Central Park Conservancy Research Policies
Many of the materials pertinent to researching Central Park are readily available in municipal institutions like The New York Public Library. The resources noted below provide visitors, students, teachers, scholars, and professionals guidance on researching Central Park and Central Park Conservancy.
Resources for Researching Central Park
Where can I find general information on visiting Central Park?
Visit centralparknyc.org/visit to plan your visit, including hours of operation and event listings.
Where can I find general history on Central Park and Central Park Conservancy?
You can read a general history of Central Park at centralparknyc.org/35th-anniversary.
Where can I find current/contemporary images of Central Park?
Visit our press inquiries page for information on obtaining contemporary images for use in press-related materials.
Where can I find historic images of Central Park?
Many historic images of Central Park are readily available through public institutions like the New York City Public Library and Library of Congress, either via their websites or on-site archival collections. For more information, see the Central Park Research Guide.
Where can I find information on Central Park for a school project?
You can read a general history of Central Park at centralparknyc.org/about/history. For more information, see the Bibliography section of the Research Guide.
How do I research Central Park?
Documents and images related to the history of Central Park are housed by multiple institutions, including Central Park Conservancy, the Library of Congress, the New York City Municipal Archives, NYC Parks Archives, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. You can learn more about researching Central Park by reviewing the Research Guide.
For information about conducting field research in the Park, visit NYC Parks permits page.
How do I access the Central Park Conservancy archives?
Central Park Conservancy maintains an archive of documents related to the Park's management and the organization's history and mission-related programs. While the Conservancy does not maintain an open archive, certain holdings may be made available to qualified researchers. For more information, see below.
- Central Park, An American Masterpiece: A Comprehensive History of the Nation's First Urban Park by Sara Cedar Miller
- Creating Central Park by Morrison H. Heckscher
- Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City by Leslie Day
Central Park Conservancy Archive
Central Park Conservancy maintains documents relating to the Park's management and the organization's history and mission-related programs. While these holdings are essential for institutional continuity and are an important source for professionals and scholars interested in a wide variety of fields, the Conservancy is not poised as a research institution. As the Conservancy does not maintain an open archive, holdings are only made available to qualified researchers. For more information, see below.
- Resources are available for graduate and professional-level scholarly research, and by appointment only. Appointments must be scheduled with at least two weeks advance notice.
- In order to schedule an appointment, the researcher must submit a Research Inquiry Form and include a written description of the research project.
- Researchers should consult the Research Guide to better acquaint themselves with the scope and content of the records they wish to access.
If you are interested in pursuing scholarly research, please submit a completed Research Inquiry Form to the email address provided at least two weeks prior to the start of planned research.