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With records dating back to the earliest days of European colonial settlement in the seventeenth century, up to the present mayoral administration, the Municipal Archives houses historical government records, including manuscripts, official correspondence, vital records, ledgers, several thousand feet of moving images, over one million photographs, sound recordings, maps, artifacts and architectural plans.

Please note: The following collection descriptions are not meant to be entirely comprehensive. Patrons who require more specific information are encouraged to contact the Municipal Archives.

External Collections


Brooklyn Collection at the Brooklyn Public Library
The Brooklyn Collection is Brooklyn Public Library's local history division, providing a full range of reference services, educational activities, programs and exhibitions.
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La Guardia and Wagner Archives Collections
The LaGuardia and Wagner Archives was established in 1982 to collect, preserve, and make available primary materials documenting the social and political history of New York City.
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Queens Library
The Queens Library serves 2.2 million people from 62 locations plus seven Adult Learning Centers and two Family Literacy Centers.
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