1. The Laws of New York
  2. Consolidated Laws
  3. Arts and Cultural Affairs
  4. Title U: Divisions of History and Public Records
  5. Article 57: Divisions of History and Public Records


Section 57.03 Functions of the office of state history

Arts and Cultural Affairs (ACA)

It shall be the function of the office of state history:

  1. To collect, edit and publish, with the approval of the commissioner of education, any archives, records, papers or manuscripts that are deemed essential or desirable for the preservation of the state's history.

  2. To prepare and publish, with the approval of the commissioner of education, or assist in the preparation and publication of, works relating to the history of the colony and state of New York.

  3. To acquire, administer, preserve, exhibit, interpret, and, in conformity with the regulations of the commissioner of education, to loan, exchange or dispose of historical objects of personal property relating to the history of the colony and state of New York; and to advise any state agency, board, commission, office, civil subdivision, institution, organization, or individual on the acquisition, administration, preservation, exhibition, interpretation, and disposition of historical objects.

  4. To perform the functions of the state education department set forth in section 19.11 of the parks, recreation and historic preservation law with respect to historic sites under the jurisdiction of the office of parks, recreation and historic preservation; and to advise and assist any political subdivision of the state and any institution, organization or individual concerning the designation, acquisition, administration, interpretation, use and disposition of any historic site, property or place relative to the history of the colony and state of New York, and to coordinate educational programs and projects at such historic sites or properties.

  5. To advise and assist any state agency, board, commission, office, civil subdivision, institution or organization in the planning and execution of any commemorative event relating to the history of the colony and state of New York or New York's participation in commemorative events outside of the state.

  6. To perform other functions or duties assigned the office by the commissioner of education.