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The New School Special Collections consist of unique and hard-to-find books and periodicals, as well as publications by or about people and programs closely associated with the New School.



The art and design-related Special Collections consist of unique and hard-to-find books and periodicals that include artist books, photography first editions, historical costume materials with hand drawn illustrations, classical architecture books, projects by Parsons students, catalogue raisonnés, back issues of rare periodicals, and many other valuable publications.


The Mannes Special Collections include many valuable and rare music scores and other music-related historical materials. Highlights include a third edition of Teodor de Wyzewa’s biography of W.A. Mozart; the personal piano and vocal scores of Rosa Ponselle, used to prepare her roles at the Metropolitian Opera; and a first edition of Leopold Mozart’s, “A Treatise on the Fundamental Principles of Violin Playing." The scores of twentieth century and contemporary American composers are heavily represented in the collection, including scores by Peter Pindar Stearns, William Sydeman, David Loeb, and Frederick Werle.


Consists of unique and rare books, journals, as well as publications by and about people and programs associated with the New School.

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Information About Access

All of our Special Collections are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC by appointment. If you are not a New School faculty member, student, alum, or affiliated with one of the institutions in the Consortium, you must obtain a METRO referral card before coming for your appointment on site.

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The location of your appointment will depend upon the collection you wish to view.

Art and Design Special Collections
University Center Library
63 Fifth Avenue, 6th floor

Music Special Collections
Scherman Library
150 85th Street

Social Science/Humanities Special Collections
List Center Library, 6 East 16th Street, 8th Floor


Archives & Special Collections, 66 Fifth Avenue