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New York University Archives: Subject Areas for Researchers

This guide will acquaint you with the resources available at the New York University Archives; inform you how to conduct research using these resources.


The University Archives can help researchers locate information on relatives or other individuals who were associated with NYU in the past.

Architecture and the Built Environment

Several renowned architects have designed buildings for NYU, both at the University Heights and Washington Square campuses.

The firm McKim, Mead and White (designers of the original Penn Station and Washington Square Arch) designed buildings at University Heights including Gould Memorial Library and the Hall of Fame for Great Americans. Early construction of the University Heights campus is documented in Administrative Papers of the Chancellor Henry Mitchell MacCracken.

The Records of the Office of the University Architect documents the University's physical growth from the 1960s to 1980s, including files on existing structures and new construction like Bobst LIbrary and Tisch Hall. The collection also reflects planning and design of both of the University's campuses. The University Archives also has subject files on and blueprints/drawings of many NYU buildings.

Greenwich Village

The Archives holds extensive material on the history of Greenwich Village. Books, clippings, and papers written by students in the Public History program all provide information on the area, while our vast photographic collection illustrates the changing character of the neighborhood over time.

Browse our New York University Archives Photograph Collection finding aid for a sample of our collection. Please note that this guide documents only a portion of our photographic collection. 



Athletics has a long history at NYU. Our holdings date back more than a century and include rosters, statistics, programs, newspaper clippings, photographs, memorabilia, programs, and audiovisual recordings. Sports ranging from football and baseball to fencing and women's basketball are represented.

Some early photographs of NYU athletics may be found in our Historic Photographs and Drawings Collection but do not represent our entire collection of athletics photographs.



The University Archives holds the papers of many faculty members and administrative records that reflect the changes in American higher education since the 19th century. Audiovisual recordings of assorted lectures and course bulletins dating back to NYU's founding document program requirements and curriculum development over time. Biographical information may be found on hundreds of past faculty members.

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