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Parsons School of Design academic departments, programs and schools collection (pre-2009 accessions)

Creator : Parsons School of Design

1914-2009, 26 linear ft
Collection contains materials created by academic departments of Parsons School of Design. In addition to documentation of Parsons' main campus in New York City, Includes materials originating from overseas facilities and affiliate schools, such as Otis Art Institute (California), Paris Ateliers/Parsons Paris, and Altos de Chavon (Dominican Republic).

Parsons School of Design administrative and other offices collection (pre-2008 accessions)

Creator : Parsons School of Design

1909-2007 (bulk 1973-1999), 17 linear ft
Predominantly comprised of records produced by the Development Office, these papers document fund raising initiatives, special programs, events, and alumni reunion plans. Other offices represented in this group are Admissions, Alumni Relations, Career Services, Public Relations, and Publication Design, Special Events, and Student Council publications. Also includes provisional charter for the New York School of Fine and Applied Art, 1909.

Parsons School of Design Alumni Association records

Creator : Parsons School of Design. Alumni Association.

1920-1970, 16 linear ft
The Parsons School of Design Alumni Association was incorporated in 1952 and continued until Parsons School of Design merged into the New School for Social Research in 1970. Records contain correspondence, financial records, minutes, photographic materials, printed materials, scrapbooks of clippings and subject files. Also includes documents generated by earlier alumni associations that the Alumni Association incorporated into its working files.
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Parsons School of Design Centenary oral history project

Creator : New School

1994, 13 audiocassettes
The Parsons School of Design Centenary Oral History Project consists of recorded sound interviews with twelve individuals as well as two audio monologues by the project's manager, Martica Sawin. These interviews, all recorded in 1994, cover the history of different academic departments and design disciplines over the course of the twentieth century as experienced by leading former and then-current instructors and administrators. Recordings are all in English.

Parsons School of Design course catalog collection

Creator : Parsons School of Design

1896-2012, 9 linear ft
The Parsons course catalogs collection consists of publications from Parsons New School of Design and its affiliate programs, including catalogs for overseas schools, and continuing education and AAS programs. Catalogs include information regarding pedagogy objectives, school policies and admissions requirements, departmental and course descriptions, faculty and administration rosters, facilities, fees, and examples of student work. Materials for the years 1896-1912 consists primarily of photocopies of print advertisements for the Chase School of Art (which became the New York School of Art, then the New York School of Fine and Applied Art, and, later, Parsons School of Design).

Parsons School of Design course description collection

Creator : Parsons School of Design

1984-2006, 1.4 linear ft
Consists of photocopied course description packets produced by the Registrar's Office for classes offered at Parsons School of Design. Packets include information regarding class schedules, instructors, credit hours, degree requirements, and curriculum.
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Parsons School of Design Fashion Design Department records (pre-2008 accessions)

Creator : Parsons the New School for Design. Fashion Design Dept.

1941-2008, undated, 148 linear ft
Contains the records of the Fashion Design Department of Parsons The New School for Design. Records include course syllabi and descriptions, look books, clippings scrapbooks, student work, and annual fashion benefit planning records, photographs, and programs. A name index for searching Parsons alumni and faculty in the clippings scrapbooks may be found at http://guides.library.newschool.edu/index.

Parsons School of Design Graphic Design Department student work

Creator : Gruda, Katarzyna

1996-2010, 10.9
The items in this collection represent work created by students enrolled in Parsons School of Design's Graphic Design program. Screen-printed posters constitute the majority of the collection, with other examples including books, cards, jewel cases for compact disks, plastic mats, and a thematic sculpture series documented in color photographs and one sample. The majority of the work was produced for classes taught by Katarzyna Gruda.

Parsons School of Design handbooks and orientation materials collection (pre-2008 accessions)

Creator : Parsons School of Design

1968-2007, undated, 3.3 linear ft
Contains handbooks and guides issued by the administration of Parsons School of Design and The New School to familiarize Parsons faculty, students, and students' families with school regulations, policies, and procedures. Also includes materials designed to acquaint students with aspects of living and studying in New York City.
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Parsons School of Design Illustration Department zine collection

Creator : Parsons The New School for Design. Illustration Department

1983-2011 (bulk 2000-2011), 3 linear ft
The Parsons School of Design Illustration Department compiled this collection of approximately 175 zines, little magazines, and other illustrated limited run publications.

Parsons School of Design marketing and promotional materials collection

Creator : Parsons School of Design

1913-2011, 3.2 linear ft
Printed publicity materials including but not limited to circulars, mailers, promotional booklets and pamphlets, and postcards generally advertising Parsons School of Design, or a particular course or program of study not connected to a specific department.

Parsons School of Design oral history program

Creator : New School

1994, 2010-2014, 8.86 gb
This ongoing oral history program documents the lives and work of designers, artists, and others active in the fields of art and design. Interviewees include Parsons alumni, faculty, and professionals without a direct Parsons connection.
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Parsons School of Design photograph collection (pre-2008 accessions)

Creator : Parsons School of Design

circa 1920s-2003, 3.2 linear ft
Includes 1,425 photographs, contact sheets and negatives documenting Parsons student and campus life, including exhibitions, award and fashion shows, guest lectures, field trips, and campus construction projects.

Parsons School of Design poster collection (pre-2007)

Creator : Parsons School of Design

1927-2006, 22.3 linear ft
Contains 236 posters created for academic departments and administrative offices of Parsons The New School for Design, including promotional posters for summer sessions and study abroad programs, recruiting by specific departments, and publicity for exhibitions, public programs, and internship fairs. With the exception of a 1927 poster advertising a dance, the series does not contain any material created prior to 1956.

Parsons School of Design slide collection

Creator : Parsons School of Design

circa 1961-1996, 7 linear ft
Consists of thousands of slides (primarily 1970s through the '90s) documenting Parsons student and campus life, including exhibitions, award and fashion shows, guest lectures, field trips, and campus construction projects. Approximately one third of the slides represent the Fashion Design Department-related activities. (Inventory available -- please contact archivist@newschool.edu)
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Parsons Table research files

Creator : New School Archives and Special Collections

1923-2006, 0.4 linear ft
The Parsons Table research files consist primarily of work conducted and assembled by the director and staff of the New School Archives in 2002 to support a Parsons School of Design's Design and Management Department project in which students would construct and market a version of the Parsons Table. Archives staff prepared a questionnaire for alumni to gather information about the origins of the table and its design. Several responses include sketches of the table. While furnishing no conclusive evidence, these files will be useful to researchers investigating the history of the table, its relationship to the school, and the stories that have been told about it.

Patrick Michael Hughes students' work and teaching records

Creator : Hughes, Patrick

circa 2007-2010, 1 linear ft
Student work and a syllabus from two fashion design courses Patrick Michael Hughes taught at Parsons School of Design between 2007 and 2010. The courses, History, Culture, Society and Themes in Men's Fashion are repesented through notebooks, drawings, and papers. Additionally, the collection includes an independent study project based on the men's suit and a project created in a class taught by Hughes's colleague, Lisa SantaAndrea.

Portrait of Sophie Gimbel

Creator : Bouché, René

circa 1961, 0.1 linear ft
Fashion illustration by René Robert Bouché depicting American fashion designer Sophie Gimbel. The illustration appeared in the April 15, 1961 issue of American Vogue with the caption, "Sophie's sari tactics for short evenings." Signed "RRB" in upper right-hand corner. Prior to the 2014 closure of the Adam and Sophie Gimbel Design Library, a framed reproduction of this illustration hung on a column at the entrance to Parsons School of Design's library in 2 West 13th Street.
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