Portal to the Past
Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Portal to the Past: Creating Brooklyn Historical Society’s Digital Map Collection will increase public access to the institution’s extensive collection of maps through conservation, digitization, and the creation of a web-based portal.
Bring your class to BHS
BHS offers Library & Archives seminars and a free library reserve program for grades 11 and 12, undergraduate, and graduate students. Both services support research beyond the classroom and integrate BHS’s primary source material into class curricula.
Revealing Long Island History
Revealing Long Island History, generously funded by the Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation, is a groundbreaking collections and research initiative that will make BHS’s world-renowned collection of Brooklyn and Long Island artifacts digitally available to the public for the first time.
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Research & Collections
Researchers of all ages discover history in our landmark library.
Brooklyn Historical Society collects, preserves, and makes accessible the world’s most comprehensive collection of materials related to Brooklyn’s history and culture. The collections foster new and cutting-edge scholarship; support public learning and research; and enrich BHS’s exhibitions, educational activities, and public programming.
Search Our Collections
BHS makes its materials available to all researchers.
Search for books and periodicals about Brooklyn history, politics, development, and culture.
Archives and Special Collections
The archives and manuscript collections document the history of Brooklyn and Long Island from the 1600s to the present.
The oral history collections provide evidence about the lives of twentieth- and twenty-first-century Brooklyn residents.
The photography collections at BHS include images documenting Brooklyn and Long Island from the 1870s to the present.
Film, Video, and Audio Recordings
Explore digitized film, video, and audio recordings from our collections.
House and Building Research
This research guide highlights resources for house and building research at BHS.
Family History and Genealogy Research
This research guide highlights materials pertaining to genealogy and family research at BHS.