Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Library Life
library chat icon

Brooklyn History

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

Websites

Check out some of our recommended online resources for researching Brooklyn History.


Brooklyn Visual Heritage

Brooklyn Visual Heritage

Website with digitized photographs and other visual materials drawn from the collections of the Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Public Library.


 

Brooklyn Newsstand

Brooklyn Newsstand

An initiative from the Brooklyn Public Library to digitize and make accessible the Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper (1841-1955) and the society magazine Brooklyn Life (1890-1931).


 

BPL Digital Collections

Brooklyn Public Library Digital Collections

Searchable database with over 20,000 historical photos, video and audio recordings from the collections of the Brooklyn Public Library.


 

DPLA

Digital Public Library of America

The DPLA is an online repository with over 33 million items of digitized cultural heritage from institutions across the US, including images, text, videos and audio. Has a wealth of Brooklyn-related historical images and artifacts.

 

New York Heritage

New York Heritage

Research portal for learning about the people, places, and institutions of New York State. Search digitized materials from libraries, museums and archives throughout NY state.


 

NYPL Digital Collections

NYPL Digital Collections

Contains over 750,000 items digitized from the New York Public Library collections. Features prints, photographs, maps, manuscripts, and more.


 

Municipal ArchivesNYC Property Tax Photos

Between 1939-1941, the NYC Department of Taxation took photos of every building in NYC to improve the process of assessing property tax. These images have been digitized and are accessible in a searchable database. Learn more about the project in this New York Times article.