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The Bronx County Archives Appointments

Use of The Bronx County Archives is by appointment Monday through Friday during our regular business hours, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM.  To inquire or set up an appointment, please email Dr. Steven Payne, the librarian and archivist, at spayne@bronxhistoricalsociety.org or call 718-881-8900 x105. Research materials cannot leave the The Bronx County Archives, nor is open browsing allowed. Further information about the policies and procedures of use of The Bronx County Archives is provided below.

Accessibility

The Bronx County Archives are accessible by wheelchair.

Appointment Time

Patrons are asked to show up no more than 5 minutes before their appointment time. If patrons anticipate that they may be late to their appointment, they are asked to let Dr. Steven Payne, the librarian and archivist, know at spayne@bronxhistoricalsociety.org or 718-881-8900 x105. The Bronx County Archives opens at 9am and closes promptly at 5pm, Monday–Friday.

COVID-19 Procedures

Patrons who have contracted covid-19 or have been in contact with others who have contracted the virus within the past month will be asked to delay their visit until they can provide negative covid-19 test results or proof of full vaccination. For those who have not yet been vaccinated, masks are required at all times when inside any buildings of The Bronx County Historical Society. No restrictions apply to those who have been fully vaccinated.

Fees

The Bronx County Archives charges a usage fee of $10 per day per patron. The fee is waived for students, educators, members of the Society, and those with financial hardship.

Food and Drink

No food and drink is permitted in The Bronx County Archives' reading rooms, though the Society permits patrons to use its kitchen area for cold storage, eating, and drinking purposes.

Location

The Bronx County Archives are located at 3313 Bainbridge Avenue, The Bronx, NY 10467. Street parking is limited, though we do have one reserved parking spot for researchers at this address that is available first come, first served. There are parking garages located nearby at Montefiore Medical Center. We are also accessible by bus or subway.

Photography, Duplication, and Usage Rights

Patron photography of archival documents with phones or other handheld devices is permitted. Patron photography of photographs with phones or other handheld devices is permitted provided that flash is turned off. Photocopying or digitization services for books, documents, or other print material can be provided by the Society at a rate of $0.10 per page. High-resolution digital copies of images for personal use and research can be provided at a rate of $10 per image. Digital copies of audio-visual material can be provided at a rate of $30/item, provided the Society has the needed equipment. Copyright restrictions apply. Consult the archivist for a list of fees for using the Society's material in publications and other media.

Procedures for Material

Upon arrival, in consultation with the patron, the archivist will pull requested folders from collections being consulted. Patrons may use their own laptops while in the reading room, and WiFi information will be provided upon request. Patrons may also use a notebook or other paper for taking notes, provided only pencil is used. Patrons are asked to exercise the utmost care while handling archival material. The Society kindly asks that documents and photographs within folders are kept in the order in which they are received. Gloves will be provided to patrons. Patrons who anticipate that they will need access to the audio-visual archival material are asked to bring their own headphones.