From am New York:
Everything you wanted to know about New York City history can be found in a majestic building on Chambers Street in lower Manhattan.
The Surrogate’s Courthouse is home to the Municipal Archives, the Municipal Library and the Records Center.
With a lobby modeled after Garnier’s Paris Opera House, the landmarked building is an appropriate site for this priceless treasure trove.
The agency describes its’ holdings as over 200,000 cubic feet of material.
Some of the oldest holdings in the archive include maps and documents from Gravesend, when it was a city all its own. There are the meticulously hand-written “secret sessions” of the Board of Aldermen in Brooklyn and chilling slave records from Gravesend that list the births of children while documenting their status as property in 1799.
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