The Center for Brooklyn History makes its collections available to all researchers.
We welcome scholars, teachers and students, genealogists, artists, documentarians, and anyone who is curious about the history of Brooklyn.
Several collections are stored offsite and require a minimum of two weeks notice to use. To view the full list click here
While we work to merge our two institutions' collections, the links below will direct you to our respective holdings.
Books and periodicals about Brooklyn in the Brooklyn Public Library catalog.
Archives and Special Collections
The archival collections document the history of Brooklyn and Long Island from the 1600s to the present. View our collection guides here.
Our oral history collections include over 1,200 interviews here.
Brooklyn Public Library, Our Streets, Our Stories collection
Explore digitized historical maps spanning the seventeenth century to the present here, as well as Brooklyn Public Library's map collections.
Film, Audio and Video Recordings
Explore our digitized film, audio and video recordings here.
Art and Artifacts
CBH's art and artifact collections represent four centuries of Brooklyn’s visual and material culture. A selection are available to search online.
Newspapers: Brooklyn Newsstand
Explore our collection of local Brooklyn titles and high school newspapers here.