Visiting The NYSPCC Archives

Visiting Policies

For the security of the NYSPCC’s staff, visitors, researchers, and collections, we ask you to join our efforts to create a research-friendly environment and to preserve the collection for future generations by adhering to the Archives policies.

Please contact The NYSPCC Archivist, Ruth Edele at or at (212) 233-5500 x214 with any questions about the policies and rules below.

The NYSPCC Archives has one visiting room, which houses ephemera including the dress worn by Mary Ellen at the time of her rescue, professionally mounted in a museum display case, the badges or shields worn by the NYSPCC president, directors and special officers, and the original cast iron seal of the Society.

Visits By Appointment

Researchers wishing to consult material in the Archive should write to the Archivist with details of their research proposal. All visits to the Archive are by prior appointment with the Archivist.

Collection Access

Due to the nature of the material some files are restricted and may not be generally available to researchers. Please refer to the finding aid as to what collections are restricted or contact the Archivist if you have any questions regarding this policy.

Appropriate preservation aids for consulting original documents, such as book rests and weights, will be provided. Magnifying glasses and a light box are available upon request.

Use of Personal Cameras

Personal cameras may be used in the NYSPCC Conference room under certain circumstances, depending on the physical condition of materials. Photographs taken in the reading room may not be posted on the internet, donated/sold to another repository, or exhibited in any way. In order to use any duplicated photos please email the Archivist for the Archives usage guidelines.

We ask patrons with cellular phones to please silence these devices during their visit. All necessary calls should be conducted outside the reading room at an appropriate volume.

The use of pens is not permitted in the Conference room. Pencils and papers are available. The use of a laptop computer is encouraged.

Updated April 21, 2022

What To Bring For Your Visit to the Archives

Personal Items That Can Be Used:
  • Laptops – Power Cords – Chargers 
  • Notebooks 
  • Pencils 
  • Personal Notes


Items That Are Not Permitted:
  • Pens – Ink 
  • Any type of bag or container 
  • Any type of drink
  • Any type of food or candy 
  • Any type of coat or sweater 
  • No personal scanners



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