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What is the New York State Archives? How do I use it? Where is it?

The New York State Archives is the official repository of New York State Government records having permanent legal and historical value. It has custody of legislative, judicial and executive agency records. Our webpage, research assistance, provides information on our hours, phone, email, locations, and parking.

Calling or emailing ahead of your visit is always advisable if you intend to do research. This will allow the staff to determine the availability of records that you may need. Often records are unavailable for research use because of conservation, microfilming, arrangement and description needs. Many times an appointment will allow a staff specialist to be assigned to assist you, assuring the best possible results from your limited research time. There is no charge of this service and many of the most heavily used records are available on self-service microfilm.

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