Since the magazine’s inception in 2001, New York Archives has been an important vehicle to connect with donors, historians, students and history lovers, and to communicate the significance of the APT’s support of the State Archives’ work safeguarding New York’s history. All content in the publication is developed, at least in part, from materials in New York’s historical repositories. Because its feature stories are based on research of historic records, some dating back as early as the 1600s, one of the biggest design challenges is working within the limitations of available artwork to illustrate them. For that reason, the creative development of unique typographic treatments for each story has become a key design element. While much of the artwork is supplied, additional imagery and/or period typography is researched to make sure there are as many essential elements as possible to support each story.
The design has maintained the existing template, including the underlying grid and overall the graphic elements (typography, color palette, grid, masthead, imagery, etc.) that have defined this publication for the past two decades.
This publication has been recognized with eight American Graphic Design Awards from Graphic Design:USA magazine, three Ad Club "Nori"Awards, the National Association of Government Communicator's Blue Pencil Award, two First Places and one Second Place for Magazine Design from the American Association of Museums, Gold Award for Magazines from CASE District II, and a Hamer-Kegan Award from the Society of National Archivists.