WPA Tax Photos on Microfilm

From the late 1930s until 1941 the Works Progress Administration photographed almost every house that existed on Staten Island. The Archives & Special Collections at the CSI Library has microfilm containing these photos.

To find a WPA photo of your house you need to know your Block/Lot number. This number is usually located somewhere on your property tax bill. The New York City Department of Finance web site will also supply block and lot numbers for individual addresses.

The quality of the photos, as well as the quality of the copies that you can make off the microfilm printer varies. Should you desire a better copy, the NYC Municipal Archives allows you to download an application form and order one of their prints for a fee.

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The College of Staten Island, CUNY
Archives & Special Collections
Library, 1L-216
2800 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, New York 10314

Telephone: 718.982.4128
Fax: 718.982.4127
Email: archives@csi.cuny.edu