Archives Orientation Guide

The New School Archives and Special Collections is part of the university’s Libraries, Collections & Academic Services unit.

Collection Portals 

There are three discovery pathways into our collections.

1. Finding Aids

Our finding aids database contains descriptions of archival collections. Finding aids also provide contextual information, such as biographies and administrative histories.

2. Digital Collections 

Our Digital Collections provide direct, item-level access to digital content. The items contained in this database are from the same collections described in the finding aids. 

3. Library Catalog

The library catalog provides access to information about published resources, such as rare books, and periodicals, in our collection. Read more about our Special Collections.

Contact Us


Contact Archives and Special Collections staff for assistance researching your topic, either here at The New School, or for more information on locating archival materials or rare books, generally:


Our office is open Monday-Friday, by appointment only, for in-person visits. Our email is monitored from 10 am until 6 pm, and is the best way to begin a conversation.