Within 5000 boxes of historical court records, the Archives uncovered 1828 documents detailing how Sojourner Truth used the legal system to get her son released from slavery. View the case in our Digital Collections or build a learning activity in Consider the Source.
"Whether you are a creator of records, a researcher or a community member who needs assistance with the materials that document your community, our programs are intended to serve you and the future generations of New Yorkers." ~Thomas J. Ruller, NYS Archivist.
Scheduling and State Agency Services (SSAS) develops records retention and disposition schedules for state agencies and local governments that authorize disposition of records. We also provide records management advice, assistance, and training to state agencies.
The State Archives provides records management advice, assistance, and training to local governments throughout New York State as they manage their records, document their actions within their communities, and protect their history for future generations.
Researcher Services provides access to archival records of New York State government -- executive, legislative, and judicial branches. We assist researchers in identifying records for their research and provide copies for researchers who are not able to visit our public research room.
New York State Archives education resources can now be reached directly at considerthesourceny.org. This new interactive website contains all the original New York State Archives primary sources and learning activities along with new educational materials.
The Documentary Heritage Program provides training, assessment services and grant funding to support the keepers of New York’s historical records, and to ensure that New Yorkers have access to an equitable and just historical record.