Brooklyn Navy Yard

This guide is intended as aid to researchers interested in the New York Naval Shipyard, which is more commonly known as the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Brooklyn Historical Society’s holdings include official publications and records, oral history interviews with former Navy Yard employees, collections of papers and items which belonged to former employees, photographic prints and negatives, Civil War era material, books, and maps.

General collections:

Brooklyn Navy Yard land acquisition records, 1940 (1985.044)

Brooklyn Navy Yard publications and ephemera collection, 1936 – 1966 (ARC.222)

Brooklyn, N.Y., Department of Law, Corporation Counsel records, 1843 – 1920 (2013.015)

Downtown Brooklyn Development Association records, 1929 – circa 1985 (1979.021)

Publications on the Brooklyn Navy Yard, 1930 – 1967 (1992.006)

Personal papers:

Gene T. Condrill papers, 1940 – 1965 (ARC.022)

Anthony Costanzo Brooklyn Navy Yard collection, 1952 – 1970 (ARC.023)

Celestine De Martini Brooklyn Navy Yard collection, 1943 – 1945 (ARC.029)

Solomon C. Frucht Brooklyn Navy Yard ephemera, 1934 – 1963 (1987.050)

Bancroft Gherardi farewell address, 1894 (1977.636)

Louise Hasbrook Brooklyn Navy YMCA collection, 1925 – 1986 (ARC.042)

James F. Kelly Brooklyn Navy Yard collection, 1950 – 1952 (1987.018)

Alfred and Lucille Kolkin papers, 1942 – 1965 (ARC.048)

John McTernan Brooklyn Navy Yard collection, circa 1953 – 1970 (ARC.065)

John A. Mosley papers, 1911 – 1919 (2005.020)

Thomas J. Nerney Brooklyn Navy Yard papers, 1950 – 1965 (ARC.072)

Evelyn Rudon Brooklyn Navy Yard collection, 1951 – 1972 (ARC.076)

William W. Stoddard Brooklyn Navy Yard correspondence, 1898 – 1910 (1991.008)

Frank J. Trezza Seatrain Shipbuilding collection, 1861 – 1988 (1988.016)

Oral Histories:

Brooklyn Navy Yard Oral History, 1987 – 1989 (1995.005)

Brooklyn Navy Yard Oral History, 2006 – 2011 (2010.003)

Photographic collections:

Anthony Costanzo Brooklyn Navy Yard collection, 1952 – 1970 (ARC.023) [View images]

Dwight B. Demeritt, Jr. Brooklyn Navy Yard photographs and negatives, 1989 (V1989.015)

Dwight B. Demeritt, Jr. Downtown Brooklyn photographs and negatives, 1990 (V1990.015)

Frank J. Trezza Seatrain Shipbuilding collection, 1861 – 1988 (1988.016) [View images]

Marie Aalbue collection of Brooklyn Navy Yard photographs, circa 1940 – 1955 (V1988.039)

Veronica Kieffer Brooklyn Navy Yard photograph and badge, 1944 – 1945 (V1988.047)

Individual images:

V1973.6.365 – V1973.6.370; V1988.39.3

Civil War-era collections:

John C. Champion journal, 1862 (1991.017)

Sineus Hopping letter, 1862 (1974.217)

U.S.S. Gemsbok Records, 1864 – 1865 (1978.036)

Maps:

Diagram of the Wallabout Bay &c. from 1776 to 1783. (B A-1776-1783 (18–?).Fl)

Valuable property in Brooklyn, lots on Clinton Avenue, 1833 (B P-[1833]c.Fl)

Map of U.S. Wallabout property : surveyed for Washington Avenue extension, Dec. 1859 (B P-1859.Fl)

Survey of lands directed to be sold to the City of Brooklyn, 1892-1894. [Part of the Brooklyn, N.Y., Department of Law, Corporation Counsel records, 1843 – 1920 (2013.015); box 237]

Wallabout Channel, New York Harbor, surveyed in pursuance of joint resolution of Congress approved June 16, 1898 (B A-1898a.Fl)

Map of the United States Naval Property, Brooklyn, N.Y., 19–? (B P-1849 (19–?).R)

[Map of Wallabout Bay and the Brooklyn Navy Yard], 19–? (B A-1810 (19–?).Fl Non-circulating) [View map]

Brooklyn-Queens connecting highway : Hamilton Avenue to Navy Street, 1943 (B C-1943.Fl)

Brooklyn-Queens connecting highway : Hamilton Avenue to Kent Avenue, 1949 (B C-1949.Fl)

County of Kings, Borough of Brooklyn, 14th Congressional District, 1962 (B A-1962a.Fl)

Artifacts:

M1993.15.1 – M1993.15.15 (Passes, identification card, traffic regulation booklet, and telephone directory)

Books:

A letter to the Right Honourable Lord Viscount H-e on his naval conduct in the American war.., 1779. (Special Collections E271 .G17 1779)

Case of the Somers’ mutiny : defence of Alexander Slidell Mackenzie, Commander of the U.S. brig Somers, before the court martial held at the Navy Yard, Brooklyn, 1843. (Main Collection CT275.M353 M33 1843)

Report of the Special Committee on Wallabout Lands, September 26, 1853. (Main Collection VA70.B7 B75 1853)

Catalogue of the library of the U.S. Naval lyceum, at the Navy yard, Brooklyn, 1872. (Closed Stacks Z881 .U542 1872)

Report of the Special Committee on the removal of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Adopted June 1, 1882. (Main Collection XN VA70.B7 A2 1882)

The New York Navy Yard. Munsey’s magazine. 1898. (Main Collection F127.L8 S54)

Speeches of Hon. John J. Fitzgerald of New York in the House of Representatives, February 5, 7, and 15, 1907. (Main Collection VA70.B7 F58 1907)

Battle-ship construction : one should be built this year at the Brooklyn Navy-Yard : speech of Hon. William M. Calder of New York in the House of Representatives, April 15, 1908. (Main Collection V815.3 .C35 1908)

Naval appropriation bill : speeches of Hon. William M. Calder of New York in the House of Representatives on the Eight-hour Amendment and building a battle ship in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Friday, April 8, 1910 and Friday, June 10, 1910. (Main Collection HD5111.6.U54 C35 1910)

Naval appropriation bill : in favor of two battleships and navy yard construction : speech of Hon. William M. Calder of New York in the House of Representatives, May 5, 1914. (Main Collection V815.3 .C353 1914)

A record of war activities. 1918. (Main Collection TH451 .T8 1918)

Radio address on the subject of the navy in New York : typescript : WNYC – New York City, 24 March, 1932, 8:45 p.m. (Reference VA70.B7 B35 1932)

Launching of U.S.S. Brooklyn : light cruiser no. CL40, U.S. Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N.Y. 1936. (Main Collection V820.3 .L38 1936)

Launching of U.S.S. Honolulu : light cruiser no. CL48, U.S. Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N.Y. 1937? (Main Collection V820.3 .L383 1937)

A short history of the New York Navy Yard : February 23, 1941. (Reference Desk VA70.B7 S56 1941)

Brooklyn Navy Yard : it builds and keeps fit a wartime fleet. Life (magazine). 1942. (Main Collection VA70.B7 B76 1942)

Dry dock construction, Norfolk, Va., Philadelphia, Pa. 1943. (Main Collection TC361 .U54 1943 c.2)

USS Constellation (CVA-64) : commissioning ceremony, October 27, 1961 : New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn, New York. (Main Collection V874.3 .U54 1961)

T.T. Brooklyn, June 30, 1973. Seatrain Shipbuilding Corp. (Main Collection VM455 .S43 1973)

Level II HABS documentation for : Admirals Row/Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn, Kings County, 03PR05477, 2005. (Reference Desk F129.B78 A2 2005)

Brooklyn steel-blood tenacity. 2007. (Main Collection CT275.T74 A3 2007)