New York County Clerk
I’ve been researching at the Municipal Archives. These pictures are actually from the County Clerk’s office on the 7th floor. It was suggested that I go up there and take a look around, and I suspect if they let me, I could find a lot of buried treasure here. I couldn’t take pictures everywhere, but this what you see when the elevator doors open. (More below.)
This is the view turning left.
I love places like this. But the best part was a storeroom in the back, that is where the buried treasure is (I’m sure it’s there). I wasn’t allowed to photograph back there, which was fine. It was the kind of place where I could spend weeks exploring if they’d let me.
Maps, and ledgers and books of minutes for meetings from the 1800’s, photographs, so much city history I was practically hyperventilating. One of the archivists there kindly xeroxed a picture I came across of Jumel Place that I wanted to send to people I recently met who have a house there.
Maybe I should write a guide to how to find what. For instance, I noticed piles of maps which among other things, showed who lived where at the time that the maps were drawn. I know historians and genealogists could really use a lot of the information buried there. And I’m sure there are plenty of people who know it’s there, but still. I wonder.