+ Expand all text to enable full keyword searching

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.

Return to Top »


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.

Return to Top »


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.

More...

Return to Top »


Administrative Information

Publication Information

The New School Archives and Special Collections

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

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.

Return to Top »


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 item photocopy only 1 3
Summer 1915   1 item photocopy only 1 4
1915-1916   1 item photocopy only 1 5
Summer 1916   1 item photocopy only 1 6
1916-1917   1 item photocopy only 1 7
1917-1918   1 item bound
Summer 1918   1 item bound
1918-1919   1 item bound
Summer 1919   1 item bound
1919-1920   1 item bound
Summer 1920   1 item bound
1920-1921   1 item bound
Title Box Folder
Summer 1921   1 item photocopy only 1 8
1921-1922   1 item photocopy only 1 9
Summer 1922   1 item photocopy only (color copies of plates and cover) 1 10
1922-1923   1 item photocopy only (color photocopies of plates and cover) 1 11
Summer 1923   1 item photocopy only 1 12
1923-1924   1 item photocopy only 1 13
Summer 1924   1 item 1 14
1924-1925   1 item photocopy only (color copies of plates and cover) 1 15
Summer 1925   1 item photocopy only 1 16
1925-1926   1 item photocopies only (color copies of cover and plates) 1 17
Summer 1926   1 item print catalog 1 18
1926-1927   1 item photocopy with color copies of cover and plates, 1 page from original 1 19
Summer 1927   1 item print catalog 1 20
1927-1928   1 item bound
Title Box Folder
Summer 1928   1 item 1 21
1928-1929   1 item bound
Title Box Folder
Summer 1929   1 item 1 22
1929-1930   1 item bound
Title Box Folder
Summer 1930   1 item 1 23
1930-1931   1 item bound
Title Box Folder
Summer 1931   1 item 1 24
1931-1932   3 items 1 25
Summer 1932   1 item 1 26
1932-1933   1 item bound
Title Box Folder
Summer 1933   1 item 1 27
1933-1934   1 item bound
Title Box Folder
Summer 1934   1 item 1 28
1934-1935   1 item photocopy only 1 29
Summer 1935   1 item 1 30
1935-1936   1 item photocopy only, with color copies of plates 1 31
Summer 1936   1 item 1 32
1936-1937   1 item photocopy only with color copies of plates 1 33
Summer 1937   1 item 1 34
1937-1938   1 item 1 35
Summer 1938   1 item 1 36
1938-1939   1 item photocopy only with color copies of plates 1 37
Summer 1939   1 item print catalog 1 38
1939-1940   1 item photocopy only, color copies of plates 1 39
Summer 1940   1 item 1 40
1940-1941   2 items2 printed catalogs 1 41
Summer 1941   2 items2 printed catalogs 1 42
1941-1942   1 item photocopy only, color copies of plates 1 43
Summer 1942   1 item 1 44
1942-1943   1 item 1 45
Summer 1943   1 item 1 46
1943-1944   1 item photocopies only 1 47
Summer 1944   1 item 1 48
1944-1945   1 item photocopy only 1 49
Summer 1945   1 item photocopy only 1 50
1945-1946   1 item 1 51
Summer 1946   1 item 1 52
1946-1947   1 item photocopy only 1 53
Summer 1947   1 item 1 54
1947-1948   1 item 1 55
Summer 1948   1 item 1 56
1948-1949   1 item photocopy only 1 57
Summer 1949   1 item 1 58
1949-1950   1 item photocopy only 1 59
Summer 1950   1 item photocopy only 1 60
1950-1951   1 item photocopy only 1 61
Summer 1951   1 item photocopy only 1 62
1951-1952   1 item photocopy only 1 63
Summer 1952   1 item photocopy only 1 64
1952-1953   1 item 1 65
Summer 1953   1 item 1 66
1953-1954   1 item 1 67
1954-1955   3 items3 print catalogs 1 68
1955-1956   1 item photocopy only 1 69
1956-1957   1 item 1 70
1957-1958   1 item 1 71
1958-1959   2 items2 print catalogs 1 72
1959-1960   1 item 1 73
1960-1961   2 items2 print catalogs 1 74
1961-1962   1 item 1 75
1962-1963   1 item print catalog 1 76
1963-1964   2 items2 print catalogs 1 77
1964-1965   2 items2 print catalogs 1 78
1965-1966   2 items2 print catalogs 1 79
1966-1967   1 item 2 print catalogs 1 80
1967-1968   2 items2 print catalogs 1 81
1968-1969   2 items2 print catalogs 1 82
1969-1970   1 item 1 83
1970-1971   2 items2 print catalogs 2 1
1971-1972   3 items3 print catalogs 2 2
1972-1973   2 items2 print catalogs 2 3
1973-1974   3 items3 print catalogs 2 4
1974-1975   1 item 2 5
1975-1976   2 items2 print catalogs 2 6
1976-1977   1 item 2 7
1977-1978   2 items2 print catalogs 2 8
1978-1979   2 items2 print catalogs 2 9
1979-1980   3 items3 print catalogs 2 10
1980-1981   2 items2 print catalogs 2 11
1981-1982   3 items3 print catalogs 2 12
1982-1983   1 item 2 13
1983-1984   2 items2 print catalogs 2 14
1984-1985   2 items2 print catalogs 2 15
1985-1986   2 items2 print catalogs 2 16
1986-1987   1 item 2 17
1987-1988   2 items2 print catalogs 2 18
1988-1989   2 items 2 19
1989-1990   2 items2 print catalogs 2 20
1990-1991   1 item 2 21
1990-1991, Graduate   1 item 3 1
1991-1992   2 items2 print catalogs 3 2
1992-1993   2 items2 print catalogs 3 3
1992-1993, Graduate   2 items2 print catalogs 3 4
1993-1994   2 items2 print catalogs 3 5
1993-1994, Graduate   2 items2 print catalogs 3 6
1994-1995   2 items2 print catalogs 3 7
1994-1995, Graduate   1 item 3 8
1995-1996   3 items3 print catalogs 3 9
1995-1996, Graduate   2 items2 print catalogs 3 10
1996-1997   2 items2 print catalogs 3 11
1996-1997, Graduate   1 item 3 12
1997-1998   3 items3 print catalogs 3 13
1997-1998, Graduate   2 items2 print catalogs 3 14
1998-1999   2 items2 print catalogs 3 15
1998-1999, Graduate   2 items2 print catalogs 3 16
1999-2000   2 items2 print catalogs 3 17
1999-2000, Graduate   2 items2 print catalogs 3 18
2000-2001   3 items3 print catalogs 3 19
2000-2001, Graduate   3 items3 print catalogs 3 20
2001-2002   2 items2 print catalogs 3 21
2001-2002, Graduate   1 item 3 22
2002-2003   2 items2 print catalogs 3 23
2002-2003, Graduate   3 items3 print catalogs 3 24
Title Box Folder
2003-2004   4 items2 print catalogs, 2 disks 3 25
PIC disks 2
PIC disks 3 14-15
2003-2004, Graduate   2 items2 print catalogs 4 1
Title Box Folder
2004-2005   3 items2 print catalogs, 1 disk 4 2
PIC disks 1 44-45
2004-2005, Graduate   2 items2 print catalogs 4 3
Title Box Folder
2005-2006   4 items2 print catalogs, 2 disks 4 4
PIC disks 2 6-7
PIC disks 3 16
Title Box Folder
2005-2006, Graduate   3 items2 print catalogs, 1 disk 4 5
PIC disks 2 6-7
Title Box Folder
2006-2007   4 items2 print catalogs, 2 disks 4 6
PIC disks 2 27
PIC disks 3 17
2006-2007, Graduate   3 items3 print catalogs 4 7
Title Box Folder
2007-2008   3 items2 print catalogs, 1 disk 4 8
PIC disks 2 37
2007-2008 Graduate   1 item 4 9
2008-2009, Graduate   2 items2 print catalogs 4 10
Title Box Folder
Summer, 2010, 2012  8 5
p_OSx-3 8

Return to Top »

II. Affiliate schools 1921-2006 
Altos de Chavon 
Title Box Folder
Altos de Chavon, 1983-1984   1 item 4 11
Altos de Chavon, 1984-1985   1 item 4 12
Altos de Chavon, 1990   1 item 4 13
Altos de Chavon, 1993-1994   2 items2 print catalogs 4 14
Altos de Chavon, 2002-2003   3 items2 complete print catalog packages, 1 spare catalog 4 15
Center for Advanced Design 
Title Box Folder
Center for Advanced Design [Malaysia], 1996   1 item 4 16
Kanazawa (KIDI) 
Title Box Folder
Kanazawa, 1992-1993   1 item 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,1993-1994   1 item 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, 1994-1995   2 items2 print catalogs 4 19
Kanazawa, 1995-1996   1 item 4 20
Kanazawa, 1996-1997   1 item 4 21
Kanazawa, 1998-1999   2 items2 print catalogs 4 22
Kanazawa, 1999-2000   2 items2 print catalogs 4 23
Kanazawa, 2000-2001   1 item 4 24
Kanazawa, 2001-2002   1 item 4 25
Otis Art Institute 
Title Box Folder
Otis Art Institute, 1977-1979   2 items2 print catalogs 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, 1980-1982   1 item 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   1 item 4 29
Paris Ateliers, 1921-1939 [bound photocopies]  71 8-9
Parsons Paris, 1922   1 item photocopy only 4 30
Parsons Paris, 1923   1 item photocopy only 4 31
Parsons Paris, 1926-1927   1 item 4 32
Parsons Paris, 1927-1928   2 items2 print catalogs 4 33
Parsons Paris, 1928-1929   1 item 4 34
Parsons Paris, 1929   1 item 4 35
Parsons Paris, 1930   1 item 4 36
Parsons Paris, 1931   2 items2 print catalogs 4 37
Parsons Paris, 1932   1 item photocopy with original plates 4 38
Parsons Paris, 1933   1 item photocopy only 4 39
Parsons Paris, 1934   1 item 4 40
Parsons Paris, 1935   1 item 4 41
Parsons Paris [bound photocopies]  71 10-11
Parsons Paris, 1997-1998   2 items2 print catalogs 4 42
Parsons Paris, 1998-1999   1 item 4 43
Parsons Paris, 1999-2000   1 item 4 44
Parsons Paris, 2000-2001   1 item 4 45
Parsons Paris, 2001-2002   1 item 4 46
Parsons Paris, 2002-2003   1 item 4 47
Parsons Paris, 2003-2004   1 item 4 48
Parsons Paris, 2004-2005   2 items2 print catalogs 4 50
Parsons Paris, 2005-2006   2 items2 print catalogs 4 51
Parsons Paris School of Art and Design, 2008-2009  8 3
Samsung 
Title Box Folder
Samsung, 1996   1 item p_1 8
Samsung, 1997   2 items2 print catalogs 5 1
Samsung, 1998   2 items2 print catalogs 5 2
Title Box Folder
Samsung, 2001-2002   4 items2 catalog packages, 2 disks 5 3-4
PIC disks 3 18-19
Samsung, 2004  5 5

Return to Top »

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   2 items2 flyers 5 6
1976-1977, AAS   2 items2 printed brochures 5 7
1988, Fall AAS   1 item 5 8
1996, AAS   1 item 5 9
1998-1999 AAS   1 item 5 10
1999-2000, AAS   2 items2 print catalogs 5 11
2000-2001, AAS   2 items2 print catalogs 5 12
2001-2002, AAS   2 items2 print catalogs 5 13
2002-2003, AAS   2 items2 print catalogs 5 14
2003-2004, AAS   2 items2 print catalogs, digital catalog on 2004-2005 CD 5 15
2004-2005, AAS   3 items3 print catalogs, digital catalog on 2004-2005 CD 5 16
Title Box Folder
2005-2006, AAS   2 items2 print catalogs, digital catalog on 2005-2006 CD 5 17
PIC disks 2 6-7
2006-2007, AAS   3 items3 print catalogs, digital copy on 2006-2007 CD 5 18
2008-2009, AAS   4 items4 print catalogs, digital catalog on 2008-2009 CD 5 19
Continuing Education 
1970   1 item 5 20
1972   1 item 5 21
1973, Fall and Spring   4 items4 print catalogs 5 22
1975, Spring   3 items3 print catalogs 5 23
1975, Fall, Spring, and Summer   7 items7 print catalogs 5 24
1976, Summer and Spring   4 items4 print catalogs 5 25
1976, Fall   2 items2 print catalogs 5 26
1977, Spring   2 items2 print catalogs 5 27
1977, Summer   2 items2 print catalogs 5 28
1977, Fall   2 items2 print catalogs 5 29
1978, Spring and Fall   4 items4 print catalogs 5 30
1978, Summer   2 items2 print catalogs 5 31
1979, Spring   2 items2 print catalogs 5 32
1979, Summer and Fall   3 items2 copies of Greenwich Village catalog, 1 copy Midtown catalog 5 33
1980, Spring   1 5 34
1980, Summer   2 items2 print catalogs 5 35
1980, Fall   1 item 5 36
1981, Spring Midtown   1 item 5 37
1981, Spring Greenwich Village   1 item 5 38
1981, Summer Midtown   1 item 5 39
1981, Summer Greenwich Village   2 items2 print catalogs 5 40
1981, Fall Midtown   2 items2 print catalogs 5 41
1981, Fall Greenwich Village   2 items2 print catalogs 6 1
1982, Spring Midtown   1 item 6 2
1982, Spring Greenwich Village   1 item 6 3
1982, Summer Midtown   2 items2 print catalogs 6 4
1982, Summer Greenwich Village   2 items2 print catalogs 6 5
1982, Fall   4 items2 Greenwich Village catalogs, 2 Midtown catalogs 6 6
1983, Spring   3 items 6 7
1983, Summer   4 items2 Greenwich Village catalogs, 2 Midtown catalogs 6 8
1983, Fall   4 items2 Greenwich Village catalogs, 2 Midtown catalogs 6 9
1984, Spring   4 items2 Greenwich Village catalogs, 2 Midtown catalogs 6 10
1984, Summer   4 items2 Greenwich Village catalogs, 2 Midtown catalogs 6 11
1984, Fall   4 items2 Greenwich Village catalogs, 2 Midtown catalogs 6 12
1985, Spring   3 items 6 13
1985, Summer   4 items2 Greenwich Village catalogs, 2 Midtown catalogs 6 14
1985, Fall   3 items 6 15
1986, Spring   2 items 6 16
1986, Summer   2 6 17
1986, Fall   2 items2 print catalogs 6 18
1987, Spring   1 item 6 19
1987, Fall   1 item 6 20
1988, Spring   2 items2 print catalogs 6 21
1988, Summer   2 items2 print catalogs 6 22
1988, Fall   1 item 6 23
1989, Spring   2 items2 print catalogs 6 24
1989, Summer   2 items2 print catalogs 6 25
1989, Fall   2 items2 print catalogs 6 26
1990, Spring   1 item 7 1
1990, Summer   2 items2 print catalogs 7 2
1990, Fall   1 item 7 3
1991, Spring [2 folders]   3 items3 print catalogs 7 4-5
1991, Summer   1 item 7 6
1991, Fall   1 item 7 7
1992, Spring   1 item 7 8
1992, Summer   1 item 7 9
1992, Fall   1 item 7 10
1993, Spring   1 item 7 11
1993, Summer   1 item 7 12
1993, Fall   1 item 7 13
1994, Spring   1 item 7 14
1994, Summer   1 item 7 15
1994, Fall   1 item 7 16
1995, Spring   2 items2 print catalogs 7 17
1995, Summer   1 7 9
1995, Fall   1 item 7 19
1996, Spring   1 item 7 20
1996, Summer   2 items2 print catalogs 7 21
1996, Fall   2 items2 print catalog 34 1
1997, Spring   2 items2 print catalog 34 2
1997, Summer   2 items2 print catalog 34 3
1997, Fall   2 items2 print catalogs 34 4
1998, Spring   2 items2 print catalog 34 5
1998, Summer   2 items2 print catalog 34 6
1998, Fall   2 items2 print catalog 34 7
1999, Spring   2 items2 print catalog 34 8
1999, Summer   2 items2 print catalog 34 9
1999, Fall   2 items2 print catalog 34 10
2000, Fall   2 items2 print catalogs 7 22
2000, Spring   2 items2 print catalog 34 11
2000, Summer   2 items2 print catalog 34 12
2001, Spring   2 items2 print catalogs 7 23
2001, Summer   2 items2 print catalogs 7 24
2001, Fall   2 items2 print catalogs 7 25
2002, Spring   2 items2 print catalogs 7 26
2002, Summer   2 items2 print catalogs 7 27
2002, Fall   2 items2 print catalogs 7 28
2003, Spring   1 item 7 29
2003, Summer   2 items2 print catalogs 7 30
2003, Fall   1 item 7 31
2004, Spring   1 item 7 32
2004, Summer and Fall   3 items3 print catalogs 7 33
2005, Spring   2 items2 print catalogs 7 34
2005, Fall and Summer   2 items2 print catalogs 7 35
2006, Spring, Summer, and Fall   3 items3 print catalogs 7 36
2007, Spring   2 items2 print catalogs 7 37
2008, Fall   1 item 7 38
2009, Fall  8 1
2010, Summer  8 1
2010, Summer Intensive Studies  8 5
2010, Fall   2 items 8 1
2010, Pre-College Academy  8 4
2011, Fall  8 2
2012, Spring  8 2
2012, Summer  8 2

Return to Top »

Collection guide Last Updated: 03/03/2014

Copyright © 2010 Kellen Design Archives, The New School. All rights reserved.

Archivist Toolkit at_eadToHTML stylesheet Version 1.01