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Finding Aids describe archival collections held by The New School Archives. When a new collection becomes available for research, the finding aid for the collection is added to this site. Finding aids inform researchers about a collection; they do not contain the actual documents. To learn more about using finding aids, see this LibGuide.

What are archival collections?

Archival collections are groups of primary source materials created by a person, group of people, or organization in the course of their everyday work or activities. Collections can range in size from a single document to hundreds of boxes or gigabytes of digital files. They can contain a range of materials, including documents, drawings, photographs, websites, and audiovisual records. Unlike published materials, archival collections are usually unique and exist only in the collection where a researcher finds them.

What is not on this site?

While the finding aids you read here contain links to collections that include digitized or born-digital material, not everything in the Archives is available in digital form. To browse and search the digital archives, visit our Digital Collections database.

Find information about our published Special Collections holdings, such as artists' books and scores.

Use The New School Library catalog to search for published library materials, such as books, journals, and commercial recordings.

Unprocessed Collections

The Archives works to create and publish finding aids online for its collections as soon as possible, even when the collection requires further work. However, there are some collections for which a finding aid does not yet exist. If you cannot find the information you are seeking, contact us at and we will gladly check our internal database for you.


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