Tour 29: Municipal Archives
Tour leader: Kenneth Cobb, NYC Department of Records
Interested in the 1654 deed to Coney Island, or Lucky Luciano’s 1936 mug-shot? Perhaps the solid-gold tea set presented to Mayor Giuliani by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is more your style. Or maybe a rare 1854 topographical map of the lands that became Central Park would pique your interest. AHA members are invited to tour the Department of Records’ new visitor center in the landmark Surrogate’s Court at 31 Chambers Street and to explore exhibits highlighting the collections of the Municipal Archives—one of the largest repositories of historical government records in North America. 31 Chambers is widely acknowledged as one of the finest public buildings in New York, and a magnificent example of the early twentieth-century “City Beautiful” movement. Guests will have also have the opportunity to tour the Conservation Laboratory and see how rare and unique documents are preserved.
Limit: 25 people. $10 members, $15 nonmembers