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The Library & Archives makes its materials available to all researchers. We welcome scholars, teachers and students at all levels, genealogists, artists, documentarians, and anyone else curious about the history of the area.


Search for books and periodicals about Brooklyn history, politics, development, and culture.

Archives and Special Collections

The archive and manuscript collections document the history of Brooklyn and Long Island from European settlement in the 1600s to the present. Request an appointment to view an archival collection by emailing [email protected] at least two days in advance.


Search for historical maps that span the seventeenth century to the present.

Oral Histories

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 the built environment of Brooklyn and Long Island from the 1870s to the present.

Art and Artifacts

BHS’s art and artifact collections represent four centuries of Brooklyn’s visual and material culture. A selection are available to search online.

Film, Video, and Audio Recordings

Explore digitized film, video, and audio recordings from our collections.


The Long-Island Star, 1809-1840, the Brooklyn Daily Evening Star, 1841, and the Brooklyn Evening Star, 1841-1863, are keyword searchable at

Land Conveyances

This collection documents Brooklyn land ownership from the late seventeenth century to 1896. Organized by block number, these abstracts show seller (grantor) and buyer (grantee) information.