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Archives & Special Collections

Special Collections

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.

Austin Straus. Cover of 30 Landscapes vol. 2
Austin Straus. Cover of 30 Landscapes vol. 2 (Austin, Texas: A. Straus, 2007).


Special Collections are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC by appointment. The location of your appointment will depend upon the collection you wish to view.

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Artists' 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. A curated selection of images from artists' books in our collection may be viewed here.


Rare scores and other historical materials, including Teodor de Wyzewa’s biography of Mozart; personal scores by Rosa Ponselle for Metropolitian Opera; first edition of Leopold Mozart’s, “A Treatise on the Fundamental Principles of Violin Playing." Scores of 20th century American composers heavily represented, including those by Stearns, Sydeman, Loeb, and Werle.


Unique and rare books and journals, featuring publications by and about people and programs with close associations to The New School.