The Archives collects, organizes, and preserves BNYDC’s corporate records and assets, as well as material relating to the Yard’s history. The Archives makes this material accessible and provides research support to those interested in evaluating the impact of Yard activities on the social, cultural, and economic development of Brooklyn.
The bulk of the Archives’ holdings consists 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, and personal papers donated by individuals or families of Yard workers. Our digital library contains more than 10,000 photographs, architectural plans, artifacts, and ephemera related to the history of the Yard, as well as the full run of the Yard’s newspaper, the Shipworker.