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University History Collections

University History Collections include course bulletins, posters, promotional materials, photographs, scrapbooks, student publications, academic and design work, administrative and academic department records, audio and video recordings of lectures and special events, exhibition catalogs, oral histories, and much more. The University History Collections document the independent and united histories of The New School's current divisions, as well as earlier programs, schools, and departments. The Parsons and Mannes collections document the schools' long lives as independent institutions before they became part of The New School. Other divisions represented include the New School for Public Engagement and its predecessor schools, including the Art Workshops and the Adult Division, which dates back to the school's founding in 1919; the New School for Social Research, or Graduate Faculty, since its beginnings as the University in Exile in 1933; Eugene Lang College and earlier undergraduate programs; and the Dramatic Workshop of the 1940s.

Parsons Institutional Collections

The Parsons Institutional Collections contain records, photographs, print, audiovisual, exhibition catalogs, student work, and other materials produced within Parsons' academic and administrative departments. Constituting Parsons' institutional memory, the collections both embody and track the history of the school from its founding in 1896 through the present.

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New School Institutional Collections

The New School Institutional Collections document the rich and wide-ranging activities of the New School from 1919 through today, reflecting the school's position at the crossroads of many of the crucial currents of 20th and 21st century intellectual, cultural, social, political and artistic life. Of note are course catalogs dating back to the founding of most divisions, including those of Parsons and Mannes as independent institutions. Other collections include Joseph Urban's architectural plans for the university's landmarked 12th Street building; course and curriculum development files; scrapbooks, photographs, posters, and promotional materials from many signal as well as lesser known moments in the school's history.

In addition to the collections found here, the papers of a number of the scholars who formed the University in Exile starting in 1933 will be found in the German and Jewish Intellectual Emigre Collection at the State University of New York at Albany.

Please note that some of the collections described here are unprocessed, and some may be partially restricted due to confidentiality. Please consult with an archivist for more detail.

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Mannes Institutional Collections

Includes photographs of faculty and students; recordings of lectures and student concerts; and administrative files. Course bulletins for Mannes from 1916 through 2004 are available digitally. Contact the Archives at for access.

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