In the Archives

A collection of links to various archives and collections.

NYC Municipal Archives
Founded in 1950, the Municipal Archives preserves and makes available the historical records of New York City municipal government. Accessioned from more than one hundred city agencies, the collections comprise office records, manuscript material, still and moving images, ledger volumes, vital records, maps, blueprints, and sound recordings.

New York Public Library
Founded in 1895, NYPL is the nation’s largest public library system, featuring a unique combination of 88 neighborhood branches and four scholarly research centers, bringing together an extraordinary richness of resources and opportunities available to all.

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts houses one of the world’s most extensive combinations of circulating, reference, and rare archival collections in its field. An essential resource for everyone with an interest in the arts—whether professional or amateur—the Library is known particularly for its prodigious collections of non-book materials such as historic recordings, videotapes, autograph manuscripts, correspondence, sheet music, stage designs, press clippings, programs, posters and photographs.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture located in Harlem, New York, is a research unit of The New York Public Library system. It is recognized as one of the leading institutions focusing exclusively on African-American, African Diaspora, and African experiences.

La Guardia and Wagner Archives
The LaGuardia and Wagner Archives was established in 1982 to collect, preserve, and make available primary materials documenting the social and political history of New York City.

New-York Historical Society
The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s pre-eminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research, presenting history and art exhibitions, and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical is the oldest museum in New York City.

Museum of the City of New York
The Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City.

Centro – Center for Puerto Rican Studies
The Center for Puerto Rican Studies (Centro) was founded in 1973, amid the era of the great wakening of demands for social justice for minorities of all types – by ethnicity, race, color, gender, physical ability, and age. It has grown into a nationally esteemed organization for the preservation of the history of Puerto Ricans in diaspora and is the premier research resource on the diaspora.

The Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
The Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, a joint project of NYU’s Tamiment Library and the New York City Central Labor Council, is committed to preserving the history of the labor movement and labor history of the New York area.

MoMA Archives
The Museum Archives was established in 1989 to collect, organize, preserve, and make accessible documentation concerning the Museum’s art-historical and cultural role in the 20th and 21st centuries. It is also an internationally recognized center of research for primary source material concerning many aspects of modern and contemporary art, including private archives that may be the papers of artists, collectives, galleries, dealers, art historians, critics, etc.

The Paley Center for Media
The Paley Center for Media, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public.

New York Correction History Society
The web resource for NY correction history — 7000+ files of text & images totaling 460+ Mbs.

MTA Transit Museum Archives
Over 10,000 photographs, posters, maps, and artifacts from the museum’s collection can now be viewed online.

The History Box
The History Box.com was created and is maintained by Miriam Medina. The website’s educational intent is to provide information of historical interest that is relevant to the people of New York State, New York City and American history, and direct them to the sources that it has utilized which are available to the public.

The 9/11 Digital Archive
The September 11 Digital Archive uses electronic media to collect, preserve, and present the history of the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania and the public responses to them.