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Research Guides - Brooklyn Historical Society

What are research guides?

A research guide answers the question: What material does Brooklyn Historical Society have about . . . ? For example, many researchers ask: What material do you have about the history of my house? Answer: We have a research guide that summarizes the archival collections at BHS relating to housing and building research.

Do research guides include all the resources available at BHS on a particular subject?

No. Research guides typically focus on text-based archival material. BHS has many resources readily available to researchers in the Library & Archives — such as books, photographs, and maps — but these are not detailed in each guide. The research guides will provide suggestions about these other resources, but will not specifically identify them as they do for archival material.

More research guides are coming!

Our staff is always creating and revising research guides to facilitate your research. If you would like to suggest a research guide that doesn’t already exist, please email us.

Students Tending Victory Garden, 1943; 2014.019.17.01.006, Packer Collegiate Institute records; Brooklyn Historical Society.

What are research guides?

A research guide answers the question: What material does Brooklyn Historical Society have about . . . ? For example, many researchers ask: What material do you have about the history of my house? Answer: We have a research guide that summarizes the archival collections at BHS relating to housing and building research.

Do research guides include all the resources available at BHS on a particular subject?

No. Research guides typically focus on text-based archival material. BHS has many resources readily available to researchers in the Library & Archives — such as books, photographs, and maps — but these are not detailed in each guide. The research guides will provide suggestions about these other resources, but will not specifically identify them as they do for archival material.

More research guides are coming!

Our staff is always creating and revising research guides to facilitate your research. If you would like to suggest a research guide that doesn’t already exist, please email us.

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[# 1937 Stillwell Avenue.], 1959; v1974.4.1599, John D. Morrell photographs; Brooklyn Historical Society.

House and Building Research

House history is an extremely popular research topic at BHS. The Othmer Library and archival collections document Brooklyn’s development from a major agricultural center to a significant urban metropolis. Whether you are interested in learning the history of your home or want to research a particular neighborhood, the Othmer Library has a variety of useful materials.

Family History and Genealogy Research

The Othmer Library holds a wealth of materials pertaining to genealogy and family research in Brooklyn and Long Island. This research guide gives an overview of the diverse resources available at BHS, as well as at institutions across New York City.

141 Quincy Street photograph album. ca. 1899; 2010.023.59; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Family History and Genealogy Research

The Othmer Library holds a wealth of materials pertaining to genealogy and family research in Brooklyn and Long Island. This research guide gives an overview of the diverse resources available at BHS, as well as at institutions across New York City.

Contact Information

For additional information or questions, please contact library staff.