WPA Historical Records Survey

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Under the auspices of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) during the Great Depression, the Historical Records Survey was organized in 1935 to document resources for research in U.S. history.  Their workers combed municipal and religious archives, historical societies, and public and university libraries for vital records and created comprehensive inventories. 

These inventories, many of which were published in book form, have had a profound impact on genealogists but are not widely available today. The NYG&B has digitized several books in the WPA’s Public Archives Inventory, Church Archives Inventory, and Guide to Vital Statistics series for New York City.

  • WPA Public Archives Inventory, Bronx Borough Archives
  • WPA Public Archives Inventory, Bronx County Archives
  • WPA Public Archives Inventory, Kings County Archives
  • WPA Public Archives Inventory, Richmond County and Borough Archives (Volumes I and II)
  • WPA Guide to Vital Statistics, Borough of Brooklyn Churches
  • WPA Guide to Vital Statistics, Borough of Queens Churches
  • WPA Church Archives Inventory, Eastern Orthodox Churches and Armenian Apostolic Church
  • WPA Church Archives Inventory, Lutherans
  • WPA Church Archives Inventory, Methodist Church
  • WPA Church Archives Inventory, Presbyterian Church in the United States of America
  • WPA Church Archives Inventory, Protestant Episcopal Church, Brooklyn and Queens
  • WPA Church Archives Inventory, Protestant Episcopal Church, New York, Bronx, Richmond
  • WPA Church Archives Inventory, Reformed Church in America
  • WPA Church Archives Inventory, Roman Catholic Church, Archdiocese of New York