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Brooklyn History

This is a guide to primary and secondary resources on local Brooklyn history.

Welcome!

This is a research guide for students looking for material about local Brooklyn history.

Find books, ebooks, DVDs and articles about the historical people and places of Brooklyn. 

Also, learn about wonderful primary resources that exist in nearby archives!

Brooklyn Bridge During Contruction

Brooklyn Bridge During Construction - October 1878

From the Archives of the Museum of the City of New York

Bathers at Coney Island 1968

Swimmers at Coney Island- 1968

From the Archives of the Brooklyn Historical Society

Brooklyn Subway Construction

Subway Construction on the corner of Court St and Joralemon St -1906

From the Brooklyn Collection at the Brooklyn Public Library

West Indian Day Parade 1998

Jamel Shabazz photograph of the West Indian Day Parade 1998.

From the Brooklyn Collection at the Brooklyn Public Library