The place to look is the Previous City information assortment. With a grant from the Nationwide Historic Publications and Data Fee (NHPRC), the Municipal Archives has been processing the gathering throughout this previous yr. It’s comprised of information created within the villages and cities that have been ultimately consolidated into the Larger Metropolis of New York in 1898. They date again to the 1600s and encompass deeds, minutes from city boards and conferences, court docket information, tax information, license books, enumerations of enslaved individuals, faculty district information, metropolis charters, info on the constructing of sewers and streets and different infrastructure.
The gathering gives paperwork which might be essential to understanding when the cities and villages have been bought—or generally wrested—from the indigenous inhabitants, how the land was divided and offered, who ruled the communities, and basically, an enchanting file of each day life within the communities that made up what grew to become the 5 boroughs of New York Metropolis after 1898.
For the Document lately highlighted the gathering and the processing undertaking. It described information from the Board of Well being, pertaining to slavery within the villages, information about taxes and faculty districts and city conferences and fundamental infrastructure and court docket proceedings. The Previous City assortment additionally accommodates eleven ledgers associated to canine licensing, all from cities and villages in Queens County.