New York City History

Sources for the study of New York City history are abundant. With books constantly being published and archival collections being digitized there is a rich supply of research possibilities for students.


The history of New York City has a long and exciting history. From 1500 to the present, significant personalities and events mark each time period and a variety of sources can help tell this story. Until the 20th century, the history of the city is a history of independent boroughs, but in 1898 Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island were consolidated to become the New York City that we know today, and a new chapter in the history of New York City begins.


Seal of the City of New York

  Seal of the City of New York

Overview Print Sources

Burrows, Edwin and Mike Wallace. Gotham: A History of the City of New York to 1898. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. F128.3 B87 1999

Homberger, Eric. The Historical Atlas of New York City: A Visual Celebration of Nearly 400 Years of New York City History. New York: H. Holt and Company, 1994. F128.3 H65 1994

Jackson, Kenneth T. The Encyclopedia of New York City. New Haven, Ct.: Yale University Press, 2010. REF. F128.3 E75 2010

Stokes, I.N. Phelps. Iconography of Manhattan Island, 1498-1909. New York: Arno Press, 1967. Archives, 5th floor F128.3 S856

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Publication Note

This Research Guide was originally created by Professor Emeritus Sandra Roff, previously Archivist of Baruch College.