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Feeding the City: The Unpublished WPA Federal Writers’ Project Manuscript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  Vintage recipes and photographs, bold and colorful advertising brochures, and excerpts from the unpublished Feeding the City manuscript are featured in this exhibit of materials from the NYC Unit of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Federal Writers’ Project.

The History of Pizza in New York City with Scott Weiner

February 7th, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
31 Chambers Street, NYC 10007 - Reading Room (Suite 111)


Join us for pizza and a discussion of how this quintessential New York food came to be inextricably linked to our city. Discussion will be led by Scott Weiner of Scott's Pizza Tours.

An Intimate Conversation with Bestselling Author Mark Kurlansky 
March 7th, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
31 Chambers Street, NYC 10007 - Reading Room (Suite 111)


Join us for an intimate conversation with bestselling author, playwright, and lecturer Mark Kurlansky to discuss two of his most famous literary projects.


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.


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. 28th

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

Author Marion Nestle will join us to discuss her contemporary classic, which 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

The Story of a New York House
by Henry Cuyler Bunner
Wednesday, February 6th - 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
31 Chambers Street, NYC 10007 - Suite 111

Published in 1887, this novella follows three generations of the Dolph family and their New York City house.  Be sure to join us on Wednesday, February 6 at 1:00 p.m., 31 Chambers Street, Room 111. 

Please note that this book is available as a free Kindle download through Amazon if you cannot obtain a print copy.







Exhibits & Education