38 Collections

Collection Title   Dates  

1940s Tax Department photographs
Collection REC-0040

This collection contains photographs of real estate parcels in the five boroughs of New York City, dated between 1939-1951, with the bulk of the images dating from 1939-1941. These photographs were part of a new property card system for assessing real property tax in the city, carried out by the Works Project Administration (WPA) and the New York City Tax Department. Although photographs were taken of most extant properties at the time, some tax-exempt buildings, parcels with vacant lots or...

1939-1951

Alice Crimmins closed case files
Collection REC-0065

On July 14, 1965, Eddie Jr. and Alice Marie Crimmins disappeared from their home, later to be found murdered. Their mother, Alice Crimmins, became the number one suspect in their death. This collection contains the Queens County District Attorney’s investigative files into the crime, which were used to indict, and eventually convict, Alice Crimmins for the crime.

1964-1971

Almshouse ledgers collection
Collection REC-0008

The records of the Almshouse Ledger Collection represent the activities of the institutions under the purview of various city departments on Blackwell’s Island. Records in this collection date from 1758 to 1952, with the bulk of the records falling between 1832 and 1925. This collection represents a comprehensive, yet incomplete collection of materials produced by each department overseeing the Almshouses and their related entities. These records document the social service, cultural, medical...

1758-1952

Art Commission scrapbooks
Collection REC-0085

This collection contains scrapbooks created and maintained by the Art Commission of the City of New York (1898-2008) from its inception in 1898 through 1967. The scrapbooks, organized chronologically, focus on public art and architecture and historic preservation in New York City.

circa 1885-1967

Bernhard Goetz closed case files
Collection REC-0073

On December 22, 1984, Bernard H. Goetz shot and wounded four men in a New York City subway train as an alleged act of self-defense. The incident gained national attention and resulted in a controversial case that involved several appeals and motions. This collection contains the files from the New York County District Attorney’s office for the criminal case and various subsequent motions.

1962-1991

Board of Education records
Collection REC-0007

The New York City Board of Education collection contains records dating from the Board’s creation in 1842 to its replacement by a mayoral agency, the Department of Education, in 2002. Also included are records of the Board of Education of the City of Brooklyn from 1853 to 1897. Aspects of educational policy-making and school-system administration are documented in this collection.

1833-2004

Board of Railroad Commissioners drawings
Collection REC-0017

This collection consists of drawings from a volume entitled Drawings of Maps, Bridges, Profiles, Coal Burning Locomotives, Chairs, Brakes, Splices, and etc., accompanying the Report of the Board of Railroad Commissioners for 1856.

1856

Bodies in Transit registers
Collection REC-0052

This collection consists of bound volumes recording the transportation of bodies in, out and through Manhattan during 1859-1894. These records were maintained by various iterations of New York City’s Health Department to prevent and track disease and death in the city.

1859-1894

Bronx Borough President Robert Abrams records
Collection REC-0025

Robert Abrams served as the ninth Borough President of the Bronx from 1970 to 1978. This collection primarily contains the material generated by the daily workings of the Office of the Bronx Borough President during his tenure. Also included are records produced by Abrams as a member of the New York State Assembly (1966-1969) and, later, as the Attorney General of New York State (1979-1993).

1932-1993

Brooklyn Bridge drawings and plans
Collection REC-0010

The Brooklyn Bridge was built over a thirteen year span beginning in 1869. This extensive collection contains the architectural plans and drawings created during the design, planning and construction stages for the suspension bridge by Civil Engineer, John Augustus Roebling, and includes drawings by his son Washington A. Roebling. The bridge officially opened in 1883.

1869-1981

Carlo Tresca assassination closed case files
Collection REC-0067

Carlo Tresca, an early-20th century Italian-American newspaper editor, labor organizer, and vocal anti-fascist, was assassinated in New York City on January 11, 1943. This collection contains the New York County District Attorney’s investigation files into his assassination.

1943-1955

Commissioner Eugene Bockman records
Collection REC-0020

Eugene Bockman was appointed the first Commissioner of the Department of Records and Information Services upon its establishment in 1977, having served as Director of the Municipal Reference Library from 1958 to 1977 and the Municipal Archives and Records Center (MARC) from 1975 to 1977. This collection contains the records generated by Bockman while serving in these positions.

1946-1990

Commissioner Idilio Gracia Peña records
Collection REC-0018

Idilio Gracia Peña served as the Director of the New York City Municipal Archives from 1978-1989 and Commissioner of the New York City Department of Records and Information Services from 1990-1995. This collection contains the records of his tenure.

1961-1995

Department of Buildings architectural drawings and plans for Lower Manhattan
Collection REC-0074

The Department of Buildings requires the filing of applications and supporting material for permits to construct or alter buildings in New York City. This collection contains the plans and drawings filed with the Department of Buildings between 1866-1978, for the buildings on all 958 blocks of Lower Manhattan, from the Battery to 34th Street, as well as a small quantity of material for blocks outside that area.

circa 1866-1978

Early Mayors records
Collection REC-0002

This collection consists of an incomplete collection of materials produced by the Office of the Mayor of New York City between 1826 and 1897.

1826-1897

Edward F. Cavanagh scrapbook on the Department of Marine and Aviation
Collection REC-0068

Edward F. Cavanagh served as Commissioner of the Department of Marine and Aviation from 1950 through 1953. This collection contains one scrapbook of news clippings documenting the work of the department during his tenure.

1948-1953

Health Commissioners records
Collection REC-0050

New York City government has played a role in promoting the health of its residents since 1866. This collection represents that function under the purview of the Department of Health, from 1928 to 1991. The records document the Department's wide-ranging operations through correspondence, reports, statistics, promotional material, memos and other records.

1928-1991

Lindbergh baby kidnapping closed case files
Collection REC-0066

On March 1, 1932, Charles A. Lindbergh Jr., son of the famous aviator Charles Lindbergh and his wife, Anne, was kidnapped from his crib at the Lindbergh’s home in East Amwell, New Jersey. This collection comes from the Bronx District Attorney’s office, which handled the extortion charge and took part in the extradition of accused kidnapper and murderer, Richard Hauptmann, and deals with the overall case. The papers cover the murder trial and consist of correspondence, reports and miscellaneous...

1926-1936

Malcolm X assassination closed case files
Collection REC-0060

On February 21, 1965, Malcolm X was shot and killed just as he was about to address a rally of the Organization of Afro-American Unity at the Audubon Ballroom in Washington Heights. This collection contains the New York District Attorney’s investigation files into his assassination.

1963-1999

Manhattan and Brooklyn liquor licenses
Collection REC-0058

On March 23, 1896, during the 119th session of the New York State Legislature, the “Liquor Tax Law,” was passed, establishing a new taxation policy for the trafficking of intoxicating liquors. Liquor licenses set to expire after the law went into effect on April 30, 1896, were eligible for a refund upon surrendering the license. This collection contains those licenses that were yielded for return in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

1895-1897

Mayor Ardolph L. Kline records
Collection REC-0001

Ardolph L. Kline served as Acting Mayor for the City of New York after the unexpected death of Mayor William J. Gaynor in September 1913. This collection consists of materials generated by the daily business of his brief administration.

1913

Mayor David N. Dinkins records
Collection REC-0037

The 106th Mayor of New York City, David N. Dinkins, was sworn-in to office on January 1, 1990, becoming the first Black person in the city’s history to hold the position. This collection primarily contains the material generated by the daily workings of the Office of the Mayor during the years of his administration, 1990-1993.

1948-1998

Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia records
Collection REC-0028

Fiorello H. La Guardia was the 99th Mayor of New York City for three terms from 1934 to 1945. This collection primarily contains the material generated by the daily workings of the Office of the Mayor during his administration. Also included are records produced by La Guardia in public service roles outside of those preformed while serving as Mayor.

1864-1954

Mayor George B. McClellan Jr. records
Collection REC-0003

George B. McClellan, Jr. was the 93rd Mayor of New York City, serving from 1904-1909. This collection contains the material generated by the daily workings of the Office of the Mayor during his administration.

1903-1909

Mayor John F. Hylan records
Collection REC-0013

John F. Hylan was the 96th Mayor of New York City from 1918 to 1925. This collection contains the material generated by the daily workings of the Office of the Mayor during his two-term mayoral administration.

1912-1925

Mayor John P. Mitchel records
Collection REC-0006

John P. Mitchel was the 95th Mayor of New York, serving during the World War I era from 1914-1917. This collection consists of the records produced by the Office of the Mayor during his administration.

1869-1917

Mayor John P. O’Brien records
Collection REC-0033

John P. O'Brien was the 98th Mayor of New York from January 1-December 31, 1933. This collection consists of materials generated by the daily business of his brief administration.

1933

Mayor Joseph V. McKee records
Collection REC-0026

Joseph V. McKee became Acting Mayor of New York City after the resignation of Mayor James J. Walker on September 1, 1932. McKee served in this capacity through the end of 1932. This collection consists of materials generated by the daily business of his brief administration.

1932

Mayor Robert Van Wyck records
Collection REC-0005

Robert Anderson Van Wyck (1849-1918) was the first Mayor to take office after the consolidation of the City of New York in 1898. This collection consists of the subject files and correspondence of his administration.

1898-1901

Mayor Seth Low records
Collection REC-0009

Seth Low (1850-1916) served as the Mayor of New York from 1902-1903. This collection consists of a selection of materials produced by his mayoral administration.

1902-1903

Mayor William J. Gaynor records
Collection REC-0031

William Jay Gaynor served as the 94th Mayor of the City of New York from 1910 to 1913. This collection contains the material generated by the daily workings of the Office of the Mayor during his mayoral administration.

1909-1913

Mayor William O’Dwyer records
Collection REC-0014

William O’Dwyer was the 100th Mayor of New York City from 1946-1950. This collection predominantly contains the material generated by the daily workings of the Office of the Mayor during his administration.

1917-1964

New Amsterdam records
Collection MSS-0040

This collection contains the municipal records of the government of New Amsterdam during the seventeenth century, as well as manuscript translations made of the documents made during the nineteenth century. The materials include ordinances, court minutes, contracts, minutes of the orphan court, administrative minutes, records of the notary public, and manuscript translations.

1647-1862

New York City historical vital records
Collection REC-0051

This collection consists of historical vital records created and/or maintained by the City of New York, and historical vital records created and/or maintained by municipalities that were once located within the boundaries of the present-day City of New York that were dissolved or annexed prior to January 1, 1898. These former towns were located in Kings, Queens, Richmond, and Westchester counties. Types of records in this collection are primarily birth, marriage, and death registers,...

1760-1949

New York County jury census
Collection REC-0055

This collection consists of bound volumes containing tally sheets of jury census returns for the city and county of New York. The tallies were taken to determine the eligibility of jurors and list persons and property by ward number for the years 1816, 1819, and 1821. Of particular demographic interest in these three censuses is the inclusion of women with identification by name, residence, age, and occupation or social status, during a time period when women were ineligible to serve as jurors.

1816, 1819, 1821

New York County Supreme Court insolvency assignment records
Collection REC-0021

The New York County Supreme Court insolvency assignment records date from 1768-1908, with the majority dating from 1798-1886 and 1900. The material documents insolvent debtors and the legal actions taken against them in response to their insolvency; some of the debtors were well-known stockbrokers and merchants. Documents found in a typical insolvency assignment include: a petition to assign a trustee to manage the sale of property and assignment; a petition listing the insolvent debtor and his...

1768-1908

New York Police Department surveillance films
Collection REC-0063

Throughout the 20th century, the New York City Police Department (NYPD) conducted overt and covert surveillance on groups and individuals identified as potential security threats to the City. This collection comprises black and white 16 mm silent surveillance films. They were shot by the NYPD Photo Unit for Manhattan (PUM) for the Bureau of Special Services and Investigations (BOSSI). The subjects include a broad range of political activist groups and events from 1960 to 1980. The films are...

1960-1980

WNYC-TV moving images
Collection REC-0047

This collection consists of moving image materials produced by WNYC-TV from about 1943-1998.

circa 1943-1998

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