Many artifacts of Brooklyn history are not available online or in digital form which means making a trip to study them in person. Each archive has different types of collections, different ways of organizing their artifacts and different rules for when and how you can use their collections. Some may require an appointment, some may not allow photography. It's a good idea to check the guidelines posted on their website or call ahead. It can be a little more work to do research in person but it's also an opportunity to look at letters, documents and photos that possibly no one has studied before!
The Brooklyn Historical Society Library is located only two blocks away from Saint Francis College. It is open from Weds-Fri 1pm-5pm.
It's collections include:
The Brooklyn Collection is housed at the Central Library Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library.
The collection includes:
The Library has a collection of theses written by Saint Francis students, many of which explore New York City and Brooklyn History. The collection dates back to 1950.
To search student theses:
The library staff are currently in the process of digitizing student theses. Some are available through a link in the catalog and some can only be viewed in person.