Research: Research Services:

Research Services At the New York State Archives

We provide access to over 100,000 cubic feet of archival records of New York State government (executive, legislative, and judicial branches), and to over 10,000 rolls of microfilmed archival records of local governments. We also assist researchers in locating archival records relating to New York in other government agencies and in historical records repositories.

How to find records:

  • Check our Frequently Asked Questions for information about records that contain genealogical data or information about individuals (military service, educational and professional credentials, etc.).
  • Search Excelsior, the online catalog of the New York State Archives and State Library.
  • Archivists have prepared publications on a variety of research topics. You can review the finding aids, information sheets, and guides by topic or by reviewing our list of publications. Many record series identified in our publications are linked directly to their corresponding entries in Excelsior, the Archives' online catalog.

How we can help you:

We provide direct assistance to remote users:

We aid researchers who use our collections in person:

  • Our Research Room, shared with the Manuscripts and Special Collections unit of the New York State Library, is:
    • Open from 9:30 am-4:30 pm Monday-Saturday
    • Closed on all State holidays
    • Researchers traveling any distance to the Archives on Saturdays should call in advance to confirm hours of operation.
    • Researchers must complete a registration form once each calendar year; present at least one form of picture identification; and comply with the research room rules.
  • The Research Room is located on the 11th floor of the Cultural Education Center, which is at the south end of the Empire State Plaza in Albany (directions, parking information, and map).
  • Most records in the New York State Archives are available to the public without restrictions. However, access to some of our records is restricted. Consult our access policy for more information.
  • We enable users to purchase copies of many our records.
  • We provide access to many of our microfilmed records through interlibrary loan

We also maintain NYHIST-L, the electronic discussion group for people interested in New York's history.