Collections & Archives

The Skyscraper Museum’s research collections, which is stored onsite are small in linear feet but wide in scope. Overall thecollections focus on New York’s commercial architecture and represent the work of real estate professionals, construction companies, architects, engineers, tenants and owners. The general research collection consists of popular culture artifacts such as postcards and guidebooks, artwork, photographs, prints, publications and ephemera documenting skyscrapers and New York City buildings.  Specialized collections at the museum are donated by firms, organizations or individuals. These document historic New York City skyscrapers, single buildings, areas or streets of New York City that have a concentration of skyscrapers, objects and images depicting the New York City skyline, records of firms that designed or constructed skyscrapers, an organization representing the New York City real estate business as well as one celebrating the built history of Lower Manhattan.

The collections include a significant digital archive.  This archive includes digital records of some of the physical collections, as well as archives that only exist in digital form.

Finding Aids exist for some of the physical and digital collections, which describe the date span, size, provenance, history, scope and content, organization and arrangement, any related collections and a detailed list of objects in the collection.

Related to the collections are The Skyscraper Museum’s online projects focused on specific exhibitions at The Skyscraper Museum, individual skyscrapers, and organizations involved with Lower Manhattan history.

Finding Aids