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About the Archives & Special Collections

The Archives & Special Collections of the New School Libraries & Archives house unique resources open for research and inspiration to the New School community and the public.

The Archives & Special Collections consist of records documenting the history of many of the New School's divisions and programs, as well as archival and special collections of outside individuals and organizations connected to a diverse range of subjects of interest to the New School community, including twentieth century American design and music, philosophy, and the evolution of adult education.

The Archives & Special Collections are made up of many different formats of materials, including artist books, film and video, audio, correspondence, travel journals, scrapbooks, photographs, posters, university publications, and much more.

To begin exploring the collections, click on the links to the left.

News & Events

Since last spring archivist Liza Harrell-Edge has been leading an exciting project to digitize The New School's course catalogs. Done so far? General New School catalogs going back to the school's founding in 1919, the Graduate Faculty from its beginnings in 1933, Art Workshops from the 1940s-60s, the Dramatic Workshop of the 1940s, Parsons and Mannes from their foundings as independent institutions, and Lang! That's over 70,000 pages.

Below is a sneak preview of some of the great catalog covers. Click on a cover image to see if it links to the full catalog—and check back often, as we'll be adding more. In the meantime, contact the Archives to see the rest.