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NYC Department of Records & Information Services

NYC Department of Records & Information Services

Established in 1977, the Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS) preserves and provides public access to historical and contemporary records and information about New York City government. They operate the Municipal Archives, the Municipal Library, and the Records Center.

Current Exhibitions Supported by NYC Department of Records & Information Services

100 Years of WNYC

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 coming soon

This multimedia installation celebrates the one-hundred-year history of WNYC – beginning as New York City’s Municipal Broadcasting Station in 1924 and continuing as the City’s beloved public radio station today.

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Archive Exhibitions Supported by NYC Department of Records & Information Services

NYC Undercover: Post-War Sound and Vision from NYPD Surveillance and WNYC Radio

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 archive : 2023

Surveillance films of individuals and events made by the NYPD in the 1960s and ’70s are matched with vintage audio excerpts from City-owned WNYC radio programs, creating unique and dynamic new content.

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Messages To Those We’ve Lost: 9/11 Memorial Railings

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 3
 archive : 2021

Wooden railings from 9/11 commemoration events—covered in handwritten messages from victims’ family members—have been photographed and transcribed by the NYC Department of Records and Information Services to preserve the messages as a memorial to those we’ve lost.

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The Language of the City: Immigrant Voices

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 archive : 2019

The Department of Records and Information Services, offers a selection of historical photographs from its Municipal Archives, featuring images of immigrants in the city.

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NYC Work and Working: Photographs from the WPA Federal Writers’ Project

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 archive : 2018

The Municipal Archives presents an exhibition drawn from a collection of more than 5,000 photographs taken or collected by the New York City Unit of the Federal Writers’ and Art Projects of the Works Progress Administration (WPA).

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Living in the City: An Inside Look at Four Decades of Changing Housing in New York City

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 archive : 2017

New York City is constantly changing. Cycles of growth, decay, and renewal have altered the bricks and mortar of its physical environment and the humans who live here. “Living in the City” vividly illustrates how the housing landscape in New York City changed during the four decades from 1961 to 2001.

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Pretty Girl Charged with Clever Swindle

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 archive : 2016

These images capture a rich cross-section of the city’s population, depicting dress and social status in addition to possible criminal behavior. Focusing solely on women captured by police camera, this exhibit examines how these unique portraits offer a fascinating window into the lives of women in early 20th-century New York.

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A Century on the Brooklyn Waterfront

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 archive : 2015

The NYC Municipal Archives invites you to explore a hundred-year history of the Brooklyn waterfront through photographs dating from 1870 to 1974.

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