Brooklyn Library Digitizes Thousands of Historic Newspaper Articles

The Brooklyn Collection at the Brooklyn Public Library is making more than 40 borough-specific newspapers available for online hunting. Their digital archive of Brooklyn Daily Eagle articles is already an essential tool in borough research and the latest project adds thousands more newspaper pages for history buffs to hunt through.

The Brooklyn Collection started in 1997 as part of the History Division, with a small book collection focused on the borough. It now holds more than 5,000 books and an archive that includes 200,000 photographs, manuscripts, newspapers, sheet music and more.

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.

Access to the collection is free but you cannot access the Brooklyn Collection from home. The database can only be accessed from a local library near you.

You can read more about this huge online collection in an article by Susan De Vries in the Brownstoner web site at http://bit.ly/2WgImJv.

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Do I understand the article correctly? The newspapers, other than the Bklyn Eagle, are only available online in a library in Brooklyn for at least the next three years? Not much use to most of us, sorry to say.

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    —> are only available online in a library in Brooklyn for at least the next three years?

    They are available only if you visit a local library near you.

    All of the Brooklyn Library’s customers are other libraries. You can access these records from your LOCAL library if the local library subscribes.

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    Thanks. I will give it a try at my excellent local library.

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    Catherine Crawford June 8, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    A subscription to Newspapers.com includes access to digitized copies of the Brooklyn Eagle (as well as thousands of other newspapers).

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The newspapers are hosted at newspapers.com, and as a subscriber to that service, I can find the Brooklyn newspapers they are referring to in the article. Perhaps free public access is not yet available, but newspapers.com users can access them now.

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It sounds as if they will only be accessible via Newspapers.com so would be a subscription if you are out of state, correct?

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the brownstoner has, on their site, a note the pic came from newspaper.com – that url gave me a iffy site

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Brooklyn only became a New York City Borough in 1898. Prior to that it was an independent City and an important center of community and cultural life for most, if not all, of Long Island, from the East River to Montauk Point, meaning that a great deal of Long Island news appeared in the Brooklyn newspapers, especially “The Brooklyn Daily Eagle.”

The Brooklyn Public Library which owns extensive collections of local newspapers, including essentially the full run of “The Brooklyn Daily Eagle,” started digitizing their collection atbleast 20 years ago, but did not have the resources to complete the project in a reasonable amount of time. They struck a deal with Newspapers.com which did have the necessary reources to finish the job. My understanding is that as part of the deal, New York residents were to be given free access to the digitized images of all these holdings via a dedicated portal because the Library, supported as it is by substantial tax revenues from both the State and City of New York, strongly believed they held the collection for the primary benefit of the people of New York and that it would be wrong to deprive taxpayers who couldn’tafford to buy a subscription to Newspapers.com of access to their own history. I love this collection, not just for what it has taught me about my own family, but also about their neigghbors, their neighborhoods and life in general. What other place could have given birth to Pat Benatar and Beverly Sills, George Gershwin and Busta Rhymes, Phil Rizzuto and Mike Tyson, Henry. Ward Beecher and Isaac Asimov (not to mention Seinfeld and Bugs Bunny)?

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