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Henri Bendel Window Display

Candy Garments at Bendel’s Holiday Windows

If you want to see a fun window display go over to the Henri Bendel at 721 Fifth Avenue at 56th Street. Their designers used…

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Sanson Atlas Table of Contents

Connecting Cultures Through Books!

The presence of three books in the new Connecting Cultures installation  gives me a welcome opportunity to talk about these key works that are in the…

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Portraits of a People

A Recent Donation from Camille and Luther Clark

The Brooklyn Museum Library collection has recently been enriched with the donation of several rare items of African American art given by Camille and Luther…

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Packer Institute, Brooklyn

Project CHART at the Brooklyn Museum

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has been an important supporter of several initiatives to make the Brooklyn Museum’s collection much more accessible to…

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Historypin

Help us pin Brooklyn to the map!

If you know and love Brooklyn we need your help to get 300+ images from our collection pinned to Historypin’s map before their launch on…

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Black Lincoln for Dooky Chase by Skylar Fein

Skylar Fein and Abraham Lincoln: a look into Brooklyn’s collections

With the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War it is a good moment to look back through time and how Americans have been depicted…

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U.S.S.R Technical Books installation

History Continues with the Cold War, Vietnam, and Early Apple Computer Kiosks

This is the final post in a tour through the Museum’s historical exhibition press releases, taking us up to the 1980s. If you’ve enjoyed this…

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Press Releases from World War II and beyond

The previous post on the Museum’s recently completed digitizing of historical exhibition press releases highlighted some excerpts from the 1920s, 30s, and early 40s. There…

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Inventions for Victory

The 20th Century through the Museum’s Press Releases

We’ve just completed digitizing and making available on our website the hundreds of exhibition press releases the Museum has issued since the 1920s.  Though it’s…

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Indian. Page from an Astrological Treatise, ca. 1750. Opaque watercolor on paper, sheet: 7 3/4 x 4 1/2 in. (19.7 x 11.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, 71.120

Brooklyn Museum books online!

About a year ago, inspired by LACMA’s Reading Room, we started thinking about digitizing some Brooklyn Museum publications. We were excited to learn that many…

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Letters and notes on the manners, customs, and conditions of the North American Indian

Native America: Images from the Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives

The Tipi: Heritage of the Great Plains exhibition provides us with a wonderful opportunity to showcase the Museum’s Native American collections and resources. As someone…

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Artist project with catalog cards

Cards from the Library Catalogs – Want some?

One of the results of projects to bring our Libraries and Archives into the digital world is that we have boxes of cards—mostly typewritten or computer generated—available…

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Wilbour and the Stela of the Seven Years’ Famine: Part II

The first part of this story showed the American Egyptologist Charles Edwin Wilbour discovering and translating a long rock-cut text on the island of Sehel….

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Wilbour and the Stela of the Seven Years’ Famine: Part I

Wilbour’s letters to his family, kept in the Museum Archives, give a vivid picture of his travels in Egypt and the research he carried out…

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Fashion Design and Costume History in the Library’s Collection

The fashion plates, magazines, photographs, and scrapbooks now on view in the Library display cases complement two exhibitions: Healing the Wounds of War: The Brooklyn…

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Wilbour in Egypt: The Maiden Voyage of The Seven Hathors

In her introductory blog Deirdre discussed Charles Edwin Wilbour, the American Egyptologist whose collections form the backbone of the Museum’s Egyptian holdings. This post is…

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Wilbour: One Man’s Obsession with Egypt

It’s a well known fact that the Brooklyn Museum has a great Egyptian collection but did you know that we have one of the best…

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Egyptian Objects Before Egyptology: Discoveries in the Wilbour Library

My work in the Wilbour Library involves keeping an eye out for books the Library needs, and carrying out archival research into the history of…

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Rare Tissot resources on display in the Libraries and Archives

The Tissot exhibition recently opened to the public. On your visit to see the exhibition, don’t forget to stop by the Libraries and Archives display…

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Recent Archival Accessions

New York City is getting ready once again for the annual 5 Dutch Days event! This five-day celebration encompasses the five boroughs of New York…

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Common Ground 2009: A Flickr Meetup with NYPL and the Brooklyn Museum

If you are a fan of the The Commons on Flickr and live in the NYC area, come to our Common Ground meetup this weekend…

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1909 Hudson-Fulton Celebration Illuminations

One hundred years ago the Brooklyn Museum participated in the Hudson-Fulton Celebration, a city-wide event organized by New York State. The 1909 Hudson-Fulton Celebration honored…

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Sufi-Inspired Artist Books

One of the great feelings I experience at the Brooklyn Museum is when I see a true connection between the Library and art collections here….

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The New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC): Towards Radical Collaboration

Librarians are natural collaborators—we share materials through interlibrary loan, data through cataloging cooperatives, and our subject and technical expertise on numerous listservs and professional committees—but…

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Walt Whitman and the Arts in Brooklyn: A Commemoration in the Brooklyn Museum Library

We are very proud of the fact that Walt Whitman not only lived and worked in Brooklyn but that he had a direct connection to…

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The world through Goodyear’s eyes: photographs from the 1890’s to 1923 from the Brooklyn Museum Archives

Seeing the response to historic photographs that we have posted on Flickr Commons begs a look back on why we have these images and who…

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Pictures! Pictures! Pictures!

Today we’re launching the next installment in the Brooklyn Museum Collection on the Web—more than 4,000 images from the Libraries and Archives will join the…

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Flickr Commons: Coping with a Small Staff and Community Ideals

One of the interesting things about The Commons is anyone can do it, which is pretty cool. Often, I think, larger institutions have an advantage…

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Flickr Commons: A Delicate Balance

This is part two in what I think will eventually be a three part series (sorry, Tyler, I realize you are the king of the…

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Portrait of a Librarian

If you’re one of the few people who still read, you might occasionally reach for a bookmark. The Bureau for Open Culture at Columbus College…

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Artists’ Books Conference and the Brooklyn Museum

This week there is a contemporary artists’ book conference being held in collaboration with Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair. The conference is being co-organized…

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Who was Ida E. Jackson (1855-1927)?

What we do know about Ida Jackson can be found in an intriguing and beautiful diary found in the Brooklyn Museum Library’s Special Collections. The…

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The Description de l’Egypte in the Wilbour Library of Egyptology

If you have been following the numerous blogs on this website you are aware that the Brooklyn Museum has organized an exhibition of Egyptian objects…

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A Titanic–Egypt Connection in the Wilbour Library of Egyptology

Like people, books have histories. Bookplates, inscriptions and marginal notes all tell us something about where the book has been and who owned it. The…

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Little Treasures From the Past

One of the delights in preserving the Libraries and Archives collections at the Brooklyn Museum is that I am so often pleasantly surprised at what…

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Lost and Found at the Brooklyn College Library

I spent a day last week in an auditorium at the Brooklyn College Library surrounded by librarians donning “Hello My Name is” tags and mulling…

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Flickr Commons: Begin at the Beginning

We have just joined The Commons on Flickr to share a selection of images with the Flickr community and to begin our partnership, it seemed…

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Flickr Commons: High Resolution and what does it tell us?

We join The Commons on Flickr today and do so in a manner we hope will start an interesting discussion. Our Principal Librarian, Deirdre Lawrence,…

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What is a book?

On April 5th we had our second talk in a series of discussions to commemorate the 185th anniversary of the founding of the Library. The…

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Book Art in DUMBO – 5 + 5: a dialogue

Brooklyn has a rich community of artists and galleries and this is especially true for artists who work in the realm of the book. By…

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Following in the footsteps of Walt Whitman: 185th anniversary of the Brooklyn Museum Library

A little known fact is that Walt Whitman was the acting librarian in 1835 of the Brooklyn Apprentices’ Library which was the nucleus of the…

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Academic Open House Part 2

Eleanor Whitney and I had a great time at our recent Academic Open House which was an exciting first step towards engaging professors and to…

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Academic Open House Part 1

As an Academic Programs Coordinator my job involves connecting members of our local academic community with the resources that the Brooklyn Museum has to offer….

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Up Close and Personal – Statues and Their Meaning

The first time I came across the statues that sit along the top of the building was when I digitized images of the Museum’s exterior…

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Pandora’s Book

If Marshall McLuhan were a gypsy and his teacup the art world, the tea leaves would be artists’ books. —Ingrid Sishey (National Arts Guide, vol….

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Play

One of the great pleasures of working at the Brooklyn Museum is having access to research collections that run the gamut from antiquity to contemporary…

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Children’s books at the Brooklyn Museum Library

Summer brings a large number of youth camp groups to the Museum’s galleries. We thought it would be a great opportunity to display books from…

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A Hipper Crowd of Shushers

  In case you missed it, our very own Sarah Gentile was profiled in Sunday’s New York Times.  The Styles article by Kara Jesella, focuses…

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