Public Design Commission of the City of New York
Art Commission of the City of New York
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Access to the Design Commission Archives is available by appointment only and on a limited basis. Requests are handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please read the guidelines below, and then submit the research request form, clearly indicating the information requested and how it will be used.

Guidelines for Researchers
  • All researchers must have an appointment. Failure to arrive at the appointed time may mean that staff will be unable to fulfill research requests.
  • All materials must be handled carefully. Failure to do so or to observe the following requests will result in the removal of the material.
  • Staff will bring all materials to researchers.
  • Only pencils may be used while handling the collections.
  • No eating or drinking is permitted.
  • Direct tracing is not permitted.
  • Researchers may take their own photographs with the permission of staff. Xeroxes, scans and professional photographic reproductions will be made only under the auspices of the Commission.
  • Absolutely no material will be removed from the offices by a researcher for any reason.
  • When reproducing materials provided by the Design Commission, researchers must cite the Design Commission with the credit line, "Collection of the Public Design Commission of the City of New York."

Researchers should be aware that the Design Commission cannot and does not provide clearances or permissions to reproduce works owned by third parties. However, the Design Commission does make its collections and archives available to the public, and provides access to information that may assist researchers in ascertaining what rights or permissions need to be obtained, and from whom, for the reproduction of works in publications or other media. Please be advised that the material that the Commission provides to you may be protected under the Copyright Act, 17 United States Code sections 101, et seq. Reproduction of the material; preparation or modifications or adaptations of the materials; or distribution of copies of the materials by sale, rental, lease or lending may violate the Copyright Act. If you wish to make uses of the material beyond the fair use authorized by section 107 of the Copyright Act, please contact the copyright owner to obtain the appropriate license. Copyright information may be obtained through the Library of Congress.