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Student Publications

Identifier: PI-006

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of publications created by Pratt Institute graduate and undergraduate students dating from 1940 to the present.

The largest section of the Student Publications collection consists of issues of the long-running student publication, the Prattler, which has provided campus news, write-ups and reviews of events and exhibitions, sports updates, editorial columns, reviews of theatrical performances, commentary on student activities, coverage of student protest and activism, and other news reports since the 1940s.

Additionally, the collection contains multiple publications dating from 1951 up until 2023 containing original works of composition and graphic art created by Pratt students over the years including the Asterisk, Hatch, Snake Roots, Static Fish, Ubiquitous, and various other smaller run student publications (DRUM, Granada Review, The Felt, etc.). Themes covered and introduced by the artwork and writing of these publications include social and cultural commentary surrounding issues of the day, student life, and reflections on the art world and industry. Within these publications, the students utilize and explore a wide range of illustrative styles and artistic techniques in these publications including collage, photography, painting, graphic design, and drawing.

While the majority of the materials in the collection consists of individual issues and bound volumes, there are also zines, comic books, and a few compact discs with original music. Additional publications created by specific departments or schools can be found in their records. Pratt Institute course catalogs and related materials are included in Catalogs and Bulletins Collection (PI-004) while Institute Publications are included in Institute Publications Collection (PI-007).


  • Creation: 1940 - 2023


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public.

Conditions Governing Use

For permission to publish, contact the Institute Archivist at


36.1 Linear Feet (11 Full Document cases, 5 Half Document Cases, 12 Shallow Flat Print Boxes, 17 Volumes )

Language of Materials



This collection consists of publications created by students of Pratt Institute dating from 1940 up until the present. These student publications include campus news, write-ups and reviews of events and exhibitions, editorial commentary on campus happenings, original artwork, poetry, and essays reflecting the social, cultural, and political issues of their times.


This collection is arranged chrnologically by publication, except for the Miscellaneous and English Class Publication series, which are arranged alphabetically.

Series 1. Prattler, 1940-2023 Series 2. Asterisk, 1951-1970 Series 3. Miscellaneous, 1962-2019 Series 4. Snakeroots, 1973-1977 Series 5. Ubiquitous, 1981-2019 Series 6. English Class Publications, 1984-1996 Series 7. Static Fish, 1985-2015 Series 8. Hatch, 2008-2009


Further accruals are expected.

Related Materials

Institute Publications (PI-007) Pratt Institute Yearbooks Collection (PI-005) Pratt Institute Catalogs and Bulletins Collection (PI-004)

Processing Information

This collection was processed and finding aid written by Brendan Enright on June 12th, 2023. Descriptive Rules Used: Finding aid adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard. Finding aid written in English.

Guide to the Student Publications
In Progress
Brendan Enright
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Pratt Institute Archives Repository

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Brooklyn NY 11205 United States