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New School Communications and External Affairs photographs

 Record Group
Identifier: NS-03-01-09

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Descriptive Status

No publicly accessible container list or inventory is available at this time. Please contact The New School Archives if you are interested in consulting this collection.


This record group consists of photographic records created, commissioned and compiled by The New School's Communications and External Affairs office. The prints, negatives, and digital image files largely cover the 1980s through the early 2000s. Includes images of campus facilities, faculty and administrators, Parsons School of Design classes, the Parsons fashion critics awards, commencement ceremonies, and guests on Inside the Actors Studio.


  • 1930-2008



9.6 Linear Feet (10 boxes)

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Scope and Content of Collection

This record group is comprised of analog and digital image files amassed by Communications and External Affairs (CEA), one of The New School's largest administrative units. Images in this series may take the form of prints, contact sheets, transparencies, negatives, and digital image files stored on optical disk. Many of the prints and contact sheets bear editorial markings, providing evidence of use in course catalogs and other promotional materials, press kits, and other marketing and publicity products created by this office.

Although earlier materials are present, the bulk of the documentation begins in the late 1960s and proceeds up to the early 2000s. It is possible that the documentation ends at this point due to changes in image storage technologies, with Marketing and Communications staff storing born-digital images on computer networks and databases, rather than in physical filing cabinets, which is how the files comprising this record group were stored prior to transfer to their transfer to the Archives.

Photographers represented include, in roughly chronological order: Gin Briggs (1960s), Peter Moore (late 1960s-1970s), Paul Seligman (1970s), Stanley Seligson (1970s-1980s), Bob Adelman (late 1970s-1980s), Björg (1980s-1990s), Joseph Schuyler (1980s-1990s), Jerry Speier (1980s-1990s), Karen Zebulon (1980s), Jerry Bauer (1990s), Arlene Collins (1990s), Brooke Hunyady (1990s), Harry Heleotis (1990s-2000s), and Stephanie Berger (2000s).

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:

Custodial History

These image files were stored in the offices of Communications and External Affairs, in some cases for many decades. As such, designers and communications officers likely employed them at different times for different purposes. Care should be taken in interpreting inscriptions. Processing archivists made efforts to file mis-filed and unlabeled images in appropriate locations.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The first accession consisting of two binders of 35 mm slides was transferred in 2012 from the Special Projects Media Associate of what was then Communications and External Affairs. These primarily consisted of slides documenting New for Jazz and Contemporary Music catalog cover artwork, buildings and campus imagery, and artwork. In 2016, the same office transferred a much larger accession of image assets to The New School Archives, consisting of multiple slide binders, prints, negatives, and digital image files stored on optical disk.

Related Materials

The photographs in this record group are closely related to the New School Photograph collection (NS.04.01.01) and, in some cases, images may be duplicated between the two groupings of records, albeit in different formats (e.g., contact sheets in one collection, prints in another). Additionally, the New School Marketing and Communications photographs may duplicate images in the Bob Adelman photograph collection (NA.0014.01) and the Parsons School of Design photograph collection (PC.04.01.01). As with the present collection, the bulk of photographs in the New School photograph collection and the Parsons School of Design photograph collection were compiled for marketing and promotional purposes and likely originated within Marketing and Communications or its predecessor units--the same unit where the current collection comes from.

Because this record group was formerly included in the New School Marketing and Communications records, it is possible that promotional materials, such as posters and brochures, incorporating these images remain in the Marketing and Communications records.

Processing Information

Formerly series titled, Special Projects Office transfers (2012.NC.03 and 2016.NS.08)

Guide to the New School Communications and External Affairs photographs
In Process
New School Archives and Special Collections staff
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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