The National Archives at New York City

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Christopher Zarr, Education Specialist

Resources for Students

A wealth of primary source material useful for many kinds of student research is found in the Federal documents located in the National Archives at New York City. Students can use these materials as the foundation for extensive research projects, as a resource for answering or illustrating specific questions, and for supplementing other sources.

Student Field Trips

The National Archives at New York City currently offers FREE curriculum based field trips for students in grades K-12. These workshops include a hands-on research component, a tour of our archival facility, and an examination of original records in our holdings. These field trips can be adapted to fit your educational needs.

We provide the following Field Trips:

Field trips are scheduled upon request. Please contact us at newyork.archives@nara.gov well in advance to guarantee availability.

Records of the National Archives at New York City

A wealth of primary source material useful for many kinds of student research is found in the Federal documents located in the National Archives at New York City. Students can use these materials as the foundation for extensive research projects, as a resource for answering or illustrating specific questions, and for supplementing other sources.

We have the records of regional offices of over 100 Federal agencies and the Federal courts located in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands from 1685 to the 1990's. These records are especially useful for exploring regional aspects of historical events.

Typical types of federal records of the National Archives at New York City include:

  • Records about Individuals
    • Census Records
    • Tax Records
    • Draft Records
    • Naturalization Records
  • Administrative Records
    • Correspondence
    • Financial
    • Personnel
    • Shipyard
  • Records that Document an Action or Process
    • Collecting Customs Duties
    • Building a Ship
  • Records With Legal Value
    • Court Case Files
    • Contracts
    • Sale of Public Property Records (such as Former Nike Missile Sites)
    • Shipyard
  • Subjects of Local and National Interest
    • Federal Court cases including bankruptcy cases, patent infringement cases, War of 1812 and Civil War Prize cases, criminal cases, and other civil cases.
    • Court records related to organized crime, civil rights, the arts and censorship
    • Federal population Census records for all states, 1790-1930
    • Immigration records for Castle Garden and Ellis Island
    • Chinese Exclusion Act enforcement during the early 20th century
    • Records documenting the commerce and maritime activities of New York ports and ships, including the Titanic and Lusitania
    • Invention related records of Samuel Colt, Charles Goodyear, Alexander Graham Bell, and Thomas Edison
  • Historic Names in our Records
    • Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, Susan B. Anthony, Emma Goldman, Marcus Garvey, Adam Clayton Powell, Albert Einstein, Dutch Schultz, Jimmy Hoffa, Alger Hiss, the Rosenbergs, among many others.

For more information and ideas about topics that can be researched at NARA, see Research by Selected Topic

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