Edna Huntington attended PS 131 in the Fort Hamilton neighborhood of Brooklyn and later completed Columbia University’s Home Study courses in librarianship. She began working for the Long Island Historical Society (now Brooklyn Historical Society) in 1926 and served as Head Librarian from 1936 until 1960. Huntington was part of a long line of female librarians who shaped the institution and its collections – you can read more about her predecessor, Emma Toedteberg, here. In addition to her work as a librarian, Huntington was an avid traveler and amateur photographer. She documented her excursions hiking and camping throughout the northeast United States with photographs and travel journals.
She donated hundreds of documentary-style photographs depicting Brooklyn street scenes during the 1940s, in addition to her travel photographs and writings. To see more photographs form this collection, check out this online gallery. Her photographs are particularly useful for housing research.
Interested in seeing more photos from BHS’s collection? Visit our online image gallery, which includes a selection of our images. Interested in seeing even more historic Brooklyn images? Visit our Brooklyn Visual Heritage website here. To search BHS’s entire collection of images, archives, maps, and special collections visit BHS’s Othmer Library Wed-Sat, 1:00-5:00 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org