National Archives at New York City

Amending America

Refer to Caption Petition for Naturalization of Harriot Stanton Blatch, December 20, 1911Records of District Courts of the United States

The National Archives at New York City's Welcome Center displays original documents in its New York on the Record gallery. This exhibit is free and open to all visitors seeking a glimpse of original records that capture our national story. New York on the Record shows the connection between our records, our government, and our history.

New York on the Record: Amending America, highlighted holdings from the National Archives at New York City to explore the Bill of Rights, constitutional amendments, and instances in which American citizens have sought to amend the Constitution to attain greater rights and freedoms. These actions are illustrated through documents that intersect with family history, rights of individuals, finance, and other unexpected stories.

Featured documents include:

  • A Petition for Naturalization of Harriet Stanton Blatch, women’s rights activist
  • An affidavit from folk-singer Pete Seeger's refusal to answer questions from a Congressional committee investigating Communist influence in the entertainment industry
  • An FBI wiretapping log from a 1940s espionage and conspiracy investigation
  • A nineteenth-century indictment of a man charged with assisting in helping a fugitive escape from custody

This New York City installation is in support of Amending America at the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC, through September 4, 2017.

The National Archives at New York City is located on the 3rd floor of the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House at One Bowling Green in Lower Manhattan.