Photo of the Week: The Long Island Historical Society in 1964

[Taken at LIHS December 1960.], 1960, v1974.31.230; Long Island Historical Society photographs, v1974.031; Brooklyn Historical Society.

[Taken at LIHS December 1960.], 1960, v1974.31.230; Long Island Historical Society photographs, v1974.031; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Here is a peek at what the interior of the library looked like in 1960.  You might notice a linoleum-type floor, the interior filled with display cases and desks, and some unfortunate light bulbs.  Today, our library is a very different place.  Designated an interior landmark in 1991, the floor has been uncovered to reveal the original hard wood, the room has been fully renovated, exhibits are held in adjacent rooms dedicated to our collection, and we have some hip information professionals zipping around for the many researchers filling the tables in the research library.  You can meet some of them and enjoy one of only four interior landmark libraries in New York City during our research hours.

Interested in seeing more photographs from BHS’s collection? Visit our online image gallery which includes a selection of our images. To search our entire collection of images, visit BHS Othmer Library Wed-Fri 1:00-5:00 p.m.

 

About Julie May

I am the Head of Collection Management at Brooklyn Historical Society.
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