Central Park Research Guide

Photo of the The Mall & Literary Walk by Library of Congress

Find resources that provide guidance on researching Central Park and the Central Park Conservancy.

Resources for researching Central Park are readily available in libraries, archives, and other municipal institutions around New York City and beyond. The Conservancy has put together a guide to these resources and the collections that hold them. This guide provides visitors, students, teachers, scholars, and professionals guidance on researching Central Park and the Central Park Conservancy.

View the Research Guide.

Central Park Conservancy Archive

The Central Park Conservancy maintains an archives of documents, photographs, and other records related to the management of the Park and the Conservancy's history and programs. The Conservancy’s archives is not a public research collection. However, we may be able to facilitate scholarly use of the collection if we have relevant materials and staff available to work with researchers. If you are interested in learning more about the Conservancy’s collection and whether we might be able to support your research needs, please submit a Research Inquiry Form at least two weeks in advance.

We are unable to accommodate all requests, and priority is given to researchers at the graduate level and above. We are more likely to be able to help with specific questions than broad research, so please be detailed and precise in your request. Researchers in the early stages of their research or interested in general Central Park history should first consult our Research Guide.