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 - February 28, 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 February 28  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Thursday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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.

Documenting Activism Panel Discussion
Thursday, January 11th - 6PM to 8PM
In conjunction with exhibit viewing: Unlikely Historians: Materials collected by NYPD surveillance teams, 1960-1975
31 Chambers Street, NYC 10007 - Rebecca Rankin Readin Room (Rm. 111)

In conjunction with the exhibit Unlikely Historians: Materials collected by NYPD surveillance teams, 1960-1975, the Municipal Archives invites you to join in a lively conversation and presentation with photojournalists Kisha Bari and Erik McGregor about their work and the art of documenting activism and social change. Moderated by reporter and columnist Tom Robbins.

Tom Robbins has been a reporter and columnist covering crime and politics in New York for more than thirty years, including stints at the Village Voice, the New York Daily News, and The New York Observer. He has also written for the New York Times Magazine and the New York Post. He teaches at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism where he is Investigative Journalist in Residence.

Kisha Bari  is a New York-based photographer from Australia who is passionate about capturing people through portraiture and visual storytelling. Her range as a photographer and her personal approach has allowed her to photograph an array of subjects, from America’s union workers to high profile musicians and ballet dancers in the studio. Her portrait documentary “How Sandy Hit Rockaway” on the recovery of residents in Rockaway, New York after Hurricane Sandy was a featured exhibit at Photoville in 2013. Her work covering the Women’s March was also a featured exhibit at Photoville in 2017 and Kisha continues to document the Women's March organizers as our current civil rights leaders. Kisha’s work has been published in many media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post and Rolling Stone Magazine.

Erik McGregor is a New York City based artists, photographer and activist. Erik is a member of the People’s Puppets of Occupy Wall Street and a co-writer if the Occupy Wall Street’s Declaration of the Occupation of New York City. As a published freelance photographer, he has documented activist groups actions in NYC since 2011.

RSVP: http://bit.ly/2ClSxGL.

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.

Golden Hill: a Novel of Old New York
By Francis Spufford
Wednesday, January 3rd - 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Municipal Library, 31 Chambers Street, Room 112.

The mysterious Mr. Smith arrives in New York in November 1746.  Who is he?  Can New York businessmen and merchants befriend him?  Or should they eliminate him?