The New York City Department of Records has just announced online access to 870,000 historical images of the city. They’re great to show in class, though, in email correspondence I’ve had with them, any educational use of them in student or teacher projects like slideshows requires a license. “They are available without license only for use to illustrate editorial comment in a news story” they said.

Some news organizations apparently have been given permission to reproduce them online. Here are a few sites where you can see some great shots:

Historic Photos From the NYC Municipal Archives is from The Atlantic.

Never-before-seen photos from 100 years ago tell vivid story of gritty New York City is from The Mail Online.

I’m adding these resources to The Best Sites For Learning About New York City and to The Best Photos — In The World?

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