The School of Fashion Move Downtown:
What Should I Save for the Archives?
A Guide prepared by the Kellen Design Archives
At the Kellen Design Archives we collect and preserve materials
that tell about Parsons through the decades.
These materials are used all the time by the Parsons and New
School community, and by researchers from around the world.
As you prepare for the move, we urge you to set materials
aside for the Archives that will help document the School of
Under your desk, hanging on walls, in the back of file cabinets,
generally hanging around—Parsons history is all around you.
The following pages offer a basic—though not exhaustive--
overview of the sort of materials we collect, to help guide you
as you prepare for the move downtown.
Drawings and sketches
by students, instructors, and visiting critics
Patterns, and other types of
fashion design documentation
Fashion illustrations by students,
instructors, and visiting critics
Photographs: Prints, contact sheets, negatives,
Polaroids, slides, digital files (we accept them all)!
For photos: please write on a
separate piece of paper what you
know about the image.
But don’t write directly on
photographs (front or back), or put
sticky notes on them!
Course catalogs and viewbooks
We really need copies of Parsons catalogs
from before the 1980s!
Also, catalogs from Altos de Chavon,
Kanazawa International Design Institute
(KIDI), Samsung Art and Design Institute
(SADI), and Parsons Paris!
Continuing Education and AAS, too!
Posters, fliers and other publicity materials
Audio and video materials
created by and for the School of Fashion
CDs and DVDs, thumb drives,
disks, external hard drives
Materials related to the Fashion Benefit
Internal or external correspondence, memos, reports, proposals,
syllabi, minutes, press releases, charts, etc.
Basically, any textual documentation you have in files (or piles)
that you no longer refer to regularly.
Are there things you are creating or
collecting that haven’t been listed here?
Let us know!
We do not collect three-dimensional objects
We do not accept garments or textiles.
(They require special storage conditions.)
The only conditions under which we accept
textiles is if they are in the form of a swatch
accompanying a drawing, sketch, or some other
two dimensional object.
This is okay.
Please contact the Archives
212-229-5942 (M-F, 10 am – 5 pm)