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National Archives at New York City
In Fall 2012 the U.S. Customs House will become home to the National Archives Northeast Region (New York City).

Contact Information



Before Fall 2012
201 Varick Street
12th Floor
New York, NY 10014
(Entrance on Houston Street, between Varick and Hudson.)

Starting Fall 2012
Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House
One Bowling Green
New York, NY 10004

Telephone:[1]  1-866-840-1752, or 212-401-1620
Fax:  212-401-1638

Hours and holidays:[1]

Monday-Friday 9:00 to 5:00
Records are pulled every half hour between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. All original records must be returned to staff by 4:30 p.m.
Saturday Open one Saturday a month from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (computer and microfilm research only). Please see the schedule for dates of Saturday openings through June 2, 2012. Please call toll-free at 866.840.1752 during weekday public research hours to verify Saturday openings.
Closed all Sundays and Federal holidays.

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Directions, maps, and public transportation:[1]  The facility is in downtown Manhattan, 4 blocks north of the Holland Tunnel, on the 12th floor at 201 Varick Street.

Researcher note:  We encourage you to check the web sites of the:

By PATH train:  33rd Street train to Christopher Street. Walk south on Hudson St. to Houston St.
By Subway:
  • #1 train to Houston Street (corner of Houston and Varick).
  • C or E trains to Spring Street (corner of Spring and 6th Avenue).
  • A, B, C, D, E, F (not all run full-time) to West 4th Street (corner of West 4th and 6th Avenue).
By Bus:  M5, M6, and M21 buses stop on W. Houston near Varick. M10 bus (7th and 8th Ave.) uptown on Hudson to near Houston. Some, not all, M10's downtown go as far south as Houston. M15 bus connects with the M5 and M21 at E. Houston. Take M21 bus to Varick, or M5 bus to 6th Avenue.

Internet sites and databases:

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  • Repository catalog online.
  • Repository database.
  • other(s).

Collection Description

Serves New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S Virgin Islands.

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Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a source at the National Archives at New York City, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

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Neighboring Collections

  • New York State Library, Albany, has local histories, genealogies, atlases, church, cemetery (including DAR), city directories, microfilmed newspapers, censuses, passenger lists, and periodicals.
  • New York State Archives, Albany, has manuscripts, vital record indexes, land grants, maps, military, court, alien depositions, prisoners, Erie Canal passenger lists, wills, estates, and state censuses.
  • New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, New York City has censuses, city directories, church, cemetery, Bible, land, probates, genealogy, local history, and manuscripts.
  • New York Historical Society manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals, histories, directories, maps, photos.
  • Vital Records Section of the New York State Dept. of Health, Menands, NY, for outside New York City births and deaths (1881-present), and marriage licenses (1880-present). Also, all divorces since 1963.
  • Municipal Archives has New York City birth, death, and marriage records; the 1890 police census; city directories; voter registrations; almshouse records; and municipal government records.
  • Courts: city, state, and federal.
  • Columbia University Libraries, history, biography, ethnic studies, newspapers, government documents.
  • Holland Society 7,000 New Netherland family and local history books, Dutch Reformed Church records.
  • Huguenot Historical Society open by appointment: history, settlement, genealogy, biography, theology.
  • YIVO Institute for Jewish Research East European Jewish immigrant studies, gazetteers, yizkor books (Holocaust town memorial books), biographical directories, Landsmanshaft records.
  • Leo Baeck Insitiute preserves family and community histories about Jews in German speaking countries.


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