Established in 1977, the Department of Records and Information Services preserves and provides public access to historical and contemporary records and information about New York City’s government. Open to the public, the Municipal Archives preserves 200,000 cubic feet of original documents, photographs, ledgers, maps, architectural renderings, manuscripts, and moving images. Nearly one million historical photographs are accessible online via the agency website; 10.5 million birth, death, and marriage certificates provide essential documentation for family research; and world-class mayoral, court, and city department collections are unequaled by any other city in the nation.
At Photoville 2016, visitors can see images of the earliest use of police mugshots, or criminal portraits, which were commonly used in early 20th-century New York. The mugshot exhibit at Photoville focuses solely on women captured by police cameras. The mugshot “portrait” images are a rare and fascinating look into the lives and social status of women in early 20th-century New York. Photoville runs from September 21-25, 2016 in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood, underneath the Brooklyn Bridge. For more information, visit: Photoville.
In case you missed Photoville, check out the New York Times Lens blog slide show, Under the Brooklyn Bridge, the New Photoville. Lens is the photojournalism blog of The New York Times, presenting the finest and most interesting visual and multimedia reporting: photographs, videos and slide shows. It was such a beautiful day, I walked across the Brooklyn Bridge to get to Photoville in Dumbo, the Brooklyn neighborhood. This link will take you to the few images I made at Photoville.