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Printed Matter Scrapbooks

Identifier: PI-013

Scope and Contents

The materials within represent a broad range of activities and events that occurred on campus, and represent nearly every printed matter that was circulated at the Institute during a given time. These are materials created by the Institute and its various schools in the course of its operations, whether it’s campus-sponsored events or student activities, and include invitations to events, programs from activities and events, class-related materials (coursework, ticket stubs, registration forms, etc.), and other ephemera related to activities on campus. Many of these documents are significant sources of information for early events on campus, especially those related to the kindergarten and art movements.

The Printed Matter Scrapbooks cover two primary date ranges: 1887 to 1936 and 1980 to 1987. These date ranges also reflect the size of the scrapbook—the former being in document boxes and the latter oversized on the shelves. All of these scrapbooks are also very fragile, including the items that were pasted inside, and should be handled with care.


  • 1887 - 1987


Conditions Governing Access

Access to this collection is restricted due to the fragile state of the items.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

These scrapbooks were not created by one department and may have been collected/constructed only by librarians. This, however, has not been made clear in previous records describing the scrapbooks.


10.9 Linear Feet (14 boxes, 7 oversize scrapbooks)

Language of Materials



The Printed Matter Scrapbooks consist scrapbooks dating from 1887 to 1987, which document materials printed by Pratt Institute and its schools, making them a rich source of information for events and student life. Access to these scrapbooks is limited due to the fragile state of the materials.


The scrapbooks are arranged in two size- and chronology-based series, as follows:

Series 1: Printed Matter Scrapbooks, 1887-1936

Series 2: Oversize Printed Matter Scrapbooks, 1980-1987

Related Materials

Records of the Department of Communications and Marketing (PI-013)

Records of the Department of Exhibitions (PI-008)

Harmful Language Statement

If you encounter any pejorative language (i.e. racist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic) or content in the finding aids or within the content of the collection, please send an email to with the relevant details. For more information about how the Pratt Institute Libraries are addressing offensive language and content across its catalogs and databases, please see the Libraries' Harmful Language Statement:

Guide to the Printed Matter Scrapbooks
Ian Post
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Repository Details

Part of the Pratt Institute Archives Repository

200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11205 United States