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Welcome to the Brooklyn Museum Archives

The Archives of the Brooklyn Museum collect, organize, preserve, and enable access to the Museum’s history.

The Archives contain more than fifty collections documenting the history of the Museum from 1823 through the present day. Totaling over 3,200 linear feet of records, these collections include letters, photographs, exhibition catalogues, and ephemera created by employees in all the Museum’s departments, from Audiovisual to Visitor Services.

Our Archives are open for public appointments on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1–4 pm. To request a time, please email


How do I search for materials held by the Brooklyn Museum Archives?
Browse through various finding aids by clicking on the “Collections” tab above. Or, enter a name, place, exhibition title, subject, or other search term into the search bar above to yield results from all our collections. If you are interested in results from a specific time period, enter the span in the “From year” and “To year” fields.

How can I see these materials in person?
Compile a list of materials you would like to see. Please include the collection name and the folder title. Send it to us at, and we will arrange an appointment.

Can you provide scans if I am unable to conduct in-person research?
We can scan up to one folder and/or twenty pages of materials, provided that there are no access restrictions.