The Tenement Museum Photo Archive includes more than 1,500 images spanning from the 1860s to today. The Museum’s collection features images of the neighborhood, historic and contemporary photographs of 97 Orchard Street, and historic portraits of those who lived and worked there. All images are part of the Museum’s permanent collection, which features over 5,000 objects and 130 linear feet of archival records.

Requesting Image Reproductions

Reproduction, public display, or distribution of an image from the Museum's photograph collection requires the permission of the Museum. To request a particular image, please click the Request Image button from the bottom right corner of the Object Image and fill out the form with your contact information along with details on how you plan to use the image. Fees will vary depending on the specifics of each request, including print run, and are subject to change at the discretion of the Museum. If you would like to request the use of multiple images please contact us at the information detailed below and provide a list of the Object ID numbers for each photograph you are seeking permission to use.

For more information about the Photo Collections or to schedule a research appointment in our Archives, please contact Danielle Swanson, Collections Manager, at or 646-518-3016.

Tips for Searching

Keyword Search

The Keyword Search function allows you to search for specific terms or phrases. Keyword searches use OR as the default connector between words (e.g. a search for Jewish Immigrant will return records associated with Jewish OR Immigrant). If you want to find records where both keywords are found, type in AND between the two words. To search for a specific phrase, be sure to put the phrase within quotes (e.g. "Lower East Side"), input the term and then press the search button. The next page displays the results with thumbnail views of the images while giving you a brief description. Click on the thumbnail to see a larger image, or click on the Object ID number to see the full record. Many searches will have multiple pages of results, click on the numbers at the bottom of the page to view more search results.

Suggested Keyword Searches: Apartment, Immigrant, Jewish, Lower East Side, Street Scene, Tenement, 97 Orchard. Families: Baldizzi, Burinescu, Confino, Epstein, Gumpertz, Levine, Marcus, Mason, Meda, Moore, Rogarshevsky, Saez, Schneider, Valez

Advanced Search

The Advanced Search function allows for specific searches including various fields, including keywords, search terms, object ID number, collection, description, people and by date. Use the Advanced search feature for directing specific searches and to narrow down your search results. For example, searching Baldizzi in the People field will bring up any records associated with a member of the Baldizzi family. Click the "Search Records" button at the bottom of the page to see the results.

Suggested Collections: Allan Silverman, Arnold Eagle, Donald Sheppard, Edmund V. Gillon, Edward Schwartz, Jerome Liebling, Wijnada Deroo

Random Images

The Random Images button is a great way to just browse the collection. Each Random Images page displays a random assortment of images from the records online. If something piques your interest, click the thumbnail to view a larger version of the image.