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Brooklyn Bridge, 1867-1938 

Original construction and subsequent alteration plans.

The Brooklyn Bridge was one of the city's greatest public works achievements of the 19th century. From the day it opened in May 1883, its distinctive masonry towers became a symbol of the city itself, known around the world.

Stored in vaults beneath the bridge, the original drawings, totaling more than 8,000 items, were re-discovered by historians in the 1970s and transferred to the Archives where they were cataloged, preserved, and microfilmed. Bridge builder Roebling's design genius is evident in beautiful, detailed renderings of every element of the bridge including the approach, cables, superstructure, roadway, and towers.


The drawings have been microfilmed; a series-level finding aid is available.

The Brooklyn Bridge, circa 1893.
Collection: Mayor Gilroy Papers.
Brooklyn Bridge