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The NYC Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS) mission is to foster civic life by preserving and providing access to historical and contemporary records of New York City government.  The Digital Collections site provides access to more than 2,300,000 items from the Municipal Archives’ vast holdings of historical records, including photographs, maps, blueprints, motion-pictures and audio recordings.


Search Tips
    • Browse All to view collections in Tile or Table views.
    • Use the Collections drop-down to view collection summaries, links to digital objects, and links to finding aids/collection guides.
    • Title, Creator and Place can be used to search the entire Archive.
    • Faceted searches are available within each Collection.
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Search using facets:

    • Choose a Borough, then a facet search on the left menu for a Block, then Lot
    • Search NYCityMap for your block and lot.

Search using your address:

    • No abbreviations, words should be spelled completely:  North, Saint, Street.
    • No apostrophes: Saint Anns Street.
    • No dashes: 3446 91 Street.
    • No ordinal indicators such as “th” and “rd”:  1 Street.
    • Street numbers should be written numerically:  14 Street.    

Some records may be subject to third-party rights such as copyright or rights of privacy/publicity. Any person who believes an item on this site violates his or her exclusive rights should contact the designated agent in compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Before using content, please review our Terms and Conditions.


Harmful Content Statement

The NYC Department of Records and Information Services’ (DORIS) mission is to foster civic life by preserving and providing access to historical and contemporary records of New York City government. Records may contain harmful, offensive, or outdated content especially when describing marginalized communities. DORIS does not alter language in original records as it is important to preserve historical context and be transparent about historical viewpoints.

DORIS provides access in the form of finding aids, titles, captions, subject terms, blog posts, text accompanying exhibition, social media posts, and more. In these instances, DORIS may reuse outdated or harmful language. DORIS is committed to balancing preservation of historical context, providing access to all users, and describing marginalized communities accurately and appropriately. DORIS will continue to update outdated language, create more inclusive descriptions, and work to prevent the dissemination of harmful language.

If you encounter harmful or outdated content, contact DORIS.




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