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Subject files, departmental and general correspondence,
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.
on Page for Close-Up
to Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia from the Committee on Fair
Play in sports, November 28, 1935.
of Mayor LaGuardia, Subject Files.
law 49 of 1977. This legislation created the Department
of Records and Information Services.
of Mayor Beame.
Microfilming of selected series
within the mayoral records collections is currently
under way. The subject, departmental, and general correspondence
of Mayors LaGuardia, O'Dwyer, Impellitteri, Wagner,
Lindsay, and Koch, have been microfilmed. The newspaper
clipping scrapbooks of the Hylan, LaGuardia, O'Dwyer,
Impellitteri, Wagner, Beame, and Koch administrations
have also been microfilmed. Mayoral records from 1849
through the 1880s have been microfilmed and this effort