Subject files, departmental and general correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs.
The Mayors' papers are the core collection of the Municipal Archives. Beginning in the middle of the 19th century, specialized city departments were established (police, fire, buildings, public works, etc.) which reported to the mayor. Consequently, power in city government shifted from the legislative body to the executive branch. The mayoral collections in the Archives reflect the wide-ranging influence of New York City political leaders in national and international events and depict New York's public policy history.
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|Telegram to Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia from the Committee on Fair Play in sports, November 28, 1935.
Collection: Papers of Mayor LaGuardia, Subject Files.
|Local law 49 of 1977. This legislation created the Department of Records and Information Services.
Collection: Papers of Mayor Beame.
Selected series within the mayoral records collections have been microfilmed. The subject, departmental, and general correspondence of Mayors LaGuardia, O'Dwyer, Impellitteri, Wagner, Lindsay, Beame, Koch, Dinkins and Giuliani have been microfilmed. The newspaper clipping scrapbooks of the Hylan, LaGuardia, O'Dwyer, Impellitteri, Wagner, Lindsay, Beame, and Koch administrations have also been microfilmed. Mayoral records from 1849 through 1934 have also been microfilmed. There are folder-level inventories available for most mayoral series.