Description & History

Established in 1977, the Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS) preserves and provides public access to historical and contemporary records and information about New York City government. We operate the Municipal Archives, the Municipal Library, and the Records Center.

Our mission is to foster civic life by preserving and providing access to the historical and contemporary records of New York City government, to ensure that City records are properly maintained following professional archival and record management practices and to make materials available to diverse communities both online and in person.

Municipal Library
Open to public by appointment, the Municipal Library contains 400,000 unique reports, books, periodicals and documents pertaining to New York City government.  Library amenities include computers equipped with Internet access, a reading area with a selection of newspapers and magazines, an online catalog of its holdings, and reference assistance in person or by phone, fax or e-mail. Please sign up for our newsletter to receive monthly updates.

Municipal Archives
Open to the public by appointment only, the Municipal Archives preserves 200,000 cubic feet of original documents, photographs, ledgers, maps, architectural renderings, manuscripts, and moving images. More than 900,000 historical photographs are accessible on-line via the agency website; 10.5 million birth, death and marriage certificates provide essential documentation for family history research; and its world-class mayoral, court and city department collections are unequaled by any other city in the nation.

Exhibits, Education & Events
The agency hosts rotating onsite and virtual exhibits. Past exhibits include "Women Make History," "In the Shadow of the Highway: Robert Moses and the Battle for Downtown," and "Little Syria". View treasures from the archives and learn about the history of New York City. We also offer programs, tours and activities related to our holdings. Students can work directly with primary sources to build a greater understanding of research and history.

Please visit Archives.NYC to view digital galleries and a sampling of our past exhibitions.

Check out our Events page to learn about upcoming events. And join our mailing list to be the first to know about exhibition openings, upcoming events, recent blog posts and much more.

About the organization

NYC Department of Records and Information Services

Joycelyn Harris
Volunteer Outreach Coordinator
LaTonya Jones
Director, Community and External Affairs
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