Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives

Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives provide research resources about the Museum's history and arts and culture from antiquity to the present.

The Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives contain collections on painting, sculpture, prints, drawings, photography, decorative arts, and costumes and textiles. The fields of anthropology, archaeology, and ethnology are also covered. This noncirculating reference collection offers books, periodicals, exhibition and auction catalogues, pamphlets and artists' files, and multimedia and electronic resources in several languages. The research collections are organized into three divisions: The Museum Library parallels the encyclopedic range of the Museum's object collections, covering antiquity to contemporary art. The Wilbour Library of Egyptology is one of the most comprehensive research libraries for the study of Ancient Egypt in the world. The Wilbour library also has materials on the Ancient Near East and the classical world. The Museum Archives contain institutional records, curatorial correspondence, expedition reports, and other related textual and visual records dating to the founding of this institution in 1823.

Did you know that our Senior Archivist, Jennifer Neal, is obsessed with Stephen King and collecting bookmarks?http://bro...
01/04/2018
Brooklyn Museum

Did you know that our Senior Archivist, Jennifer Neal, is obsessed with Stephen King and collecting bookmarks?

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As an avid reader it’s rare you’ll find me without a book, especially when it comes to Stephen King novels! I’ve tried reading digital versions but there’s nothing like holding an actual book in my hands and finding a great bookmark to mark my place. I often use postcards and random scraps o...

In case you missted it last week, our Digital Archivist discussed her experience attending the 2017 International Counci...
01/02/2018
Brooklyn Museum

In case you missted it last week, our Digital Archivist discussed her experience attending the 2017 International Council on Archives Annual Conference in Mexico City. #bkmarchives #ICA

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Part of being an Archivist is staying current with the current literature and practices in the archival field at large. To make sure I stay up to date with the work that my fellow Archivists undertake I attend conferences and participate in our professional organizations. This helps the #bkmarchives...

We love artists books at the #bkmlibrary! This week our Librarian for the Wilbour Library of Egyptology talks about the ...
12/15/2017
Brooklyn Museum

We love artists books at the #bkmlibrary! This week our Librarian for the Wilbour Library of Egyptology talks about the latest iteration of materials from our rich collection of artists books featured in Infinite Blue. #brooklynmuseum #infinitebluebkm #library #artistsbooks #water

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The eclectic collection of cool blue hues that fills the first floor of the Brooklyn Museum’s Infinite Blue exhibition creates an environment that’s more than the sums of its parts. Each object has an intention of its own—whether it’s a painting, a delicate porcelain piece or an ancient figu...

Ken Burns was in our Library and Archives reading room! Looking at our awesome collection! We are officially the coolest...
12/08/2017

Ken Burns was in our Library and Archives reading room! Looking at our awesome collection! We are officially the coolest Library ever! #bkmlibrary #bkmarchives #kenburns #brooklynbridge #bkmhistory #brooklynmuseum

The #bkmlibrary and #bkmarchives are so excited about tonight's  screening of  Ken Burns' newly restored Academy Award–n...
12/07/2017
Brooklyn Museum

The #bkmlibrary and #bkmarchives are so excited about tonight's screening of Ken Burns' newly restored Academy Award–nominated documentary The Brooklyn Bridge (1981, 60 min.), followed by a discussion with Burns and New York Times reporter Jim Dwyer. The film returns to the Brooklyn Museum, where it originally premiered in 1981, to examine the narratives of struggle and triumph behind the creation of the Brooklyn Bridge. Our collecctions include documentation regarding the 1981 screening and so Brooklyn Bridge ephemera! #brooklyn bridge #kenburns #documentary #film #bkmhistory

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On the evening of Friday, December 18th, 1981, Ken Burns publicly premiered his documentary Brooklyn Bridge at the Brooklyn Museum. Today, December 7th, 2017, Ken Burns will return to the Museum with...

Setting up for a celebration of the Brooklyn Bridge - from really big books to postage stamps - we have it all! #Brookly...
12/06/2017

Setting up for a celebration of the Brooklyn Bridge - from really big books to postage stamps - we have it all! #BrooklynMuseum #BKMArchives #BKMlibrary

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12/06/2017

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Our Digital Archivist talks about original video footage related to #bkm's first installation of #judychicago's "The Din...
11/30/2017
Brooklyn Museum

Our Digital Archivist talks about original video footage related to #bkm's first installation of #judychicago's "The Dinner Party" in 1980. These seven videos are part of the 23,000+ items in the #bkmarchives audiovisual collection. #thedinnerparty #dinnerpartyroots #audiovisual #feminism #feministart #bkmhistory #exhibitions

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In our current exhibition Roots of “The Dinner Party”: History in the Making visitors learn that the Brooklyn Museum was one of two (2!) American Museums “brave enough to exhibit The Dinner Party...

We're celebrating the opening of "Rodin at the Brooklyn Museum: The Body in Bronze" this week in the #bkmlibrary! #rodin...
11/16/2017
Brooklyn Museum

We're celebrating the opening of "Rodin at the Brooklyn Museum: The Body in Bronze" this week in the #bkmlibrary! #rodin #bronze #sculpture

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It’s no surprise that the Hand of God was the initial inspiration for the creation of one of the most significant private collections of sculpture by Auguste Rodin – the Cantor Collection. In an interview in 1989 B. Gerald Cantor says that his ‘magnificent obsession’ with Rodin was sparked by this…

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11/09/2017

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Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
11/09/2017

Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives

Everyone knows that #bkm loves to dance. From the annual Artists' Ball Dance Party, Target First Saturdays, and our staf...
11/02/2017
Brooklyn Museum

Everyone knows that #bkm loves to dance. From the annual Artists' Ball Dance Party, Target First Saturdays, and our staff getting down at the holiday party (#bkmlibrary and #bkmarchives staff included), the Brooklyn Museum has a long history of dance dating back to as early as 1930. #dance #historyofdance #bkmhistory #ruthstdenis

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As Camilo Goody, recent BKM Education Fellow, discovered, it is a common misconception among Dance Historians that Dance programs were not incorporated in Museums until the 1960s. Through his research in the BKM Archives, Camilo discovered that dance came to the Brooklyn Museum as early as 1930. Cam...

Bookface
11/01/2017

Bookface

Jennifer Neal and Carmen Hermo discuss selecting materials form the #bkmarchives that are currinetly on display in "Root...
10/30/2017
Brooklyn Museum

Jennifer Neal and Carmen Hermo discuss selecting materials form the #bkmarchives that are currinetly on display in "Roots of 'The Dinner Party': History in the Making." #bkmarchives #dinnerpartyroots #judychicago #arthistory #exhibitions

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One of the best things about being a Museum Archivist is working directly with Curators and learning more about the exhibition planning process. I’ve really enjoyed the time the Archives staff spent assisting Carmen Hermo, Assistant Curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, with a...

Bookface
10/23/2017

Bookface

Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
10/19/2017

Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives

African Art Exhibition of 1923
10/19/2017

African Art Exhibition of 1923

The #bkmlibrary is celebrating the #yearofyesbkm with the first woman editor in the country, Sarah Josepha Hale. #rarebo...
10/12/2017
Brooklyn Museum

The #bkmlibrary is celebrating the #yearofyesbkm with the first woman editor in the country, Sarah Josepha Hale. #rarebooks #feminism #workingwomen #mybkm

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She signed herself “The Lady editor”. The first woman editor in the country, she wrote over two dozen books and hundreds of poems – including the classic “Mary had a little lamb”. She also basically invented Thanksgiving. Her name was Sarah Josepha Hale. Her editorial career began with the Ladies’ M...

"Proof: Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Longo" explores how social, cultural, and political complexities are r...
09/28/2017
Brooklyn Museum

"Proof: Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Longo" explores how social, cultural, and political complexities are reflected in the artists' work. Spanning four centures, this exhibition highlights common themes of revolution, war, and civil unrest. This week, #bkmlibrary celebrates Francisco Goya's series of 33 etchings executed by Goya between 1815 and 1816. #mybkm #proofbkm #rarebooks #franciscogoya

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Brooklyn Museum Library celebrates Francisco Goya, one of the featured artists in the current exhibition Proof: Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Longo by highlighting a rare and beautiful...

We're celebrating #backtoschool in the #bkmarchives!#bkmeducation #bkmhistory #mybkmhttp://brooklynmuseum.tumblr.com/pos...
09/07/2017
Brooklyn Museum

We're celebrating #backtoschool in the #bkmarchives!
#bkmeducation #bkmhistory #mybkm

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The Brooklyn Museum Archives celebrates back to school with historic photographs from the collection. Although the Education Division wasn’t established until 1930, the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences (BIAS) offered hands-on art classes as early as 1841. These images from the early 20th cent...

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09/06/2017

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We're gearing up for the West Indian American Labor Day Carnival in the #bkmarchives! #bkmhistory #exhibitions #carribea...
08/31/2017
Brooklyn Museum

We're gearing up for the West Indian American Labor Day Carnival in the #bkmarchives! #bkmhistory #exhibitions #carribean #carnival #parade #westindian

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This year is the 50th anniversary of the West Indian American Labor Day Carnival and the Brooklyn Museum has long been a supporter of the all of the celebrations organized by WIADCA. Everyone at the Museum is really excited for this year’s festivities so I thought I’d do some research in the archive...

The #bkmarchives' Digital Archivist discusses conducting archival research of our unprocessed collections.http://brookly...
08/28/2017
Brooklyn Museum

The #bkmarchives' Digital Archivist discusses conducting archival research of our unprocessed collections.
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With portraits by Alexis Adler of Jean-Michel Basquiat being displayed in the caribBEING House, I was asked to follow up on an item that was displayed in our 2015 Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks exhibition, Basquiat’s Brooklyn Museum Junior Membership card. The card does not specify which years Basq...

Love fashion? Stop by the Museum to browse the "fashion corner" in #infinitebluebkm! New materials from the #bkmlibrary ...
08/21/2017
Brooklyn Museum

Love fashion? Stop by the Museum to browse the "fashion corner" in #infinitebluebkm! New materials from the #bkmlibrary have been installed, including select sketches from designer, Bonnie Cashin. #bkmarchives #fashionsketches #historyofcostumes

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Who wears the same outfit all year long? Not us! From blue jeans to azure evening gowns – the exhibit Infinite Blue at the Brooklyn Museum is always changing. Since May of this year the Brooklyn...

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08/11/2017

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Having a personal and professional connection to her work, the Museum's Archivist discusses #bkmarchives materials that ...
08/10/2017
Brooklyn Museum

Having a personal and professional connection to her work, the Museum's Archivist discusses #bkmarchives materials that are featured in the Legacy of Lynching exhibition in this week's #bkmlibrary Tumblr post. #legacyoflynching #eji #google #equaljusticeinitiative #antilynching #civilrights #naacp #bkmhistory

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As a professionally trained archivist and historian who grew up in South Carolina, The Legacy of Lynching: Confronting Racial Terror in America exhibition really hit home for me. When I learned the Museum would be partnering with the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) and Google to present the exhibitio...

#BKMlibrary celebrates #BookLoversDay with this gem from our extensive collection of rare and wonderful artists’ books. ...
08/09/2017

#BKMlibrary celebrates #BookLoversDay with this gem from our extensive collection of rare and wonderful artists’ books.
Book, 1980-1985 by Stephen Antonakos is a conceptual artwork filled with various illustrations including a picture postcard, eight collages, several screen-prints, and cut paper works on green, blue, orange, yellow, purple and dark red paper.
Antonakos is remembered today as an American sculptor and installation artist known for his neon environments. His richly glowing colors differentiated him from his Minimalist contemporaries who worked primarily in black and white.
Starting on Saturday August 12th, Book, 1980-1985 will be part of the exhibit Infinite Blue at the Brooklyn Museum

08/08/2017
Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Museum

Get ready! We’re celebrating 50 years of the West Indian American Day Parade with an entire month of programming dedicated to Caribbean communities and culture. Don't miss rarely seen photographs of Brooklyn’s iconic Caribbean artist Jean-Michel Basquiat in caribBEING's CaribBEING House Residency, Music Video Night with hip-hop video director Eif Rivera, and When Yes Means No: A Roundtable on Consent in Carnival Culture with Zyoness "Plus Curvy Model", Lyrikal and Rosamond King, we’ve got you covered, and more. We'll be kicking off all the ✨🌴✨ at Target First Saturdays: caribBEING in Brooklyn.

Details and tickets at http://bit.ly/bkmcaribbeing17

07/20/2017
Brooklyn Museum

In a unique work featured in a new exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum artist Clarissa Sligh takes on the most difficult challenge of all—creating a thing of beauty out of artifacts of ugliness and hate. #bkmlibrary #artistsbooks

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“I am a black woman. I am an artist. For many years I have been creating work to bring issues of social justice into the public discourse. This book evolved from a project for which I folded origami...

“I had left the visible, physical blue at the door, outside, in the street. The real blue was inside, the blue of the pr...
07/13/2017
Brooklyn Museum

“I had left the visible, physical blue at the door, outside, in the street. The real blue was inside, the blue of the profundity of space, the blue of my kingdom, of our kingdom! …the immaterialisation of blue, the coloured space that cannot be seen but which we impregnate ourselves with… A space of blue sensibility within the frame of the white walls of the gallery.” —Yves Klein, 1958

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The Brooklyn Museum Library holds a copy of a very unique art book entitled Yves Peintures. It is a facsimile of a book created by Nouveau Realist artist Yves Klein, originally published in 1954, and is one of many objects that the museum’s library has on view in the Infinite Blue exhibition. Yves P...

LibraryBlue
07/10/2017

LibraryBlue

Check out some of the earliest images of animal mummies in Thomas Pettigrew's  "A history of Egyptian mummies, and an ac...
07/10/2017

Check out some of the earliest images of animal mummies in Thomas Pettigrew's "A history of Egyptian mummies, and an account of the worship and embalming of the sacred animals by the Egyptians; with remarks on the funeral ceremonies of different nations, and observations on the mummies of the Canary islands, of the ancient Peruvians, Burman priests" - I can't wait for the new exhibit "Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt starting in Sept.2017 #brooklynmuseum https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/soulful_creatures_animal_mummies

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