The mission of the Archival Society of New York is to preserve, support, and promote the collections, services, and programs of the New York City Municipal Archives.

The Society advances its mission through public outreach, events and sponsorship of special projects, especially those that encourage the study of history by high school and college students in New York City.

New York City is one of the most diverse cities in the world and has been a leader in promoting the social, economic and political progress of its citizens and the Society believes that preserving and making accessible to the public the records that document this history is important for the future progress of the City.


The goal is to collect and protect historical documents focused on Greater New York, aiding the City's Division of Archives or its successor to recover scattered New York City records. The effort also extends to saving ancient documents at risk of destruction, which chronicle the region's early days.

Additionally, the initiative seeks to preserve artifacts from the pre-European Native American era in Greater New York. Supporting institutions that enable learning about New York's history for students, visitors, and scholars is also a key part of this mission.

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Welcome to the Municipal Archives

The Archives preserves and makes available New York City government's historical records. Explore our collections dating from 1645 to the present including documents, digital collections, still and moving images, ledgers and docket books, cartographic materials, blueprints, and audiovisual materials.


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