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Guide to the Parsons course catalogs, 1912-2012

Collection Overview

Repository
The New School Archives and Special Collections
Creator
Parsons the New School for Design.
Title
Parsons course catalogs
Extent
9 linear ft: 9 boxes, 324 digital objects
Summary
Parsons course catalogs consists of publications from the Parsons School of Design and affiliate programs containing information regarding pedagogy objectives, school policies and admissions requirements, departmental and course descriptions, faculty and administration rosters, facilities, fees, and examples of student work.

Preferred Citation note

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

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Historical Note

Parsons Names Timelines
1896 Chase School of Art is founded in New York City.
1898 Chase School of Art is renamed New York School of Art.
1902 New York School of Art is incorporated.
1909 New York School of Art is re-incorporated under the Regents of the University of the State of New York as the New York School of Fine and Applied Art. (source: 1942)
1921 New York School of Fine and Applied Art establishes overseas campus, Paris Ateliers.
1939 Paris Ateliers closes.
1942 New York School of Fine and Applied Art officially renamed Parsons School of Design. It had previously been called Parsons informally.
1970 Parsons School of Design is affiliated with the New School for Social Research.
1977-1993 Catalogs available from Otis Art Institute based in Los Angeles, affiliated with Parsons 1978-1991.
1983-2003 Catalogs available from Altos de Chavon, Parsons affiliate school based in the Dominican Republic.
1992-2002 Catalogs available from Kanazawa International Design Insitute (KIDI) in Japan, Parsons affiliate school based in Japan.
1996 Catalogs available from Center for Advanced Design, Parsons affiliate school in Malaysia.
1996-2004 Catalogs available from Samsung Art and Design Institute (SADI), Parsons affiliated school based in Japan.
1997-2009 Catalogs available from Parsons Paris.

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Scope and Content of Collection

Catalogs contain information regarding pedagogy objectives, school policies and admissions requirements, departmental and course descriptions, faculty and administration rosters, facilities, fees, and examples of student work (often uncredited). Even the earliest publications are heavily illustrated.

The first complete course catalog in the series (photocopied reproduction) is for the 1912-1913 academic year. The oldest original catalog is a 1913 catalog for a summer session held in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. The oldest original catalog for classes held in New York is for the 1914-1915 school year.

In 1921, the New York School of Fine and Applied Art, as it was then known, opened an overseas facility in the Place des Vosges, Paris. Separate catalogs were created for the Paris Ateliers. Although this branch of Parsons closed at the onset of World War II in Europe, it was re-established in the 1950s as Parsons Paris. Catalogs for this program will be found in the Affiliate Schools sub-series along with catalogs for other Parsons facilities in California (Otis), the Dominican Republic (Altos de Chavon), Korea (Samsung), and Japan (Kanazawa International Design Institute). This series is arranged alphabetically by school name and then chronologically by date of publication.

Catalogs for continuing education classes will be found in the Continuing Education and AAS sub-series. These catalogs are arranged chronologically by date of publication, beginning in 1970. Parsons offered early incarnations of continuing education-style classes as well as classes for children prior to 1970. However, information about these programs is generally included with general school catalogs or in pamphlet form as a catalog supplement.

As the school grew, the catalogs changed to include less course description and more administrative information, making them a valuable resource for researchers seeking to learn about the school's operation and transformation from a fine arts school to a large design college. For example, the 1920-1921 catalog contains an announcement regarding a newly established "Student Self-Government Organization." At various points, the catalogs also included graduating class rosters and lists of available scholarships. Separate summer catalogs were issued until 1954, when a fold-out mailer replaced the traditional catalog format for the summer semester. Beginning in the 1970s, the catalogs were used to showcase student work, and frequently titled "Portfolio and Catalog" to reflect that emphasis. From 1976 to 1980, Parsons catalogs were assigned volume and issue numbers in series with the rest of the New School Bulletins, but from 1980 to the present they have been given separate volume and issue numbers.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

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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 and Special Collections. Please contact: archivist@newschool.edu.

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Other Finding Aids note

For selected item-level description and images from the Parsons course catalogs, see The New School Archives Digital Collections at http://digitalarchives.library.newschool.edu/index.php/Detail/collections/PC050101.

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Collection Inventory

I. General 1896-2009 

Joint catalogs for Parsons School of Design and the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles were issued. These catalogs often feature dual covers, with one cover advertising Parsons and the other advertising Otis. Researchers are advised to check both sides of the catalog.

Title Box Volume
1896-1912 [bound photocopies] 
1912-1963 [bound originals] 
Title Box Volume
Departmental catalogs, 1979-2002 [bound originals]  71 5-7
Saturday, Summer and Special courses, 1913-1979 [bound photocopies]  71 1-4
1912-1913  1 1
1913-1914  1 2
1914-1915  1 3
Summer 1915  1 4
1915-1916  1 5
Summer 1916  1 6
1916-1917  1 7
1917-1918 
Summer 1918 
1918-1919 
Summer 1919 
1919-1920 
Summer 1920 
1920-1921 
Title Box Folder
Summer 1921  1 8
1921-1922  1 9
Summer 1922  1 10
1922-1923  1 11
Summer 1923  1 12
1923-1924  1 13
Summer 1924  1 14
1924-1925  1 15
Summer 1925  1 16
1925-1926  1 17
Summer 1926  1 18
1926-1927    1 19
Summer 1927  1 20
1927-1928 
Title Box Folder
Summer 1928  1 21
1928-1929 
Title Box Folder
Summer 1929  1 22
1929-1930 
Title Box Folder
Summer 1930  1 23
1930-1931 
Title Box Folder
Summer 1931  1 24
1931-1932  1 25
Summer 1932  1 26
1932-1933  1 27
Summer 1933  1 28
1933-1934 
Title Box Folder
Summer 1934  1 29
1934-1935  1 30
Summer 1935  1 31
1935-1936  1 32
Summer 1936  1 33
1936-1937  1 34
Summer 1937  1 35
1937-1938  1 36
Summer 1938  1 37
1938-1939  1 38
Summer 1939  1 39
1939-1940  1 40
Summer 1940  1 41
1940-1941  1 42
Summer 1941  1 43
1941-1942  1 44
Summer 1942  1 45
1942-1943  1 46
Summer 1943  1 47
1943-1944  1 48
Summer 1944  1 49
1944-1945  1 50
Summer 1945  1 51
1945-1946  1 52
Summer 1946  1 53
1946-1947  1 54
Summer 1947  1 55
1947-1948  1 56
Summer 1948  1 57
1948-1949  1 58
Summer 1949  1 59
1949-1950  1 60
Summer 1950  1 61
1950-1951  1 62
Summer 1951  1 63
1951-1952  1 64
Summer 1952  1 65
1952-1953  1 66
Summer 1953  1 67
1953-1954  1 68
1954-1955  1 69
1955-1956  1 70
1956-1957  1 71
1957-1958  1 72
1958-1959  1 73
1959-1960  1 74
1960-1961  1 75
1961-1962  1 76
1962-1963  1 77
1963-1964  1 78
1964-1965  1 79
1965-1966  1 80
1966-1967  1 81
1967-1968  1 82
1968-1969  1 83
1969-1970  1 84
1970-1971  2 1
1971-1972  2 2
1972-1973  2 3
1973-1974  2 4
1974-1975  2 5
1975-1976  2 6
1976-1977  2 7
1977-1978  2 8
1978-1979  2 9
1979-1980  2 10
1980-1981  2 11
1981-1982  2 12
1982-1983  2 13
1983-1984  2 14
1984-1985  2 15
1985-1986  2 16
1986-1987  2 17
1987-1988  2 18
1988-1989  2 19
1989-1990  2 20
1990-1991  2 21
1990-1991, Graduate  3 1
1991-1992  3 2
1992-1993  3 3
1992-1993, Graduate  3 4
1993-1994  3 5
1993-1994, Graduate  3 6
1994-1995  3 7
1994-1995, Graduate  3 8
1995-1996  3 9
1995-1996, Graduate  3 10
1996-1997  3 11
1996-1997, Graduate  3 12
1997-1998  3 13
1997-1998, Graduate  3 14
1998-1999  3 15
1998-1999, Graduate  3 16
1999-2000  3 17
1999-2000, Graduate  3 18
2000-2001  3 19
2000-2001, Graduate  3 20
2001-2002  3 21
2001-2002, Graduate  3 22
2002-2003  3 23
2002-2003, Graduate  3 24
Title Box Folder
2003-2004  3 25
PIC disks 2
PIC disks 3 14-15
2003-2004, Graduate  4 1
Title Box Folder
2004-2005  4 2
PIC disks 1 44-45
2004-2005, Graduate  4 3
Title Box Folder
2005-2006  4 4
PIC disks 2 6-7
PIC disks 3 16
Title Box Folder
2005-2006, Graduate  4 5
PIC disks 2 6-7
Title Box Folder
2006-2007  4 6
PIC disks 2 27
PIC disks 3 17
2006-2007, Graduate  4 7
Title Box Folder
2007-2008  4 8
PIC disks 2 37
2007-2008 Graduate  4 9
2008-2009, Graduate  4 10
Title Box Folder
Summer, 2010, 2012  8 5
p_OSx-3 8

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II. Affiliate schools 1921-2006 
Altos de Chavon 
Title Box Folder
Altos de Chavon, 1983-1984  4 11
Altos de Chavon, 1984-1985  4 12
Altos de Chavon, 1990  4 13
Altos de Chavon, 1993-1994  4 14
Altos de Chavon, 2002-2003  4 15
Center for Advanced Design 
Title Box Folder
Center for Advanced Design [Malaysia], 1996  4 16
Kanazawa (KIDI) 
Title Box Folder
Kanazawa, 1992-1993  4 17

Organization and Arrangement

this catalog presents classes from 1993 to 1994 academic year, but is for students to register during 1992 academic year.

Kanazawa, 1992-1993

[http://digitalarchives.library.newschool.edu/index.php/Detail/objects/PC050101_pk1992ye]
Kanazawa,1993-1994  4 18

Organization and Arrangement

this catalog presents classes from 1994-1995 academic year, but is for students to apply during the academic year 1993-1994.

Kanazawa,1993-1994

[http://digitalarchives.library.newschool.edu/index.php/Detail/objects/PC050101_pk1993ye]
Kanazawa, 1994-1995  4 19
Kanazawa, 1995-1996  4 20
Kanazawa, 1996-1997  4 21
Kanazawa, 1998-1999  4 22
Kanazawa, 1999-2000  4 23
Kanazawa, 2000-2001  4 24
Kanazawa, 2001-2002  4 25
Otis Art Institute 
Title Box Folder
Otis Art Institute, 1977-1979  4 26

The Otis Art Institute was founded in 1917. In November 1978, Otis merged with Parsons School of Design and became a division of The New School, adding a design program to its fine arts curriculum. In July 1991, Otis reorganized and again became independent from Parsons.

Otis Art Institute, 1977-1979

[http://digitalarchives.library.newschool.edu/index.php/Detail/objects/PC050101_po1979ye]
Otis Art Institute, 1980-1982  4 27
Otis Art Institute, 1992-1993  4 28
Parsons Paris 

Parsons Paris became an autonomous school in 2010. However, Parsons The New School for Design continues to sponsor study in Paris through a partnership with ESRA (École Supérieure de Réalisation Audiovisuelle).

Title Box Folder
Parsons Paris, 1921 Summer  4 29
Paris Ateliers, 1921-1939 [bound photocopies]  71 8-9
Parsons Paris, 1922  4 30
Parsons Paris, 1923  4 31
Parsons Paris, 1926-1927  4 32
Parsons Paris, 1927-1928  4 33
Parsons Paris, 1928-1929  4 34
Parsons Paris, 1929  4 35
Parsons Paris, 1930  4 36
Parsons Paris, 1931  4 37
Parsons Paris, 1932  4 38
Parsons Paris, 1933  4 39
Parsons Paris, 1934  4 40
Parsons Paris, 1935  4 41
Parsons Paris [bound photocopies]  71 10-11
Parsons Paris, 1997-1998  4 42
Parsons Paris, 1998-1999  4 43
Parsons Paris, 1999-2000  4 44
Parsons Paris, 2000-2001  4 45
Parsons Paris, 2001-2002  4 46
Parsons Paris, 2002-2003  4 47
Parsons Paris, 2003-2004  4 48
Parsons Paris, 2004-2005  4 50
Parsons Paris, 2005-2006  4 51
Parsons Paris School of Art and Design, 2008-2009  8 3
Samsung 
Title Box Folder
Samsung, 1996  p_1 8
Samsung, 1997  5 1
Samsung, 1998  5 2
Title Box Folder
Samsung, 2001-2002  5 3-4
PIC disks 3 18-19
Samsung, 2004  5 5

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III. Continuing Education and AAS programs 1970-2009 

Parsons School of Design established an "Evening Division" in 1970 to accomodate the needs of professionals who wished to pursue further training in their fields and to serve the needs of students who did not wish to enroll in a full-time course of study. The school began offering Associate's degrees in Applied Science (AAS) around 1975. Unless otherwise noted, catalogs are continuing education, not AAS.

Title Box Folder
AAS 
1975-1976, AAS  5 6
1976-1977, AAS  5 7
1988, Fall AAS  5 8
1996, AAS  5 9
1998-1999 AAS  5 10
1999-2000, AAS  5 11
2000-2001, AAS  5 12
2001-2002, AAS  5 13
2002-2003, AAS  5 14
2003-2004, AAS  5 15
2004-2005, AAS  5 16
Title Box Folder
2005-2006, AAS  5 17
PIC disks 2 6-7
2006-2007, AAS  5 18
2008-2009, AAS  5 19
Continuing Education 
1970  5 20
1972  5 21
1973, Fall and Spring  5 22
1975, Spring  5 23
1975, Fall, Spring, and Summer  5 24
1976, Summer and Spring  5 25
1976, Fall  5 26
1977, Spring  5 27
1977, Summer  5 28
1977, Fall  5 29
1978, Spring and Fall  5 30
1978, Summer  5 31
1979, Spring  5 32
1979, Summer and Fall  5 33
1980, Spring  5 34
1980, Summer  5 35
1980, Fall  5 36
1981, Spring Midtown  5 37
1981, Spring Greenwich Village  5 38
1981, Summer Midtown  5 39
1981, Summer Greenwich Village  5 40
1981, Fall Midtown  5 41
1981, Fall Greenwich Village  6 1
1982, Spring Midtown  6 2
1982, Spring Greenwich Village  6 3
1982, Summer Midtown  6 4
1982, Summer Greenwich Village  6 5
1982, Fall  6 6
1983, Spring  6 7
1983, Summer  6 8
1983, Fall  6 9
1984, Spring  6 10
1984, Summer  6 11
1984, Fall  6 12
1985, Spring  6 13
1985, Summer  6 14
1985, Fall  6 15
1986, Spring  6 16
1986, Summer  6 17
1986, Fall  6 18
1987, Spring  6 19
1987, Fall  6 20
1988, Spring  6 21
1988, Summer  6 22
1988, Fall  6 23
1989, Spring  6 24
1989, Summer  6 25
1989, Fall  6 26
1990, Spring  7 1
1990, Summer  7 2
1990, Fall  7 3
1991, Spring [2 folders]  7 4-5
1991, Summer  7 6
1991, Fall  7 7
1992, Spring  7 8
1992, Summer  7 9
1992, Fall  7 10
1993, Spring  7 11
1993, Summer  7 12
1993, Fall  7 13
1994, Spring  7 14
1994, Summer  7 15
1994, Fall  7 16
1995, Spring  7 17
1995, Summer  7 9
1995, Fall  7 19
1996, Spring  7 20
1996, Summer  7 21
1996, Fall  34 1
1997, Spring  34 2
1997, Summer  34 3
1997, Fall  34 4
1998, Spring  34 5
1998, Summer  34 6
1998, Fall  34 7
1999, Spring  34 8
1999, Summer  34 9
1999, Fall  34 10
2000, Fall  7 22
2000, Spring  34 11
2000, Summer  34 12
2001, Spring  7 23
2001, Summer  7 24
2001, Fall  7 25
2002, Spring  7 26
2002, Summer  7 27
2002, Fall  7 28
2003, Spring  7 29
2003, Summer  7 30
2003, Fall  7 31
2004, Spring  7 32
2004, Summer and Fall  7 33
2005, Spring  7 34
2005, Fall and Summer  7 35
2006, Spring, Summer, and Fall  7 36
2007, Spring  7 37
2008, Fall  7 38
2009, Fall  8 1
2010, Summer  8 1
2010, Summer Intensive Studies  8 5
2010, Fall  8 1
2010, Pre-College Academy  8 4
2011, Fall  8 2
2012, Spring  8 2
2012, Summer  8 2

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Collection guide Last Updated: 10/06/2014

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