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New York Public Library
Lion at the Main Branch entrance, New York Public Library.
New York Public Library Rose Research Room.  Photo by David Iliff.

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Contact Information

E-mail:[1]  histref@nypl.org

Address:[1]

U.S. History, Local History & Genealogy
Irma and Paul Milstein Division
First Floor, Room 121
Schwarzman Main Branch
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street,
New York, NY 10018-2788

Telephone:[1]  (212) 930-0828

Hours and holidays:[1]

Monday-Saturday open 10:00 a.m.
Mon., Thu., Fri., Sat. close 6:00 p.m.
Tues., Wedn. close 7:30 p.m.

Upcomming closings: click here.

Directions, maps, and public transportation:

  • Red 1 2 or 3  to 42nd Street and Broadway. Walk two blocks east to Fifth Avenue.
  • Blue A or C  to 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue. Walk four blocks east to Fifth Avenue.
  • Orange D B F or V  to 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue. Walk one block east to Fifth Avenue.
  • Green 4 5 or 6  to Grand Central Station. Walk two blocks west to Fifth Avenue.
  • Purple 7  to Fifth Avenue.
  • Buses: MTA buses M1 M2 M3 M4 M6 M7 M42 M104 or Q32 to Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description

The New York Public Library's collection is one of the largest in the world with over 14 million titles. The Irma and Paul Milstein Division of U.S. History, Local History and Genealogy has an outstanding collection of American history at national, state and local levels; international genealogy and heraldry in Roman alphabets; the Dorot Jewish collection; photos; New York censuses, directories, and vital records. The Milstein Division acquires materials beyond the local region. The United States town, city, county and state history collection is national in scope. Books requested in the Bill Blass Public Catalog Room are delivered to the Rose Reading Room. The open shelf dictionaries, encyclopedias, biographies, and indexes alone include 25,000 volumes. The library has computers with Internet access including the most popular genealogical databases, and Wi-Fi for personal computers of visitors. The Milstein Microfilm Room gives access to New York State censuses, New York City directories, and indexes to New York City vital records.

In addition, the Manuscripts and Archives Division, 3rd floor, has about 30,000 feet (9,144 meters) of archival papers of individuals, families, and organizations mostly from the New York area. The Rare Book Division, 3rd Floor, has 130,000 titles from Europe, England, and the Americas. The Art, Prints and Photographs Division, 3rd floor, has 200,000 prints.

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Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a source at the New York Public Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

Similar Collections

  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, holds 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, and Mormon records.
  • Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana, features a premier genealogical periodical collection, genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, passenger lists, American Indians, African Americans, and Canadians.
  • Library of Congress, Washington, DC, Local History and Genealogy Reading Room is part of the world's largest library including 50,000 genealogies, 100,000 local histories, rich in collections of manuscripts, microfilms, maps, newspapers, photographs, and published material, strong in North American, British Isles, and German sources
  • Newberry Library a large Chicago repository with genealogies, local histories, censuses, military, land, indexes, vital records, court, and tax records mostly from the Mississippi Valley, eastern seaboard, Canada, & British Isles.
  • Mid-Continent Public Library Midwest Genealogy Center, Independence, MO, national censuses/indexes, 80,000 family histories, 100,000 local histories, 565,000 microfilms, 7,000 maps, and extensive newspaper clippings.
  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.
  • Yad Vashem

Neighboring Collections

  • New York State Library
  • New York State Archives
  • New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, New York City, has censuses, city directories, church, cemetery, Bible, land, probates, genealogy, local history, and manuscripts.
  • New York Historical Society
  • Vital Records Section of the New York State Dept. of Health for outside New York City births and deaths (1881-present), and marriage licenses (1880-present). Also, all divorces since 1963.
  • New York City Vital Records
  • Courts
  • Columbia University
  • Holland Society
  • Huguenot Historical Society
  • YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
  • Leo Baeck Insitiute

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Irma and Paul Milstein Division of U.S. History, Local History and Genealogy" in New York Public Library at http://www.nypl.org/locations/schwarzman/milstein-division-us-history-local-history-genealogy (accessed 16 October 2010).
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