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Guide to the The New School Bulletin collection, 1927-1971

Collection Overview


New School Collections

Collection Identifier



New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y. : 1919-1997).


New School Bulletin collection, 1927-1971


1.6 linear ft: 1.5 boxes

Language of Materials note

All publications are in English.


The New School's publicity office began issuing the New School Bulletin in 1927. The Bulletins -- sometimes referred to as the "Weekly Bulletin" -- contain announcements about lectures, exhibitions, performances and other campus events, information and updates for selected courses, brief editorial features, and other current news about the school. They were issued inconsistently beginning in 1927, weekly from 1943 to 1961, and thereafter with decreasing frequency before ceasing publication in 1971.

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], [name of collection], [collection number], box __, folder __, New School Archives, The New School, New York, New York.

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Historical Note

The offices of Publicity, Information, Public Relations, and Development were all very much intertwined at The New School between the 1940s at least through the 1970s. What follows is a basic chronology of significant positions and responsibilities as they changed over those decades. Where exact dates are provided, the information has been derived from a document in the New School Archives. [Research conducted by Ari Spool.]

Order chronologically. The cover of a Spring 1942 bulletin reads: "...The curriculum remains as before a resume of contemporary issues and their antecedents--a cross section of the culture of our times. Yet principal emphasis falls on defense, on problems of the war and after. The courses endeavor to shorten the lag between technical progress and its constructive control for a more stable world."

The records described in this guide reflect the function and activities of the New School Publicity Office and its eventual administrative successor, the Office of Public Information and Development. Many of the records here were created or collected in the 1940s and 1950s, when the office was directed by Agnes de Lima. The press releases, however, represent the output of the office from a period after de Lima left her position.

A report on the publicity office, probably written by Agnes de Lima in 1946, outlines the early responsibilities of the office as, "1. Press Publicity; 2. Weekly New School Bulletin; 3. Course promotion through letters and folders; 4. Arrangement and promotion of art exhibits and concerts." All of these categories of activity are represented here.


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Scope and Content of Collection

The New School Bulletin for much of its run consisted of brochures of a textual nature advertising academic courses, conferences and symposia, lectures, exhibitions, film screenings, performances, news items, and brief editorial essays signed by New School Presidents Alvin S. Johnson, Bryn J. Hovde, and Hans Simons, with occasional contributions by faculty and trustees. They were issued on a weekly basis and, apart from switching between two-fold and three-fold, largely retained the same format from their introduction in the late 1920s until 1961, when color and visual elements were introduced as design elements. Other changes at this time consisted of an increase in the number of pages, lengthier articles, and issues frequently highlighting a particular center or program. No longer consisting of one leaf, the Bulletin grew into multi-page, staple-bound newsletters, which were issued less frequently than the formerly weekly Bulletin. In autumn of 1969, the Bulletin again received a make-over, this time resembling a literary magazine. It was renamed, New School Bulletin: A Newsletter of Ideas.

This record group consists only of Bulletins that are not considered course catalogs, or those which do not attempt to comprehensively cover course descriptions of a specific division of The New School.


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Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in chronological order.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

New School Collections

66 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY, 10011

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], [name of collection], [collection number], box __, folder __, New School Archives, The New School, New York, New York.

Access Restrictions

Originals unavailable. For Bulletins available in digital form, researchers must consult the digitized versions, which are publicly accessible online. Researchers wishing to consult the originals should write to archivist@newschool.edu, stating the reason for the request.

Use Restrictions

To publish images of material from this collection, permission must be obtained in writing from the New School Archives and Special Collections. Please contact: archivist@newschool.edu.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The staff of the New School Archives and Special Collections assembled this collection from multiple sources, including disbound scrapbooks, internal transfers from university offices, and collections of unknown provenance.

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Related Materials

A separate record group entitled New School course catalogs and bulletins (NS.05.01.01) consists of more comprehensive course listings, faculty biographies, and administrative information. Additionally, press releases and other records documenting the advertising of programs, courses, and exhibitions at The New School will be found in the New School Publicity Office records (NS.03.01.05).

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects


  • Newsletters.


  • College publications -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Publicity.

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Other Finding Aids note

For selected item-level description and images from the the New School Bulletin collection, see The New School Archives Digital Collections at http://digitalarchives.library.newschool.edu/index.php/Detail/collections/NS030102.

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder
1 1
1 2
1 3
1 4
1 5
1 6-7
2 15
1 8-9
1 10-11
1 12-13
1 14-15
1 16
1 17
2 15
1 18
1 19
2 16
1 20
1 21
1 22
2 15
1 23
1 24
1 25
1 26
2 1
2 2
2 3
2 4-5
2 6-7
2 8-9
2 10
2 11
2 12
n_5 14
2 13
2 14

Collection Guide Last Updated: 11/15/2016

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