Author Archives: Chela

Chela

About Chela

I am the Director of Library and Archives at the Brooklyn Historical Society. I joined the BHS team in 2008. Prior to that, I was lucky enough to work in the archives of two other great history museums-- The New York Transit Museum and The Benson Ford Research Center at The Henry Ford outside of Detroit.

Un-hiding our Collections

I am beyond thrilled to be writing a post to tell you about a grant the BHS library received a few months back from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The grant, awarded as a part of the … Continue reading

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Horsecars and trolleys and plank roads, oh my

One of my favorite things about being an archivist at BHS is all the different people I get to meet in the library. Researchers and their work are fascinating, and with each new person I work with, I get to … Continue reading

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Oh the weather outside is frightful

In honor of all the snowpocalypse and snowmageddon talk I’ve been hearing for the past few days, and my really rather lovely snowy walk in to work this morning, I thought I’d post a few pictures of snowy Brooklyn in … Continue reading

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To Gravesend and Back

Last week’s guest post was so well received, we thought we’d try it again this week. Today’s post is from Joseph Ditta, BHS friend, Reference Librarian at the New-York Historical Society, and born-and-bred Brooklynite. Joseph has a great new book … Continue reading

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What’s wrong with my scrapbook?

The library at BHS is lucky enough to have a great team of interns working on all kinds of projects from answering your reference questions to scanning historic images to cataloging archival collections. Today we’ll hear from Katy Christensen, who … Continue reading

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