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New School photograph collection

Identifier: NS-04-01-01


This collection primarily consists of photographs of New School students, faculty, administrators, buildings, class sessions, student life, and events. While the photographs span the period between 1933 and 1984, most of the photographs are concentrated between the 1940s and the 1970s.


  • 1920s - 1990s
  • Majority of material found within 1944 - 1977



11.1 Cubic Feet (29 boxes, 2 folders)

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Scope and Contents

This collection is a compilation of several groups of photographs transferred to the archives over several years, primarily by The New School's Fogelman Library and President's Office. Photographs depict class sessions, students, faculty, buildings, guest speakers and events, and many were clearly intended for use in New School bulletins and promotional materials. Some have been heavily marked up for publication. Also included are press photographs of guest speakers furnished to The New School by the speakers' representatives. Photographers, when identified, are indicated in the folder title.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use. Please contact for appointment.

Use Restrictions

To publish images of material from this collection, permission must be obtained in writing from The New School Archives and Special Collections. Please contact:

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject in 15 series: 1. Board of Trustees; 2. Buildings and campus; Series 3. Class sessions; Series 4. Commencement; Series 5. Convocations; Series 6. Course and programs; Series 7. Events; Series 8. Exhibitions; Series 9. Faculty, administrators, guest speakers and performers; Series 10. Faculty; Series 11. Institute for Retired Professionals; Series 12. New School Associates; Series 13. Presidents; Series 14. Special Lectures; Series 15. Guest speakers and performers.

Custodial History

While the origin of many of the photographs in this collection is not certain, the photographs in several of the series, especially Courses and Programs and Guest Speakers and Performers, bear evidence of having been compiled or created for use in the New School course catalogs and/or for New School promotional publications and event publicity.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Most of the photographs in the General series of this collection were transferred from the New School's Raymond Fogelman Library in 2009, along with materials related to the New School Art Center. Other photographs in the collection were transferred from Fogelman Library in 2012. Most of the photographs dating from the 1990s and 2000s in the Board of Trustees series were transferred to the New School Archives from the Office of the President in 2015. A small number of prints and contact sheets depicting New School for Social Research faculty members and events were transferred to the New School Archives from the division in 2017 and incorporated into this collection.

Related Materials

As a general rule, the New School Archives and Special Collections does not segregate photographic materials from other formats. Researchers seeking photographic documentation of a particular individual, academic unit or program are encouraged to cross check relevant record groups and personal papers.

Guide to the New School photograph collection
New School Archives and Special Collections Staff
February 23, 2011
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Script of description
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Revision Statements

  • March 20, 2018: New School Archives staff expanded collection inventory to accommodate recent additions.