Press Releases

June 25, 2020
Municipal Library and Archives Public Reading Rooms Remain Closed
The New York City Municipal Library and Archives public reading rooms at 31 Chambers Street, Manhattan, will remain closed to help limit the spread of the coronavirus and ensure the health and safety of our patrons and staff. Pending guidance from State and local authorities, the public reading rooms will likely not re-open until late August or early September. Please check our website and social media for updates.
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May 18, 2020
NYC Public Artist in Residence Julia Weist Debuts Digital Public Artwork Series "Public Record"
The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS), and Julia Weist, who served as the Public Artist in Residence (PAIR) with DORIS from 2019-2020, have announced the initiation of the public artwork series Public Record, which represents the culmination of Weist’s residency. The series consists of 11 individual photographic prints submitted to DORIS as official correspondence, triggering the use of the city’s public records protocols to access the art.
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March 17, 2020
Municipal Library and Archives Public Reading Rooms Closed
The New York City Municipal Library and Archives public reading rooms at 31 Chambers Street, Manhattan, are closed until further notice.  As a precaution to help limit the spread of the coronavirus and ensure the health and safety of our patrons and staff, we are temporarily closing our public reading rooms.
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March 5, 2020
Ebb and Flow:Tapping into the History of New York City’s Water
The Museum of American Finance and the New York City Department of Records and Information Services today opens a new exhibit:  Ebb & Flow: Tapping into the History of New York City’s Water. “Ebb & Flow” explores the more than 200-year history of the city’s effort to build one of the world’s finest water supply systems.  The exhibit includes the fascinating story of how a private water company, founded by Aaron Burr in 1799, evolved into the largest bank in the United States today.
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January 23, 2020
Expert Panel to Explore the Role Immigrants Play in Creating NYC's Fashion Identity, Thursday, January 23rd.
Join a distinguished panel from the worlds of fashion, immigration and labor for a lively discussion about the historical relationship between immigrants and the city’s fashion industry.  Thursday, January 23, 2020, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the NYC Department of Records & Information Services, 31 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007
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December 27, 2019
The New York City Department of Records and Information Services announces the availability of historic Kings County town records
The New York City Department of Records & Information Services announced today that the Municipal Archives had added the Kings County “Old Town” records to the agency’s online gallery.
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November 13, 2019
The New York City Department of Records and Information Services announces the availability of Historic NYPD Films
The New York City Department of Records & Information Services announced the availability of 140 hours of historical film depicting activists, parades, and famous visitors in the City between 1960 and 1980.   
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September 12, 2019
The New York City Department of Records & Information Services opens to the public on September 13, a new exhibit The Language of the City:  Immigrant Voices. 
The new show incorporates “We Are Brooklyn: Immigrant Voices,” a multimedia exhibition based on oral histories conducted by Brooklyn College students and materials from the New York City Municipal Archives.
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April 22, 2019

The New York City Department of Records & Information Services announced the availability of a new book:  The Central Park: Original Designs for New York’s Greatest Treasure (Abrams 2019).
Drawn from the collections of the NYC Municipal Archives, and much of it never before published, the book is a virtual time machine that takes the reader on a journey through the park as it was originally envisioned. 
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April 8, 2019
NYC Department of Records and Information Services welcomes Femke Halsema, the Mayor of the City of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to celebrate New Amsterdam Cultural Heritage Day.
The New York City Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS) today welcome Femke Halsema, the Mayor of the City of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to celebrate the shared cultural heritage of two great cities—Amsterdam and New York City.
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November 1, 2018
New York City Adds 720,000 Images Showing Every House and Building in Five Boroughs, ca. 1940, to Its Online Collection
The New York City Department of Records & Information Services announced completion of a long-awaited project that digitized more than 720,000 photographs.
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September 21, 2018
2018 Best of New York and Hugh Carey Awards Announced
Award winners include Theresa L. Egan, NYS Information Technology Services, NYC Department of Records and Information Services and more.
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September 13, 2018
NYC: Work and Working WPA Photographs
The New York City Department of Records & Information Services-Municipal Archives opens a new exhibit at PHOTOVILLE in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
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August 31, 2018
Feeding the City: The Unpublished WPA Federal Writers’ Project Manuscript, 1935-1942
The New York City Department of Records & Information Services opens a new exhibit: Feeding the City: The Unpublished WPA Federal Writers’ Project
Manuscript, 1935-1942.
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June 14, 2018
NYC Municipal Archives to crowd-source Young Lord History using historical NYPD Surveillance records.
Participants will view and discuss materials connected to the Young Lords, a Puerto Rican civil rights organization based in New York City.
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April 5, 2018
Special Event: The New York Archival Society and former Mayor David N. Dinkins honor Idilio Gracia-Peña, former Commissioner of the NYC Department of Records & Information Services for his lifetime of dedicated service in preserving and sustaining the invaluable documentary history of New York City.
Hired by the Municipal Archives as a clerk in 1964, Mr. Idilio Gracia-Peña rose to become Director of the Municipal Archives in 1978.
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November 2, 2017
NYC Department of Records and Information Services and the Mayor's Office of the Chief Technology Officer announce a searchable public portal to official New York City agency social media posts.
The New York City Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS) and the Mayor's Office of the Chief Technology Officer (MOCTO) advance transparency in City government information through the creation of an online archive of all official New York City agency social media posts using the Archive Social platform.
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