The Packer Collegiate Institute: A Story of Education in Brooklyn

About the Project

In 2014, Packer Collegiate Institute donated over 250 cubic feet of archival records to Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS).

With a generous grant provided by the Leon Levy Foundation, BHS arranged, described, and preserved these records, which document both the history of the school and the evolution of education in the United States. BHS is now able to provide access to these historic records to scholars, students, and others in BHS’s Othmer Library. Additionally, a selection of the collection’s documents and photographs are now available digitally, allowing viewers across the world access to the records.


Digital Curator: Teresa Iacobelli

BHS staff:

  • Deborah Schwartz, President
  • Julie Golia, Director of Public History
  • Julie May, Managing Director of Library & Archives
  • Emily Potter-Ndiaye, Director of Education
  • John Zarrillo, Senior Archivist, Project Manager
  • Tess Colwell, Digital Asset Associate
  • Katie Bednark, Stephanie Coy, and Laurin Paradise, Archives Assistants

Packer Collegiate Institute staff:

  • Dona Loughlin, Director of Alumni
  • Sarah Strauss, History and Social Science teacher (Upper School)


  • CHIPS, Design and development
  • Jacqueline Kurtzberg, Copy Editor

In an attempt to make the library and archival collections available to the widest audience possible, Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) has placed images from our collections online. For each item, we have tried to make sure that we have secured all necessary rights. If you believe that we have made a mistake, please contact us so that we can correct it.