Gotham Center for New York City History

A research and public education institution dedicated to advancing scholarly and public understanding of New York City’s rich and living past.

3D rendering of New York City and the surrounding boroughs, seen from the air

The mission of the Gotham Center is to support independent and professional historical work examining the various forces and figures that have shaped life in the city, as well as New York’s enormous contributions to the development of the nation and the world. Through a variety of research programs — grants, fellowships, seminars, conferences, and other projects — we hope to underwrite the production of this knowledge and shape the next generation of scholarship. Through a variety of public-facing initiatives — such as our free event series, blog, podcasts, online education and K-12 programs — we also strive to make that knowledge available to the widest possible audience, sharing the best and most interesting new work far beyond the academic community and immediate metropolitan area. Finally, we endeavor to make this information useful to actors influencing culture and policy today, fostering greater awareness of historical knowledge and exchange between scholars and leaders in civil society and government. In all things, we ask New Yorkers to consider how the past has created the present, and what lessons it might offer for the challenges we face in our great city, now and in the future.

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Our History

The Gotham Center was founded in 2000 by Mike Wallace, after his landmark work Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898, co-authored with Edwin Burrows, won the Pulitzer. For more than twenty years, it has been the one academic institution devoted exclusively to promoting this critical field of study.

Book cover: Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 by Mike Wallace and Edwin C. Burrows

Our Activities and Offerings

Research, Resources, and Educational Programs

The Gotham Center provides a wealth of resources to support and inspire public education and research into the rich history of New York City.

Visit the Center's website for more resources, including original podcasts and reference materials.

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