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  Government Publications Portal is Now Available in Beta

We have revamped the government publications portal to provide easy access to reports issued by City agencies and we have increased the number of reports available online. We will be adding additional types of information to the portal in the upcoming months and we will continue to solicit past reports and additional government participants.

You can find the portal at
  Women Make History: A March Through the Archives
On view in the Visitor Center
March 11, 2015 to June 30, 2015

Learn more about the exhibition on our Events page.
  Municipal Library Monthly Book Club
Diaries of Mario M. Cuomo: The Campaign for Governor
by Mario M. Cuomo

Join us for a lively discussion on March 4th at 1 p.m.

For more information, visit our Events page.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

On December 17, 1964 New York City Mayor Robert F. Wagner presented the Medallion of Honor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at a ceremony in City Hall in consideration of Dr. King’s commitment to civil rights. Dr. King and Mayor Wagner are pictured with Mrs. King (Dr. King's mother), Ambassador Richard C. Patterson, and Dr. King's wife, Coretta Scott King.

Click here to listen to Dr. King's speech at City Hall, starting at 24:10.


New Amsterdam Digital Gallery Now Available
The Municipal Archives has digitized early colonial collections. Ordinances drawn from the Records of New Amsterdam for the period 1647-1661 and their corresponding translations are now available at

Digitizing the records and posting them online are the first steps in making the City Archives more accesible.

These 17th century documents show the foundation of City government. There are several ordinances regulating the sale of alcohol, the price of bread, and the maintenance of chimneys and fireplaces. The records also depict tensions in the new settlement, prohibiting the sale of alcohol to the native people but also prohibiting traders from going inland to fraudently trade with the natives.

Calling the digitization project "inspired", Russell Shorto, author of The Island at the Center of the World urges viewers to "Roam through these documents - in the 17th century originals or in the 19th century English translations" and notes that "a realization dawns on you: New York was New York right from the start."

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  FOIL Requests
If you would like to file a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) Request with the NYC Department of Records and Information Services, please contact our FOIL Officer, Ken Cobb via email (

Own a piece of New York City History...
The Department of Records and Information Services has teamed up with the CityStore to produce unique gifts based on our historic collections.

From more than two million photographs we have selected the iconic "painters on the Brooklyn Bridge, 1914" and transformed it into a unique ceramic mug. Beautiful Central Park designs are reproduced as buttons, tiles, magnets, tote bags and ornaments showcasing the precise and colorful details in every element of the Park. The Department of Parks collections at the Municipal Archives include the 1,500 original plans for Central Park, one of the most important public works achievements of the 19th century. Some of the striking items are the pen and ink watercolor wash renderings of the encaustic tiles, dating from 1867-1869, by architect Jacob Wrey Mould. 

Visit the CityStore to learn more and to order.


Archive Review Board - Video Recording Now Available on YouTube

A video recording of the Archive Review Board meeting held on Wednesday, December 18th at 10:30 a.m. is now available on our YouTube Channel

  The Department of Records Celebrates Women's Equality Day
Between Women’s Equality Day in 2014 and 2020, the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, DORIS will coordinate a multi-year series of events celebrating the empowerment of women in New York City. Learn more on our launch page, our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter
  30,000 Photos Added to Online Gallery
The New York City Department of Records and Information Services, announced the addition of 30,000 photographs to its on-line gallery. The new additions consist of pictures drawn from the Municipal Archives vast holdings and include 187 historical pictures from the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) Alien Squad.

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That's So New York: Department of Records Visitor Center
City History is on display for the public at the Department of Records Visitor Center in Downtown Manhattan. They feature an often-changing museum series that highlights artifacts, photos and other treasures direct from the City’s archives. With more than 400 years of civic history, and over 221,000 cubic feet of historic City documents, you never know what you’re going to find at the Visitor Center exhibits.

Watch the video at 

Tax Photographs
Between 1939 and 1941, and again in the mid-1980s, the city photographed every house and building in the five Boroughs. Copies of these unique images are now available for purchase.

Learn more about Tax Photos 

Government Publications
Official City of New York government publications are now available in electronic format.

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Collections Archives
With records dating back to the earliest days of European colonial settlement, the Municipal Archives houses 150,000 cubic feet of historical government records.

View samples 

NYC CityStore - The Official Store of the City of New York 

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 - Authentic NYC memorabilia, many original and exclusive items
 - Unique selections of books about New York
 - The Green Book, the Official Directory of the City of New York
 - Wide range of publications issued by various agencies detailing, analyzing 
   and explaining specific areas of government.
 - 100% of all sales benefit the City of New York

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