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- No Formal FOIL Request Needed (Records Release Negotiated with Administrative Officials)
- Records Have All Been Completely Uploaded!
- County or Municipality: New York City (All Boroughs)
- State: New York
- Archive or Library: New York City Municipal Archives
- Government Agency: New York City Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS)
This list of names is exactly what it sounds like, a list of everyone in New York City who was legally registered to vote in the 1924 election. It was originally compiled by the New York City Board of Elections and printed in the City Record, a daily government publication. That means that this kind of registered voters list isn’t under copyright and is potentially available under state Freedom of Information laws — which is exactly the kind of thing we like to acquire and publish.
The list is broken down by the five boroughs (counties) of New York City, and then each borough is broken down by their Assembly Districts.
All New York City birth certificates that are more than 100 years old are supposed to be open to the public. Yet the New York City Department of Health has inexplicably failed to transfer these seven years’ worth of older birth certificates to the NYC Municipal Archives, which only has the certificates through 1909. Reclaim The Records will be making a FOIL request on or after January 1, 2018 to acquire and distribute these certificates to the public. We’re waiting until January 1st to make sure all of the 1917 certificates will be legally available and included in the request.
On January 3, 2016, Reclaim The Records submitted a FOIL request to the New York State Department of Health for a copy of the entire New York City death index, from June 1880 through December 31, 1956. We requested the index only in this FOIL request.
And seventeen months later, we won the records!