Welcome to the home page of the Albany County Hall of Records (ACHOR) in Albany, New York. Our Hall of Records is a joint program of the County of Albany, NY, and the City of Albany, NY, and began operations in 1982.
Albany County’s Hall of Records is located at 95 Tivoli Street (directions) in Albany. Our new building is larger, has much more room for public access, and better public parking. Our telephone number is (518) 436-3663. Our hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.
The Albany County Hall of Records is unique among county agencies in that it is a joint city and county collection. Because the archival records of both Albany County and the City of Albany are housed in one location, the public is better able to research local history. Expenses incurred to provide secure vault storage, public search room space, and trained staff are shared by the two participating governments.
We are proud of the quality and friendliness of the staff here. At the same time, we are grateful to County Executive Dan McCoy, Mayor Kathy Sheehan, the Albany County Legislature, and the Common Council of the City of Albany for their consistent support of records management generally and our Hall of Records in particular.
To request that the Albany County Hall of Records perform research for you, please print and complete our Research Request Form.
For more information on the holdings of the Hall of Records please see our finding aids.
For information on historical government records not held by the Hall of Records please see the Other Government Resources section.
The educational program allows Albany County Schools (second grade through high school) to incorporate primary sources into classroom lessons.
School groups are invited to use the search room facilities, or the Albany County Archivist will bring records to the classroom for students' use.
There is no charge for this service.
Archives Month 2019: Albany County Hall of Records: Bringing New York Laboring Experiences to Life (May 2019)
Archives Month 2018: Bountiful Barrels: How Albany affected beer and how beer affected Albany (October 24, 2018)
Albany County Historical Records Archives Month Presentation (October 25, 2016)
Albany County Historical Records Archives Month Presentation (October 27, 2015)