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Records of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Identifier: PI-027

Scope and Contents

This collection contains records reflecting the evolution of Pratt’s School of Continuing Professional Studies from the 1960s through the 2010s. Materials come from the general, food services, fashion, engineering, and building science divisions of the school and range from class catalogs, scholarship information, registration rosters and press releases to newsletters and ephemera. The series order is “General Catalogs and Brochures,” “Administration,” “Food Service,” “Fashion Division,” “Engineering,” “Division of Building Science,” and “Professional Publishing Program.” The contents of this collection are mixed materials.


  • 1955-2011
  • Majority of material found within 1960-1980

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Student records documenting grades located in Series 2.3 are subject to Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and are restricted for 75 years from date of creation of the record.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

The Pratt Institute’s School for Continuing and Professional studies launched in 1961–62. It was initially composed of four divisions in addition to general admissions: the Division of Food Science and Management, the Fashion Division, the Division of Building Science, and the Division of Engineering. In the 1974–75 school year, a Department of Management, which offered courses in Basic Management, Marketing, and Computer Science, was added. Many certificate programs have been added or discontinued over the years.

Today, the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) offers a wide variety of educational opportunities outside of the traditional degree programs offered by other schools of the Institute. Programming is designed for students preparing for a degree, changing, or advancing in their careers, or exploring new talents. SCPS students obtain real-time tools with industry experts via innovative programming. SCPS serves more than 3,000 students each year in more than 400 courses and special programs.

Certificate programs in Fashion New Media, Digital Design, UX/UI, Sustainable Design, Perfumery, and many others are offered on a noncredit basis. Certificate programs allow students to develop an expertise that can be instantly applied in the workforce. Courses cover a wide array of topics within the areas of art, design, architecture, entrepreneurship, and business.


0.83 Linear Feet (2 Full Hollinger boxes)

Language of Materials



The material contained in this collection document Pratt’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies between 1960 and 2011 and include ephemera, publications, reports, and catalogs pertaining to the different courses offered at the school.


The collection is arranged in 7 series: 1. General Catalogs and Brochures, 1964-2011. 2. Administration, 1962-1980, 2000. 3. Division of Food Services, 1960-c.1975. 4. Fashion Division, 1955-1978. 5. Engineering Divison, 1960-1969. 6. Division of Building Science, 1965. 7. Professional Publishing Program, 1964-1965. Items in the folders are arrranged chronologically.


Further accruals are expected, and materials may be added to this collection as they are identified and processed.

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:

Processing Information

This collection was processed and finding aid written by Jeffrey Greggs, Paul Gunther-Mohr, Paris McGarry, and Alejandra Perez in May 2021 as part of the Pratt Institute School of Information Management of Archives and Special Collections Spring 2021 course with the supervision of Cristina Fontánez Rodríguez, Institute Archivist. 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 School of Continuing and Professional Studies
Jeffrey Greggs, Paul Gunther-Mohr, Paris McGarry, Alejandra Perez
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Pratt Institute Archives Repository

200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11205 United States