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Guide to the Parsons School of Design administrative and other offices collection (pre-2008 accessions), 1917-2007

Collection Overview

Repository

Parsons Institutional Collections

Collection Identifier

PC.03.01.01

Creator

Levy, Janet

Creator

Parsons School of Design.

Creator

Salvadori, Vieri

Title

Parsons School of Design administrative and other offices collection (pre-2008 accessions), 1917-2007 (bulk 1973-1999), (Bulk, 1973-1999)

Extent

11.7 linear ft: 7 boxes, 1 map case drawer, 6 oversize folders; 2 discs

Language of Materials

English

Summary

Predominantly comprised of records produced by the Parsons School of Design Development Office, this collection documents fund raising initiatives, special programs, events, and alumni reunion plans. Other offices represented in this group are Admissions, Alumni Relations, Career Services, Public Relations, Publication Design, Special Events, and Student Council. One series, Dean of Students correspondence, is restricted. Please email archivist@newschool.edu for details.

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Parsons School of Design administrative and other offices collection (pre-2008 accessions), PC.03.01.01, box __, folder __, The New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

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Historical note

Parsons School of Design was established in 1896 as the Chase School of Art. While founded as a school of fine arts instruction, it soon added courses in "applied arts," which became the primary focus under the direction of Frank Alvah Parsons. The name of the school changed several times, to the New York School of Art in 1902, then to the New York School of Fine and Applied Art in 1909. In 1940, the Board of Trustees voted to change the school's name to Parsons School of Design in recognition of Frank Alvah Parsons' leadership and to differentiate it from other, similarly named institutions.

In 1921, Parsons' European School opened with headquarters in France called the Paris Ateliers. The Ateliers closed in 1939 due to the escalation of World War II, and never reopened in its pre-war form. Parsons' summer study tours of Europe resumed in the late 1940s. When Parsons affiliated with the New School for Social Research in 1970, students could for the first time earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the New School (before the merger, students earned either a certificate for a three-year program of study at Parsons, or a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree granted by New York University, by taking courses at both schools). A more robust, year-round overseas program resumed at Parsons in the late 1970s under the leadership of Dean David C. Levy. The 1970s also saw the growth of continuing education programs at Parsons, and the introduction of an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree track. In the 1980s, Parsons developed a number of partnerships with international schools, and merged with the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. The first graduate program was established at Parsons in 1978, in Fine Arts, with masters programs in other areas added in subsequent years, including a Master of Architecture program begun in 1989.

This collection contains correspondence from the files of Parsons' dean of students from 1975-1983, Vieri R. Salvadori. Salvadori began his career at Parsons School of Design as a professor of aesthetics and art in 1972. He was appointed dean of students in October 1975, succeeding Carmela Hedger, and became associate dean in 1980. During this period as administrator, Salvadori also managed special programs, coordinating study abroad programs in France, Italy, and Japan. As dean of students, Salvadori ushered students through the admissions process, advising on available resources, financial aid, curricula, and departments of study. Among other projects, Salvadori organized the school's Mardi Gras Costume Ball of 1977. Salvadori left Parsons in 1983.

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Scope and Content of Collection

This collection contains records from a number of administrative offices at Parsons School of Design including Admissions, Career Services, Development, Alumni Relations, Public Relations, Publication Design, Special Events, and the Student Council. The majority of the papers are from Development and include documentation of capital campaigns from the 1980s-1990s and special fundraising initiatives.

Records from the Alumni Relations office include lists of Parsons graduates from 1912-1983 and a list of notable alumni from 1956-2000. There is also material from reunions for classes from the 1940s, 1950s, and 1970s. The Special Events papers also contain documentation of reunions as well as receptions and exhibitions held in the 1980s-2000s.

Material from Admissions and Career Services includes class profiles, statistics, reports, handbooks, and promotional materials, mostly from the 1980s and 1990s. Notable exceptions are class profiles from 1927-1929 and 1955-1970, as well as registration guides and fliers from 1917-1923. Also in the collection are press releases from the 1960s-1990s, Student Council publications from the 1970s, and material from Publication Design in the 1980s-1990s, including original illustrations.

Correspondence from Dean of Students Vieri R. Salvadori is also found in this collection. The files in this series primarily consist of photocopies of outgoing letters and memoranda that Salvadori generated during his appointment as dean of students and as associate dean of Parsons. Arranged chronologically, the files address student, faculty, and Parsons institutional issues as well as plans for new degree programs, building facilities, and special programs. This series is restricted, email archivist@newschool.edu for details.

Special Events Office files include a CD of a radio play about the designer, Adrian, as well as a DVD documenting an award luncheon, with a speech by Ann Pyne.

The staff of the Kellen Design Archives, The New School Archives's predecessor unit, closed this collection to new additions in 2008, and established a new collection with the same title (PC.03.01.02) for further internal office transfers.

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Organization and Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject in 8 series

  1. Admissions Office, 1917-2001
  2. Career Services Office, 1992-2007
  3. Dean of Students correspondence, 1975-1983
  4. Development and Alumni Relations Office, 1930-2000, undated
  5. Public Relations Office press releases, 1969-2002
  6. Publication Design Office, 1981-1999, undated
  7. Special Events Office, 1987-2006
  8. Student Council and Student Association, 1956-2002

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Parsons Institutional Collections - July 23, 2019

66 5th Avenue
lobby
New York, New York
212.229.5942
archivist@newschool.edu

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Parsons School of Design administrative and other offices collection (pre-2008 accessions), PC.03.01.01, box __, folder __, The New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research use. Files containing student records are restricted for 120 years after person's known or estimated birth (or that estimated for a group of persons, like a class). Please contact archivist@newschool.edu for further information. Electronic files migrated from optical media may be accessed on The New School Archives Digital Collections site at http://digitalarchives.library.newschool.edu/index.php/Detail/collections/PC030101.

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

The staff of The New School Archives and Special Collections assembled this collection from office transfers of material from the New School and Parsons School of Design Public Relations, Alumni Affairs, and Career Services offices, and from the Parsons School of Design Product Design Department.

The Parsons School of Design Dean's Office transferred the Dean of Students correspondence series to the Kellen Design Archives, the predecessor unit of The New School Archives, in January 1999, and Archives staff processed these records as an isolated record group. In 2017, the New School Archives staff integrated the Dean of Students series into the current record group.

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Related Materials

The New School Archives holds Parsons School of Design administrative and other offices collection (ONGOING) (PC.03.01.02) and the Parsons School of Design Alumni Association records (PC.03.02.01). The Alumni Association in particular was a major source of fund raising and marketing for Parsons School of Design prior to its affiliation with the New School for Social Research in 1970.

Recruitment and advertising records in the form of posters, mailers, brochures and other printed materials -- both in their completed state and planning documentation -- will be found in the New School Marketing and Communication records (NS.03.01.04).

Additional press releases will be found in the New School press release collection (NS.03.01.07).

Additional and possibly overlapping records doucmenting special events may be found in the New School Office of Development and Alumni Affairs records (NS.03.02.03), Special events series.

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects

Genre(s)

  • Administrative records.
  • Correspondence.
  • Press releases.
  • Publications.
  • Sketches.

Subject(s)

  • Art schools -- Alumni and alumnae.
  • Art -- Study and teaching -- New York (State) -- New York -- 20th century.
  • Fashion design -- Study and teaching -- New York (State) -- New York -- 20th century.
  • Fashion -- History -- 20th century.
  • Student newspapers and periodicals -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Universities and colleges -- Administration.
  • Universities and colleges -- Admission.

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Other Finding Aids note

For selected item-level description and items from the Parsons School of Design administrative and other offices collection (pre-2008), see The New School Archives Digital Collections at http://digitalarchives.library.newschool.edu/index.php/Detail/collections/PC030101.

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Collection Inventory

Series I. Admissions Office 1917-2001 

Box Folder
Catalog parts 
1 1
Class profiles 
1927-1929 
1 2
1955-1970 
1 3-4
1981-1985 
1 5-6
International Students, 1987-1988 
1 7
Faculty lists, 1956-1957 
1 8
Faculty lists, 1983-1984 
1 9
Final registration reports, 1984 
1 10-11
Itineraries and statistics, 1973-1974 
1 12
Memoranda and notices, possibly 1940, 1985, 1990 
1 13
Promotional materials, 1929, 1970, 1993-2001 
1 14
Registration guides and fliers, 1917-1923, 1995 
1 15

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Series II. Career Services Office 1992-2007 

Box Folder
Annual reports, 1992-1993 
1 16-17
Handbook, 1996-1997 
1 18
Promotional materials, 1997, 2006-2007 
1 19

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Series III. Dean of Students correspondence 1975-1983 

This series is restricted. Please email archivist@newschool.edu for further information.

Box Folder
January 1975 through June 1981, 1975-1981 
6 1-26
July 1981 through February 1983, 1981-1983 
7 1-14

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Series IV. Development and Alumni Relations Office 1930-2000 

Box Folder

General administration 1970-2000 

Box Folder
Accounting, 1987-1998 
1 20
Affirmative Action data, 1996-1997 
1 21
Annual giving brochure, circa 1970 
1 22
Asian International Student Task Force, 1996 
1 23
Avenue magazine project, 1999 
1 24
Capital campaign 
Campaign books, 1987-1988 
1 25-26
"Campaign for Parsons" [publication], 1993 
p_OSx-1 10
Committee meeting agenda and materials, 1993 
1 27
Donors, 1988-1989 
1 28
"Five-Year Plan," 1996 
1 29
Kick-off, 1995 
1 30
"Parsons Building Program," 1975 
p_1 5
Rendering for Parsons Building Expansion Project by TESLA for Wank Adams Slavin Associates [architects], 1975 
MC H 5 2
Operating plans, 1990-1999 
1 31-36
Preliminary budget proposal, 1996-1997 
1 37
Projects, 1992-1995 
1 40
"Report on New School University Capital Campaign 1989 to 1999" 
1 41
Reports and notes, 1987-1993 
1 42
Career Services, 1989-1998 
1 43
Faculty/Administrative Directory, circa 1990 
1 44
"Faculty Composition Report," 1997 
1 45
Fashion Exhibition Center, 1971, 1977, 1991 
1 46
Financial Aid, 1995-1999 
1 47
Gifts, 1998-2000 
1 48
Gimbel Library 
General, 1994-1999 
1 49
Annual reports, 1977-1984 
1 50
Expansion, 1984-1988 
1 51
Fliers and guides, 1996-1997 
1 52
Kellen Archives, 1995-1999 
2 1
Memoranda, 1985-1991, 1998-1999 
2 2
Moroccan proposal, 1990 
2 3
New School Center for the Arts, 1996 
2 4
Parents of students, 1995-1996 
2 5
Photographs of Jonathan Fanton and Charles Olton, between 1989 and 1997 
2 6
Public Relations, 1994-1998 
2 7
Renovation to 66 Fifth Avenue lobby, 1992, 1995 

Includes original donation invitation card and envelopes; donation invitation letter by Dean Charles S. Olton; Lobbies Renovation narrative proposal; photographs of existing condition; existing floor plan; proposed floor plan; proposed section; and iso drawing of the proposed design by the architect Prentice & Chen, Ohlhausen.

2 8
Renovation to Main Gallery in 2 West 13th Street, 1996-1997 

Main gallery Retrofit Projections space planning program narratives. Proposed floor plans and iso drawing by the architect, Prentice & Chan, Ohlhausen Architects.

2 9
Stanley Barrows memorial, 1995 
2 10
Student data, 1997-1998 
2 11
University Committee on the Arts, 1996 
2 12
University-Wide Administration Directory, 1993-1994 
2 13
Vertical Campus Proposal, 1997 
2 14

Alumni 1979-2000 

Box Folder
Alumni Fund correspondence, 1979-1981, 1992 
2 15
Board of Governors, 1997-1998 
2 16
Correspondence, 1979-1983 
2 17
Dean's Roundtable meeting, 1996 
2 18
Frank Alvah Parsons Society, 1997-2000 
2 19-20
Lists of graduates 
General, 1982 
2 21
1912-1983, after 1983 
2 22-30
Lists of notable alumni (1956-2000), after 2000 
2 31-34
Phonathon, 1979-1980 
2 35
Publications, 2000-2003 
2 36
Receptions and events, 1985-2000 
2 37
Relations, 1995-1997 
2 38
Reunions, 1998-1999 

Primarily documents the Parsons School of Design class of 1948 reunion in 1998, including slides of photographs taken by Jerry Speier and a memory book. Other classes include: 1949 through 1951, 1959, 1974 through 1976.

2 39-45
3 1-6
p_1 4
Survey, 1979-1980 
3 7
Survey, 1990, 1999 
3 8
Website, 1998 
3 9

Departments and programs 1988-2000 

Box Folder
Architecture and Environmental Design, 1988-1989, 1993-1995 
3 10
Communication Design, 1989, 1997 
3 11
Design Marketing, 1993, 1997, 1999 
3 12
Digital Design, 1995 
3 13
Fashion Design, 1993-1997 
3 14
Fine Arts, 1996-1998 
3 15
History of Decorative Arts, 1993-1998 
3 16
Illustration, 1997-1999 
3 17
Interior Design, 1996-1998 
3 18
Photography, 1999-2000 
3 19
Product Design, 1999 
3 20

Parsons Paris 1930-1995 

Box Folder
General, 1993-1998 
3 21-24
Alumni, 1930s 
3 25
Fashion Design photographs, 1989-1990 
3 26
Fashion show slides, 1990 
3 27
Fund raising, 1987-1995 
3 28
Report, 1990 
3 29

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Series V. Public Relations Office press releases 1969-2002 

Box Folder
1969-1992 
4 15-17
1997, 2000-2002 
4 18

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Series VI. Publication Design Office 1981-1999, undated 

Box Folder
BA/BFA pamphlet artwork, undated 
4 19
BFA publication cover artwork, 1989 
4 20
Catalog production artwork, 1987-1989 
4 21
5 1
Catalog text and planning, 1984-1987 
5 2
Janet Levy files 1992-1999 

Janet Levy, director of the Publication Design Office until 1999, transferred these files to The New School Archives. Additional samples of her work will be found in Parsons School of Design course catalogs, posters, and promotional materials.

Awards, 1992-1998 
p_1 14
p_11 1
Continuing Education Summer Ads, 1993 
p_6 19
Correspondence, 1992-1999 
p_11 2
New York Studio Program (AICAD), 1990s 

Levy served as art director of this brochure and received assistance from Parsons School of Design student designers.

p_11 3
Parsons Century press packets, 1996 
p_11 4
Original illustration for publication (Susan Stillman), 1989 
p_OSx-1 12
Diplomas [mechanicals], 1985 
p_OSx-2 11
Poster: Lecture series, Pre-press work, 1993 
p_OSxx-1 3
Poster: Original artwork (Jeff Moores), 1981 
p_OSxx-1 4
Press sheets and Parsons seal, undated 
MC D 3 1-10
p_OSxx-1 5
p_OSxxx-1 4
Stationery, 1995 
5 3

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Series VII. Special Events Office 1987-2006 

Box Folder
General planning, 1989-1990 
5 4
Adrian: They Walk in Beauty [audio drama], 2002 

Radio play, a tribute to Shirley Goodman, about the designer Gllbert Adrian funded by Radio Drama Network, Inc. (the Himan Brown "Spoken word" Foundation at Brooklyn College) and Parsons School of Design. Folder contains the liner notes that were included with the CD. Files have been migrated from CD.

5 33
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A Family Tradition exhibition reception, 1990 
5 5
AIDS Quilt exhibition, 1989 
5 6
Bezalel Academy reception, 1987 
5 7
Board of Overseers dinner, 1988 
5 8
Centennial consultant search, 1995 
3 30
Centurion Award Luncheon: Ann Pyne speech, 2006 Apr 11 

Centurion Award for Design Excellence was given to Betty Sherrill, with an opening speech by her daughter Ann Pyne about decorating together. Award luncheon was filmed by Missy Falkenberg and migrated to digital format from DVD.

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Commencement, 1998-1999 
3 31
Dean's donor reception, 1998 
3 32
Donovan and Green slides of Parsons sign and Parsons Table award to George Kaufman, undated 
3 33
Environmental Design Department alumni reunion, 1991 
5 9
Exhibitions, 1995-2000 
3 34
Fashion Critics Awards, 1987, 1989 
5 10-11
Fashion Critics Award Benefit, 1998-2002 
3 35
4 1-11
Fashion Critics Award Benefit Five-Year Analysis, 1995-2000 
4 12
Fashion Design Department alumni reunion, 1989 
5 12
Hermes Scholarship reception, 1995 
4 13
Illustration Department presentation of Walter Herdeg Award, 1987-1988 
5 13
International Photo Educators reception, 1989 
5 14
Melanie Kahane memorial service, 1989 
5 15
Melanie Kahane Student Fund dinner, 1988 
5 16
Donna Karan party, 1987 
5 17
Leica Medal Awards dinner, 1989 
5 19-20
Marketing and Fashion Merchandising Degree Program reception, 1989 
5 21
Parsons Paris fashion show, 1989 
5 22
Parsons Tables, 1993-1995 
4 14
Senior Exhibit receptions, 1987 

Consists of Clay Metal Textile Design, Environmental Design and Photography Departments.

5 23-25

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Series VIII. Student Council and Student Association 1956-2002 

Box Folder
Box Folder

Student Association, 1956, 1985-1988, 2002 

5 26

Publications 1972-1977 

Box Folder
Bread Book, 1973 
5 27
Bread Book, 1974 
5 28
Cheap Eats: The Art Student Coloring Book, 1975 
5 29
Inside Out, 1972 
5 30
NYC People directory and desk diary, 1977 
5 31
Since We Were Born, 1974 
5 32

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Collection Guide Last Updated: 07/23/2019

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