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NYC Municipal Archives Collections

Between 1939 and 1941, the Works Progress Administration, in conjunction with the New York City Department of Taxation, organized teams of photographers to shoot pictures of every building in the five boroughs of New York City. The photographs were taken to improve the process of determining and recording property value assessments. Guide to the 1940s Tax Department photographs, 1939-1951

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  • eg. block=118 AND lot=8

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  • Street numbers should be written numerically; eg. 14 Street

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