South Street Seaport Museum is actively engaged in a major re-cataloging project to better care for its exceptional collections, both archival and artifact, that support its mission the story New York as a world port and as the founding port city of America. The project will improve future public access to the material in our care, and ensure that it is preserved for many generations to come.
The collections department is available to answer questions from the public and will make every effort to find an answer to your query. However, if it requires more than 1 hour of staff time, fees will apply. Please fill out the forms below with pertinent details of your request, including any deadlines or notice of intended publication. Research requests are handled in the order received, and if there is a large influx at the given moment it will take a minimum of 3 weeks to complete.
Access to South Street Seaport Museum’s collection and reference library is granted on a case by case basis at the discretion of the Collections Manager. Access to certain items or collections may be limited due to condition or other reasons established by the staff.
Research fees depend on the nature of the request. A cost estimate can be provided once a research request is submitted.
South Street Seaport Museum members at level “Contributor” and higher are entitled to a discount on all research fees.
Photographs of the collection taken with a handheld device are allowed for personal use only. Digital images for lecture, publication, exhibition, public space, films, or web/blog/digital use are subject to separate reproduction and licensing fees. Please contact us for more information.
ACCESS TO THE COLLECTION IS GRANTED ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS, AT THE DISCRETION OF THE COLLECTIONS DEPARTMENT, AND BY APPOINTMENT ONLY For more information please fill out the form below.