The City's Bureau of Records Management is responsible for the storage and retrieval of City records at the Municipal Archives and Records Center, 414 Andrews St. The Bureau also conducts records and file inventories, microfilms relevant records and purges duplicate or redundant records and those that conform to the disposal schedules of the New York State Education Department.
The Records Center contains more than15,000 cubic feet of the City's semi-active government records and archival materials. It also has a very extensive and historic photo collection, covering the years 1860-1970 detailing the development of the municipal infrastructure and early 20th century city and social services.
These materials are available for inspection by completing a Records Access Application.
Records Access Applications for research are filed with the Bureau of Communications at City Hall. However, genealogical records may be accessed directly by calling the Municipal Archives on 414 Andrews St, Rochester, New York, 14604 at (585) 428-7331 and booking an appointment. There is a 25-cent per page fee for copies of the records you request. The charge for historical photographs depends upon the medium and size of the picture requested.
Once your approval has been granted, (usually within five days), call the Records Center to make an appointment to view the records. We cannot accept visitors on a walk-in basis.
The City of Rochester's Municipal Archives and the Monroe County Library, Local History Division at 115 South Ave., Rochester, New York, are collaborating to make historical documents from their collection more available.