Terms and Conditions

The Municipal Archives encourages the publication, use, and re-use of materials from its collection.  The prospective user has the sole responsibility for observing literary property rights, personal property rights, libel, unwarranted invasions of privacy and any infringement of the U.S. Copyright Code.  

Reproductions and Licensing

The Department of Records and Information Services facilitates access to Municipal Archives and Library materials by providing reproduction and licensing services. 

Copies of historical vital records obtained directly from DORIS or through professional research services are exempt from licensing requirements. Non-commercial uses of Municipal Archives and Library materials are exempt from the licensing requirement.

All other publication and commercial uses of Municipal Archives and Library materials may be granted subject to the conditions listed in the Publish/Use Contract form (MA-45). License fees will apply to commercial uses; non-profit entities are exempt from licensing fees.

Acknowledgment is required for all published use of Archives and Library materials:

Name, Collection, Courtesy of the Municipal Archives, City of New York or Item Name, Courtesy of the Municipal Library, City of New York.

Contact research@records.nyc.gov.


Content may be subject to third-party rights such as copyright or privacy rights. Any person who believes a published item violates his or her exclusive rights should contact the designated agent via copyright@doitt.nyc.gov in compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.