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Researching Genealogy & Local History in the Bronx's "Little Italy": A Guide

The New York City Municipal Archives

The Municipal Archives preserves historical government records from 1645 onwards. The resources housed within the collections include vital records, directories, court records, photograph collections, and architectural drawings.
Located at 31 Chambers St #103, New York, NY, 10007
For information on using the Municipal Archives, see the New York City Records and Information Services website.

Tax Lot Photos - 1940s

Photograph collections: tax photographs depicting every NYC property in 1940.
If you know your block and lot numbers: Type “block=Block# AND lot=Lot#” into the search bar and press search (eg. block=118 AND lot=8). To find your block and lot, use NYCityMap or search by address (which will only work if the address has not changed).

Tax Lot Photos - 1980s

Photograph collections: tax photographs depicting every NYC property in 1980. Photos originally shot as single frames from Laser Video Disks (LVDs).

The Bronx County Historical Society

The BCHS Research Library holds the Bronx County Archives, which "contain original documents, manuscripts, books, maps and city directories going back to pre-Civil War days, covering not only Bronx history but also the history of New York City and Westchester County. The Bronx County Archives is located next door to the Research Library building. The Research Library and Archives also boast an enormous collection of 19th and early 20th century photographs, prints and postcards of The Bronx. The historic images include 75,000 photographs and slides, 4,000 glass negatives and 1,500 postcards and stereocards."

The New York Historical Society

The New York Historical Society holds print collections of books, pamphlets, maps, atlases, newspapers, and more. It also holds photographs, ephemera, family papers, business records, and other materials that may help bring texture to your research. Located at 170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street), New York, NY, 10024. For information on conducting research with the New York Historical Society's collection, visit their guide.

The New York Public Library

Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy

The Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy collects publications documenting American history on the national, state, and local levels, including extensive holdings on New York City history. The Division has a renowned collection of family histories and other genealogical collections, with a particular focus on the New York region. Included in the collections are published works from the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society library, photographs, vertical files, postcards, and other visual ephemera. To learn more about what is available on-site at the Milstein Division, visit the Library's guide to conducting research.

The Museum of the City of New York

The Museum holds over 750,000 objects in its collection, and continues to catalog newly obtained items. The digital collection features over 5,200 images and objects from the Bronx.