Research and Genealogy Inquiries

Learn More About Firefighting History

The following resources are provided for your exploration and to guide your research. 

Curator's Corner

Articles from our Collections Manager.

Photo Requests

Images may be requested at a cost of $25 each.  After the image is selected you will be directed to the online checkout.


This fee may be waived for members of the FDNY and their families, and for certain academic purposes.  Please email the Collections Manager for eligibility.

Genealogy Inquiries

The NYC Fire Museum does NOT hold any FDNY personnel records. As a family member, you can obtain a firefighter’s service record from the FDNY Personnel Records.


Before contacting us, please contact FDNY Human Resources at


After receiving information from the FDNY, you may send an email to the Collections Manager. We will see if we have any information that might be useful to you. Please have the relative’s name, years of service, and company number ready, or send a copy of the personnel record received from headquarters.


You can check libraries and the internet for some of the following resources related to the history and operations of New York City’s fire department. This list is by no means complete, rather these are suggested sources for your research. We do not lend or copy any of these publications from our archives.