NYPL Archives

NYPL Archives


The most comprehensive discovery system for archives and manuscripts ever produced by the Library, with over 9,000 collections. This evolving platform introduces several innovative approaches to the presentation of finding aids on the web including an intuitive single-page interface, component-level search, and access to over 120,000 digitized pages. Produced in close collaboration with the NYPL Manuscripts and Archives Division and with the generous support of The Polonsky Foundation and The Hermione Foundation.

I was hired in 2013 to help build the New York Public Library's Archives Portal working with @trevorthornton. The system has some novel features that enables the rendering of a finding aid as a seamless document opposed to divided component pages, typical for archival discovery systems. This enhanced document approach enables the successful rendering of even the largest (30,000+) component finding aids in one view.

The system also provides new opportunities to think about archival data by aggregating almost 10,000 collections, including visualizations:
Network Viz