Place Category: Museums and Galleries
The LaGuardia and Wagner Archives was established in 1982 to collect, preserve, and make available primary materials documenting the social and political history of New York City. The Archives serves a broad array of researchers: journalists, students, scholars, exhibit planners and policy makers examining the history of Greater New York. The Archives also produces public programs exploring that history.
Located at Fiorello H. LaGuardia Community College/CUNY in Long Island City, Queens, the Archives holds the personal papers and official documents (on microfilm) of Mayors Fiorello H. LaGuardia, Robert F. Wagner, Abraham D. Beame and Edward I. Koch, the records of the New York City Housing Authority, the piano maker Steinway & Sons, The Council of the City of New York and a Queens Local History Collection.
Working jointly with the New York City Department of Records and Information services, the La Guardia and Wagner Archives has processed, microfilmed and digitized documents from the La Guardia, Wagner, Beame and Koch Mayoral papers. The original documents are housed at the Department of Records and Information Services/Municipal Archives. This includes Documents Series such as Departmental Correspondence,General Correspondence, Subject Files, as well as materials from the Deputy Mayor’s Office. In addition, the La Guardia and Wagner Archives has digitized selected photographs from the Koch Mayoral Photograph Collection. The Archives is also collaborating with the New York City Department of Records and Information Services to digitize and preserve U-matic tapes from their Koch Video Collection.
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We are located a five-minute walk from the 33rd Street station on the #7 line, which can be reached from Times Square and Grand Central and connects with most other lines in Manhattan, or the G, E, N or W in Queens.
Our user friendly finding aids and computerized indexes facilitate rewarding research. Hours for researchers are generally Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. We are closed most major holidays. Those interested in using the collections should call or write the Archivist to make an appointment. We look forward to your use of our materials.