BLDG 92 Resources
Photo: Drafting Room, 5th Floor, Building 5, August 1, 1940.
Digital Collections at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
The Brooklyn Navy Yard’s collections are made available to general researchers at the museum’s reference center, located on the second floor of BLDG 92. There you will find our Collections database containing more than 7,000 photographs, architectural plans, artifacts, and ephemera items related to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, as well as the full run of the Navy Yard’s newspaper, the Shipworker, which was published from 1941 to 1966. You may visit the reference center during BLDG 92's normal operating hours. No appointment is required. Our museum’s interactive resource guides are happy to assist you with these resources.
The bulk of the archival collections maintained by the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation consist of architectural plans dating between the 1910s and 1966. There is also a modest collection of material related to the history and development of the Yard, artifacts salvaged from the Yard, as well as personal papers donated by individuals or families of Yard workers. A small reference library and vertical file of research material is also available for consultation. Fuller descriptions of these collections will be posted here when available. If you would like to donate material to the archives, please see our support page.
Accessing the Brooklyn Navy Yard Archive
Currently the physical archives is not able to host external researchers in person. However we do offer a remote reference service. For this service we ask that you fill out a Researcher Registration Form or email the archives directly. We will review your request to determine if our holdings meet your needs, and arrange for a time when our staff can be made available to help you. Please note, due to the high volume of requests we cannot guarantee an immediate response. Archives staff endeavor to respond to all external inquiries within 10 business days.
For academic and professional groups, please see our page on specialized tours, and associated archival support, that can be adapted to complement undergraduate, graduate, research, and professional development programs.
Related Archival Collections
The following repositories maintain collections that also relate to the Brooklyn Navy Yard and may be of interest to researchers:
Brooklyn Historical Society [local history collections, including material related to the Yard]
Brooklyn Public Library - Brooklyn Collection [local history collections, including material related to the Yard]
National Archives at New York City [administrative and operational records of the Yard when it was a Federal facility]
National Personnel Records Center [military and civilian personnel records]
Navy History and Heritage Command [operational history of the U.S. Navy and official ship histories]
New York City Municipal Archives [local city archives]
New-York Historical Society [NYC history, includes a photo collection of the Yard during WWII]
New York Public Library - Milstein Division [local history division]
SUNY Maritime Library and Museum [maritime history]