In 1977 the Department of Records and Information Services, known as DORIS, was established. This new agency unified the Municipal Library, Municipal Archives and Municipal Records Management. At that time, City leaders anticipated that private resources to support the work of the Municipal Archives would be required and they established the New York Archival Society (NYAS). Officially incorporated under the leadership of Paul O’Dwyer in 1976, the Archival Society acts as a fiscal agent, advocate, and promoter of the City’s archives and library. Through outreach to other organizations and fundraising, the Society has supported DORIS on a variety of projects, which otherwise might not have been possible. The Society is tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Why is it so important to maintain the Municipal Archives? The archives preserve our history, as well as tons of interesting records (like those documenting how Mark Twain went bankrupt). Researchers can trace family and City history back hundreds of years, which would not be possible without the partnership of the New York Archival Society.