Volunteer opportunity description

Increase your knowledge of New York City history, learn more about archival work and help a diverse public access the records and resources of NYC government by becoming a volunteer at the NYC Department of Records & Information Services.

The NYC Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS) preserves and provides public access to historical and contemporary records and information about New York City government through the Municipal Archives and Library, with historical collections dating back to the 1600s. The world-class collections of the Municipal Archives include over 1.6 million images as well as unique photographs, maps, documents, motion picture and audio recordings that are accessible to the public. The Municipal Library contains more than 400,000 unique reports, books, periodicals and documents about New York City government.


We are looking for motivated volunteers to help us provide the public with free access to the records of New York City government and expand the resources available to K-12 students and educators who use the collections of the Municipal Archives and Library.

By helping us achieve our goals, volunteers will have the opportunity to enhance their own understanding and appreciation of our city’s rich history and resources while contributing to the education and engagement of New York City’s many unique communities.  


Responsibilities May Include: 

  • -Creating curriculum aides using primary sources;
  • -Conducting research; 
  • -Language translation of the holdings in the Library and Archives; and
  • -Instructing and leading program presentations, webinars, and tours. 


Volunteer should:

  • Have good communication skills
  • Have experience in education and/or curriculum development;
  • Have experience with conducting research and drafting documents.

Our volunteer needs

We need volunteers who are free at these times


About the organization

NYC Department of Records and Information Services

Joycelyn Harris
Volunteer Outreach Coordinator
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