We are happy to announce the Brooklyn Visual Heritage (BVH) website, http://www.brooklynvisualheritage.org. The website was created through Project CHART, a 3-year collaborative project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) that began in 2010 between the Pratt School of Information and Library Science (Pratt-SILS), Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS), Brooklyn Museum (BM), and Brooklyn Public Library (BPL).
Project CHART supports a diverse group of Pratt-SILS students who take series of courses focusing on digital libraries and work with the staff of these distinguished institutions. Together, they have researched, cataloged, and digitized thousands of historical photographs of Brooklyn.
The Brooklyn Visual Heritage website highlights only a portion of the visual collections at these Brooklyn institutions. Each image contains links back to the partner sites, where you can learn more and contact the staff at the individual institutions for help with your research.
This has been a great endeavor that has allowed us to pull together a portion of their image collections from three great cultural heritage institutions in Brooklyn. We invite you to explore and use this new online resource intended to serve scholars, historians and the general public of all ages, to engage with Brooklyn’s historic past and make connections to its present diverse and vibrant culture.
Here are some image highlights from the three institutions…enjoy!For even more images from the Brooklyn Historical Society photography collection please visit our online image gallery which includes a selection of our images. To search our entire collection of images, visit BHS Othmer Library Wed-Fri 1:00-5:00 p.m.
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The website will be presented on at the upcoming 2013 ARLIS annual conference in Pasadena, California and also at the 2013 Museums and the Web conference in Portland, Oregon. Tula Giannini, Dean, Pratt-SILS will present the paper, Visualizing Brooklyn at the Electronic Visualization and the Arts Conference in London in June 2013.
Project CHART is funded through an IMLS grant sponsored by the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program.