The Center for Brooklyn History (CBH) at Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) seeks a collaborative, public-facing leader with a deep knowledge of American, New York, and Brooklyn history to serve as its Chief Historian.
In 2020, the former Brooklyn Historical Society (founded in 1863) and Brooklyn Public Library (founded in 1896) combined their collections. The Center for Brooklyn History is now home to the world’s largest collection of physical and digital primary source materials and artifacts about Brooklyn. A nationally recognized urban history center, CBH is dedicated to preserving, understanding, and collecting the stories of Brooklyn’s many diverse and dynamic communities.
As part of Brooklyn Public Library’s network of 61 neighborhood branches, CBH seeks to democratize access to and engagement with its collection. Through regular high-profile events, exhibits, and educational programs online, at the landmarked Center in Brooklyn Heights, and at branches throughout the borough, CBH will strive to expand its community of students, scholars, and Brooklynites of all ages curious about the civic life and cultural heritage of their borough.
Qualified applicants will have a Ph.D. in history with a focus on American and New York City history and will report to the leadership for the Center for Brooklyn History. Candidates whose research and work aligns with CBH’s interests in immigration, civil rights, slavery, abolition and oral history are especially welcome. Successful candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to inclusive social history and a focus on the stories of Brooklynites who have been omitted from traditional historical narratives.