Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen
Paul Silverstone, IAJGS Treasurer and Public Records Access Monitoring Committee member, recently visited the New York City Municipal Archives and found they no longer charge $5.00 rental fee for the microfilm reader, however, the charge for a copy of a record when you are there in person is now $11.00 per record. All other charges remain the same and can be found on their website.
This has been verified by speaking with the Municipal Archives staff since neither their website
http://home2.nyc.gov/html/records/html/vitalrecords/home.shtml nor the New York City Government Information (212) NEW-YORK has yet been updated as staff stated this change "just happened"!
Paul also found that while everyone visiting the building, [31 Chambers Street, NYC 10007 ] , while it is still required to go through a metal detector, there is no longer a requirement for a visitor's pass and proof of identity with a government issued photograph.
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee