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Visit the Archives

The State Archives public research room is currently closed as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our online services, including our e-mail reference services and telephone reference will continue to be available Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

We provide direct assistance to remote users: 
e-mail: archref@nysed.gov
phone: (518) 474-8955

In-person research

Our building is currently closed to the public, and we are not able to accommodate in-person research. In the meantime, the following video with New York State Archivist Tom Ruller offers a tour of the New York State Archives and tells you what to expect during a research visit.

Exterior view of the Cultural Education Center

For information on how we can help you while the public research room is closed, see our Researcher Services pages.