The National Archives at New York City

The National Archives at New York City

The National Archives at New York City maintains the historically significant records of Federal agencies and courts in New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands dating from 1685 to the present. We also hold select microfilm publications of the National Archives and provide access to a variety of online historical resources.

Visit us at our new location at the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House at One Bowling Green, New York City. Here you will find:

  • A Welcome Center to introduce visitors to the National Archives and the depth and diversity of Federal records. The Center features a small exhibition gallery called "New York on the Record," with a changing selection of original documents from the National Archives.

  • A Research Center for scholars, genealogists, and the general public to conduct their own research using original records and microfilm holdings. Researchers will have free access to resources including online subscription services such as Ancestry, Fold3, Heritage Quest, and ProQuest.

  • A Learning Center to welcome educators, school groups, and families and to encourage them to explore National Archives records through workshops, field trips, online access, "Archival Adventures," and more.


One Bowling Green, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10004

Toll-free: 1-866-840-1752 or 212-401-1620
Fax: 212-401-1638

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Starting on Monday, February 4, 2013, we will be open:
Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Also open the first Saturday of the month from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Researchers wishing to use textual records must schedule an appointment prior to visiting.
Visitors must show a Photo ID when entering the building.



4 & 5 trains to Bowling Green
1 train to Rector Street
R train to Whitehall Street
J & Z trains to Broad Street
2 & 3 trains to Wall Street


M5, M15, and M20.

See the NY Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) for maps and service updates for subways and buses.

Drop-Off & Parking

Buses may drop off groups at State Street or Whitehall Street. There is no parking at the museum. There are several parking garages located nearby. See current parking options.

Saturday Service Advisory

  • Saturday researchers should check weekend advisories for the subway and bus lines servicing our area.

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More information on Adobe Acrobat PDF files is available on our Accessibility page.

In the event of inclement weather:

  • Please call us at 212-401-1620 and listen for an announcement indicating if the building is closed, opening late, or closing early.

Notice: Availability of Naturalization Records
closure Some of our naturalization records were recently digitized or microfilmed to help preserve and make them more widely available. In anticipation of their availability in other formats, we have moved the original records to our offsite storage facility and are unable to access these records immediately.
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