National Archives at New York City

The National Archives at New York City is Moving!

The National Archives at New York City is pleased to announce that in February of 2013 we will move our office to the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House at One Bowling Green in New York City.

Our new home will be located in the same building as the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian. The building is currently known as the Custom House building, designed by Cass Gilbert in the Beaux Arts style and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

At One Bowling Green our patrons will continue to receive the same great service they have come to expect from the experienced National Archives staff. We will continue to provide access to all of our holdings. An increase in our public and outreach programs, and our new proximity to other important New York cultural institutions including the Museum of the American Indian and Ellis Island, will enable us to reach a wider audience.

In our Welcome Center, we will

  • Provide an introduction to the holdings of the National Archives
  • Feature select original documents in our exhibit gallery
  • Provide information about our public, education and outreach programs
  • Provide information about our research facility

In our Reference Room, we will

  • Provide access to our original records and microfilm collections
  • Certify copies of National Archives holdings in our custody
  • Offer expanded access to our online resources with additional public computers
  • Continue access to NARA's online subscription services including Ancestry, Fold3, and ProQuest, free of charge

In our Learning Center, we will

  • Host Student field trips and teacher workshops
  • Sponsor Family Fun Activities
  • Provide Finding Family Genealogy Workshops
  • Offer increased programming that highlights the rich resources of the National Archives

Move Updates

The design was awarded in September 2011. This design in based on a series of meetings with General Services Administration and our design firm as well as with feedback received from our staff, our volunteers, and from our customers. Our ultimate goal is that our new space meets your needs and exceeds your expectations.

Attached are the final layouts for our space on the third and fourth floor. If you have any comments or questions, please send them to David Powers at or call (781) 663-0130 at: Frederick C. Murphy Federal Center, 380 Trapelo Road, Waltham, Massachusetts, 02452-6399.


We held two public meetings on Tuesday, May 4th to discuss these and additional details about the move. These meetings were held at the Naval Officers Room, 3rd floor, Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House at One Bowling Green. The meetings began
at 10:30am (see video part 1 and part 2) and 5:30 pm (see video) respectively.

More information about the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House

For questions, please contact Patrick Connelly, Archives Director, National Archives at New York City by phone: 212.401.1623, fax: 212.401.1638, or email at