Exhibits & Education

Exhibits & Education

The agency hosts rotating 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.

DORIS offers 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.

Upcoming Events
Note: If you require an auxiliary aid or service in order to attend a DORIS event, please contact our Disability Service Facilitator.


Unlikely Historians: Materials collected by NYPD surveillance teams, 1960-1975
September 7, 2017 - March 31, 2018
31 Chambers Street, NYC 10007 - First Floor Gallery

For more than a century, the New York City Police Department (NYPD) conducted surveillance of individuals and infiltrated organizations challenging the status quo. At different periods, the focus has been socialists, the German American Bund, anarchists, labor unions, and communists. During the 1960s and 1970s, they investigated organizations including the Communist Party, Black Panthers, Nation of Islam, The American Renaissance Party, Women Strike for Peace and Youth Against War and Fascism, among others. The records created by the surveillance teams and the materials they collected during the course of surveillance activities now provide unique documentation of one of the most turbulent eras in the City’s and nation’s history. Photographs and objects displayed in the new Municipal Archives exhibit address subjects such as the Vietnam War, the nascent environmental movement, racial and gender discrimination, fair housing, workers’ rights, as well as global issues such as independence and sovereignty, the spread of communism, and poverty.

Open for viewing through March 31  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Thursday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Investing In Archivists: Advocating as a Lone Arranger

Thursday, February 22nd - 6:30PM to 8:30PM
31 Chambers Street, NYC 10007 - Rebecca Rankin Reading Room (Rm. 111)


The Municipal Archives at the New York City Department of Records and Information Services will be hosting The Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York's panel discussion with "lone arrangers" (archivists working alone or in very small staff situations) about their diverse collections and the particular challenges solo archivists face within their institutions. The event is free and open to the public.


Yue Ma, Director for Collections and Research, Museum of Chinese in America

Yue Ma, Director for Collections and Research at MOCA, manages the museum collections, library, and archives at 70 Mulberry Street. Yue oversees daily acquisition, preservation, digitization, research, and online projects. In addition, she assisted with the permanent exhibition “With a Single Step,” and co-curated the exhibition “Waves of Identity: 35 Years of Archiving.” Prior to MOCA, Yue worked at the Shenzhen City Archives in China. Educated globally, she received a B.Sc. and a MBA in China, and then received a MA in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management from a joint program at Ryerson University in Canada and George Eastman House in America.

Elena Rossi-Snook, New York Public Library Reserve Film and Video Collection

Elena Rossi-Snook is the Collection Manager for the Reserve Film and Video Collection of The New York Public Library.  She has an M.A. in Film Archiving from the University of East Anglia and was the 2002 recipient of the Kodak Fellowship in Film Preservation. She has served as a curriculum consultant for the NYU Moving Image Archiving and Preservation MA program, on the Board of Directors of the Association of Moving Image Archivists and is the chair of the AMIA Film Advocacy Task Force. Elena’s documentary film WE GOT THE PICTURE was made an official selection of the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival. Rossi-Snook teaches film history at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Julianna Monjeau, Archivist, Public Design Commission of the City of New York

Julianna Monjeau is the Archivist and Records Manager of the Public Design Commission. She holds a Master’s Degree in Archives & Public History from New York University. She manages the accession and preservation of all public records reviewed by the Public Design Commission, prepares and manages archival grants, provides research services, manages the digitization of Design Commission records, provides public tours of the archive, and promotes the collection on the agency's social media platforms.

Moderated By:

Michael Andrec, PhD CA, Archivist, Ukrainian History and Education Center

Michael Andrec has been the archivist at the Ukrainian History and Education Center since 2010. Michael has been tasked with single-handedly bringing the nearly 200 collections containing documents, photographs, ephemera, and recorded sound that the Center had accumulated since the 1960s up to professional standards of arrangement, description, preservation, and accessibility, while at the same time providing reference services, outreach, and web site/social media content. Outside of the archives, Michael is a consultant in statistics and data analytics, programming, and web design and development. He is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists and other national, regional, and local archival associations, and has served on the board of A.R.T.

Greater Gotham: A Talk and Book Signing with Historian Mike Wallace
Wednesday, February 28th - 6: 00PM to 8:00PM
31 Chambers Street, NYC 10007 - Rebecca Rankin Reading Room (Rm. 111) 

The New York Archival Society presents a talk with historian Mike Wallace, author of Greater Gotham, A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919, the long-awaited sequel to his Pulitzer Prize-winning first volume in the Gotham series. Greater Gotham examines New York's history from the 1898 consolidation, the point where Gotham ends, to just after World War One, when New York became the world's financial capital.


Within the first two decades of the twentieth century, a newly consolidated New York grew exponentially. The city exploded into the air, with skyscrapers jostling for prominence, and dove deep into the bedrock where massive underground networks of subways, water pipes, and electrical conduits sprawled beneath the city to serve a surging population of New Yorkers from all walks of life. New York was transformed in these two decades as the world's second-largest city and now its financial capital, thriving and sustained by the city's seemingly unlimited potential.

Wallace's new book matches its predecessor in pure page-turning appeal and takes America's greatest city to new heights.

Mike Wallace is Distinguished Professor of History at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the founder of the Gotham Center for New York City History. He is the co-author of Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History. Wallace lives with his wife, the Mexican writer Carmen Boullosa, in Brooklyn and Coyoacán.

First Thursdays at DORIS

Join us on the first Thursday of every month! Each month, the NYC Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS) will showcase special events during our extended hours (from 5 to 8PM). Visitors will get the opportunity to explore new aspects of our latest exhibition, go behind-the-scenes at the Municipal Library or Archives, or possibly tour our amazing workspace. Free admission at all times. Check back each month to see our latest offering.

Screening of She's Beautiful When She's Angry
Thursday, March 1st - 6: 00PM to 9:00PM
In conjunction with exhibit viewing: Unlikely Historians: Materials collected by NYPD surveillance teams, 1960-1975
31 Chambers Street, NYC 10007 - Rebecca Rankin Reading Room (Rm. 111)

In celebration of Women's History Month, the New York City Municipal Archives at the Department of Records and Information Services presents a screening of She's Beautiful When She's Angry, an essential documentary about the birth of the women's liberation movement. 

Following the screening will be a discussion with She's Beautiful director, Mary Dore.


She's Beautiful When She's Angry resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971.  She's Beautiful takes us from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation - from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of W.I.T.C.H. (Women’s International Conspiracy from Hell!).  Artfully combining dramatizations, performance and archival imagery, the film recounts the stories of women who fought for their own equality and in the process created a world-wide revolution.

She's Beautiful does not try to romanticize the early movement, but dramatizes it in its exhilarating, quarrelsome, sometimes heart-wrenching glory.  The film does not shy away from the controversies over race, sexual preference and leadership that arose in the women’s movement.  She's Beautiful captures the spirit of the time - thrilling, scandalous, and often hilarious.

That story still resonates today for women who are facing new challenges around reproductive rights and sexual violence, as the film shows present-day activists creating their generation's own version of feminism.  She's Beautiful When She's Angry is a film about activists, made to inspire women and men to work for feminism and human rights. 

Municipal Library Monthly Book Club

Read about our City’s rich political, cultural and social history with like-minded peers. Join us on the first Wednesday of each month for a lively discussion.

Washington Square
By Henry James
Wednesday, March 7th - 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Municipal Library, 31 Chambers Street, Room 112.

This is the story of New York heiress Catherine Sloper pursued by Morris Townsend.  Is he interested in Catherine for love or money?  Why does Catherine’s father discourage the match?