Help NYCs Dept of Records, Information Services

At the behest of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, the New York City Council has proposed legislation that would eliminate the autonomy of New York City’s Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS), the agency that is responsible for the records and archival documents produced by past and present City governments. The proposed legislation (Int. 486-2011) would place the currently independent agency within the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS).

If passed, this legislation would significantly downgrade the authority of DORIS within City government and potentially put at risk its ability to preserve, protect and make accessible the intellectual legacy of one of the world’s greatest cities. A full position statement on the proposed legislation is available on the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York’s website at

Please add your name to the sign-on letter to oppose the proposed legislation, and advocate for the preservation of DORIS as an autonomous records agency, with the financial support and professional respect it deserves. The sign-on letter is located at Every signature matters. Help New York City, as an international cultural and financial leader, and the place with the greatest variety and highest density of archives in the world, set the standard for how a democratic government preserves and makes accessible its documentary heritage.

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  • November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    This is one of the most insane ideas I have ever heard of. My ancestors were IN New York City before you and most of your city council members were even a twinkle in the eyes of their daddy.

    Having easy and affordaable access to vital records is most important to any family genealogist, particularly when a person is elderly or disabled and unable to travel to a large city or genealogy library.

    I would ask that this be reconsidered for all future genealogists and family historians.


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