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Guide to the Parsons School of Design Alumni Association records, 1920-1970

Collection Overview

Repository

Kellen Design Archives

Collection Identifier

PC.03.02.01

Creator

Parsons School of Design. Alumni Association.

Title

Parsons School of Design Alumni Association records, 1920-1970, (Bulk, 1952-1970)

Extent

16 linear ft: 32 boxes, 10 clippings scrapbooks, 10 oversize folders

Summary

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.

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Parsons School of Design Alumni Association records, PC.03.02.01, box __, folder __, New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

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Administrative History

The Parsons School of Design Alumni Association was incorporated in 1952. The previous year, Parsons President Van Day Truex, Executive Vice President Geoffrey Gates and the Office of Educational Relations had solicited graduates to form an Alumni Advisory Committee with the goal of re-establishing an alumni organization for the school. An alumni association incorporated in 1942 had lapsed into inactivity, possibly due to the demands of the Second World War. Documents indicate Frank Alvah Parsons had organized an earlier alumni association for graduates of the New York School of Fine and Applied Art in the 1920s. However, little is known about the first group except for its brevity. The Alumni Association incorporated in 1952 continued until Parsons School of Design merged into the New School University in 1970. At that time, the administration of Parsons School of Design and the New School University folded the functions of the Parsons Alumni Association into the New School University's Development Office, and it ceased to exist as a separate entity.

The Parsons Alumni Association's primary goals included raising funds for scholarships and promoting the school's programs and students. The Alumni Association sponsored functions such as dinners, cocktail parties and exhibitions of student and alumni/ae work. One of the most significant events was Parsons School of Design's 60th anniversary celebration held in 1956, which culminated in the awarding of a Parsons medal to distinguished contributors to the fields of arts and design. The Alumni Association also existed as a means for alumni/ae to maintain a connection with Parsons School of Design, whether by locating former classmates, recommending prospective students, or obtaining proof of matriculation.

Publication of the Alumni Bulletin (later titled  Alumni) was the Alumni Association's primary vehicle for celebrating alumni/ae professional and personal achievements, championing current students, and publicizing the institution to the arts and design communities. It began publication in 1940 as a black and white, non-illustrated newsletter and gradually evolved into a glossy magazine. The Executive Secretary of the Alumni Association edited the magazine and solicited content. For many years, Parsons School of Design alumnus and faculty member John Russo served as Art Director.

The Alumni Association cultivated and maintained relations with alumni chapters throughout the United States beginning in 1953 with the establishment of the Atlanta Chapter. Throughout the 1950s, the Alumni Association worked with alumni/ae in Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. to establish functioning chapters.

The Alumni Association held annual elections for the position of President and Council Members. A chronological listing of Parsons School of Design Alumni Association Presidents appears below. The Alumni Association was administered by an executive secretary whose duties included writing and editing Alumni Association printed materials, corresponding with alumni/ae, and managing financial accounts. Her office also assumed responsibility for maintaining a series of scrapbooks begun in 1926. Director of Educational Relations Dorothy Livingston Arnold, an alumna of the Teacher Training program, was the first Executive Secretary beginning in 1952. Following her retirement, a succession of interim employees managed the Alumni Association until the hiring of Grace Agnew Story in September 1957. Mrs. Story served as the Executive Secretary of the Alumni Association until 1970.

A three-page description of the Alumni Association's structure and administration entitled "Know Your Alumni Organization" appeared in the November 1962 issue of Alumni and is available in the Kellen Design Archives’ periodicals collection.

Presidents of the Parsons Alumni Association
1941-circa 1944 William Pahlmann (Interior Design, '30)
1944-1946 Kirk C. Wilkinson (Graphic Design, '31)
1946-? Stephanie Cartwright (Fashion Illustration, '31)
1952-1955 Albert Bliss (Graphic Design, '22)
1955-1957 Stephanie Cartwright (Fashion Illustration, '31)
1957-1958 Jo Copeland [Benson] (Fashion Design, '17)
1958-1964 Jack [R. John] Lowery, Jr. (Graphic Design, '51)
1964-1966 William Raiser (Graphic Design, '35)
1966-1967 Otho S. Shaw (Interior Design, '49)
1967-1968 Jack [R. John] Lowery, Jr. (Graphic Design, '51)
1968-1969 (resigned) Thomas Stanton Gould (Industrial Design, '61)
1969-? Stephen P. Gasperecz (Interior Design, '50)

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Scope and Contents

The Parsons School of Design Alumni Association records (PIC.03.002) contain correspondence, financial records, minutes, photographic materials, printed materials, scrapbooks of newsclippings, and subject files documenting the organization from its founding in 1952 until 1970, when Parsons School of Design became affiliated with the New School for Social Research. The records also include documents generated by earlier alumni associations that the Alumni Association incorporated into its working files.

Individual alumni/ae files, which make up the largest series in these records, primarily comprise correspondence between the Alumni Association and individual alumni/ae. Materials in these files yield a great deal of biographical information, including areas of study and graduation dates, military service, marriage and death dates, children (names and dates of birth), residential history and employment history, and exhibitions. Files may also contain photographic documentation of alumni/ae design work. A name index for the alumni/ae files is available upon request as is an index to a series of ten scrapbooks.

Collectively, the Alumni Association records document the impact of Parsons School of Design over the course of thirty years on the fields of advertising, fashion, marketing, interior design and decoration, and art instruction. These records will be of interest to researchers investigating the development of Parsons from the 1940s through 1970, as seen by former students. It will also be useful to those researching fund raising and public relations efforts. The Alumni Association records contain extensive documentation of dinners, dances, cocktail parties, and exhibitions intended to raise the profile of Parsons School of Design while simultaneously accruing funds for scholarships and library materials. The records generated by the Alumni Association’s annual Alumni Fund Drive contain comprehensive documentation on planning strategies, advertising, and analysis of returns.

The Alumni Association records also contain materials created by non-alumni/ae. Examples include a 1920 speech typescript on the relationship between architecture and interior design by architect Alfred M. Githens and a 1956 speech by August Heckscher in which he considers the effects of overconsumption on the design professions. Biographical files on recipients of the 1956 Parsons Medal include but are not limited to Italian designer Franco Albini, Brazilian architect Lucio Costa, and British furniture designer Sir Gordon Russell.

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Organization and Arrangement

Organized by subject in 6 series:

  1. Administration, 1922-1970
  2. Fund raising and scholarships, 1941-1970
  3. Subject files, 1922-1970
  4. Photographs, 1920-1970
  5. Alumni and alumnae biographical files, 1942-1970
  6. Clippings scrapbooks

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Kellen Design Archives - July 2009

66 5th Ave./
lobby level
New York, NY, 10011
212.229.5942
archivist@newschool.edu

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Parsons School of Design Alumni Association records, PC.03.02.01, box __, folder __, 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

Records transferred from the New School University Development Office to the New School Archives (then known as the Kellen Archives) in 1995.

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Related Materials

Alumni magazine and its predecessor,  Alumni Bulletin, are available in the New School Archives and Special Collections. However, correspondence regarding the periodicals and production materials such as photographic prints, illustrations, and press materials will be found in the Parsons School of Design Alumni Association records. Invitations, announcements, and related ephemera produced by the New York Chapter of the Alumni Association may be found in Exhibitions and public programs collection (NS.05.03.01).

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects

Genre(s)

  • Biographies.
  • Clippings (information artifacts).
  • Correspondence.
  • Financial records.
  • Photographs.

Personal Name(s)

  • Arnold, Dorothy Livingston, -1969
  • Bliss, Albert, (James Albert Bliss), -1988
  • Bédard, Pierre, 1895-1970
  • Callisen, Sterling A., 1899-1988
  • Kalischer, Clemens, 1921-
  • Lowery, Jack, (R. John Lowery Jr.)
  • Raiser, William
  • Ruzicka, Francis A., 1924-2003
  • Salvadori, Vieri
  • Shaw, Otho S.
  • Story, Grace Agnew

Subject(s)

  • Art schools -- Alumni and alumnae.
  • Cocktail parties.
  • Fashion shows.
  • Fund raising.
  • Universities and colleges -- Alumni and alumnae.

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Indexes

An in-house index of personal and corporate names is available for consultation in the New School Archives.

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Other Finding Aids note

For selected item-level description and images from the Parsons School of Design Alumni Association records, see The New School Archives Digital Collections at http://digitalarchives.library.newschool.edu/index.php/Detail/collections/PC030201.

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Collection Inventory

Series I. Administration 1922-1970 

Box Folder

By-laws 1941-1966 

Includes drafts and revisions of the by-laws as well as correspondence regarding the legal framework of the organization, as well as correspondence and minutes generated by the predecessor alumni association begun in the 1940s. It appears that the Alumni Association formed in 1952 drew extensively upon these older records, and consulted them during the re-establishment process.

Box Folder
By-laws 
1 1
By-laws and minutes of first meeting 
1 2
Certificate of Incorporation 
32 1
Inception 1941-1956, undated 
General 
1 3-4
Early minutes and correspondence 
1 5
Election ballot 
32 2

Chapters 1950-1970, undated 

Contains correspondence, ephemera, meeting minutes, photographs, and printed materials. Documentation varies by chapter. As most chapters formed in the mid to late 1950s, the bulk of the subseries spans approximately fifteen years.

Box Folder
General 
1 6
Constitution and by-laws template 
1 7
List in chronological order 
1 8
Atlanta 1950-1966 
1 9-11
Chicago 
1 12
Detroit 
1 13-14
Europe [Paris] 
1 15
Kansas City [Missouri] 
1 16
New York, 1962-1970, undated 

Includes invitations to events, such as dances and exhibits. Invitation to exhibit "The World of Johnny Russo" in OSx folder.

1 17-18
p_OSx-3 10
Northern California [San Francisco] 
2 1-2
North Texas [Dallas] 1955-1968 
2 2-6
32 3
Philadelphia 
2 7
Southern California [Los Angeles] 
2 8
South Florida [Miami] 
2 9
Washington, D.C. 
2 10-11

Committees 1954-1968, undated 

Predominantly consists of Chapter Development Committee files from early 1968. It also contains records of the 60th Anniversary Committee whose activities are more extensively documented in the Subject Files Series.

Box Folder
General 
2 12
Chapter Development Committee, 1968 

Includes minutes, photographs of a cocktail party and a luncheon.

2 13-17
60th Anniversary Committee 
2 18
Special Projects Committee 
2 19

Correspondence 1953-1970, undated 

Grace Agnew Story, the Executive Secretary of the Alumni Association from 1957 until 1970, retained all incoming memoranda received by her office and often annotated it. As a result, this subseries provides extensive documentation of Parsons School of Design’s administration during this period. Of note are memoranda highlighting growing security concerns throughout the 1960s, a file on controversial Interior Design faculty member James A. Howell, an announcement produced for the first Earth Day in 1970, and notices informing Parsons staff of the impending affiliation with the New School University.

Box Folder
General (non-alumni), 1957-1970 
3 1-4
American Alumni Council 
3 5
Interior design exhibition 
3 6
Meetings 
3 7-8
Scholarship help 
3 9
Incoming memos, 1957-1970 
3 10-13
Name plates 
3 14
National Alumni Council 1953-1969 
1953-1954 
3 15
1958-1960 
3 16
1962-1965 
3 17
1959, 1966 February-June 
3 18
1966 August-December 
3 19
1967 January-November 
4 1
1968 Febuary-1969 June 
4 2
Notices 1953-1970, undated 
1953, 1959, undated 
4 3
1959-1964 
4 4
1966-1969 
4 5
Announcement of affiliation with New School 
4 6
Interior Design Questionnaire 
32 4
Statements regarding James A. Howell (Interior Design), 1967 
4 7
Student recruitment 
32 5
Trustees 
4 8

Elections 1943-1969 

Contains correspondence and printed election materials regarding National Alumni Council seats. Although the subseries contains records from 1943, the bulk of the subseries is from the first year of the Alumni Association until the last election prior to the affiliation with the New School University.

Box Folder
1943, 1952-1955 
4 9
1956-1959 
4 10
1960-1962 
4 11
1963-1965 
4 12
1966-1967 
4 13
1968-1969 
4 14

Lists 1951-1969, undated 

Contains heavily annotated alphabetical lists of alumni/ae, and includes names, addresses, majors and dates of graduation.

Box Folder
Alumni list 
4 15
Famous alumni 
5 1
National Alumni Council members 
5 2
National Alumni Council roster 
5 3
Positions held by Teacher Training alumni in 1951 
5 4

Minutes and meeting transcripts 1942-1969 

Contains documentation of National Alumni Council meetings, as well as minutes from the predecessor alumni association active in the 1940s, and one meeting report from 1952. Minutes of individual alumni chapters will be found in the Chapters Subseries. Photographs taken at National Alumni Council meetings will be found in the Photographs Series in the People Subseries.

Box Folder
Board of Governors minutes, 1942-1946 
5 5
Report on Alumni Council meeting, 1952 
5 6
National Alumni Council agendas, 1966-1970 
5 7
National Alumni Council minutes, 1967-1968 
5 8-9
National Alumni Council transcripts, 1968-1969 
5 10-16

Printed materials and ephemera 1922-1970, undated 

Contains miscellaneous materials encountered during processing. Items in the subseries include a business card and letterhead, name tags and notes and correspondence seemingly provided to the Alumni Association by Benjamin Botvenek, an alumnus associated with the alumni association formed in the 1940s. Also includes pamphlets received by the Alumni Association from the American Alumni Council, an umbrella organization of school alumni associations.

Box Folder
Business card and letterhead 
5 17
Clerical procedures for staff 
5 18
Colorcuts of old Parsons catalogs 
5 19
Conference packet belonging to Grace Story 
32 6
Informational card 
5 20
JC Penney Sales Division materials 
5 21
Materials regarding Place des Vosges 
32 7
Name tags 
5 22
Notes and correspondence from Benjamin Botvenek 
5 23
Pamphlets from American Alumni Council 
5 24-25
Unidentified materials 
p_4 3

Publicity 1958-1970 

Consists of correspondence with news organizations and Parsons' Development Office, press releases arranged chronologically, and a report on a “Publicity Program” for Parsons written around 1963. Photographs related to the press releases may be found in the Photographs series.

Box Folder
Correspondence 
5 26
Correspondence with Development Office 
5 27
Press releases and correspondence 
5 28-29
Publicity Program for Parsons School of Design by Osborne Associates 
5 30

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Series II. Fund raising and scholarships 1941-1970 

Contains correspondence, financial records, reports, and printed materials advertising annual fund raising drives to benefit the Alumni Fund in addition to individual scholarships, such as the Claire McCardell Scholarships named in memoriam of the fashion designer and Parsons alumna. This series includes the financial records of the alumni association begun in the 1940s. The Fund raising and Scholarships Series also contains reports authored by the Parsons School of Design Development Office and a response to the reports by the Executive Secretary of the Alumni Association evincing an antagonism between the two entities.

Box Folder

Fund raising 1941-1970, undated 

Box Folder
Alumni Fund Agents [record book] 
6 1
Alumni Association Fund 
6 2
Alumni Fund Drive 1955-1969 
General 
6 3-4
General: Kick-off party photographs and negatives 
6 5
General: Printed materials 
6 6-8
Alumni Fund Drive 1963/1964 
6 9-12
Alumni Fund Drive 1964/1965 
6 13-15
7 1-2
Alumni Fund Drive 1965/1966 
7 3-5
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Alumni Fund Drive 1966/1967 
7 6-8
Annual Giving Campaign 1968 
7 9-11
Alumni Fund 1969 
7 12-15
Friends of Parsons Drive 
7 16
Miscellaneous materials 
7 17
Original Alumni Association Fund, 1941-1950, undated 
8 1-4
Arthur Raybin Vice President for Development and Public Relations 
8 5
Reports 1959-1968 
A Preliminary Evaluation Study, Including Recommendations for a Development and Public Relations Program 
8 6
Grace Agnew Story response to Preliminary Study by Development Office 
8 7
Final Report of the Director of Development by Sylvia Spencer 
8 8
Grace Agnew Story materials from American Alumni Council conferences 
8 9

Scholarships 1954-1970, undated 

Box Folder
General 
8 10
Boyd Anderson Scholarship Fund 
8 11
Lucille Stockwell Chatain Memorial Scholarship 
8 12
Claire McCardell Scholarships Fund, 1958-1959, undated 
32 8
8 13-16
Norman Norell Scholarship 
8 17-18
Alice Boldt Shifman Scholarship Fund 
8 19

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Series III. Subject files 1933-1970 

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Includes biographical materials, clippings, correspondence, guest books, photographs, and printed materials. Administration and Faculty includes clippings about presidents prior to the founding of the Alumni Association, and a folder of William Odom’s lecture notes. Events includes the 1921 text of an Alfred M. Githens address on the relationship between architects and decorators. A large percentage of the Events subseries consists of records generated during the 60th anniversary celebration of the school’s founding.

Box Folder

Administration and faculty 1933-1970, undated 

Box Folder
Biographical sketches of the Board of Trustees 
9 1
Benjamin de Brie Taylor 
9 2
Faculty 
9 3
David C. Levy 
9 4
Presidents undated, 1933-1970 
Pierre Bedard 
9 5
Sterling A. Callisen 
9 6
William Merritt Chase 

Clippings and print of self-portrait.

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William Odom: Clippings 
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William Odom: Lecture notes 
9 7
Francis A. Ruzicka 
9 8
Van Day Truex's Paris apartment 
p_4 5

Events 1954-1969, undated 

Box Folder
Text of speech by Alfred M. Githens on relationship between architects and decorators 
9 9
Open House guest book 
9 10
Annual Fashion Show 
9 11
Norman Norell Supper (May 8, 1962) 

Includes photographs, menus, and program inserts illustrated by John Russo.

32 9
9 12-13
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N.S.I.D.-Parsons Programs (Fabrics Fair 1963) 
9 14-15
President Ruzicka's Reception (October 23, 1963) 
9 16
"Inca Gold" Program 
9 17
Dali Jewels Exhibit (March 1965) 
10 1-2
32 13
[Norman] Norell Spring Collection Norell's Showroom (Janurary 17, 1966) 
10 3-5
Sixtieth Anniversary 1950-1957, undated 
Alumni Reunion (May 21, 1956) 
10 13
Dinner: Cocktail Party 
10 14
Dinner: Contributors 
10 15
Dinner: Faculty and administration 
10 16
Dinner: General correspondence 
10 17
Dinner: Invited guests 
10 18-19
11 1
Dinner: Medal 
11 2-3
Dinner: Presentation photographs 
11 4
Dinner: Program 
11 5
Dinner: Recap meeting and expenses 
11 10
Dinner: Recipients of Parsons Medal 
11 6-9
Dinner: Recipients of Parsons Medal: Claire McCardell magazine reprints 
p_4 6
Dinner: Recipients of Parsons Medal: Biographical Sketches for Citations Prepared by Mr. Yarmon 
11 10-14
Dinner: Recipients of Parsons Medal: Publicity photographs 
11 15
Dinner: Regrets 
11 16
Dinner: Seating 
12 1
p_4 6
Exhibition: Correspondence with artists 
12 2
Exhibition: Plans 
32 11
Interior Design magazine 
12 3
Interior Design magazine: Alumni Office copy 
32 12
Retrospective Exhibition 
12 4-5
Interior Design Department 1966 Student Protest and Counter-Protest 
10 6
Evening workshop response 
10 7
Annual cocktail reception 
10 8
Alumni Exhibit (Sept. 1968) Joseph Freitag Co-Chairman 
10 9
Paul Rand [Parsons] Medal presentation 
10 10
Party at Wednesdays (Feb. 24, 1969) 
10 11-12

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Series IV. Photographs 1920-1970 

Link to selected images from this series.  

Contains prints, contact sheets, negatives and slides. Unless noted, all photographs are black and white. The Alumni Association collected these materials for use in alumni publications and arranged them topically under broad subject headings (these have been modified during processing to reduce ambiguity). The Alumni Association “inherited” many photographs used in alumni publications. All subseries are arranged alphabetically with the exception of Events, which is arranged chronologically.

Events includes a large number of photographs documenting the annual Parsons fashion show as well as Mardi Gras dances attended by students, faculty and alumni. Facilities contains numerous photographs of the Parsons Ateliers in the Place des Vosges, Paris. Of note is a folder of snapshots donated to the Alumni Association by Dr. Francis Geck, an alumnus and former Parsons faculty member. Dr. Geck took the snapshots while teaching in Europe during the years 1925-1927. The Kellen Design Archives also holds Dr. Geck's personal papers.

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Box Folder

Academic departments 1940-1967, undated 

Box Folder
Box Folder
General 1940s-1950s 

Includes photographs by Clemens Kalischer and Raymond Shorr, Saturday classes, and uncaptioned and unidentified photographs.

12 6-10
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Fashion Design 1950s 

Includes photographs of Christian Dior and Carmel Snow.

12 11-14
Graphic Design 1962-1964 

Includes a number of photographs for a story in Alumni.

12 15-16
Industrial design 1966-1967 
12 17
Interior Design, 1961-1967, undated 

Includes unidentified interiors.

13 1-3

Events 1920-1970, undated 

Box Folder
Exhibitions and awards 
13 4-6
Unidentified events 
13 7
School play "The Diplomat" 
13 8
Forty-Sixth Street Theater Mural 
13 9-10
Baker Competition 
13 11-12
Spring Dance 
13 13
Scalamandre Competition 
13 14
Exhibit in Turkey (International Trade Fair), 1952 
13 15
Alumni Supper 
13 16
Graduation 
13 17
Robin Darwin, Principal Royal College of Art 
13 18
Christian Dior reception at French Institute 
13 19
Open house 
13 20
Dance 
14 1-3
Lucile Stockwell Chatain Memorial Competition 
14 4
Exhibition at IBM Gallery "Young Designers in New York" 
14 5
Eric exhibition 
14 6
Graphics exhibition "Series One" 
14 7
Winning design for Edward Fields display 
14 8
Alumni Council reception for 1965 student exhibition 
14 9
Graduation 
14 10
United Nations International School reception, 1968 Jan 
14 11
National Alumni Council reception for 1968 exhibit of student work 
14 12
Fashion alumni picnic at Ann Keagy's home, 1968 Jun 
14 13
Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School 50th anniversary, 1968 Sep 
14 14
Mary Quant visit, 1968 Oct 
14 15
Alumni Council reception for student exhibition 
14 16-18
Design Correlations student presentation in Washington, D.C. 
14 19
Fashion shows circa 1948-1968, undated 
Unidentified fashion shows 
14 20
circa 1948 
14 21
circa 1949 
14 22-23
1949 

Student designer Roy Little with judge Stefan.

14 24
1950 

Includes student designers with judges Copeland, McCardell, Mooring, Walker and Wilkins.

15 1-8
1951 

Includes student designers with judges Hargis, Mooring, Orrick, Stefan and Walker; a "Fantasy Fashion" assignment; and a panel discussion.

15 9-14
1952 

Includes student designers with judges Copeland, Emerson, McCardell, Orrick, and Stefan.

15 15-20
1953 
16 1-3
1954 
16 4-8
1955 

Includes photographs of critics Claire McCardell and Jack Hargis working with student designers.

16 9-13
1957 

Includes biographical materials on Golden Thimble winners.

16 14-25
1958 
16 26
1964 
16 27
1965 
16 28
1968 
16 29
Mardi Gras, 1953-1955, 1958 

The Student Council-sponsored Mardi Gras parties were discontinued by an order of the Faculty Council, May 25, 1960, because it was perceived that these events were "getting far out of control." They were reinstated at an unknown, later date.

16 30-31
17 1-5
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Facilities circa 1920s-1962, undated 

Box Folder
Students exiting unidentified Parsons building 
17 6
New York School of Art 80th and Broadway 
17 7
136 East 57th Street 
17 8-9
410 East 54th Street: New lobby, 1961 
17 10
Library and librarian Jadwiga Pulaska 
17 11
Plan for vertical campus complex by architect Max Abramovitz 
17 12
New York scenes 
17 13
Parsons in Italy 
17 14
Francis Geck snapshots of France and Italy 
17 15
Paris Ateliers [Place des Vosges], 1924, undated 

Includes photographs of students and facilities.

17 16-22

People circa 1920s-1966, undated 

Box Folder
Faculty and administration 1947-1967, undated 
General, 1947-1969, undated 
18 1
Benedict J. Fernandez exhibit 
18 2
John Russo illustrations 
18 3-4
Friends of Parsons 

Includes portraits of Edward Fields and Edward Durrell Stone.

18 5-7
National Alumni Council officers 
18 8-9
Presidents and trustees 1955, undated 
Frank Alvah Parsons 
18 10-11
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William Odom 
18 12
g1 5
Van Day Truex 
18 13-15
Pierre Bedard 
18 16-17
Sterling A. Callisen 
18 18
Francis A. Ruzicka 
18 19
Trustees 
18 20
Students 1956-1958, undated 
Christmas festivities 
18 21
Group portrait of Alumni Scholarship winners 
18 22
Group portrait of foreign students 
18 23
Unidentified 
18 24-25
Student and alumni travel 1927-1954, undated 
Box Folder
European trip, 1954 

Includes photographs of students visiting sites in Italy and France.

19 1-7
Field trips, circa 1950s, undated 

Includes photographs of students sketching at a zoo and a trip to the Marine Museum.

19 8-13
Mexico, 1950 or 1951 

Includes photographs of students visiting Alcoman, Janitzio, Mexico City, Monte Alban, Oaxaca, Patzcuaro and Teotihuacan.

19 14-18
Student travel, 1927-1952, undated 
19 19-22

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Series V. Alumni and alumnae biographical files 1942-1970 

Link to selected images from this series.  

Arranged alphabetically by alumni/ae surname, these files include correspondence between the Alumni Association and alumni/ae, clippings, photographs, and printed materials such as event programs, exhibition catalogs, and various publicity materials, all of which were mailed to the Alumni Association by alumni/ae. An in-house personal name index to the Alumni and Alumnae Biographical Files is available upon request. The majority of records here date between 1952 and 1970.

Box Folder
A: General 
20 1
Alexander, Mary Jean   Includes 1 photographic print.
20 2
Arnold, Dorothy L. 
20 3
Aronson, Irene 
20 4
B-BA: General 
20 5
BB-BE: General 
20 6
BF-BO: General 
20 7
BP-BR: General 
20 8
BS-BZ: General 
20 9
Baird, Imogen Groeschel 
20 10
Bell, Eleanor Taylor 
20 11
Blessed, Annie K.   Includes 1 photographic print.
20 12
Bliss, Albert 
21 1
Boldt, Mable Wilhelmina 
21 2
Braswell, Joseph 
21 3
Bride, Bob   Includes 3 photographic prints.
21 4
Brown, Mrs. Archibald 
21 5
Brown, Constance 
21 6
de Bruniere, Odette   Includes 3 color photographic prints.
21 7
Burrowes, Mrs. Harry 
21 8
CA-CH: General 
21 9
CI-CO: General 
21 10
CP-CZ: General 
21 11
Cajoleas, Mrs. Louis   Includes 2 photographic prints.
21 12
Cameron, Montgomery 
21 13
Carter, Mrs. Betty   Includes 2 photographic prints.
21 14
Cartwright, Stephanie 
21 15
Carvajal de la Santa, Leonardo   Includes 3 photographic prints.
21 16
Cassady, Mrs. Edith 
21 17
Castle, Robert J. 
21 18
Chambers, Mrs. WM 
22 1
Chatain, Remy L. 
22 2
Chevalier, Guy   Includes 1 photographic print.
22 3
Christenson, Bernard   Includes 5 photographic prints.
22 4
Cohen, Rosalind G. 
22 5
Coker, Miranda A.   Includes 2 photographic prints.
22 6
Constans, Alfred 
22 7
Cooper, Dan   Includes 1 photographic print.
22 8
Copeland, Jo 
22 9
Cox, Randolph, Jr. 
22 10
Curtiss, Dr. Vienna 
22 11
DA-DL: General 
22 12
DJ-DZ: General 
22 13
De Souza Costa, Orlando   Includes 3 photographic prints.
22 14
Donghia, Angelo R.   Includes 2 photographic prints.
22 15
Dratz, Edward F. 
22 16
Durbow, Oscar   Includes 3 photographic prints.
22 17
E: General 
22 18
Einsel, Walter J. 
22 19
Elliott, Earl 
22 20
Engl, Marian   Includes 3 photographic prints.
22 21
FA-FK: General 
23 1
FL-FQ: General 
23 2
FR-FZ: General 
23 3
Fink, Karl   Includes 2 photographic prints.
23 4
Fleischer, Robert 
23 5
Frangides, James   Includes 1 photographic print.
23 6
Freeburger, Mary L. 
23 7
Freese, Betty A.   Includes 2 photographic prints.
23 8
Freitag, Joseph V. 
23 9
Friese, Mrs. Norman 
23 10
GA-GH: General 
23 11
GI-GQ: General 
23 12
GR-GZ: General 
23 13
Gates, Geoffrey McN 
23 14
Geck, Francis 
23 15
Glover, Milton 
24 1
Gordon, J. Albert 
24 2
Gray, Agnes Dunlap   Includes 2 photographic prints.
24 3
HAA-HAN: General 
24 4
HAO-HAZ: General 
24 5
HB-HI: General 
24 6
HJ-HO: General 
24 7
HP-HZ: General 
24 8
Haight, Charles 
24 9
Hargreaves, Roger 
24 10
Hart, Justina Carskadon   Includes 1 photographic print.
24 11
Heil, Gene   Includes 1 photographic print.
24 12
Henry, Anita 
24 13
Hester, Robert 
24 14
Hofmann, Melita 
24 15
Hoyle, Myra J. 
24 16
Hurwitz, Claudine S. 
24 17
I: General 
24 18
Irby, Mildred 
24 19
Iselin, Ruthanne   Includes 1 photographic print.
24 20
Ivester, Clifford 
24 21
JA-JN: General 
25 1
JO-JZ: General 
25 2
Jocham, Rev. Edward   Includes 3 photographic prints.
25 3
Jordan, Barbara S. 
25 4
KA-KE: General 
25 5
KF-KN: General 
25 6
KO-KZ: General 
25 7
Kahane, Melanie 
25 8
Kerr, James 
25 9
Kissam, Mildred 
25 10
LAA-LAM: General 
25 11
LAN-LAZ: General 
25 12
LE: General 
25 13
LF-LI: General 
25 14
LJ-LZ: General 
25 15
Laird, Anita Moller   Includes 1 photographic print.
25 16
Lang, William 
26 1
Lawenda, Harry 
26 2
Laynor, Harold 
26 3
Lefevre, Virginia 
26 4
Le Maire, Eleanor 
26 5
Levine, Henrietta 
26 6
Libertone, Andrew 
26 7
Littell, Deanna 
26 8
Louise, John   Includes 2 photographic prints.
26 9
Lowery, Jack   Includes 4 photographic prints.
26 10
Lucke, Anna M. 
26 11
Lustig, Philip   Includes 2 photographic prints.
26 12
Mc: General 
26 13
MAA-MAQ: General 
26 14
MAR-MAS: General 
26 15
MAT-MAZ: General 
26 16
MB-MN: General 
26 17
MO-MP: General 
27 1
MR-MZ: General 
27 2
McCardell, Claire   Includes photographic prints.
27 3-4
McGuggart, Judy 
27 5
McKenna, Helen 
27 6
Mann, Lawrence 
27 7
Martell, Mrs. A. 
27 8
Maxwell, Mrs. R. 
27 9
Maynor, Mrs. Janet 
27 10
Moore, Dorothy R. 
27 11
Moore, John 
27 12
Morgan, Mrs. Charles   Includes 1 photographic print.
27 13
Moseley, Mrs. F. S., Jr. 
27 14
Mracky, Ronald   Includes 1 photographic print.
27 15
Myers, Joel 
27 16
NA-NE: General 
27 17
NF-NZ: General 
27 18
Negbaur, Jane 
27 19
Neidlinger, S. Travers 
27 20
Neil, Gene 
27 21
Norado, Patrick   Includes 3 photographic prints.
27 22
Norell, Norman   Includes 6 photographic prints and 1 contact sheet.
27 23
O: General 
27 24
Oertling, Grothann 
28 1
Olson, Robert S. 
28 2
Onton, Sophie 
28 3
Ornstein, Dr. Jacob 
28 4
Orrick, Mrs. J. 
28 5
PA-PD: General 
28 6
PE-PK: General 
28 7
PL-PQ: General 
28 8
PR-PZ: General 
28 9
Page, Mrs. Mary 
28 10
Pahlmann, William   Includes 1 photographic print.
28 11
Patrick, Mrs. D. (Dell)   Includes 1 photographic print.
28 12
Philbrick, Judy K. 
28 13
Q: General 
28 14
RA-RH: General 
28 15
RI-RN: General 
28 16
ROA-ROR: General 
28 17
ROS-ROZ: General 
28 18
RP-RZ: General 
28 19
Raiser, William   Includes 3 photographic prints.
28 20
Reede, William 
29 1
Richardson, Tom 
29 2
Robertson, Charles   Includes 1 photographic print.
29 3
Roset, Mona   Includes 3 photographic prints.
29 4
Ruriani, Salvatore 
29 5
Russo, John J.   Includes 3 photographic prints.
29 6
Rutherford, Charles 
29 7
Ryder, Mrs. R. D. G. 
29 8
SA-SCH: General 
29 9
SCI-SH: General 
29 10
SI-SK: General 
29 11
SL-SN: General 
29 12
SO-ST: General 
29 13
SU-SZ: General 
29 14
Sarff, Roslia Z. 
29 15
Schulze, Paul   Includes 2 photographic prints.
30 1
Shamoun, Joanne 
30 2
Shaw, Otto S. 
30 3
Shaw, Otho S.: Photographs   Includes 7 prints.
30 4
Shaw, Rosemary 
30 5
Sherman, Mrs. J. 
30 6
Siebert, Edwin 
30 7
Sobrino, Arturo 
30 8
Spilbury, Beulah 
30 9
Starkman, Sandy (Sanford)   Includes 5 photographic prints.
30 10
Stanley, Pamela   Includes 1 photographic print.
30 11
Stephenson, C. E.   Includes 1 photographic print.
30 12
Stone, Gilbert   Includes 2 photographic prints.
30 13
Swicegood, R. M. 
30 14
Szabo, Arto O.   Includes 3 photographic prints.
30 15
TA-TH: General 
30 16
TI-TZ: General 
30 17
Taylor, Archibald 
30 18
Thompson, Dr. Eleanor 
30 19
Tighe, Robert   Includes 1 photographic print.
30 20
Tomlin, Gerald 
30 21
Tribble, Mrs. E. J. 
30 22
Trapnell, W. M. C. 
30 23
Truex, Van Day   Includes 8 photographic prints.
30 24-25
U: General 
30 26
VA-VH: General 
30 26
VI-VZ: General 
30 27
Ungaar, Alice Fisher   Includes 1 sheet of sketches.
30 28
Van De Maele, Joan 
30 29
Versic, Delores   Includes 4 color photographic prints.
30 30
Vogel, Donald 
31 1
W-WA: General 
31 2
WB-WE: General 
31 3
WF-WIL: General 
31 4
WIM-WZ: General 
31 5
Wang, Mrs. Ronald   Includes 5 photographic prints.
31 6
Welling, Richard   Includes 9 color photographic prints.
31 7
Welton, Harriette 
31 8
Wenger, Rosa B. 
31 9
Weschler, Anita 
31 10
Whitcomb, Clorinda 
31 11
Wilkinson, Kirk 
31 12
Williams, V. F. 
31 13
Wilson, Rachel 
31 14
Williams, Roger 
31 15
Wisner, John B. 
31 16
Wittstein, Edwin 
31 17
Wolle, Muriel S. 
31 18
X-Y: General 
31 19
Yuskowski, Alice 
31 20
Z: General 
31 21
Zane, Mrs. Irene 
31 22

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Series VI. Clippings scrapbooks 1926-1969   10 scrapbooks

Link to selected images from this series.  

The Alumni Association subscribed to a clippings service, which compiled information about alumni/ae marriages, deaths, and accomplishments of Parsons students and alumni/ae. The first three volumes are arranged chronologically while the remaining volumes are arranged first topically by discipline, then chronologically. Although the earliest scrapbook pages pre-date the Alumni Association, their maintenance at some point became a responsibility of the Alumni Association office. An in-house personal name index to the scrapbooks is available upon request.

Box Folder
Clipping procedures, undated 
31 23
Vol. 1: 1926-1947 
1 --
Vol. 2: 1948-1953 
2 --
Vol. 3: 1954-1957 
3
Vol. 4: Miscellaneous 
4
Vol. 5: Fashion Design 
5
Vol. 6: Fashion Design Supplement 
6
Vol. 7: Graphic Design 
7
Vol. 8: Fashion Illustration 
8
Vol. 9: Interior Design 
9
Vol. 10: Publicity 
10

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