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Upcoming Events
 Municipal Library Reading Group: The Alienist by Caleb Carr
 Wednesday, September 3rd, from 1 PM to 2 PM
 

Past Events

 Municipal Library Reading Group: A Mayor's Life: Governing New York's Gorgeous Mosaicby David Dinkins
 Wednesday, August 6th, from 1 PM to 2 PM
 


In August the monthly reading group will discuss the autobiography of New York's 106th mayor, David Dinkins. Open to all interested readers
 Fredericka Mandelbaum and the 19th Century Underworld
 Thursday, July 17th, from 4 PM to 6 PM
 
Contemporary newspapers identified the “greatest crime promoter” in 19th century New York City as a woman. Fredericka Mandelbaum created a criminal empire on the Lower East Side while also working hand in glove with Tammany Hall and passed as a respected member of her community. In 1884 she fled to Canada with what was thought to be $1 million.

Fredericka “Marm” Mandelbaum arrived in Manhattan from Germany in 1849. “Marm” Mandelbaum also known as “Queen of Fences” and “Old Mother” became a notorious fence (receiver of stolen goods) and created a criminal empire on the lower east side. According to the newspapers of the day she was “the greatest crime promoter of all time”. Her criminal activities were very fruitful and she became a respected member of the community donating money to her synagogue, and employing members of the community in her criminal enterprises. Tammany Hall politicians recognized her potential in bringing in the Jewish vote in the 13th Ward (long before women won the right to vote). She escaped to Ontario, Canada with an estimated $1 million when she was due to stand trial in 1884. She died there in 1894 and her death made international headlines.
 City Hall Library Book Club: Discussion on Island in the Center of the World by Russell Shorto
 Wednesday, July 9th, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
 
 Night at the Museums
 Tuesday, June 24th, from 4 PM to 8 PM
 
 City Hall Library Book Club: Discussion on Island in the Center of the World by Russell Shorto
 Wednesday, July 9th, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
 

African American Women and the Military: World War II and Beyond

African American women have served the country in both active duty and as civilian volunteers throughout U.S. history. When men were called to war, African American women rose to the occasion and worked as spies, nurses, joined the workforce in positions that had typically been held by men, stretched meals under rationing, volunteered for active military duty and more. This exhibit highlights evidence of these women in the collections of the NYC Department of Records’ Municipal Archives.

Many African American women served in the Civil Defense Program which is featured in the exhibition. The program was established with Executive Order 8757, signed by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on May 20, 1941. New York City’s Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia was appointed the first director of this new Office of Civilian Defense. The office worked with states to develop a cohesive program that would not only educate and prepare the public for war on U.S. soil, but would orchestrate efforts to help troops overseas, through movements such as “Meatless Mondays” or “Victory Gardens.” Women were active volunteers in this program. By the time the 1963 nuclear test-ban treaty between the United States and Soviet Union was signed, civil defense activities had waned and were deemed unnecessary.

The exhibit includes telegrams from African American women’s groups pledging their allegiance to the war effort during a time when African Americans were being discriminated against on the home front. There are letters signed by Thurgood Marshall, A. Philip Randolph and Eleanor Holmes Martin. Along with documents you will find stories in photographs and videos about these brave women.

Celebrating 359 Years: Historical Moments in the NYC Jewish Experience
An exhibit from the collections of the NYC Municipal Archives
September 17, 2013 thru December 31, 2013

The history of New York City government comes alive in the Department of Records Visitor Center and Media Room. Long-hidden treasures from the Archives and City Hall Library are featured in ever-changing exhibits that highlight 400 years of city history.

The newest Visitor Center exhibition highlights historical moments in the New York City Jewish experience from 1654 to the present. Original documents, artifacts and evocative photographs are used throughout the exhibit to illustrate the long history of these men and women.

"How'm I Doin?": An Exhibition Highlighting the Mayoralty of Edward I. Koch
June 20, 2013 thru September 13, 2013

New York City has had its share of extravagant personalities, and the late former Mayor Edward I. Koch is certainly among the most colorful and memorable. But beneath the glib exterior, Koch was a brilliant politician whose accomplishments during his three-term, 12-year mayoralty (1978-1989), brought New York back from the brink.

The exhibit will be on view until July 31st at the Department of Records Visitor Center, 31 Chambers Street, NY, NY 10007. It is free and open to the public Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Wheelchair accessible entrance on Reade Street between Centre and Elk Streets.

"Grand Central: How a Train Station Transformed America" Book Signing
June 17, 2013

The New York Times Reporter Sam Roberts provided everyone with an engaging discussion about Grand Central Terminal. The little known facts he provided inspired many to purchase his book.

"We Run This City"
May 22, 2013 thru June 12, 2013

This exhibit celebrates the development of NYC’s energy infrastructure. The exhibit will be on view until June 12th at the Department of Records Visitor Center, 31 Chambers Street, NY, NY 10007. It is free and open to the public Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Wheelchair accessible entrance on Reade Street between Centre and Elk Streets.

View photos from the opening night on our Facebook page

"We Built This City"
March 27, 2013

An exhibition presented by the New York City Department of Records and Information Services.

The history of NYC government comes alive in the Visitor Center and Media Room. Long-hidden treasures from the Municipal Archives and the City Hall Library are now featured in ever-changing exhibits that highlight four-hundred years of New York City history.

The newest Visitor Center exhibition showcases the many roles in which people of Irish descent have contributed to the building of the City of New York beginning as early as the 17th century. Original documents, artifacts and evocative photographs are used throughout the exhibit to illustrate the long history of these men and woman.

Photos are available on our Facebook page.

African Americans in the Military
February 27, 2013

Visitor Center exhibition showcasing African Americans in the Military also included  artifacts from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Project in New York City and correspondence from A. Philip Randolph regarding the first March on Washington in 1942. Evocative photographs, letters to the mayors and original artwork on loan from the U.S. Coast Guard and the Tuskegee Airmen, help illustrate the role of African-American men and women in the United States military.

 Pictures are available on our Facebook page.

Traditional Chinese Culture & Education Event  
February 6, 2013

A celebration of traditional Chinese culture and the Chinese influence on the City of NY.  A traditional tea ceremony, Han Couture Fashion show and more.

Photos are available on our Facebook page 

Department of Records co-sponsored event with the Urban History Association
October 25, 2012

The Opening Night reception for the Urban History Association’s Sixth Biennial Conference in the lobby of 31 Chambers Street. The evening opened with a roundtable discussion about “hidden collections” featuring five panelists including our own Ken Cobb, Assistant Commissioner of the NYC Department of Records who discussed records included in some of our major collections which have not been exploited to their full potential. aTours of the Visitor Center and Conservation Lab were available as well.

Photos are available on our Facebook page 

Town Hall Meeting with the Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
September 25, 2012

An open forum to ask questions and discuss the accessibility of vital records for genealogical purposes.

 

Department of Records/Archivists Roundtable of Metropolitan NY, Inc. Social
September 12, 2012

In celebration of the unveiling of the Department’s Online Gallery of over 870,000 digitized images of photographs, maps, and audio recordings. Presentations by Archives staff as well as tours of the Visitor Center, City Hall Library and the Conservation Lab were enjoyed by all.

Photos are available on our Facebook page 

Our Mayor: Through the Eyes of Facebook Exhibit Opening Event
August 13, 2012

An exhibition in the Visitor Center complemented with Facebook pages created from the perspective of Mayors Koch, Lindsay & LaGuardia had Facebook been available during their mayoralty. The exhibit was created by a staff of three summer interns.

Photos are available on our Facebook page 

Visitor Center Opening Event
May 9, 2012

The ribbon-cutting and reception celebrating the opening of our new Visitor Center, Media Room and renovated City Hall Library and a tour of the facilities.

 

The Bungalows of Rockaway
April 18, 2012

Special screening of the documentary “The Bungalows of Rockaway” by Professor Daniel Walkowitz of NYU followed by a Q & A session with the director.

 

The Croton Waterworks
April 11, 2012

The Department of Records and Columbia University’s Croton Group present the history of the Croton Waterworks and the student’s interpretive plan for the system.