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Brooklyn Ephemera Collection

Call Number



circa 1840-2021, inclusive



20 Linear Feet in 24 boxes and one flat file folder.

Language of Materials

English .


The Brooklyn Ephemera Collection consists of catalogs, postcards, business cards, fliers, circulars, and other remnants of daily life in Brooklyn. Major portions of the collection relate to Brooklyn Public Library, local businesses, churches, and schools.


The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject. Ephemera from similar sources are grouped under one subject heading (i.e. "Banks" and "Restaurants"), with sub-categories for each establishment, person, or organization.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains historic and contemporary printed ephemera of Brooklyn. Although often created for temporary, practical business and social needs (i.e., a ticket stub for a dance or a business card), printed ephemera can often reveal much more nuanced information about the time and place in which it was produced. Commercial businesses, schools, municipal boards and commissions, and other clubs and organizations produced the material that is in this collection, which spans more than 150 years of Brooklyn history.


Open to researchers without restriction.


While many items at the Center for Brooklyn History are unrestricted, we do not own reproduction rights to all materials. Be aware of the several kinds of rights that might apply: copyright, licensing and trademarks. The researcher assumes all responsibility for copyright questions.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item/descriptive title, date (if known); Folder title; Brooklyn Ephemera collection, BCMS_0007; Brooklyn Public Library, Center for Brooklyn History.


This is an artifical composite collection made up of materials from many different sources acquired over several years.


Accruals have been and will continue to be frequently added.

Collection processed by

Brooklyn Collection staff

About this Guide

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2023-08-21 11:20:15 +0000.
Language: Description is written in: English, Latin script.


Brooklyn Collection
Center for Brooklyn History
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201