The New York Public Library has 92 locations in New York and has many collections online including:


    • New York City Directories
    • List of Loyalists Against Whom Judgements were given
    • Diaries, Manuscripts, and more
    • Digital Collections
      • Miscellaneous Personal Name Files
      • Civil War Soldiers Database
      • Photograph collections
      • Portrait collections
      • Maps and Atlases of New York
      • Manuscript collections
    • New York State Constitutional History
    • Digital Projects

      Staten Island Historical Newspapers “A partnership among The New York Public Library, Historic Richmond Town, and The Staten Island Museum bringing historical Staten Island newspapers online for use by teachers, students, and genealogists.  The project was initiated through The New York Public Library’s 2015 Innovation Project, which is made possible by a generous grant from the Charles H. Revson Foundation.”

      Photographers’ Identities Catalog “Photographers’ Identities Catalog (PIC) is an experimental interface to a collection of biographical data describing photographers, studios, manufacturers, and others involved in the production of photographic images. Consisting of names, nationalities, dates, locations and more, PIC is a vast and growing resource for the historian, student, genealogist, or any lover of photography’s history. The information has been culled from trusted biographical dictionaries, catalogs and databases, and from extensive original research by NYPL Photography Collection staff.”

      Thomas Addis Emmet Collection Online “The Thomas Addis Emmet Collection, one of NYPL’s most important collections, is now available online in its entirety – thanks to a generous gift from The Polonsky Foundation. The collection contains nearly 10,000 handwritten letters and documents from America’s Founding, including a copy of the Declaration of Independence in Thomas Jefferson’s hand. For more than 100 years, researchers have visited the Library to mine this collection for insight into our country’s birth and early years. Now, this unparalleled resource is freely available to scholars, educators, students, and interested citizens.”

      Direct Me NYC: 1940 ” After 72 years, the National Archives has released the full set of records comprising the 1940 Federal Census – a milestone event for historians and genealogists studying documentary material of New Deal and Depression-era America. But finding a name among the millions of handwritten records is like looking for a needle in a haystack. In response, Labs worked with the Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy to build Direct Me NYC: 1940, a site that invites users to construct targeted searches of the census data via addresses found in 1940 New York City telephone directories. Patrons are also invited to share stories about the people and addresses they’ve searched, building a cultural memory bank directly out of the pages of the phone book.”

      Map Warper “The NYPL Map Division is working to build an unparalleled resource for researching New York City history. The Map Warper is a tool suite, used by library staff but also open to the public, to align (or “rectify”) historical maps to the digital maps of today.”

      Maps by Decade is part of The New York Public Library’s NYC Space/Time Directory. Maps by Decade allows you to see NYC street maps from 1850 to 1950 superimposed on a current map of NYC. You select the decade you’re interested in studying and then an area of New York City and you’ll be given some map options from the NYPL digitized map collections and you can opt to view it on the map or view it in the digital collection.

      Stereogranimator “Inspired by a library patron’s art project, the Stereogranimator is Labs’ latest user collaboration app, inviting the public to transform over 40,000 historical stereographs into web-friendly 3D formats shareable to all. For the better part of a century, stereoscopic views were the cutting edge of immersive 3D entertainment, and for over a decade the Library has been sharing its vast collection on the web as flat, two-dimensional artifacts. Now, 19th century photography collides with early internet folk art as users remix vintage stereos into animated GIFs, bringing the past tantalizingly in reach with an eerie wiggle effect. 3D afficionados can also create red-blue anaglyphs, which, with the right glasses, recreate the incredible depth effect of these images. After an overwhelming response to the initial launch, the Labs team is already hard at work on improving the site.”

      Biblion: The Boundless Library “Biblion, The Boundless Library immerses users in rare items from The New York Public Library’s vast collections, providing context while also allowing for serendipitous discoveries. The first edition, Biblion World’s Fair, contains more than 700 photos, letters, maps and more from NYPL’s archive of the 1939-1940 World’s Fair. The second edition, Biblion Frankenstein: The Afterlife of Shelley’s Circle, takes advantage of new social media features to spark digitally enhanced conversation and social reading — and gives users a direct view into original primary source documents. Apple named Biblion one of its top apps in 2011 in the education category. Wired magazine praised it as one of 14 “outstanding apps for readers,” and The Atlantic magazine described it as “the magazine app of the future.” We welcome you to browse full editions online or download the free iPad app.”

      Charting America: Maps from the Lawrence H. Slaughter Collection and others “Established in 1898, from map and atlas collections in the Astor and Lenox libraries, which that year joined to form The New York Public Library, the Map Division now holds some 400,000+ maps, atlases and books about cartography.”

      In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience “A sweeping narrative from the transatlantic slave trade to the Great Migration, from the Western migration to the contemporary immigration of Caribbeans, Haitians, and sub-Saharan Africans. Includes 25,000 pages of texts, rare visual materials, maps, contemporary photojournalism, and lesson plans.”

American Shores: Maps of the Middle Atlantic Region to 1850 “Digitized maps and atlases included in American Shores are drawn from the extensive holdings of the Map Division.”

Surveyors of the American West “Features diaries of photographer William Henry Jackson (1843-1942) and mining engineer Robert Brewster Stanton (1846-1922), and the photographs they took during their explorations of the American West in the 1870s-1880s.”

 African American Women Writers of the 19th Century “Fifty-two published works by 19th-century black women writers provide access to their thought, perspectives, and creative abilities. Includes poetry, short stories, histories, narratives, novels, autobiographies, social criticism, and theology, as well as economic and philosophical treatises.”

“Classic 6:” New York City Apartment Building Living, 1880s-1910s “More than 1,300 digital images depict elevation views and floor plans for middle and upper class apartment buildings from New York City’s pre-World War I residential building boom.”

“Penny Plains” and “Two-pence Coloured:” English Theatrical Portraits 1799-1847 in the William Appleton Collection “306 toy theatre prints portraying plays and actors in character, from the early- to mid-19th century; these prints comprise the visual materials in the William Appleton collection.”

“Queen of Off-Broadway:” Lucille Lortel Collection Photographs 1902-1998 “An appreciative selected collection of eighteen memorabilia photographs from the papers of Lucille Lortel (1900-1999), the woman regarded as the founder of Off-Broadway, the second wave of little theatre in America.”

“The Pageant of America” Photograph Archive “Several thousand photographs from 1860s-1920s, curated for the 15-volume series The Pageant of America: A Pictorial History of the United States commemorating the nation’s sesquicentennial in 1926.”

A New Nation: The Thomas Addis Emmet Collection of Illustrations Relating to the American Revolution and Early United States History “Several thousand original prints, drawings, watercolors, and printed book illustrations relating to early American history, primarily from the period leading to the American Revolution through the early years of the nation.”

Africana & Black History “Several thousand items ranging from historical documents and rare visual materials to contemporary photo-journalism, relating to the entirety of African American history from the 16th century to the present; selected in the course of developing the NYPL website “African American Migration Experience.” “

After Columbus: Four-hundred Years of Native American Portraiture “369 prints and drawings by Simon van de Passe, George Catlin, and Karl Bodmer, dating from 1627 to the 1830s; 227 gelatin silver and platinum prints by photographers Edward S. Curtis, Karl E. Moon, and Frank A. Rinehart, and sculptor Frederic Allen Williams.”

Asia and the Pacific Rim in Early Prints and Photographs “Over 1,000 prints and photographs of East, Southeast and South Asia from the 18th century to the early 20th century, drawn from portfolios, photographic albums, photographically illustrated books and archival collections.”

Cabinet Card Portraits in the Collection of Radical Publisher Benjamin R. Tucker “260 portrait photographs, from about 1880-1900, chiefly albumen cabinet cards and cartes de visite, of radical figures, and a variety of statesmen, authors, artists, actresses and other notable, primarily European, cultural figures. The backs of these cards are also viewable.”

Civil War Medical Care: Photographs from the United States Sanitary Commission Collection, 1861-1872 “Over 200 photographs and drawings relating to the work, facilities and Civil War locales associated with the United States Sanitary Commission (USSC); forms Series XXXIII of the United States Sanitary Commission Records, 1861-1872.”

Early Real Estate Atlases of New York “Over 2,000 maps of New York City, including Manhattan and Brooklyn “fire insurance maps” from the 1850s-1860, showing streets, blocks, tax lots, natural and manmade features, buildings, neighborhoods, and more.”

Ellis Island Photographs from the Collection of William Williams, Commissioner of Immigration, 1902-1913 “Photographs relating to Ellis Island and immigration into the United States in the early 20th century, ranging from portraits of individual immigrants by Augustus Francis Sherman to views of the Ellis Island facility and its grounds by Edwin Levick and others.”

Lewis Wickes Hine: Documentary Photographs, 1905-1938 “More than 500 silver gelatin photographic prints depicting American social conditions and labor, including immigrants at Ellis Island and construction of the Empire State Building, Hine’s principal subjects.

Mountjoy Prison Portraits of Irish Independence: Photograph Albums in the Thomas A. Larcom Collection “150 salt and albumen print photographs in two albums, of prisoners confined in Mountjoy Prison, Dublin, in August 1857 and November 1866.”

Photographic Views of New York City, 1870s-1970s “More than 54,000 New York City archival photographs (and their captioned versos) from the 1870s-1970s arranged by borough and street; the majority are exterior building views and neighborhood scenes from the 1910s-1940s.”

Picturing America, 1497-1899: Prints, Maps, and Drawings bearing on the New World Discoveries and on the Development of the Territory that is now the United States “Over 1,000 original prints, drawings, and maps, featuring views of American towns and cities, representations of historical events, scenes, places, and battles.”

Posters of the Russian Civil War, 1918-1922 “213 posters, placards, and broadsides comprising one of the largest assemblages of such posters outside of Russia.”

Staten Island in Vintage Postcards “More than 700 postcards depicting the buildings, scenery, and daily life of Staten Island from the late 19th-century until well into the 20th-century.”

World War I Photograph Albums and Postcards “Nearly 400 images reproducing two amateur albums of drawings and photographs by Americans serving in France: a series of German photographic postcards and a French automaker’s published album.”

Yiddish Theatre Placards: Buenos Aires and New York “Placards from the two leading centers of Yiddish theater in their respective heydays: New York, 1890s-1910s, and Buenos Aires, 1930s-1940s”

Yizkor (Holocaust Memorial) Books “Electronic access to the content of the largest collection of yizkor books in the United States, describing the life and death of 650 eastern European Jewish communities destroyed in the Holocaust.”

Images of African Americans in the 19th Century “Five hundred prints, photographs and illustrations present sixteen topical chapters such as “Cultural Expression,” “Family,” “Organizations & Institutions,” “Portraits” and “Religion.”


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