About the Archive Project

The New York Preservation Archive Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to documenting, preserving, and celebrating the history of historic preservation in New York City. Recognizing the instructive and inspirational importance of this history to the continued health, success and growth of preservation in our city, NYPAP hopes to bring these stories to light through public programs, oral histories, and the creation of public access to information. NYPAP is devoted to celebrating neglected narratives of New York historic preservation, as well as the canon, using the archives that hold these stories.

Contact us:

The New York Preservation Archive Project
174 East 80th Street
New York, NY 10075
Phone: (212) 988-8379
Fax: (212) 537-5571
General Info: [email protected]

Make a Donation in Support of our Work

Help the New York Preservation Archive Project Make a Real Difference!

With your support, the Archive Project can capture more preservation stories through oral histories. We can partner with more organizations on public programs highlighting and documenting preservation’s story. We can focus energy on building our preservation history database. We can take full advantage of this special moment to remind New Yorkers that our beloved landmarks and historic districts survive today not by accident but because generations of concerned preservationists fought to secure their future.

Donate via PayPal by clicking the "Donate" button above. Or mail a check to 174 East 80th Street, New York, NY 10075. Credit card donations can also be securely made by phone at 212-988-8379.

Join the Stewardship Society!

Join the Stewardship Society!

The Stewardship Society was created to celebrate our most devoted benefactors, or “Stewards,” who annually contribute $500 or more in general support. Because our work could not be done without our generous donors, the New York Preservation Archive Project celebrates these supporters with a series of unique tours at institutional archives and private collections throughout New York City. Since its launch in 2011, the Society has held behind-the-scenes tours at such locations as Carnegie Hall, the Explorers Club, and the Park Avenue Armory.

And in 2014 the Archive Project founded the Columns Club, which consists of young professionals ages 21-40 who donate $75 or more annually. Members are welcome to join these remarkable Stewardship Society tours, plus exclusive Columns Club events!

Click here to learn more. 

The Archive Project is on Social Media!


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Guide to the NYPAP Database and Resources


The Preservation History Database is a first-stop encyclopedic resource for researchers interested in the history of preservation in New York City. You can view records by:

The Library is a collection of original research on topics in preservation history.

The Oral Histories section features in-depth interviews with preservation advocates and thought-leaders.

Visit the Preservation Memory Collection Project to share a personal story about a preservationist in your life.

Purchase a Copy of Preserving New York

Preserving New York:
Winning the Right to Protect a City's Landmarks

Preserving New York

Preserving New York, by Anthony C. Wood, is the story of the people and places, the buildings and battles, and the policies and politics that, after decades of tragic losses, led New York City to create a legal mechanism to protect the city’s cherished landmarks.

Order an autographed copy from NYPAP!

Click here to learn more about this celebrated account of the origins of New York City’s nationally acclaimed landmarks law.

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Preservation She Wrote

Whodunit?! Find out at Preservation She Wrote!

April 19, 2016
6:30 p.m.


Join us for the second installment of our Murder, She Wrote screening series.  Click here to register for free!

New Oral Histories: Diversity & the Outer Boroughs

With the launch of Saving Preservation Stories: Diversity and the Outer Boroughs, the Archive Project's oral history team is currently capturing underrepresented stories from the history of preservation in New York City. Click here to learn more about this project. 

2015 Archival Assistance Fund Recipients Announced!

The Archive Project congratulates the 2015 recipients of the Archival Assistance Fund. From the collection of the oldest house in Queens to the documentation of the ongoing celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Landmarks Law, these grantees show the range of incredible archival resources in New York City, and the work being done to protect and improve them. Click here to read more! 

Help Us Collect LPC Names!

Bard Breakfast

The Archive Project is gathering the names and contact information of current and former staff members of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission in order to create a master list. This document has the potential to become an important historical record, but it is still incomplete. If you are a former staff member or commissioner and can help provide names and contact information for past colleagues, please email us at [email protected]. And view the names we currently have information for by clicking here.

Archive Project Founder on WNYC!

Archive Project Founder and Chair Anthony C. Wood is a guest on WNYC's The Leonard Lopate Show to speak on the 50th anniversary of the Landmarks Law and the Museum of the City of New York's exhibition honoring 50 years of New York landmarks. Click here to listen!

2014 Benefit Speaker in The New York Times!

Landmarks45 Logo

Read about the Archive Project's 2014 Bard Birthday Breakfast Benefit speaker Nathan Silver in a powerful profile in The New York Times entitled "From Afar, Still Defending New York's Landmarks, and the Stories They Hold."   

Our Vanishing Legacy now on YouTube

Our Vanishing Legacy is now
available on YouTube!

Our Vanishing Legacy, the first prime-time broadcast advocating for preservation efforts in New York City, can now be viewed in its entirety on the Archive Project's YouTube page. Just click below to enjoy this milestone of preservation history.

Video Highlights: Explore our Collection on YouTube

Visit the Archive Project's YouTube page to view videos from our programs, historic films, and more!

The Campaign to Preserve 2 Columbus Circle

2 Columbus Circle

Access a chronology of one of the most aggressive, high-profile, highly-chronicled broad-based preservation advocacy efforts since the creation of the Landmarks Law in 1965.