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Mariette Cassels student notebooks

Identifier: KA-0076


The collection consists of eight notebooks kept by Mariette Cassels (1905-1993) while studying in the Paris Ateliers of the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (now, Parsons The New School for Design) in 1930-1931. Includes lecture notes, photographs, postcards, clippings and sketches of furniture and decorative moldings.


  • probably 1930-1931



3.1 Cubic Feet (13 binders, 1 folder)

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of Mariette Cassels' eight student notebooks comprised of clip books, lecture notes and a report created from class field trips to the châteaux of France in the summer of 1930. Three watercolor renderings of decorative pieces, printed ephemera and postcards supplement the notebooks.

The clip books, consisting of notes, sketches, photographs and clippings, illustrate and explore the decorative trends of the following periods: Louis XIV, XV, XVI, Directoire/Empire, Restoration/Victorian and Modern.

The lecture notes cover the history and evolution of furniture and interior decoration from the first half of the seventeenth century as well as the Louis XV and XVI periods.

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. Please contact:

Biographical note

Marriette Cassels Winship studied Interior Architecture and Decoration at the Paris Ateliers of the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (now, Parsons The New School for Design) from 1930 to 1931. She received her diploma in March 1931. While in Europe, she embarked on a course of study that focused on class tours to châteaux, cathedral towns, and various provinces in France.

Mariette Cassels Winship died in 1993.

Custodial History

Donated to Parsons School of Design by Mrs. Paul V. Land before the establishment of the New School Archives.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Internal transfer, 1994.

Related Materials

Researchers may also want to consult the New School Archives' additional holdings of student work from the Interior Design Department to gain perspective on interior design education in Parsons School of Design academic departments, programs and schools collection (pre-2009 accessions) (PC.02.01.01) and Parsons School of Design academic departments, programs and schools (PC.02.01.02).

External Support

The processing of this collection was supported in part by a grant from the J. Paul Getty Trust.

Guide to the Mariette Cassels student notebooks
Anne Kumer
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • September 15, 2010: Will Edmiston revised and expanded descriptive notes.
  • February 9, 2021: Anna Robinson-Sweet added component "Louis XIV" to account for material that had been unintentionally left out of the collection inventory.