Abraham Friedman's Navy Yard ID, 1947
Tools Used by John F. Rogers, circa 1946
Engraved Illustration of the Navy Yard Lyceum, 19th century
Building 3 Blueprint Detail, 1943
Machinery Division, 1913
Inside Building 4, 1963
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 history of 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. Refer to our Collection Development Policy for more details on the type of materials we seek to collect. 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. Please be as specific as possible as to what materials or information you are researching. 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.
Archives Finding Aids
List of ships at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
1945 Brooklyn Navy Yard Telephone Directory
Selection of General Overview Maps, 1818-2010 (DropBox link)
1965 Survey of Buildings and Structures (DropBox link)
Using Archives: A Guide to Research (from the Society of American Archivists)
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 and digital access to the Brooklyn Eagle newspaper.
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. Especially useful for geneaology and family history of indvididuals who worked at the Yard.
Naval Academy Nimitz Library Special Collections
Archival material related to the U.S. Navy.
Navy History and Heritage Command
Operational history of the U.S. Navy and official ship histories.
New York City Municipal Archives
Local city archives, including the history of the Yard and surrounding neighborhoods.
New-York Historical Society
New York history, includes a photo collection of the Yard during WWII as well as a maritime history collection.
New York Public Library - Milstein Division
Local history and genealogical division of the NYPL.
SUNY Maritime Library and Museum
General maritime history.
U.S. Naval War College Naval Historical Collection
Archival material related to the U.S. Navy.