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Guide to the Commencement, convocation and inauguration print materials collection, 1945-2016

Collection Overview

Repository

New School Collections

Collection Identifier

NS.05.05.01

Creator

New School (New York, N.Y.). New School Archives and Special Collections.

Creator

New School (New York, N.Y.).

Creator

Parsons School of Design.

Title

Commencement, convocation and inauguration print materials collection, 1945-2016

Extent

2.2 linear ft: 2 boxes

Language of Materials note

Majority of materials in English, with a small number of items concerning the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research in German.

Summary

Collection consists of printed materials produced for The New School and Parsons School of Design's commencement and convocation ceremonies, as well as presidential inauguration ceremonies for New School presidents, and other milestone events celebrated during convocation and commencement, such as anniversaries of the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research.

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Commencement, convocation and inauguration print materials collection, NS.05.05.01, box __, folder __, The New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

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Historical Note

The New School for Social Research was founded in 1919 as an institution of higher education devoted to adult learning. As the school grew into a university, this original division was alternately known as the "Founding Division" or the "Adult Division." In 1943, the school was divided into two schools, the School of Politics, and the School of Liberal Arts and Philosophy. At this time, in response to the needs of returning veterans wishing to take advantage of the GI Bill, the school began a program called Senior Year at the New School. Geared toward adults who had previously completed some coursework, the program offered undergraduate credits for some courses and awarded bachelors' degrees. However, the majority of students continued to take non-credit courses.

Although The New School offered some undergraduate credits beginning in the 1940s, the first full-time day program was not established until 1972. Called the Freshman Year Program, it initially focused on college-level courses for high school students or recent high school graduates, who would then matriculate elsewhere. The program expanded as the Seminar College in 1977 and further grew in 1985 with a large donation and new name, Eugene Lang College.

In 1933, the New School for Social Research established the Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Science. Also known as the "University in Exile," the division was founded in order to host German and other European scholars who left their countries of origin to escape political and racial persecution. The Board of Regents of the State of New York granted a provisional charter in 1934, allowing the Graduate Faculty to confer Master of Social Science and Doctor of Social Science degrees. This was the first time the New School for Social Research offered credits leading to a degree to students in any of its programs. In 2005, the Graduate Faculty changed its name to The New School for Social Research, reclaiming the founding name of the entire institution, which had been dropped eight years before.

In 1970, Parsons School of Design became affiliated with The New School. The American artist William Merritt Chase founded the school in 1896 as the Chase School of Art. It went through several name changes (New York School of Art, New York School of Fine and Applied Art), but was connected in the public's mind to the school's charismatic president, Frank Alvah Parsons. In 1942, the Board of Trustees officially renamed the school Parsons School of Design.

In 1997, the New School for Social Research was officially renamed New School University. The founding division, still devoted to adult education, was given the general name The New School, now comprising one of seven divisions of New School University. In 2005, the school underwent another series of name changes, which led to the overarching organization being called The New School, while the adult education program was named The New School for General Studies. This name was changed in 2011, when the adult education program was called The New School for Public Engagement and combined with the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, which until that time had been a separate division.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of printed materials published by The New School and Parsons School of Design prior to and after Parsons' affiliation with The New School. Files may include commencement and convocation programs, invitations, graduate lists, and reprints of speeches, mainly by New School for Social Research President Jonathan Fanton. Later New School files may contain programs for divisional "recognition ceremonies." Select years may also include commemorative programs created for milestone anniversaries.

In the early decades of Parsons School of Design's affiliation with The New School, the Parsons administration designed and published a commencement program that was aesthetically different from the larger university's, featuring a distinct logo, layout, and paper size. In 2001, Parsons' graduation program was incorporated into the larger university's master program, and the production of separate programs appears to have ceased. Instead, attendees were provided with the relevant portions of the larger program.

Because this collection was compiled over time by library and archives staff members, materials herein were created by a variety of administrative offices.

File contents are not comprehensive. Researchers seeking definitive proof of student graduation should contact the university's Registrar's Office.

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Organization and Arrangement

Organized in 2 series:

  1. The New School, 1945-2016
  2. Parsons School of Design, 1950-2005

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

New School Collections - August 2, 2016

66 Fifth Avenue
lobby
New York, NY, 10011
212.229.5942
archivist@newschool.edu

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Commencement, convocation and inauguration print materials collection, NS.05.05.01, box __, folder __, The New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use. Please contact archivist@newschool.edu for appointment.

Use Restrictions

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The respective staffs of the Kellen Design Archives of Parsons School of Design and the Raymond Fogelman Library of The New School independently compiled the print materials as two distinct collections. The staff of the New School Archives and Special Collections brought the two collections together upon establishment of the archives.

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Related Materials

Texts of speeches given at commencements and commencement-related press releases will be found in the New School Publicity Office records (NS.03.01.05), Speeches series. Materials produced by the Publicity Office to commemorate significant anniversaries during commencements will also be found in this record group. Additionally, photographs of commencements, convocations and inaugurations will be found in the New School photograph collection (NS.04.01.01).

Audiovisual materials produced for, and audiovisual documentation of, convocations and commencements will be found in the New School Audiovisual Collection records (currently unprocessed).

1.1 linear feet of unprocessed records concerning commencement event planning will be found in the New School Office of the Presidents records.

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects

Genre(s)

  • Invitations.
  • Pamphlets.

Personal Name(s)

  • Fanton, Jonathan F., 1943-
  • Van Zandt, David E., 1953-

Subject(s)

  • Commencement ceremonies -- New York (State) -- New York -- 20th century.

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Collection Inventory

The New School 1945-2016 

In addition to commencement programs, individual years may also include commemorative booklets for anniversaries. In more recent years, divisions within the university began hosting "recognition ceremonies," and files may include recognition ceremony programs from some or all of the divisions.

Box Folder
1945-1946 

Includes pamphlet, Liberal Education Fact and Fiction (1945), the text of a commencement address by the New School's long-serving president, Alvin Johnson, whose tenure ended in 1945, to the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research.

1 1
1948 
1 2
1949 
1 3
1950 
1 4
1951 
1 5
1952 
1 6
1953 
1 7
1954 
1 8
1955 
1 9
1961 
1 10
1962 
1 11
1963 
1 12
1964 
1 13
1965 
1 14
1966 

Includes "30th Anniversary Commencement, An Historian and an Artist and Their Statements," New School Bulletin, Volume 23, No. 21.

1 15
1967 
1 16
1968 
1 17
1969 
1 18
1971 
1 19
1972 
1 20
1973 

Includes publication titled, Remembering..., issued for the fortieth anniversary convocation of the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research.

1 21
1974 
1 22
1975 
1 23
1976 
1 24
1977 
1 25
1978 
1 26
1979 
1 27
1980 
1 28
1981 
1 29
1982 

Includes materials produced to commemorate President Jonathan Fanton's inauguration ceremony.

1 30
1983 
1 31
1984 

Includes materials produced to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research.

1 32
1985 
1 33
1986 
1 34
1987 
1 35
1988 
1 36
1989 
1 37
1990 
1 38
1991 
1 39
1992 
1 40
1993 
1 41
1994 
1 42
1995 
1 43
1996 
1 44
1997 
1 45
1998 
1 46
1999 
1 47
2000 
1 48
2001 
1 49
2002 
1 50
2003 
1 51
2004 
1 52
2005 
2 1
2006 
2 2-3
2007 
2 4
2008 
2 5
2009 
2 6
2010 
2 7-8
2011 

Includes materials produced to commemorate President David Van Zandt's inauguration ceremony.

2 9-10
2012 
2 11-14
2013 
2 15
2014 
2 16-17
2015 
2 18
2016 
2 19

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Parsons School of Design 1950-2005 

In the mid-2000s, Parsons School of Design discontinued publishing a separate divisional commencement program. Names of graduating students from all divisions were included in one program covering the entire university. Researchers should consult the commencement programs in the New School series if seeking information on students graduating during this time.

Box Folder
1950 [tickets only] 
2 20
1951 
2 20
1952 
2 21
1953 
2 22
1955 
2 23
1956 
2 24
1957 
2 25
1958 
2 26
1959 
2 27
1960 
2 28
1961 
2 29
1962 
2 30
1963 
2 31
1964 
2 32
1965 
2 33
1966 
2 34
1967 
2 35
1968 
2 36
1969 
2 37
1971 
2 38
1972 
2 39
1974 
2 40
1975 
2 41
1976 
2 42
1977 
2 43
1978 
2 44
1979 
2 45
1980 
2 46
1981 
2 47
1982 
2 48
1983 [invitations only] 
2 49
1984 
2 50
1986 
2 51
1987 
2 52
1988 
2 53
1989 
2 54
1990 
2 55
1991 
2 56
1992 
2 57
1993 
2 58
1994 
2 59
1995 
2 60
1996 
2 61
1997 
2 62
1998 
n_8 3
1999 
n_8 4
2000 
n_8 5
2001 
n_8 6
2002 
n_8 7
2003 
n_8 8
2004 
n_8 9
2005 
n_8 9
2016 
n_8 10

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Collection Guide Last Updated: 02/28/2017

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