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Welcome to the New York State Archives!  We are passionate about effectively managing and providing access to government records from their creation to their ultimate disposition.  To see that in action, take a look at 

Advisory services that support our colleagues in

  • Developing records retention and disposition schedules that enable governments to manage and dispose of records in an efficient, systematic and legally defensible way
  • Learning about practical, implementable solutions through workshops, webinars, and customized on-site presentations on a broad range of records management topics 
  • Safely storing, accessing and properly disposing inactive records through the New York State Records Center
Thomas J. Ruller New York State Archivist

Grant programs

Access tools designed to help you find what you need when you need it including

  • Finding aids that provide detailed descriptions of record series or collections held by the Archives
  • Topical guides that help genealogists navigate records that were not created with genealogy in mind but are rich in family data
  • A Digital Collection of more than 50,000 documents, photographs, audio recordings, video and film from our holdings

Researcher Services that assist and advise researchers by

  • Maintaining a public research room, Monday-Saturday, 9:30-4:30, for use of original records, microfilm copies, and research tools
  • Responding to email inquiries through and by phone at (518) 474-8955
  • Providing expert guidance on New York government records and research strategies, in person and through public presentations

Preservation programs that ensure access to historical treasures such as

  • The world's largest online collection of Dutch colonial government records, developed in partnership with the Society of the Daughters of Holland Dames, the government of the Netherlands and the New Netherlands Institute
  • Revolutionary War documents burned during the 1911 fire preserved through a Save America's Treasures grant
  • New York's Environmental History records, digitized and described in partnership with historical repositories throughout the State

Educational resources supporting teachers' use of historical records in the classroom by

  • Establishing Classroom Connections with projects like The Flushing Remonstrance Revisited
  • Producing educational videos to help teachers use historical documents in the classroom
  • Developing a Document Showcase that gives teachers theme-based learning packets for significant topics in New York's history
To learn more, contact us, browse our website or visit us in person.  We are here to serve you!

Thomas J. Ruller
New York State Archivist and Chief Executive Officer of the New York State Archives Partnership Trust