on Brooklyn's history, historical maps and atlases, yearbooks and newspapers from dozens of local high schools, a wide variety of ephemera, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle Newspaper clippings morgue, and local newspapers on microfilm.

For all of our books and a selection of historical digitized photographs, search our online catalog.

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Navigate the Brooklyn Collection with the help of the links below, which lead to both collection finding aids and digitized collections.

Betsy Head Farm Garden Photo Collection: The collection consists of lantern slides, photographs and a teacher certificate related to the Betsy Head farm garden in the Brownsville area of Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle Photographs: This collection comprises 35,000+ photograph files containing approximately 200,000 images from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle depicting anything and everything that was covered in the paper.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle Photographs—Brooklyn Subjects: This collection comprises more than 35,000 images of Brooklyn life in the first half of the 20th century, all of it drawn from the photo archives of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

Brooklyn Prints Collection, 1839-1968: This collection covers more than a century of Brooklyn history, with prints depicting historic people, structures and events in Brooklyn predominantly from the era before the rise of photography. Many of these prints come from popular magazines and journals of the 19th century.

Brownsville and East New York Photographs, 1958-1965: 99 black and white photographic prints of the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Brownsville and East New York dated 1958-1965.

Class Photograph Collection: This small collection documents graduating classes at various public and private schools in Brooklyn. Additionally, there are two photographs of the staff of Boys' High School's student publication, the "Recorder."

E. E. Rutter Photography Collection: Edgar E. Rutter served as the official photographer for the borough of Brooklyn in the early 20th century. The photographs in this collection are almost exclusively from his work in that capacity, although some photographs are from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle archives.

Larry Racioppo Collection: Materials documenting the career of New York based photographer Larry Racioppo.

Subway Stations Photograph Collection: This collection consists of photographs of Brooklyn’s elevated and subway trains, train stations, and tracks.

Terrence J. Allen Prospect Park Collection, 1868-2007: A collection of visual material documenting Prospect Park, compiled and donated by Terrence J. Allen. The bulk of the collection dates from 1895 to 1915, and forms a nearly complete picture of the park in its earliest incarnation.

For more information about our photography collections, visit our Historic Photograph Collections.

Al Todres Brooklyn Dodgers Collection: Brooklyn Dodgers memorabilia including yearbooks, photographs, magazines and programs.

Brooklyn Badges Collection: Three badges worn by officials of Brooklyn institutions.

Brooklyn Bridge Postcard Collection, c.1900-1984: Nearly 300 postcards featuring the Brooklyn Bridge.

Brooklyn Ephemera Collection: A collection of catalogs, postcards, business cards, fliers, circulars, and other remnants of daily life in Brooklyn.

Fulton Street Trade Card Collection: Digitized advertising cards from Fulton Street businesses featuring colorfully illustrated and often humorous images.

Letterhead Collection: A collection of letterhead stationery from Brooklyn businesses and institutions, spanning two hundred years of Brooklyn history.

Black News Table of Contents: A list of the articles that appear in the run of Black News that is part of the Rioghan Kirchner Civil Rights in Brooklyn Collection.

Bedford-Stuyvesant Youth in Action Collection: Documents relating to Bedford-Stuyvesant Youth in Action, a social action organization operating in the Bedford-Stuyvesant community from 1963-1978. The organization focused on community revitalization through programs targeted at underprivileged youth.

Brian Purnell Civil Rights in Brooklyn Oral History Collection: Recorded interviews with former members of the Brooklyn Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), with ephemera, notes and news clippings.

Brooklyn Council for Social Planning Records: This collection comprises the records of the BCSP from its founding in 1933 until its demise in 1957. The BCSP was founded by a group of prominent citizens, social workers, and representatives of civic organizations who saw a need for an organization to coordinate local social services.

Rioghan Kirchner Civil Rights in Brooklyn Collection: A collection documenting the civil rights movement in Brooklyn. The collection was compiled and donated by Rioghan Kirchner, a member of the Brooklyn chapter of CORE (the Congress of Racial Equality).

Bella Gordon P.S. 64 Collection: A small collection of materials relating to Brooklyn middle school P.S. 64 in East New York. These materials were compiled by Bella Gordon, a student in the class of 1923.

Bernard Green Collection: This collection consists of correspondence, photographs, ephemera and sheet music belonging to New York composer, conductor, and arranger Bernard Green.

Birth Records of Catherine Ling: A register of children delivered primarily in Brooklyn, New York by Catherine Ling, a midwife.

Burton Turkus Papers: Turkus became a prominent figure in the political landscape of New York from the 1940s through the 1960s after taking part in one of the New York district attorney office’s most famous cases, the “Murder, Inc.” prosecution.

Captain Freeman H. Smith Family Letters: Captain Freeman H. Smith was a whaler who died at sea in 1855. This collection consists of correspondence between his widow Agnes and son Arthur to Joseph Wickham Case, who administered his estate.

Emanuel Celler Collection: This collection consists of mementos, awards and photographs documenting Emanuel Celler’s fifty-year career in Congress.

Gertrude Hoffmann Collection: A collection documenting the performances of dancer and choreographer Gertrude Hoffmann with photographs, news clippings, and correspondence. Note: This collection is currently being reprocessed. Please contact us for access.

Henry Stillwell Clapp Collection: Materials collected by Private Henry Stillwell Clapp while on active duty during World War I. Items include correspondence, clippings and military documents.

Ina Clausen Papers: Brooklynite Ina Clausen co-founded a women’s collective print shop in the late 1960s. This collection consists of her personal papers as well as records from the Greenpoint Print Shop and copies of feminist writings and publications to which Clausen contributed.

Jesús Colón Collection: Materials collected by Puerto Rican author, activist, and labor organizer Jesús Colón. Materials cover various labor, political and social organizations in New York.

John Thatcher Collection, 1905-1931: John Thatcher (1853 – 1912) was one of the foremost builders for the city of Brooklyn during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This collection documents his career through correspondence, news clippings, and photographs.

Larry Racioppo Collection: Materials documenting the career of New York based photographer Larry Racioppo.

Laura C. Holloway Letters: A collection of letters addressed to turn-of-the-century author and journalist Mrs. Laura C. Holloway.

Letters of James W. Vanderhoef: This collection consists primarily of thirty-one letters written by Civil War soldier James W. Vanderhoef and addressed to his sister in Brooklyn, as well as other documents related to Vanderhoef and his family.

Martha Gayle Collection: Various documents relating to the life, work, and activities of Martha Adina Gayle dating from 1902 -2001. Gayle was a Jamaican immigrant who came to the United States in 1924.

Rainone-Morra Family Papers: This collection consists of letters to and from various members of the Rainone and Morra families. The two families were both Italian-American and lived in Brooklyn in the early 20th century.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle Photographs: This collection comprises 35,000+ photograph files containing approximately 200,000 images from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle depicting anything and everything that was covered in the paper.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle Photographs—Brooklyn Subjects: This collection comprises more than 35,000 images of Brooklyn life in the first half of the 20th century, all of it drawn from the photo archives of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

Brooklyn Eagle Libraries Collection: The Brooklyn Daily Eagle published pamphlets of general interest on a monthly basis from 1894 through 1925, which they called “libraries.” These were often copies of local government documents like the New York State Constitution, the Charter of the City of New York, and their laws, but also served as guides on timely issues like upcoming elections and summer resort options.

Brooklyn Newsstand: The full run of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle (1841-1955), as well as the society magazine Brooklyn Life (1890-1931), digitized and keyword-searchable.

Carlisle Indian: The Newsletter of the Carlisle Club: 25 issues of The Carlisle Indian, a newsletter for members of the Carlisle Club, dating from 1942-1944. The Carlisle Club of East Flatbush, Brooklyn was a Jewish youth organization founded in 1931.

High School Newspaper Collection, 1853-1994: A collection of publications from Brooklyn schools, covering academic life as well as events in their communities.

Linewaiters' Gazette Collection: The Linewaiters’ Gazette is a member publication for the Park Slope Food Coop (PSFC).

Local Newspapers on Microfilm, 1835-1999: Numerous neighborhood newspapers covering the years 1835-1999. These newspapers contain local news in specific neighborhoods as well as borough, city, and national news.

Bella Gordon P.S. 64 Collection: A small collection of materials relating to Brooklyn middle school P.S. 64 in East New York. These materials were compiled by Bella Gordon, a student in the class of 1923.

Brooklyn Yearbook Collection: A collection of yearbooks from Brooklyn schools.

Class Photograph Collection: This small collection documents graduating classes at various public and private schools in Brooklyn. Additionally, there are two photographs of the staff of Boys' High School's student publication, the "Recorder."

The Froebel Society Records: Brooklyn Chapter: Minutes, yearbooks and other documents relating to the activities of The Froebel Society, a Brooklyn women’s club that promoted cultural activity among its members, who were originally drawn from the mothers of children attending The Froebel Academy.

High School Newspaper Collection, 1853-1994: A collection of publications from Brooklyn schools, covering academic life as well as events in their communities.

Black Brooklyn Renaissance Digital Archive: Black Brooklyn Renaissance: Black Arts + Culture, 1960-2010 (BBR) was a landmark, two year-long research, planning, and public presentation initiative by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC), in partnership with Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. This digital archive contains 73 playable DVD discs with content from the BBR initiative.

Brian Purnell Civil Rights in Brooklyn Oral History Collection: Recorded interviews with former members of the Brooklyn Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), with ephemera, notes and news clippings.

Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival Collection: Five films that were presented at the 2011 Brooklyn Film Arts Festival on DVD.

African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Zion Church Collection: A small but rich collection of papers documenting the financial and administrative affairs of the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Zion Church, one of Brooklyn’s oldest African American congregations, organized between 1827 and 1835.

Al Todres Brooklyn Dodgers Collection: Brooklyn Dodgers memorabilia including yearbooks, photographs, magazines and programs.

Bedford-Stuyvesant Youth in Action Collection: Documents relating to Bedford-Stuyvesant Youth in Action, a social action organization operating in the Bedford-Stuyvesant community from 1963-1978. The organization focused on community revitalization through programs targeted at underprivileged youth.

Brooklyn Council for Social Planning Records: This collection comprises the records of the BCSP from its founding in 1933 until its demise in 1957. The BCSP was founded by a group of prominent citizens, social workers, and representatives of civic organizations who saw a need for an organization to coordinate local social services.

Brooklyn Heights Association Records: Inactive records of the Brooklyn Heights Association consisting of news clippings, correspondence, financial records, lawsuits, reports, and memorabilia.

Coney Island House Register, 1848-1852: A leather bound register signed by visitors to the Coney Island House hotel from 1848-1852.

The Froebel Society Records: Brooklyn Chapter: Minutes, yearbooks and other documents relating to the activities of The Froebel Society, a Brooklyn women’s club that promoted cultural activity among its members, who were originally drawn from the mothers of children attending The Froebel Academy.

Greenpoint Petroleum Remediation Project (GPRP) Records: Documentation of the Greenpoint Petroleum Remediation Project deposited at Brooklyn Public Library for public record.

Kings County Historic Records Microfilm Collection: Microfilm reels showing a variety of government records, maps and histories concerning Kings County, New York from 1645-1961.

Montauk Club Collection: Records, photographs, and ephemera from the Montauk Club, a social club in Park Slope, Brooklyn founded in 1889 and still in operation today.

Gertrude Hoffmann Collection: A collection documenting the performances of dancer and choreographer Gertrude Hoffmann with photographs, news clippings, and correspondence. Note: This collection is currently being reprocessed. Please contact us for access.

Sheet Music Collection, 1869-1987: Sheet music, primarily for voice and piano, all celebrating or emanating from the borough of Brooklyn. For digitized sheet music from the collection, click here.

Theater Playbills and Programs Collection, 1875-1972: This collection consists of 800 playbills and programs for motion pictures, musical concerts, high school commencement exercises, lectures, photoplays, vaudeville, and burlesque, as well as the more traditional offerings such as plays and operas, all from Brooklyn theaters. For digitized items from the collection, click here.

 

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