The Department of Records & Information Services, New York City’s archival agency, was instituted in 1977.
We are mandated by the New York City Charter with managing, preserving, and making accessible the public records of the government of the City of New York. The Department is comprised of three divisions to meet its mission: City Hall Library is the provider of information concerning the government, past and present, of our great City. Our Records Management Division provides for and facilitates the professional administration, storage, and retrieval of the working records for the City’s agencies. Our outstanding and world-class Municipal Archives preserves and provides public access to the historic records of the city. Documents of all types detail the history of our pluralistic form of government and serve as the collective memory of our great City, The Capital of the World, which is certainly truer now than ever before. more »