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Guide to the Admissions catalogs and program information materials (pre-2008 accessions), 1896-2009

Collection Overview

Repository
Kellen Design Archives
Creator
Parsons the New School for Design.
Title
Admissions catalogs and program information materials (pre-2008 accessions), 1896-2009, (Bulk, 1913-2007)
Extent
14.7 linear ft: 35 boxes
Summary
Includes general course catalogs and print advertising for Parsons' New York facilities as well as catalogs for overseas and affiliate schools and continuing education programs. Records in this series date back to the school's founding in 1896, although more comprehensive documentation begins in 1913.

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Scope and Contents note

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. Series also includes advertising postcards and early brochures with titles such as "Ten Reasons for Studying at the New York School of Art."

Much of the earliest documentation consists of photocopied materials, primarily of print advertisements for the Chase School of Art, which became the New York School of Art in 1902. The first complete course catalog (photocopied reproduction) in the series 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, 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.

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Organization and Arrangement

Organized chronologically within 3 series:

  1. General, 1896-2009
  2. Affiliate schools, 1921-2006
  3. Continuing Education and AAS programs, 1970-2009

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Kellen Design Archives 2009

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

Use Restrictions

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

Existence and Location of Copies note

Preservation photocopies of catalogs and program information materials spanning 1903 through the 1953-1954 academic year will be served to researchers in place of original catalogs.

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects

Corporate Name(s)

  • Escuela de Diseño (Altos de Chavón, Dominican Republic).
  • KIDI Parsons.
  • New York School of Fine and Applied Art.
  • Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design.
  • Paris Ateliers.
  • Parsons Paris.
  • Parsons School of Design.
  • Samsung Art and Design Institute.

Genre(s)

  • Catalogs.

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General note

Forms part of the Parsons Institutional Collections (PIC) Printed materials record group.

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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 Carton
Preservation photocopies, 1903-1953  1-2
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

Catalogs, pamphlets, and bulletins formerly identified as, "Appendices."

International Studio advertisements [photocopies only], 1896-1902  1 1
International Studio advertisements [photocopies only], 1902-1912  1 2
1912-1913  1 3
1913-1914  1 4
1914-1915  1 5
1915-1916  1 6
1916-1917  1 7
1917-1918  1 8
1918-1919  1 9
1919-1920  1 10
1920-1921  1 11
1921-1922  1 12
1922-1923  1 13
1923-1924  1 14
1924-1925  1 15
1925-1926  1 16
1926-1927  1 17
1927-1928  2 1
1928-1929  2 2
Informational materials, 1928-1929  2 3
1929-1930  2 4
1930-1931  2 5
1931-1932  2 6
1932-1933  2 7
1933-1934  2 8
1934-1935  2 9
1935-1944  3 1-21
1935-1936  3 1
1936-1937  3 2
1937-1938  3 3
1938-1939  3 4
1939-1940  3 5
1940-1941  3 6
1941-1942  3 7
Informational materials, 1941-1942  3 8
1942-1943  3 9
1943-1944  3 10
1944-1945  3 11
1945-1946  4 1
1946-1947  4 2
1947-1948  4 3
1948-1949  4 4
1949-1950  4 5
1950-1951  4 6
1951-1952  4 7
1952-1953  4 8
1953-1954  4 9
1954-1955  4 10
1955-1956  4 11
Informational materials, 1955-1956  4 12
1956-1957  4 13
Informational materials, 1956-1957  4 14
1957-1958  4 15
1958-1959  5 1
1959-1960  5 2
Informational materials, 1959-1960  5 3
1960-1961  5 4
Informational materials, 1960-1961  5 5
1961-1962  5 6
1962-1963  5 7
1963-1964  5 8
1963-1988 [bound originals] 
Title Box Folder
Informational materials, 1963-1964  5 9
1964-1965  5 10
1965-1966  5 11
1966-1967  5 12
1967-1968  6 1
1968-1969  6 2
1969-1970  6 3
1970-1971  6 4
1971-1972  6 5
Informational materials, 1971-1972  6 6
1972-1973  6 7
1973-1974  6 8
1974-1975  6 9
Pre College Summer Session, 1975  7 1
1975-1976  7 2
Pre-College Summer Session, 1976  7 3
1976-1977  7 4
Pre-College Summer Session, 1977  7 5
1977-1978  7 6
Informational materials, 1977-1978  7 7
Pre-College Summer Session, 1978  7 8
1978-1979  7 9
Informational materials, 1978-1989  7 10
Pre-College Summer Session, 1979  7 11
1979-1980  7 12
1980-1981  8 1
Informational materials, 1980-1981  8 2
1981-1982  8 3
1982-1983  8 4
Informational materials, 1982-1983  8 5-6
1983-1984  8 7
Informational materials, 1983-1984  9 1
1984-1985  9 2
Informational materials, 1984-1985  9 3
1985-1986  9 4
Informational materials, 1985-1986  9 5
1986-1987  9 6
Informational materials, 1986-1987  10 1-2
1987-1988  10 3
Informational materials, 1987-1988  10 4
1988-1989  10 5
Informational materials, 1988-1989  10 6-7
1989-1990  11 1
1990-1991  11 2
1990-1991, Graduate  11 3
Informational materials, 1990-1991  11 4
1991-1992  11 5
Informational materials, 1991-1992  11 6
1992-1993  11 7
1992-1993, Graduate  12 1
Informational materials, 1992-1993  12 2
1993-1994  12 3
1993-1994, Graduate  12 4
Informational materials, 1993-1994  12 5
1994-1995  12 6
1994-1995, Graduate  12 7
Informational materials, 1994-1995  12 8
1995-1996  12 9
1995-1996, Graduate  13 1
Informational materials, 1995-1996  13 2
1996-1997  13 3
1996-1997, Graduate  13 4
Informational materials, 1996-1997  13 5
1997-1998  13 6
1997-1998, Graduate  13 7
Informational materials, 1997-1998  13 8
1998-1999  13 9
1998-1999, Graduate  14 1
Informational materials, 1998-1999  14 2
1999-2000  14 3
1999-2000, Graduate  14 4
2000-2001  14 5
2000-2001, Graduate  14 6
Informational materials, 2000-2001  14 7-8
Title Box Folder
2001-2002, Graduate  14 9
15 1
Informational materials, 2001-2002  15 2
2002-2003  15 3
2002-2003, Graduate  15 4
Informational materials, 2002-2003  15 5
2003-2004  15 6
2003-2004, Graduate  15 7
Informational materials, 2003-2004  15 8
Title Box Folder
2004-2005  15 9
PIC disks 1 44-45
2004-2005, Graduate  15 10
Informational materials, 2004-2005  16 1
Title Box Folder
2005-2006  16 2
PIC disks 2 6-7
Title Box Folder
2005-2006, Graduate  16 3
PIC disks 2 6-7
Informational materials, 2005-2006  16 4
Title Box Folder
2006-2007  16 5
PIC disks 2 27
2006-2007, Graduate  16 6
Informational materials, 2006-2007  16 7
Title Box Folder
2007-2008  16 8
PIC disks 2 37
2008-2009  16 9
2008-2009, Graduate  17 1

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II. Affiliate schools 1921-2006 
Title Box Folder
Altos de Chavon, 1982-1984  17 2
Altos de Chavon, 1986  17 3
Altos de Chavon, 1993-1994  17 4
Altos de Chavon, 2002-2003  17 5
Altos de Chavon, 2003-2004  17 6
Center for Advanced Design [Malaysia], 1996-2000  17 7
Kanazawa, 1992-1993  17 8-9
Kanazawa, 1993-1994  17 10
Kanazawa,1994-1995  17 11
Kanazawa, 1995-1996  18 1
Kanazawa, 1996-1997  18 2
Kanazawa, 1998-1999  18 3
Kanazawa, 1999-2000  18 4
Kanazawa, 2000-2001  18 5
Kanazawa, 2001-2003  18 6
Otis Art Institute, 1977-1979  18 7

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  18 8
Otis Art Institute, 1992-1993  19 1
Otis Art Institute, Continuing Education  19 2
Paris Ateliers, 1921-1939 [bound photocopies]  71 8-9
Parsons Paris, 1921 Summer  19 3
Parsons Paris, 1922  19 4
Parsons Paris, 1923  19 5
Parsons Paris, 1924  19 6
Parsons Paris, 1925  19 7
Parsons Paris, 1926-1927  19 8
Parsons Paris, 1927-1928  19 9
Parsons Paris, 1928-1929  19 10
Parsons Paris, 1929  19 11
Parsons Paris, 1930  19 12
Parsons Paris, 1931  19 13
Parsons Paris, 1932  19 14
Parsons Paris, 1933  19 15
Parsons Paris, 1934  20 1
Parsons Paris, 1935  20 2
Parsons Paris, 1936-1940  20 3
Parsons Paris, 1979  20 4
Parsons Paris [bound photocopies]  71 10-11
Parsons Paris, 1980-1981  20 5-6
Parsons Paris, 1981-1982  20 7
Parsons Paris, 1982-1983  20 8
Parsons Paris, 1983-1984  20 9
Parsons Paris, 1984-1985  20 10
Parsons Paris, 1985-1986  20 11
Parsons Paris, 1986  20 12
Parsons Paris, 1987-1988  20 13
Parsons Paris, 1988-1989  20 14
Parsons Paris, 1989-1990  21 1
Parsons Paris, 1990-1991  21 2
Parsons Paris, 1991-1992  21 3
Parsons Paris, 1992-1997  21 4
Parsons Paris, 1997-1998  21 5
Parsons Paris, 1998-1999  21 6
Parsons Paris, 1999-2000  21 7
Parsons Paris, 2000-2001  21 8
Parsons Paris, 2001-2002  21 9
Parsons Paris, 2002-2003  21 10
Parsons Paris, 2003-2004  21 11
Parsons Paris, 2004-2005  21 12
Parsons Paris, 2005-2006  21 13
Samsung, 1995  21 14
Samsung, 1996  21 15
Samsung, 1997  22 1
Samsung, 1998  22 2
Samsung, 1999-2000  22 3
Samsung, 2000-2001  22 4
Samsung, 2001-2002  22 5-6
Samsung, 2005  22 7

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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.

Title Box Folder
1970-1972  23 1
1973, Fall and Spring  23 2
1974, Fall  23 3
1975, Fall, Spring, and Summer  23 4
1975-1976, AAS  23 5
1976, Summer and Fall  23 6
1976-1977, AAS  23 7
1977, Spring, Summer, and Fall  23 8
1978, Spring, Summer, and Fall  23 9
Informational materials, 1978-1979  23 10
1979, Spring, Summer, and Fall  23 11
1980, Fall, Spring, and Summer  24 1
1979-1980, AAS  24 2
1981, Spring  24 3
1981, Summer  24 4
1981, Fall  24 5
Informational materials, 1981-1982  24 6
1982, Spring  24 7
1982, Summer  25 1
1982, Fall  25 2
Informational materials, 1982-1983  25 3
1983, Spring  25 4
1983, Summer  25 5
1983, Fall  25 6
Informational materials, 1983-1984  25 7
1984, Spring  25 8
1984, Summer  26 1
1984, Fall  26 2
1984-1985  26 3
1985, Spring  26 4
1985, Summer  26 5
1985, Summer Midtown  26 6
1985, Fall  26 7
Informational materials, 1985-1986  26 8
1986, Spring  27 1
1986, Summer  27 2
1986, Fall  27 3
Informational materials, 1987  27 4
1987, Fall  27 5
1988, Spring  27 6
1988, Summer  28 1
1988, Fall  28 2
1988, Fall AAS  28 3
1989, Spring  28 4
1989, Summer  28 5
1989, Fall  28 6
1990, Spring  28 7
1990, Summer  28 8
Informational materials, 1989-1990  29 1
1990, Fall  29 2
Informational materials, 1990-1991  29 3
1991, Spring  29 4-5
1991, Summer  29 6
1991, Fall  29 7
Informational materials, 1991-1992  29 8
1992, Spring  30 1
1992, Summer  30 2
1992, Fall  30 3
Informational materials, 1992-1993  30 4
1993, Spring  30 5
1993, Summer  30 6
1993, Fall  30 7
Informational materials, 1993-1994  31 1
1994, Spring  31 2
1994, Summer  31 3
1994, Fall  31 4
1995, Spring  31 5
1995, Summer  31 6
1995, Fall  32 1
Informational materials, 1995-1996  32 2
1996, Spring  32 3
1996, AAS  32 4
1996, Summer  32 5
1998-1999  32 6
1999-2000, AAS  32 7
2000, Fall  32 8
2000-2001, AAS  32 9
2001, Fall  32 10
2001, Spring  33 1
2001, Summer  33 2
2001-2002, AAS  33 3
Informational materials, 2001-2002  33 4
2002, Summer  33 5-6
2002-2003, AAS  33 7
2003, Spring  33 8
2003, Fall  33 9
2003-2004, AAS  33 10
2004, Spring  33 11
2004, Fall and Summer  35 1
2004-2005, AAS  35 2
2005, Spring  35 3
2005, Fall, Summer, and Spring  35 4
Title Box Folder
2005-2006, AAS  35 5
PIC disks 2 6-7
2006, Fall, Spring, and Summer  35 6
2006-2007, AAS  35 7
circa 2007, AAS Fashion Lookbook  35 7
2007, Spring  35 8
2008, Fall  35 9
2008-2009, AAS  35 10

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