New York City Municipal Archives Digital Galleries

The Department of Records and Information Services preserves and provides public access to historical and contemporary records and information about New York City government.

NEW AMSTERDAM STORIES   On April 8th, the New York City Department of Records and Information Services welcomed Femke Halsema, the Mayor of the City of Amsterdam, to celebrate the shared cultural heritage of two great cities—Amsterdam and New York City. To commemorate the occasion, selected historical documents from the New York City Municipal Archives, its counterpart, the Stadsarchief Amsterdam, and the New York State Archives are on display at 31 Chambers Street, Manhattan. These documents detail the government’s response to residents who petitioned in 1657 to be granted the rights of citizenship, and in turn, the responsibilities that come with those rights. Learn more about the first citizens of New Amsterdam in our  new gallery .

NEW AMSTERDAM STORIES

On April 8th, the New York City Department of Records and Information Services welcomed Femke Halsema, the Mayor of the City of Amsterdam, to celebrate the shared cultural heritage of two great cities—Amsterdam and New York City. To commemorate the occasion, selected historical documents from the New York City Municipal Archives, its counterpart, the Stadsarchief Amsterdam, and the New York State Archives are on display at 31 Chambers Street, Manhattan. These documents detail the government’s response to residents who petitioned in 1657 to be granted the rights of citizenship, and in turn, the responsibilities that come with those rights. Learn more about the first citizens of New Amsterdam in our new gallery.

31 Chambers Street, ca. 1940. Department of Finance Collection, NYC Municipal Archives.

tax photograph collection

The NYC Municipal Archives added over 720,000 photographs from the 1940s Tax Photograph collection to their online gallery. The collection consists of photographs of every building in the 5 boroughs, ca. 1940, taken for tax assessment purposes. Read about how we did it in this blog, and go behind the scenes with the 1940s photographers here.

The New York Times just published a story about the 1980s Tax Photograph collection. See more of those photographs here.

FROM THE VAULTS

Explore highlights from our collections.

Exhibits

On view at the Municipal Archives Gallery, The Lung Block: A New York City Slum & Its Forgotten Italian Immigrant Community

31 Chambers Street, First Floor, April 26 - August, 2019