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

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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 31, 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.

Fashion Mosaic: Immigrant Voices in NYC’s Fashion Industry
Thursday, January 23rd, 6 p.m.
31 Chambers Street (Suite 111), New York, NY 10007


Join our unique panel of fashion, immigration and labor experts to address the historical relationship between immigrants and the city’s fashion industry, as well as the impact and influence of immigrants on local markets and designs. The panel will discuss the issues that immigrants face in integrating elements of their heritage into contemporary designs for the New York City and global markets and how these designers are responding to the needs of new immigrant populations. Following the discussion, a small group of guest designers will be invited to present their work and illustrate their creative journey with their choice of videos, sketches, fabrics, creative boards, models or clothing samples.

Municipal Library Monthly Book Club

The Book Group Meeting scheduled for today (1/8) has been Canceled and rescheduled for February 5, 2020.

The Invisible Man

By Ralph Ellison
Wednesday, February 5th - 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
31 Chambers Street (Suite 112), New York, NY 10007

The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison was published in 1952 and won a National Book Award for fiction. It is a timeless story of an African-American man, expelled from a segregated college in the American South. The nameless narrator moves to New York City and becomes part of a group that is fighting for equality. But he soon discovers what it means to be truly “invisible” in white America.