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.

Note: To  request language interpretation services, please contact the Language Access Coordinator at least three (3) business days before an event.

Feeding the City: The Unpublished WPA Federal Writers’ Project Manuscript
31 Chambers Street, NYC 10007 - First Floor Gallery, Suite 110
September 7, 2018 – March 2019

“New York City never stops eating,” wrote the authors of Feeding the City in 1940—as true then as it is today.  Vintage recipes and photographs, bold and colorful advertising brochures, and excerpts from the unpublished Feeding the City manuscript are featured in this exhibit of materials from the NYC Unit of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Federal Writers’ Project. 

Panel Discussion: How the Digital Revolution Changed the Food World
December 6th, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
31 Chambers Street, NYC 10007 - Reading Room (Suite 111)


Panelists will analyze the ways in which the emergence of digital platforms and social media outlets have changed the food industry, including how restaurants and chefs market themselves, who people listen to about what to put in their bodies and the role of formal media and other institutions in setting standards around food. Bring your ideas and questions for the Q & A section.

Exploring the Serious Side of Food
3rd Thursday of each month, 5:30 PM – 7 PM
31 Chambers Street, NYC 10007 - Reading Room (Suite 111)


Embark with food historians Jane Ziegelman and Andrew Coe on a literary journey to explore an aspect of our culture that we often take for granted: food. Beginning in September, DORIS will be hosting a reading and discussion series sponsored by Humanities New York. During the 6-session program, the group will examine the multitude of complex interactions and entanglements which lie under the surface of our source for both nourishment and pleasure.

The program includes appetizers, beverages, guest speakers and surprises.

Books are available for borrowing. Contact publicprograms@records.nyc.gov to learn more.

Nov. 15th
The Jungle – Upton Sinclair

Sinclair’s classic novel of turn-of-the-century Chicago focuses on the exploitation of immigrant workers and unsanitary conditions at the city’s famous stockyards and slaughterhouses.

Dec. 20th

The Road to Wellville - T. C. Boyle

Boyle’s comic novel satirizes the health craze of the early 20th century, poking fun at such practitioners as John Harvey Kellogg, founder of the famous cereal company. But Boyle forces us to ask: how different are we from these characters of a century ago?

Jan. 17th 

Diet for a Small Planet - Frances Moore Lappe

Diet for a Small Planet was at the forefront of the movement in the 1970s that lead to a rethinking — both in terms of health and environmental impact – of our diets and relationship to food.

Feb. 21st 

Diet Cults: The Surprising Fallacy at the Core of Nutrition Fads and a Guide to Healthy Eating for the Rest of Us - Matt Fitzgerald

This critique of various “diet fads” examines the rhetoric and faults of each, ascribing “cult” status to them — for they all claim to be the “one true way” to eat healthy.

Mar. 21st

Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health - Marion Nestle

Marion Nestle’s contemporary classic exposes how corporations and food companies influence politics in order to improve their bottom lines – no matter what the cost to the health of ordinary Americans.

Municipal Library Monthly Book Club

Going into Town: A Love Letter to New York
by Roz Chast
Wednesday, December 5th - 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
31 Chambers Street, NYC 10007 - Suite 111

Featuring cartoons and commentary by the author, this is a fun and poignant look at the city from a former city-dweller turned suburbanite.







Exhibits & Education