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Records of the President’s Office

Identifier: PI-021

Scope and Contents

The Records of the Office of the President include reports submitted to and by the presidents, primarily after 1953, as well as materials about each individual president and their inaugurations. Though there are materials related to the Office of the President prior to 1953, documents relating to this period can be found in the collections of the Pratt Family or the Pratt family member who held the position of president.

Also included are documents pertinent to Pratt's Board of Trustees, the Institute's merger with Phoenix School (previously New York School of Applied Design for Women), blueprints, Cronar negatives, mortgages, and deeds surrounding the school's real estate ventures, and legal and financial documents, as well as correspondences, memorandums, and notes betwixt administrators. Beyond the aforementioned groups, relevant parties include but are not limited to: Hattie E. Puyol, Richardson Pratt Jr., Roy Goldfarb, Richard Heindel, James Donovan, Donald Mathis, Henry Saltzman, Brooklyn Educational and Cultural Alliance, Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, Committee of Correspondence for Independent Higher Education in New York, Pratt Institute Engineers Alumni Association, Teachers' Insurance and Annuity Association of America, and the New York Supreme Court.


  • 1891 - 2020


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Records of the President's Office are restricted for 25 years after the date of creation while Records of the Board of Trustees are restricted for 50 years after the date of creation.

Conditions Governing Use

For permission to publish, contact the Archivist, Pratt Institute Library.

Biographical / Historical

The President is the chief executive officer of Pratt Institute. From 1887 to 1940 the position was as President of the Board of Trustees. After 1940 the President has been appointed by the Board, but the administrative functions of the office are separate from those of the Board. The list of presidents since the school’s founding are as follows:

Charles Pratt (founder), 1887-1891

Charles Millard Pratt, 1891-1923

Frederic B. Pratt, 1923-1937

Charles Pratt, 1937-1953

Frances H. Horn, 1953-1957

Robert F. Oxnam, 1957-1961

Richard H. Heindel, 1961-1967

William P. Maddox (acting), 1967-1968

James B. Donovan, 1968-1970

Henry Saltzman (acting), 1970-1972

Richardson Pratt, Jr., 1972-1990

Warren Ilchman, 1990-1993

Thomas Schutte, 1993-2017

Frances Bronet, 2018-present


25.64 Linear Feet (79 containers: 62 documents boxes, 2 artifact boxes, 16 clamshell book enclosures, and 2 oversize folders. )

Language of Materials



The Records of the Office of the President include reports submitted to and by the presidents from 1895 to 2015 as well as materials about each individual president and their inaugurations. The records also include paper records related to institutional advancement submitted to and by the presidents, administrative records from the Phoenix School (previously New York School of Applied Design for Women), as well as materials submitted to and by the Pratt Board of Trustees from 1892 to 1993.


The records are arranged in nine series:

1. Reports to the President’s Office, 1952–1971

2. President's Annual Reports, 1895-circa 2004

3. Presidents, 1940–2018

4. Board of Trustees, 1948-1988

5. New York School of Applied Design for Women & New York-Phoenix School of Design, 1892-1967

6. Legal, 1948-1979

7. Real Estate, 1897-1984

8. Financial Records, 1960-1969

8. Miscellaneous, 1961-2020


Further accruals are expected.

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Processing Information

This finding aid was written by Ian Post in 2016. Further accruals were processed finding aid written during the Spring 2022 semester by Sara Almai, Rachel Brenner, Gina Divencenzi, Jacob Edwards, Katherine Graves, Catherine Hartup, Anna Jacboson, Ava Kaplan, Michelle Kennedy, Olivia Meehan, Ellis Mikelic, Tori Stratis, Aditya Narasimhan Tirumalai Srinidhi, Peter Victor-Gasper, and Bonnie Whitehouse and by Caroline Zhu, Liwen HU, and Isaac Womack during Fall 2022 as part of INFO-625 School of Information course taught by Institute Archivist Cristina Fontánez Rodríguez.

Descriptive Rules Used: Finding aid adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard. Finding aid written in English

Guide to the Records of the President’s Office
Ian Post
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Revision Statements

  • May 5th, 2023: This finding aid was revised updated by Cristina Fontánez Rodríguez to merge and update records processed by School of Information graduate students during Spring 2022 and Fall 2022 semesters.

Repository Details

Part of the Pratt Institute Archives Repository

200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11205 United States