New York City Government

The official proceedings of the city begin with the granting of a city charter to New Amsterdam in 1652. The first city government was seated in 1653 as a court of burgomasters and schepens.

After the English took over the city and renamed it New York, the new city government was made up of a mayor and council with some vestiges of the old Dutch government remaining. This city government was in place until 1776, when the Revolutionary War brought what was essentially martial law to the city under the British. The American governance of the city was established in 1784.

These links are to Google’s digitized editions of these records from 1653 through 1831. Because of irregularities in cataloging and conversion to text, it is difficult to find the records all in one place. This list is intended to address that shortcoming of Google’s database.

Minutes of the Court of Burgomasters and Schepens 1653-1674

1653 to 1655
1656 to Aug 27, 1658
Sep 3, 1658 to Dec 30, 1661
Jan 3, 1662 to Dec 18, 1663
Jan 8, 1664 to May 1, 1666
May 8, 1666 to Sep 5, 1673
Sep 11, 1673 to Nov 10, 1674

Minutes of the Common Council of the City of New York 1675-1776

Oct 17, 1675 to Dec 10, 1696
Mar 24, 1697 to Nov 30, 1711
Feb 1, 1712 to Nov 8, 1729
Jan 24, 1730 to Sep 19, 1740
Sep 29, 1740 to Nov 21, 1754
Jan 16, 1755 to Dec 28, 1765
Jan 31, 1766 to Dec 23, 1773
Jan 12, 1774 to May 24, 1776

Minutes of the Common Council of the City of New York 1784-1831

Feb 10, 1784 to Apr 2, 1793
Apr 8, 1793 to June 12, 1801
June 22, 1801 to May 13, 1805
May 20, 1805 to Feb 8, 1808
Feb 15, 1808 to Dec 26, 1809
Jan 2, 1810 to Jan 6, 1812
Jan 17, 1812 to June 27, 1814
July 6, 1814 to Jan 27,1817
Feb 3, 1817 to Aug 24, 1818
Sep 7, 1818 to Feb 28, 1820
Mar 6, 1820 to Aug 20, 1821
Sep 3, 1821 to Mar 31, 1823
Apr 2, 1823 to July 19, 1824
Aug 2, 1824 to Nov 7, 1825
Nov 10, 1825 to Dec 25, 1826
Jan 2, 1827 to Feb 25, 1828
Mar 10, 1828 to Apr 6, 1829
Apr 20, 1829 to Apr 19, 1830
May 3, 1830 to May 9, 1831

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