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.

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

The Language of the City: Immigrant Voices
September 13, 2019 – January, 2020
31 Chambers Street, NYC 10007 – First Floor Gallery

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.

The installation includes a series of panels that use text, photographs and audio to tell the stories of immigrants and children of immigrants from the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Haiti, Pakistan, Albania, Italy, Guatemala, China and Grenada.  Selected from more than 500 oral histories created by 800 Brooklyn College students for the Brooklyn College Listening Project (BCLP), the stories celebrate the diversity of the city and the lives of regular New Yorkers. 

The Municipal Archives draws on documents and photographs from its extensive collections highlighting how City government responded to immigrant populations.  New York City welcomed millions of new immigrants to their first home in the United States. 

The resulting work shares with the larger world the wisdom of everyday people, celebrates the diversity of Brooklyn College students and their communities and tells deep and nuanced stories of the people of New York City.


Open House New York: Explore the Hall of Records
Saturday, October 19th, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
31 Chambers Street (Lobby), New York, NY 10007

During Open House New York weekend, guests may tour a number of exhibits on the city’s history and cultural life, including the:

  • Central Park Drawings, a rare selection of the original designs and illustrations for the great urban park;
  • The Language of the City: Immigrant Voices - a multimedia exhibit based on oral histories gathered by the Brooklyn College Listening Project – juxtaposed with historical photographs, audiovisual recordings, and other material from the collections of the Archives and Library; and
  • A preview of an upcoming exhibit on the relationship between water and financial instruments, co-produced with the Museum of American Finance.
  • Guided tours of the iconic building's lobby will be offered at 1 p.m. and 2.p.m. The tours are approximately 45 minutes in length.
  • Also, support the work of the Archives and Library by stopping by our gift shop and purchasing a unique souvenir.

Author's Talk: Eric K. Washington Examines Race, Class & Labor
Thursday, November 14th, 6 - 8 p.m.
31 Chambers Street (Suite 111), New York, NY 10007


Historian Eric K. Washington discusses his debut biography, Boss of the Grips: The Life of James H. Williams and the Red Caps of Grand Central Terminal. Join us to explore the legacy of the chief porter - one of the most emblematic figures in the city's African-American community.

Open Forum: The Politics of Immigration
Thursday, November 21st, 6 - 8 p.m.
31 Chambers Street (Suite 111), New York, NY 10007


Join authors Jane Guskin & David L. Wilson for a participatory discussion of themes from their book, The Politics of Immigration: Questions and Answers, where they explore the intersection of migration, race, labor, politics and social change.  The authors will share insights and selections from the book while engaging the audience in an interactive exchange of ideas. Bring your questions and an open mind.

Author's Talk: The Immigrant Voices in Tim Murphy's Literary Projects
Thursday, December 5th, 6-8 p.m
31 Chambers Street (Suite 111), New York, NY 10007


Join journalist, LGBT advocate and published author Timothy Murphy as he explores the immigrant experience in his latest literary projects. The author will read excerpts from his books, share anecdotes, explore the writing process behind his novels and discuss the importance of the immigrant experience in his novels, Correspondents and Christodora.

Municipal Library Monthly Book Club

722 Miles: the Building of the Subways and how they Transformed New York
By Clifton Hood
Wednesday, November 6th - 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
31 Chambers Street (Suite 111), New York, NY 10007

This is a story of the political and engineering maneuverings and accomplishments that led to the building of the NYC subway system.