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.
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 - Spring, 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.
*THE UNLIKELY HISTORIANS EXHIBITION IS STILL AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING.
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.
Night at the Museums
Tuesday, June 19th - 5:00PM - 8:00PM
31 Chambers Street, NYC 10007 - First Floor Gallery (Suite 110)
Join the Municipal Archives at the NYC Department of Records and Information Services and 15 other Lower Manhattan cultural institutions for “Night at the Museums,” as part of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s “River To River” festival.
Participating organizations will observe extended hours until 8 p.m. and many offer special programming. Here at the Municipal Archives, visitors will experience one of their final opportunities to tour the Unlikely Historians: Materials collected by NYPD Surveillance Teams 1960-1975 exhibition in its entirety, before components are used in a new installation in Brooklyn. The exhibition features records created during the 1960s and 1970s that provide unique documentation of one of the most turbulent eras in the City’s and nation’s history. The records document organizations such as the Communist Party, Black Panthers, Nation of Islam, The American Renaissance Party, Women Strike for Peace and Youth Against War and Fascism and address subjects such as the Vietnam War, the 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.
There will also be a tour of the exhibit, with one of its curators, Rossy Mendez. For the guided tour, please RSVP with Eventbrite. The tour will offer a glimpse of the curatorial process and include excerpts that are not featured in the exhibition.
To learn more about “Night at the Museums,” visit: http://nightatthemuseums.org/ #MuseumNightLM #R2R18
Flashback: A Living Archive of Bedford Stuyvesant
The NYC Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS), in partnership with the Hancock Community Backyard Garden Park, the Central Bainbridge Community Garden, the Jane Bailey Memorial Garden, and Bailey’s Café, is kicking off its African-American community history and storytelling initiative.
With this project, DORIS aims to gather some of Bedford-Stuyvesant’s local history that will supplement City government’s historical records on the neighborhood By documenting the community history of this neighborhood and its residents, the project the will add a diversity of voices to the City’s Archive.
Events will take place through September 2018. Tentative schedule follows:
Schedule of Summer Activities
June 16: Juneteenth Launch at Hancock Community Backyard Garden Park
June 22: Story Circles* at Jane Bailey Memorial Garden
June 29: Story Circles* at Central Bainbridge Garden
July 14: Green Thumb Open House at Hancock Community Backyard Garden Park
July 28: Brevoort Day – stories of homecoming at Central Bainbridge Garden Park
August 18: Music and jazz in Hancock Community Backyard Garden Park. Focus on artists, performers, performance spaces, etc.
August 22: Veterans’ art and stories at Jane Bailey Memorial Garden
*Story circles are intimate storytelling and listening circles organized around a theme or issue. It is a form that came out of the Free Southern Theater and their work with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) during the Civil Rights movement.
Hancock Community Backyard Garden Park:
324 Hancock St., Brooklyn 11216.
Central Bainbridge Community Garden:
277-279 Bainbridge St., Brooklyn 11233.
Jane Bailey Memorial Garden:
327-329 Greene Ave., Brooklyn 11238.
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.
The End of Your Life Book Club
By Will Schwalbe
Thursday, July 12th - 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Municipal Library, 31 Chambers Street, Room 112.
When the author’s mother is diagnosed with terminal cancer, mother and son form a book club. Through their shared love of books, they discover the joy books can bring and celebrate life instead of mourning death.