New York City Department of Records Posts 870,000 Photos OnLine

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The New York City Department of Records has posted 870,000 photographs on-line. Culled from the Municipal Archives collection of more than 2.2 million images going back to the mid-1800s, the photographs feature all manner of city oversight.   Some of the images have appeared in publications but most were accessible only by visiting the archive offices in lower Manhattan over the past few years. The collection features more than 800,000 color photographs taken with 35mm cameras of every city building in the mid-1980s to update the municipal records, and includes more than 1,300 rarely seen images taken by local photographers of the Depression-era Works Progress Administration.  It does "not" include the city's prized
collection of 720,000 photographs of every city building from 1939 to 1941.
To read about the collection see the AP article at:

The website for the NY City Department of Records is:
The direct link to the gallery is overwhelmed and you may get a message to return later.. there is a link to the gallery on the page linked above and when it works it should be: .

Thank you to Randy Herschaft of the Associated Press for alerting us to this very interesting release of NYC historical photographs.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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