The Archives and Special Collections division of the Brooklyn College Library is committed to acquiring, preserving, and providing access to the records of enduring value that document the Brooklyn College community and the Borough of Brooklyn, as well as the papers and memorabilia of individuals who have national and social importance.
Access Policy for Members of the Brooklyn College and CUNY Community
Reference and research assistance is offered to all Brooklyn College students, alumni, faculty, and administrators as well as other members of the CUNY community. Visitors must present their valid CUNY identification at both the campus security and library entrances to gain access to Special Collections.
Access Policy for Visiting Researchers
Access is available to outside researchers, writers, and students, who should secure permission from the archivist prior to visiting the collections. All collections, unless otherwise restricted, are available for review by responsible researchers. Please contact Colleen Bradley-Sanders, College Archivist, at C.Bradley-Sanders17@brooklyn.cuny.edu or (718) 951-5346 to set up an appointment. Upon arriving at the Brooklyn College campus, you must present a valid photo ID to security officers at both the campus and library entrances. A visitor’s pass will be available at the Library security desk; please give the Library security officer your name and destination (Special Collections Room 130).
Please consult our Conducting Research page for information on our Reading Room regulations and information regarding the reproduction and use of archival materials.
Hours for Archives and Special Collections
The Special Collections Reading Room is open Monday-Friday 9 am to 4:45 pm. Click on the following link for exceptions to these hours: http://dewey.brooklyn.cuny.edu/library/about/hours/.
Moving in the Right Direction: Maps and Blueprints in the Brooklyn College Archives (Special Collections Gallery)
Italian-Americans in Brooklyn (Lobby Gallery)
Ethiopia and Beyond: New Additions to the Hess Collection (Special Collections Gallery)
For general questions about the Archives and Special Collections Division of the Brooklyn College Library, call us at: 718-951-5346.
For more information, please contact Professor Colleen Bradley-Sanders: C.Bradley-Sanders17@brooklyn.cuny.edu.
Travel Informationtudents: Hess Scholar in Residence (Lobby Gallery)
Meters run along Bedford Avenue, Campus Road and Nostrand Avenue.
Once on campus, look for the white clock tower of the Brooklyn College Library.
B6 or B11 on Avenue J, to Bedford Avenue at Campus Road.
B8 on 18th Avenue, to Flatbush Avenue at Foster Avenue.
B41 on Flatbush Avenue, to Nostrand Avenue.
B44 on Nostrand Avenue, to Flatbush Avenue.
B49 on Ocean Avenue, to Avenue H.
Q35/Green Bus Line, to Flatbush Avenue at Nostrand Avenue.
Brooklyn Bridge to Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE). BQE to Prospect Expressway to Ocean Parkway. Ocean Parkway to Foster Avenue and turn left. Foster Avenue to Flatbush Avenue and turn right. Flatbush to Avenue H.
Alternate route from Manhattan (This route includes a toll)
Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to Prospect Expressway. Proceed as indicated in driving instructions directly above.
From Staten Island and New Jersey
Verrazano Narrows Bridge to Belt Parkway East to Flatbush Avenue. North on Flatbush Avenue to Avenue H.
From the North Shore of Long Island
Jackie Robinson Parkway (formerly the Interboro) to the last exit: Pennsylvania Avenue. Pennsylvania Avenue to Linden Boulevard. Right on Linden Boulevard to Kings Highway. Left on Kings Highway to Avenue H. Right on Avenue H to Campus Road.
From the South Shore of Long Island
Sunrise Highway or Southern State Parkway to Belt Parkway West to Flatbush Avenue North. North on Flatbush Avenue to Avenue H.
LIRR to the Flatbush Avenue/Atlantic Avenue station. Transfer to the subway: Q Local to Avenue H or #2 or # 5 to the Flatbush Avenue station. OR, transfer at Atlantic Avenue to the B41 bus, to the Nostrand Avenue stop.
Q Local to the Avenue H station, at Avenue H & East 16th Street. Walk 4 blocks east to the Ocean Avenue entrance.
Q Local to the Avenue J station, at Avenue J & East 16th Street. Transfer to the B6 or B11 bus and take either to Bedford Avenue at Campus Road.
#2 or #5 to the Flatbush Avenue/Nostrand Avenue station.
It is advisable to consult the following website for New York City transit service changes: http://travel.mtanyct.info/serviceadvisory/.
Make a Donation
Information for Donors
The Brooklyn College Archives and Special Collections documents the history of Brooklyn College and the borough of Brooklyn. Donations of materials within the scope of our collection policy are welcome.
If you are considering donating to the archives please contact Colleen Bradley-Sanders, the College Archivist.
To make a donation to Brooklyn College Archives and Special Collections and help preserve Brooklyn College’s rich history, please send a check or money order payable to:
BROOKLYN COLLEGE FOUNDATION
2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210-2889
Secure Online Donation
Make a secure one-time donation to the Brooklyn College Foundation to support the preservation of Brooklyn College and Brooklyn history by visiting Support the Brooklyn College Foundation. Within Fund Designation, please specify #31205594. For Additional Comments or Questions Relating to This Donation, please specify how you would like your funds to be used in Special Collections. (i.e. Preserving Brooklyn YWCA historic scrapbooks, restoring books within our Rare Book Collection, or processing the collections from Brooklyn College departments, faculty, or alumni.
Help Preserve the YWCA of Brooklyn Collection
We are currently accepting donations for preserving the YWCA of Brooklyn Collection. In 2010, the Brooklyn YWCA deeded 150 boxes (approx. 500,000 items) of their historical material, spanning 125 years, to the Brooklyn College Library. Unfortunately, the documents, photographs, memorabilia, and artifacts contained within these boxes are in very poor condition. Many of the items have sustained significant water damage and are now contaminated with mold. Yellowed, brittle paper crumbles when handled, fragile brochures and pamphlets are torn, and bound minutes and ledgers have broken bindings.
In order to preserve the Archives of the Brooklyn YWCA and make these records accessible, the Brooklyn College Library requires funding to repair and organize this material according to archival standards and practices. Unless this is accomplished, the richness of these records will remain hidden and inaccessible. Once processed, the collection will be open to the public. We estimate the cost to repair and preserve items, process the collection, and make it available will be $50,000.
Donations over $100.00 will ensure your name appears on:
1. The printed guide to the YWCA Archives will include acknowledgement at the beginning of the guide.
2. The online guide to the YWCA Archives will include acknowledgement at the beginning of the guide.
Donations over $200.00 will ensure you’re your name appears on:
1. Labels placed on the outside of each archival box in which the items are stored.
2. Paper archival markers placed inside of each box.
3. The printed guide to the YWCA Archives will include acknowledgement at the beginning of the guide.
4. The online guide to the YWCA Archives will include acknowledgement at the beginning of the guide.
Make a secure one-time donation by visiting Support the Brooklyn College Foundation. Within Fund Designation, please specify #31205594. For Additional Comments or Questions Relating to This Donation, please specify Preserving the Brooklyn YWCA Collection. For more questions or comments please contact Colleen-Bradley Sanders, the College Archivist.