Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York (DHPSNY) is a collaboration between two long-running New York programs dedicated to service and support for archival and library research collections throughout the State: the New York State Archives Documentary Heritage Program and the New York State Library Conservation/Preservation Program. In 2016, the New York State Education Department’s Office of Cultural Education established DHPSNY to ensure consistent and comprehensive services to the vast network of organizations that safeguard New York’s records and make them accessible. The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts was selected to deliver these services to the community of historical records repositories in New York. Through DHPSNY, New York organizations holding historical records and library research collections will have access to essential training and services, including Archival Needs Assessments, Preservation Surveys, Strategic Planning Assistance, and access to a variety of educational programs.

DHPSNY makes these important services available to organizations across New York for free and tailors them to each one’s specific needs. Our goal is to improve each organization’s capacity to collect, preserve, and provide access to archival and library research collections according to professional standards and practices. We also strive to ensure that underrepresented populations and topics are documented in the historical record and to increase public awareness and use of New York’s historical records.

Learn more about DHPSNY

DHPSNY News is an annual print publication chronicling our adventures delivering free programs and services in the Empire State. Our latest issue features a recap of our 2023 Planning & Assessment site visits, education programs, and conferences, as well as interviews, and more. Click here to view a PDF version. Find past issues on our DHPSNY News page.

Our Planning & Assessment Map allows you to explore each of the institutions that DHPSNY has awarded free services since our first application round in fall 2016.
Click here to view the map.

New York’s archives and libraries contain valued historical records:

Thomas Edison’s tinfoil recordings from 1878
Museum of Innovation and Science, Schenectady
Atari game packaging and design collections
Strong National Museum of Play, Rochester
The LIFE magazine collection
International Center for Photography, New York City
Photographs from the birth of hip hop
Cornell University Hip Hop Collection, Ithaca
Documents from the first British royal visit between FDR and King George VI, 1939
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Hyde Park
250,000 photographs documenting over
150 years of baseball

National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown
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