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The New York City Department of Records and Information Services announced the addition of 30,000 photographs to its on-line gallery.

Some of the more unusual images from this series depict political groups monitored by  the New York City Police Department's "Alien Squad." These photos range from Communist Party rallies in Madison Square Garden to the Nazi summer retreat in Yaphank, Long Island run by the German American Bund.  See all the Alien Squad photos.  DOR staff and researchers from New York University's Tamiment Library are collaborating to identify people in the photos.  If you recognize someone, please let us know by emailing

These are among more than 2,000 photographs added from the NYPD departmental files and Emergency Services Unit (ESU), dating from 1928 to 1941. The ESU photographs document  mayhem including street car accidents, early airplane crashes, explosions and the proverbial cat stuck in a tree.

With this new group of photos, the online gallery now totals more than 900,000--the largest collection of historical images of New York City in the world. Read the full press release.

The Online Gallery provides free and open research access to items digitized from the Municipal Archives' collections, including photographs, maps, motion-pictures and audio recordings. The holdings are arranged by collection; or you may search "All Collections" by keyword or any of the advanced search criteria. Patrons may order prints or digital files, and license images or film clips for commercial use. Please see the Order Page for further details about ordering prints or licensing the materials. To order prints directly from the gallery click on the "Buy Print" button in the image detail view to launch the shopping cart.

If you cannot satisfy your research needs using the online gallery and/or have other research questions, visit the Municipal Archives, or please Contact the Municipal Archives.

Some of the images in the Online Gallery may be subject to third-party rights such as copyright and/or rights of privacy/publicity. Any person who believes that inclusion of an item on this site violates his or her exclusive rights should notify us under the DMCA. Before using any images from this site, please review our Terms and Conditions.

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