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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.

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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 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.

Photographs from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle: Photographs from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper's photo morgue, primarily dating to the two decades prior to the paper's 1955 closure.

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.

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

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.

Brooklyn Playbills and Programs Collection, 1875-2017: This collection consists of hundreds of playbills and programs for events that either took place in Brooklyn or, in some cases, are thematically related to Brooklyn. For digitized items from the collection, click here.

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. Note: This collection is currently off site for digitization. Please contact us with any questions.

Stanley Person Baseball Collection: This collection includes tickets, programs, photographs, postcards, autographed baseballs, and other memorabilia from various baseball teams. Items from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and postcards depicting various New York City buildings and bridges are also included.

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.

Benedict Family Collection: Correspondence, photographs and scrapbooks relating to the Brooklyn-based pastor and educator Benjamin Gilbert Benedict and his family.

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 Collection: Materials documenting the career of Burton Turkus, who served as Chief of the Homicide Division for the District Attorney of Kings County and as the Assistant District Attorney, where he participated in the prosecution of the Murder, Inc. crime syndicate. Later in life he worked as an author and television personality.

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: Materials created and collected by Congressman Emanuel Celler, who served Brooklyn’s 10th, 11th and 15th district for nearly 50 years. Items include speeches, correspondence, photographs and legislative materials.

Gertrude Hoffmann Collection: A collection of photographs, news clippings, and scrapbooks related to the dancer and choreographer Gertrude Hoffmann and her dance troupe the Gertrude Hoffmann Girls.

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.

Raymond V. Ingersoll Collection: Materials concerning Raymond V. Ingersoll, former Brooklyn Magistrate, Parks Commissioner and Borough President. Materials include speeches, photographs, clippings and correspondence documenting his career.

Brooklyn Atlas Collection, 1855-2005

Brooklyn City and Telephone Directories, 1786-2017: A guide to the various Brooklyn city and telephone directories available digitally, on microfilm, and in hard copy at Brooklyn Public Library.

Digitized City Directories, 1856-1967: Digitized city and telephone directories from the Brooklyn Collection available via the Internet Archive.

Maps Collection, 1666-2002: A collection of maps depicting Brooklyn, New York City, and Long Island. Many of the maps in this collection are available online via our Digital Collections.

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

Brooklyn Newsstand: The full run of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle (1841-1955) and the society magazine Brooklyn Life (1890-1931) as well as onsite access to a selection of Brooklyn newspapers (1835 to 1999), 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.

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.

Photographs from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle: Photographs from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper's photo morgue, primarily dating to the two decades prior to the paper's 1955 closure.

For additional titles please review our Brooklyn Ephemera Collection Guide.

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

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.

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.

Stanley Person Baseball Collection: This collection includes tickets, programs, photographs, postcards, autographed baseballs, and other memorabilia from various baseball teams. Items from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and postcards depicting various New York City buildings and bridges are also included.

Gertrude Hoffmann Collection: A collection of photographs, news clippings, and scrapbooks related to the dancer and choreographer Gertrude Hoffmann and her dance troupe the Gertrude Hoffmann Girls.

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.

Brooklyn Playbills and Programs Collection, 1875-2017: This collection consists of hundreds of playbills and programs for events that either took place in Brooklyn or, in some cases, are thematically related to Brooklyn. For digitized items from the collection, click here.

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

Stanley Person Baseball Collection: This collection includes tickets, programs, photographs, postcards, autographed baseballs, and other memorabilia from various baseball teams. Items from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and postcards depicting various New York City buildings and bridges are also included.

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