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Local Newspapers on Microfilm Collection

Call Number



1835-1999, inclusive



220 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English .


This collection consists of 89 Brooklyn-based newspapers on microfilm. These newspapers contain local news in specific neighborhoods as well as borough, city, and national news.

Scope and Contents

The Local Newspapers on Microfilm Collection consists of 89 neighborhood and Brooklyn-wide newspapers covering the years 1835-1999. Each of the papers, varying widely in scope of coverage, generally includes information on politics, business, education, church events, sports, entertainment, and community happenings. Some papers provide coverage of international events while others are exclusively devoted to events in Brooklyn. Since no two papers are identical in scope the individual descriptions should be consulted to discover the precise contents of each paper.

After the Brooklyn Daily Eagle ceased operations in 1955, Brooklyn was left without a single comprehensive news source covering life in Brooklyn. Because of this, this collection is an invaluable resource for discovering information about the borough. In addition to articles on daily life, many of the papers in the collection also contain obituaries, wedding notices, and birth announcements – providing a useful resource for researchers looking for genealogical traces beyond 1955. In addition to its usefulness as a genealogical tool, the collection also provides a window into immigrant communities; the collection includes newspapers devoted to Norwegian, Finnish, Syrian, Lebanese, Lithuanian, and Russian communities. Papers devoted to covering Jewish communities as well as African-American communities are also included in the collection.

Please note that the date range 1835-1999 does not represent continuous coverage but rather reflects the earliest date and the latest date covered. Likewise, not every neighborhood is covered during every year of that date range. Refer to the individual descriptions to discover the dates for any given neighborhood newspaper.




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While many items in 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.

Related Materials

Brooklyn Ephemera Collection (BCMS.0007): Our ephemera collection includes issues of a number of local newsletters, newspapers, and other periodicals.

Brooklyn High School Newspaper Collection (BCMS.0030)

World War I political cartoons collection (CBHM.0011)

Brooklyn Newsstand: Over 40 papers from this collection digitized and keyword-searchable online.

Collection processed by

Ben Gocker, Librarian; Olivia Morales Geaghan, Archivist; Revised and updated by Diana Bowers-Smith, Archivist

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