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The Department of Records and Information Services
was created by Local Law 49 of 1977, which added a new Chapter
72 to the Charter of The City of New York.
For the first time in the City's history, this law established
in one department the responsibility for the organization
and retrieval of the massive documentation--records, reports
and archival documents--produced by past and present governments.
The law consolidated several information and reference programs
already in existence.
In 1980, the City Hall Library, the Municipal Records Center
and the departmental executive and administrative offices
moved into renovated space in the Surrogate's Court, a New
York City and national historic landmark. Renovation of the
lower floor was completed in 1983 creating a climate-controlled
facility for the Municipal Archives.
DORIS is composed of the Municipal Archives,
Hall Library, Grant Administration Unit, and
Records Management Division. The
Charter of The City of New York, Chapter 72, Section 3009
stipulates that the Archives Reference and Research Advisory
Board of fifteen members shall be appointed by the Mayor and
serve at his pleasure. The Board consults with the Commissioner on
the operations of the Municipal Archives and of the City Hall Library, and upon
request gives advice on matters pertinent
to these divisions.