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=== Contact Information  ===
 
=== Contact Information  ===
  
'''E-mail:'''<ref name="Milstein">"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).</ref> &nbsp;[mailto:histref@nypl.org histref@nypl.org] <br>  
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'''E-mail:'''<ref name="Milstein">"Irma and Paul Milstein Division of U.S. History, Local History and Genealogy" in ''New York Public Library'' at http://www.nypl.org/locations/milstein (accessed 30 March 2017).</ref> &nbsp;[mailto:history@nypl.org history@nypl.org] <br>  
  
 
'''Address:'''<ref name="Milstein" />  
 
'''Address:'''<ref name="Milstein" />  
  
:U.S. History, Local History &amp; Genealogy<br>  
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:Irma and Paul Milstein Division of U.S. History, Local History and Genealogy<br>  
:Irma and Paul Milstein Division<br>
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:Stephen A. Schwarzman Building<br>  
:First Floor, Room 121<br>
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:Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, Room 121<br>  
:Schwarzman Main Branch<br>  
 
:Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street,<br>  
 
 
:New York, NY 10018-2788<br><br>
 
:New York, NY 10018-2788<br><br>
  
'''Telephone:'''<ref name="Milstein" /> &nbsp;(212) 930-0828<br>  
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'''Telephone:'''<ref name="Milstein" /> &nbsp;212-930-0828<br>  
  
 
'''Hours and holidays:'''<ref name="Milstein" />  
 
'''Hours and holidays:'''<ref name="Milstein" />  
  
 
:Monday-Saturday open 10:00 a.m. <br>  
 
:Monday-Saturday open 10:00 a.m. <br>  
:Mon., Thu., Fri., Sat. close 6:00 p.m.<br>  
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:Mon., Thu., Fri., Sat. close 5:45 p.m.<br>  
:Tues., Wedn. close 7:30 p.m.<br><br>
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:Tues., Weds. close 7:45 p.m.
  
:Upcomming closings: [http://www.nypl.org/locations click here].<br><br>
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:Upcoming closings: [http://www.nypl.org/locations click here].<br><br>
  
 
'''Directions, maps, and public transportation:'''<br>  
 
'''Directions, maps, and public transportation:'''<br>  
 
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:*Entrances on 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue
:*[http://www.mapquest.com/mq/5-sKYPFWuT New York Public Library location on MapQuest]<br><br>  
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:*[http://www.mapquest.com/mq/5-sKYPFWuT New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman building location on MapQuest]<br><br>  
:*'''Subway:''' [http://www.mta.info/nyct/service/schemain.htm MTA subway trains]  
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:*'''Subway:''' [http://www.mta.info/nyct MTA subway trains]  
::*'''''Red 1 2 or 3&nbsp;''''' to 42nd Street and Broadway. Walk two blocks east to Fifth Avenue.<br>  
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::*'''''Red 1 2 3&nbsp;''''' to 42nd Street Times Square. Walk two blocks east to Fifth Avenue.<br>  
::*'''''Blue A or C&nbsp;''''' to 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue. Walk four blocks east to Fifth Avenue.<br>  
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::*'''''Blue A C E&nbsp;''''' to 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue. Walk four blocks east to Fifth Avenue.<br>  
::*'''''Orange D B F or V&nbsp;''''' to 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue. Walk one block east to Fifth Avenue.<br>  
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::*'''''Orange B D F M&nbsp;''''' to 42nd Street Bryant Park. Walk one block east to Fifth Avenue.<br>
::*'''''Green 4 5 or 6&nbsp;''''' to Grand Central Station. Walk two blocks west to Fifth Avenue.  
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::*'''''Yellow N R Q W&nbsp;''''' to 42nd Street Times Square. Walk two blocks east to Fifth Avenue.<br>  
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::*'''''Green 4 5 6&nbsp;''''' to 42nd Street Grand Central. Walk two blocks west to Fifth Avenue.  
 
::*'''''Purple 7&nbsp;''''' to Fifth Avenue.<br>  
 
::*'''''Purple 7&nbsp;''''' to Fifth Avenue.<br>  
:*'''Buses:''' [http://www.mta.info/nyct/service/bus/mhtnsch.htm MTA buses] M1 M2 M3 M4 M6 M7 M42 M104 or Q32 to Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.<br><br>
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:*'''Buses:''' [http://www.mta.info/nyct MTA buses] M1 M2 M3 M4 M6 M7 M42 M104 or Q32 to Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.<br><br>
  
 
'''Internet sites and databases:''' <br>  
 
'''Internet sites and databases:''' <br>  
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*[http://www.nypl.org/ New York Public Library Internet home page].  
 
*[http://www.nypl.org/ New York Public Library Internet home page].  
 
*{{WC}}[http://catalog.nypl.org/search/ New York Public Library catalog online] and in [http://www.worldcat.org/ WorldCat].  
 
*{{WC}}[http://catalog.nypl.org/search/ New York Public Library catalog online] and in [http://www.worldcat.org/ WorldCat].  
*[http://www.nypl.org/locations/schwarzman/milstein-division-us-history-local-history-genealogy NYPL Milstein Division - U.S. History, Local History, and Genealogy].  
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*[http://www.nypl.org/milstein Irma and Paul Milstein Division of U.S. History, Local History and Genealogy].  
 
*[http://www.nypl.org/locations/tid/36/node/62586 NYPL Milstein Division - Conducting Research].  
 
*[http://www.nypl.org/locations/tid/36/node/62586 NYPL Milstein Division - Conducting Research].  
 
*[http://www.nypl.org/locations/tid/36/node/65877 NYPL Milstein Division - FAQ].<br><br>
 
*[http://www.nypl.org/locations/tid/36/node/65877 NYPL Milstein Division - FAQ].<br><br>
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=== Collection Description  ===
 
=== Collection Description  ===
  
The New York Public Library's [http://www.nypl.org/collections collections] 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.<ref>[http://www.nypl.org/locations/divisions/milstein Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy] in ''New York Public Library'' (accessed 21 September 2015).</ref> 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.<br>  
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The New York Public Library's [http://www.nypl.org/collections collections] is one of the largest in the world with over 14 million titles. Books requested in the Bill Blass Public Catalog Room are delivered to the Rose Reading Room. The library has a limited number of public computers for which users may sign up for timed use. All Divisions have computers with catalog and database access, including the most popular genealogical databases. Wii-Fi is free throughout the building during regular operating hours for visitors' personal computers and devices. 
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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; 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.<ref name="Milstein" /> The open shelf dictionaries, encyclopedias, biographies, and indexes alone include 25,000 volumes. <br>  
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The '''Milstein Microforms Reading Room''' gives access to New York State censuses, New York City directories, and indexes to New York City vital records (births late 19th century-1909; deaths late 19th century-1948; and marriages 1869-1937), coroner's inquisitions 1823-1898, divorce index 1784-1910, 1890 New York City “Police” Census, New York City historical newspapers, NYC land and property records 1654-1857, 18th and 19th century wills for many counties.   
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* Please note: for Vital Records (birth, marriage, divorce, death), please consult the related [https://www.nypl.org/about/divisions/milstein/vital-records Milstein Division research guide].   
  
The library has computers with Internet access including the most popular genealogical databases, and free 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 (births late 19th century-1982; deaths late 19th century-1982; and marriages 1869-1937), coroner's inquisitions 1823-1898, divorce index 1784-1910, 1890 New York City “Police” Census, New York City historical newspapers, NYC land and property records 1654-1857, 18th and 19th century wills for many counties.  
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In addition, the '''Rare Books,''' '''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, and over 130,000 rare titles from Europe, England, and the Americas.    
  
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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The '''Art, Prints and Photographs Division''', 3rd floor, has 200,000 prints.  
  
 
The New York Public Library now houses the '''New York Genealogical and Biographical Society's&nbsp;'''collection. All of their collection has been cataloged and is located in the New York Public Library's [http://www.nypl.org/collections online catalog.]  
 
The New York Public Library now houses the '''New York Genealogical and Biographical Society's&nbsp;'''collection. All of their collection has been cataloged and is located in the New York Public Library's [http://www.nypl.org/collections online catalog.]  
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=== Tips  ===
 
=== Tips  ===
  
*Access to Special Collections: Rare Books Division, Manuscripts and Archives Division, Arents Collection, Berg Collection, Pforzheimer Collection, Print Collection, Photography Collection, and Spencer Collection requires a library card, photo identification, and an application. You can submit applications in each collection's reading room or via their webpage in some cases.  
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*Access to Rare Books, Manuscripts and Archives Division. Arents Collection; Berg Collection; Pforzheimer Collection; Print Collection; Photography Collection; and Spencer Collection requires a library card, photo identification, and an application. You can submit applications in each collection's reading room or via their webpage in some cases.  
*The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in '''''not''''' at the Main Branch.<br><br>
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*The [https://www.nypl.org/locations/schomburg Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture] is located at 515 Malcolm X Boulevard (135th St and Malcolm X Blvd) in Manhattan.
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*The [https://www.nypl.org/locations/sibl Science and Industry Business Library] is located at 188 Madison Avenue (34th St and Madison Ave).
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*The [https://www.lincolncenter.org/venue/new-york-public-library-for-the-performing-arts-dorothy-lewis-b-cullman-center Library for the Performing Arts] is located at Lincoln Center.
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*Researchers must have a valid [https://www.nypl.org/library-card NYPL Library Card] to request materials. <br>
  
 
=== Guides  ===
 
=== Guides  ===
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*[[New England Historic Genealogical Society]], Boston, national in scope. Over 100 million name database, of vital records, genealogies, journals, over 200,000 books, 100,000 microfilms, and over 20 million manuscripts with emphasis on New England and New York since the 1600s.  
 
*[[New England Historic Genealogical Society]], Boston, national in scope. Over 100 million name database, of vital records, genealogies, journals, over 200,000 books, 100,000 microfilms, and over 20 million manuscripts with emphasis on New England and New York since the 1600s.  
 
*[[National Archives at New York City]], censuses, Ancestry.com, military, pensions, bounty land, photos, passenger indexes, New York port and shipping, naturalizations, inventions.  
 
*[[National Archives at New York City]], censuses, Ancestry.com, military, pensions, bounty land, photos, passenger indexes, New York port and shipping, naturalizations, inventions.  
*[[National Archives Northeast Region (Boston)]] (that is Waltham), censuses, Ancestry.com, military, pensions, bounty land, photos, passenger indexes, naturalizations, African Americans, Indians.  
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*[[National Archives at Boston]] (Waltham, MA), censuses, Ancestry.com, military, pensions, bounty land, photos, passenger indexes, naturalizations, African Americans, Indians.  
 
*[[Stadsarchief Amsterdam]] (Amsterdam Municipal Archives) early Dutch notarial records of New York.
 
*[[Stadsarchief Amsterdam]] (Amsterdam Municipal Archives) early Dutch notarial records of New York.
  
 
'''''Similar Collections'''''<br>  
 
'''''Similar Collections'''''<br>  
  
*[[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.  
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*[[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 records of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  
 
*[[Allen County Public Library|Allen County Public Library]], Fort Wayne, Indiana, premier periodical collection, genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, passenger lists, ethnic collections, and Canadians.  
 
*[[Allen County Public Library|Allen County Public Library]], Fort Wayne, Indiana, premier periodical collection, genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, passenger lists, ethnic collections, and Canadians.  
 
*[[Library of Congress]], Washington, DC, [http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/ Local History and Genealogy Reading Room] is part of the world's largest library including 50,000 genealogies, 100,000 local histories, manuscripts, microfilms, maps, newspapers, photographs, books, strong in North American, British Isles, and German sources.  
 
*[[Library of Congress]], Washington, DC, [http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/ Local History and Genealogy Reading Room] is part of the world's largest library including 50,000 genealogies, 100,000 local histories, manuscripts, microfilms, maps, newspapers, photographs, books, strong in North American, British Isles, and German sources.  
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*[https://www.nyhistory.org/web/ New York Historical Society] manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals, histories, directories, maps, photos.  
 
*[https://www.nyhistory.org/web/ New York Historical Society] manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals, histories, directories, maps, photos.  
 
*[http://www.health.state.ny.us/vital_records/ Vital Records Section of the New York State Dept. of Health], Menands, NY, for '''''outside''''' New York City births and deaths (1881-present), and marriage licenses (1880-present). Also, all divorces since 1963.  
 
*[http://www.health.state.ny.us/vital_records/ Vital Records Section of the New York State Dept. of Health], Menands, NY, for '''''outside''''' New York City births and deaths (1881-present), and marriage licenses (1880-present). Also, all divorces since 1963.  
*[http://www.nyc.gov/html/records/home.html Municipal Archives] has New York City birth, death, and marriage records; the 1890 police census; city directories; voter registrations; almshouse records; and municipal government records.  
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*[http://www.nyc.gov/html/records/home.html Municipal Archives] has New York City birth (to 1909), death (to 1948), and marriage (to 1937) records; the 1890 police census; city directories; voter registrations; almshouse records; and municipal government records. Other vital records are held by the [http://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/index.page NYC Department of Health (birth, death)] and the [http://www.cityclerk.nyc.gov/html/marriage/records.shtml Office of the City Clerk (marriage)].  
 
*Courts: city, state, and federal.  
 
*Courts: city, state, and federal.  
 
*[http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/ Columbia University Libraries], history, biography, ethnic studies, newspapers, government documents.  
 
*[http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/ Columbia University Libraries], history, biography, ethnic studies, newspapers, government documents.  
*[http://www.hollandsociety.com/library.html Holland Society] 7,000 New Netherland family and local history books, Dutch Reformed Church records.  
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*[http://www.hollandsociety.org/genealogy/ Holland Society] 7,000 New Netherland family and local history books, Dutch Reformed Church records.  
 
*[http://huguenotsocietyofamerica.org/?page=Library Huguenot Historical Society] open by appointment: history, settlement, genealogy, biography, theology.  
 
*[http://huguenotsocietyofamerica.org/?page=Library Huguenot Historical Society] open by appointment: history, settlement, genealogy, biography, theology.  
 
*[http://www.yivoinstitute.org/ YIVO Institute for Jewish Research] East European Jewish immigrant studies, gazetteers, yizkor books (Holocaust town memorial books), biographical directories, Landsmanshaft records.  
 
*[http://www.yivoinstitute.org/ YIVO Institute for Jewish Research] East European Jewish immigrant studies, gazetteers, yizkor books (Holocaust town memorial books), biographical directories, Landsmanshaft records.  
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Latest revision as of 14:52, 6 August 2020

New York Public Library
"Fortitude" Lion and entrance, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, New York Public Library.
New York Public Library Rose Main Reading Room.  Photo by David Iliff.

Contact Information[edit | edit source]

E-mail:[1]  history@nypl.org

Address:[1]

Irma and Paul Milstein Division of U.S. History, Local History and Genealogy
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, Room 121
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 5:45 p.m.
Tues., Weds. close 7:45 p.m.
Upcoming closings: click here.

Directions, maps, and public transportation:

  • Red 1 2 3  to 42nd Street Times Square. Walk two blocks east to Fifth Avenue.
  • Blue A C E  to 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue. Walk four blocks east to Fifth Avenue.
  • Orange B D F M  to 42nd Street Bryant Park. Walk one block east to Fifth Avenue.
  • Yellow N R Q W  to 42nd Street Times Square. Walk two blocks east to Fifth Avenue.
  • Green 4 5 6  to 42nd Street Grand Central. 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[edit | edit source]

The New York Public Library's collections is one of the largest in the world with over 14 million titles. Books requested in the Bill Blass Public Catalog Room are delivered to the Rose Reading Room. The library has a limited number of public computers for which users may sign up for timed use. All Divisions have computers with catalog and database access, including the most popular genealogical databases. Wii-Fi is free throughout the building during regular operating hours for visitors' personal computers and devices.

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; 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.[1] The open shelf dictionaries, encyclopedias, biographies, and indexes alone include 25,000 volumes.

The Milstein Microforms Reading Room gives access to New York State censuses, New York City directories, and indexes to New York City vital records (births late 19th century-1909; deaths late 19th century-1948; and marriages 1869-1937), coroner's inquisitions 1823-1898, divorce index 1784-1910, 1890 New York City “Police” Census, New York City historical newspapers, NYC land and property records 1654-1857, 18th and 19th century wills for many counties.

In addition, the Rare Books, 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, and over 130,000 rare titles from Europe, England, and the Americas.

The Art, Prints and Photographs Division, 3rd floor, has 200,000 prints.

The New York Public Library now houses the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society's collection. All of their collection has been cataloged and is located in the New York Public Library's online catalog.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Access to Rare Books, Manuscripts and Archives Division. Arents Collection; Berg Collection; Pforzheimer Collection; Print Collection; Photography Collection; and Spencer Collection requires a library card, photo identification, and an application. You can submit applications in each collection's reading room or via their webpage in some cases.
  • The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is located at 515 Malcolm X Boulevard (135th St and Malcolm X Blvd) in Manhattan.
  • The Science and Industry Business Library is located at 188 Madison Avenue (34th St and Madison Ave).
  • The Library for the Performing Arts is located at Lincoln Center.
  • Researchers must have a valid NYPL Library Card to request materials.

Guides[edit | edit source]

  • Sam P. Williams, Guide to the Research Collections of the New York Public Library (Chicago: American Library Association, 1975). (FHL Collection Book 974.71 A3w). WorldCat entry.
  • New York Public Library. Local History and Genealogy Division, United States Local History Catalog: a Modified Shelf List Arranged Alphabetically by State, and Alphabetically by Locality within Each State, 18 volumes and four suppelments. (Boston, Mass.: G.K. Hall, 1974). (FHL Collection Large Q Book 974.71 A3nd). WorldCat entry.

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

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 records of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana, premier periodical collection, genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, passenger lists, ethnic collections, 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, manuscripts, microfilms, maps, newspapers, photographs, books, strong in North American, British Isles, and German sources.
  • Newberry Library, Chicago, 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 newspapers.
  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons.
  • Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, 85,000 volumes about the Jewish Holocaust, largest yizkor book collection.

Neighboring Collections

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Irma and Paul Milstein Division of U.S. History, Local History and Genealogy" in New York Public Library at http://www.nypl.org/locations/milstein (accessed 30 March 2017).