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The New York University Archives serves as the final repository for the historical records of NYU. Its primary purpose is to document the history of the University and to provide source material for administrators, faculty, students, alumni, and other members of the University community, as well as scholars, authors, and other interested persons who seek to evaluate the impact of the University’s activities on the history of American social, cultural, and intellectual development.

NYU Special Collections — Fales Library, Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Archives, and University Archives — is undergoing a major renovation over the next two years. For more information, please visit the Special Collections Renovation Project website.

All repositories will be closed to researchers during the following periods:
• May 22, 2019 - September 2, 2019
• May 21, 2020 - September 7, 2020

There may be an impact on services and collections during our opening times. We request all patrons make appointments to use materials.​

The Special Collections will be unable to accommodate any outgoing loan requests during the period of renovation, fall 2018 through fall 2020.

Highlighted Collecting Areas

University Records

University records encompass the records or papers generated or received by the various administrative offices of New York University in the conduct of their business. These collections include materials from a variety of administrative offices and organizations, from minutes of the University Council/Board of Trustees to departmental records, accreditation reports, University publications, and records of the various alumni organizations. They also include materials in a wide variety of formats, from correspondence to audiovisual recordings to electronic records.

Manuscript Collections

As a means of documenting the internal life and culture of the University community, we acquire and provide access to the personal and professional papers of selected New York University faculty, and offer access to records and papers related to the history of New York University.


The Research Institute for the Study of Man (RISM) brought the burgeoning methodologies of the social sciences to bear on the study of developing and rapidly changing societies.

John Brademas Congressional Papers

These Papers document the career of Johns Brademas as a U.S. Congressional Representative from Indiana’s Third District from 1959 to 1981.