Get Ready to Get Lost in Time: Brooklyn Library Digitizes Thousands of Historic Newspaper Articles – Brownstoner

I found this during a recent search – Get Ready to Get Lost in Time: Brooklyn Library Digitizes Thousands of Historic Newspaper Articles – Brownstoner: You can also subscribe to their newsletter, which I did.

The below information was part of what I snipped out, but thought it was relevant since you won’t be able to access some items except at a branch library. If you have a full (as opposed to the Basic version), I believe you should be able to access it at home.

Like the Brooklyn Daily Eagle project, the latest digital additions are hosted via While the Eagle collection is now accessible from anywhere, for now you will need to head to a branch library to peruse the newest uploads — they won’t be accessible from home, work or school for three more years.

In the meantime, researchers can either use a library computer or connect their laptops to the library’s wireless service and start hunting. We gave it a test spin at the Brooklyn Heights branch, where it was easy to log on and start a search. The latest uploads are particularly good for neighborhood specific reporting and for articles from more recent decades. We turned up ads for masons and house painters in the 1870s and ads from the 1960s for a former bowling alley on Foster Avenue Brownstoner wrote about earlier this year.


In a move sure to get history-loving hearts racing, Brooklyn Collection at Brooklyn Public Library is making more than 40 borough-specific newspapers available for online hunting.


The Brooklyn Collection is still in the process of uploading all the new publications, with 21 added so far. When the upload is complete there will be a grand total of 41 newspapers in the collection.

Ranging from 1835 to 1999, the papers include such titles as Bay Ridge Home Reporter, Brooklyn Sunday Sun, Canarsie Courier, Flatbush Times, Greenpoint Home News and Kings County Rural Gazette.


Expanding the digitized newspapers available is an important part of increasing accessibility to Brooklyn history. The collection has been upping its digital presence over the last year or so with a revamped main online portal with direct access to maps, postcards, oral histories and other digitized treasures.



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