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Parsons School of Design

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

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

Parsons School of Design photograph collection (pre-2008 accessions)

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

Parsons School of Design course catalog collection

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).
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Parsons School of Design

Parsons School of Design course description collection

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.

Parsons School of Design

Parsons School of Design marketing and promotional materials collection

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

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

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

Parsons School of Design poster collection (pre-2007)

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

Fashion Focus Workshop audio recordings

1984-1985, 21 interviews
Offered annually during spring semester throughout the 1980s, the Fashion Focus workshops offered advanced photography students an opportunity to meet and hear from fashion photographers, editors, agents, makeup artists, and hair stylists. The 21 recordings in this collection include lectures from 1984 and 1985. Lecturers include Rebecca Blake, Ann Blevens, Dan Brennan, David Brown, Knut Bry, Christiaan (Christiaan Houtenbos), Antony Clavet, Wendy Goodman, Bethann Hardison, Douglas Hopkins, Lucille Khornak, Klaus Laubmayer, Linda Mason, James Moore, Xavier Moreau, Helmut Newton, Johno du Plessis, David Seidner, Walter Thomas, Albert Watson, and James Wojcik. In addition to the Fashion Focus workshops, Advertising, Fine Art, and Photojournalism workshops were offered. These workshops were primarily targeted at continuing education students, rather than undergraduates, and predate the formation of the Photography master's degree program at Parsons.

Parsons School of Design

Focus Photography lecture series audio recordings

1982-1985, 38 lectures
The Focus Photography lectures consist of presentations by working photographers at Parsons School of Design, often showing slides while offering anecdotes about their experiences in the field, highlighting techniques employed, personal and professional challenges, and career trajectories. Lecturers include Dmitri Baltermants, Ross Baughman, Harry Benson, Arthur Deresian, Harry Dawson, Dan Dry, John Durniak, Claudio Edinger, David Eitlinger, Charles Gatewood, Leslie Goldman, James Hamilton, Charles Harbutt, Gregory Heisler, Walter Heun, Abigail Heyman, George Holz, Jose Lopez, Mary Ellen Mark, Keith McManus, Susan Meiselas, Michael O'Brien, John Loengard, Sylvia Plachy, Arthur Rothstein, Richard Sandler, Chiang Ning Sheng, Douglas Vann, and Alex Webb. In addition to the lectures by individual photographers, there are several panels, including a panel on Afghanistan led by Jim Sheldon, a street photography panel led by Ben Fernandez (who started the Photography Department at Parsons and founded the Focus series), with Angel Franco and Helinda; and a panel on Roy Stryker held at the International Center for Photography.
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Parsons School of Design

Parsons School of Design Advanced Research Seminar student manifestoes

2016 December, 0.8 linear feet
Collection consists of twenty-three student projects created as a final assignment for Professor Esther Choi's "Advanced Reasearch Seminar: Constructed Environments" during the fall 2016 semester. All students were undergraduates enrolled in The New School's Parsons School of Design, primarily in architecture, interior design, and product design programs. The projects take the form of design manifestoes, combining text, images, and different forms of bindings, materials and presentation.

Parsons School of Design

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

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

Parsons School of Design slide collection

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 School of Design. Alumni Association.

Parsons School of Design Alumni Association records

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.

Parsons School of Design. Lighting Design program.

Parsons School of Design MFA Lighting Design program theses

1987-1994, 2006-2015, 201 theses
Collection consists of theses written by students in the Parsons School of Design MFA Lighting Design program.

Parsons School of Design. Office of the Dean

David C. Levy records

1952-1990, 7 linear ft
David Corcos Levy served as dean of Parsons School of Design from 1970 until 1989. The bulk of these records were generated between 1970 and 1984, after the merger of Parsons and the New School for Social Research, and consist of memos, correspondence, reports, and subject files related to Levy's administrative tenure. Correspondents include a range of New School and Parsons administrators, including New School president John R. Everett; New School dean Allen Austill; Albert Landa; Oscar Kolin, chair of the Helena Rubinstein Foundation and a member of the Parsons Board of Overseers; and Neil Hoffman, dean of the Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design. Frequent faculty correspondents include Martica Sawin, Mary Ann Scherr, John Russo, and Irwin Touster. Categories and subjects represented herein include developing and implementing new degree programs; the process of merging academic institutions, including the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles; faculty relations and unionization; accreditation; program and department establishment and design; and fundraising activities. Also found here are materials created by the Parsons Board of Trustees and, after the merger, the New School Board of Overseers.
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Parsons School of Design. Office of the Dean

Lesley Cadman records

1976-2007 (bulk 1982-2001), 3.3 linear ft
The Lesley Cadman records were created or received by Lesley Cadman during her term as vice dean of Parsons School of Design. Some records pre-date Cadman's arrival at Parsons.

Parsons School of Design. Office of the Dean

Charles S. Olton records

1974-1999, 7 linear ft
Consists of records created and received by Charles S. Olton, dean of Parsons School of Design from 1989 until 1997. Includes subject files on committees, departments and programs, events, individuals, international projects, and general administrative issues. Some files are restricted. Please email archivist@newschool.edu for details.

Parsons the New School for Design

Laura Johnson collection

1958-1998, 0.4 linear ft
Laura Johnson (died 2002) was a New York City socialite and wife of Saks Fifth Avenue executive F. Raymond Johnson. The collection is primarily comprised of photographic prints and press clippings documenting her extensive wardrobe of couture clothing and active social life between the 1950s and late 1990s.
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Parsons the New School for Design

Radical Shifts: Reshaping the Interior at Parsons (1955-1985) oral history project

2010, 5.2 gb
The oral histories comprising this collection were conducted in the fall and winter of 2010 in preparation for the exhibit, Radical Shifts: Reshaping the Interior at Parsons, 1955-1985, with the goal of recording a range of perspectives on the interior and environmental design departments at Parsons School of Design in the 1960s and 1970s. During this period, Parsons' longstanding and famous interior design program completely transformed, adopting a more experimental and socially engaged program of study in the newly-created Environmental Design Department.

Parsons the New School for Design. Adam and Sophie Gimbel Design Library.

Fashion print scrapbook collection

circa 1800-1913, 25.6 linear ft
Consists of 19 scrapbooks containing more than 10,000 prints of fashion illustrations produced between the early 1800s and 1913. The prints primarily depict men's, women's, and children's clothing and accessories, with a small number of images depicting theatrical costumes, architectural and sculptural details, and textile designs. One scrapbook contains swatches of French and Asian textiles. Many of the images were issued originally as portfolio prints, others cut from books and periodicals, such as Graham's Magazine and Godey's Lady's Book and Magazine. The majority of the earlier prints are of French origin.

Parsons the New School for Design. Fashion Design Dept.

Parsons School of Design Fashion Design Department records (pre-2008 accessions)

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.
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Parsons The New School for Design. Illustration Department

Parsons School of Design Illustration Department zine collection

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, Frank Alvah

Frank Alvah Parsons correspondence and tribute by James Wilfrid Kerr

1925-1930, 0.1 linear ft
The collection contains correspondence from Frank Alvah Parsons, president of the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (later, Parsons School of Design), to alumni James Wilfrid Kerr and Rose Netzorg Kerr, in addition to a short manuscript written by James Wilfrid Kerr upon Parsons' death. The tribute relates Kerr's experiences as a World War One veteran studying art under Parsons' tutelage.

Parsons, Frank Alvah

Frank Alvah Parsons lectures on art and prints of period rooms

1917-1922, 1.8 linear ft
Frank Alvah Parsons (1866-1930) began as an instructor at the New York School of Art in 1904. In 1911 he became director, renaming the school the New York School of Fine and Applied Art to reflect his reorientation of the institution's focus toward the practical design disciplines. The school was later renamed to honor Parsons' leadership. The collection is comprised of published editions of 21 of Parsons' lectures on art, and includes prints of period rooms he used to illustrate his lectures.
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Pellino, Anthony

Anthony Pellino student work

1982-1986, 1.5 linear ft
The collection consists of examples of Anthony Pellino's student art and design work, the bulk of which was completed in 1983, in his first year at Parsons. The notes that appear throughout the collection guide were compiled from notes made by Pellino at the time that he donated his work to the New School Archives.

Pisano, Ronald G.

Ronald G. Pisano project records for the William Merritt Chase catalogue raisonné

1896-2011, 12 linear ft
These records consist of files compiled and produced during the more than thirty years of research and writing that culminated in the publication of the Complete Catalogue of Known and Documented Work by William Merritt Chase (1849–1916), published in four volumes by Yale University Press between 2006 and 2010. The project was begun by Ronald G. Pisano (1948-2000) and completed by D. Frederick Baker and Carolyn Lane after Pisano's death. Files include correspondence with auction houses, museums, galleries, libraries, archives, and individual owners of Chase work; authentication reports; photographs of Chase work; exhibition and auction records; news clippings and articles by and about Chase; and photographs and correspondence from Chase's lifetime (mostly obtained as photocopies from other institutions).

Porges, Lucie, 1926-

Lucie Porges fashion design papers

1950-2011, 9.1 linear feet
The Lucie Porges fashion design papers include biographical materials, fashion sketches, fashion illustrations and fashion photographs, and teaching records. It is of a primarily professional nature, with little documentation of Porges's personal life. The primary activities documented are Porges's fashion design work for Pauline Trigère and her teaching activities at Parsons School of Design.
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