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Records of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Identifier: PI-025

Scope and Contents

The collection reflects Pratt’s School of Liberal Arts from 1948 to 2018. Some of the more recent records are reflective of creative work by Pratt undergraduates and graduates, such as books of creative works and hand-made children’s books. Further records consist primarily of self-study reports, general studies organization reports, faculty of liberal studies reports and five-year planning reports on typed letter sized paper in overall good condition. There are a handful of event-related materials, course catalogs, and reference materials for writing curriculum and instruction. The collection is made of mixed materials.


  • 1948-2020

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

From the late 1930s to the early 1950s, the Pratt Institute transformed itself from a technical school into a rigorous college offering liberal arts degrees. In 1938, the Pratt Institute started offering four-year degrees in the sciences. By 1948, the Pratt Institute had become an accredited institution by the Middle States Association of Colleges. Pratt’s engineering and design programs were complemented by a liberal arts curriculum. To that end, the School of the Liberal Arts and Sciences (SLAS) was created. This approach remains a part of the Pratt curriculum.

The School of Liberal Arts and Sciences currently offers curriculum in Humanities and Media Studies, Mathematics and Science, Social Science and Cultural Studies, and History of Art and Design. Courses include astronomy, botany, chemistry, communications, cultural history, creative writing, cultural studies, ecology, English, foreign languages, gender studies, humanities, mathematics, music, performance, philosophy, physics, psychology, science, and social science. SLAS offers both undergraduate and graduate level degrees. SLAS also includes the Writing and Tutorial Center, the Certificate of English Proficiency Program, the Intensive English Program, and coordinates Writing Across the Curriculum.

The School of Liberal Arts and Science created records under all of the following names: School of General Studies, Department of English, Department of English and Humanities, MFA in Writing, Department of English and Humanities, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Computer Science, Department of Food Science and Management, Department of Mathematics and Sciences, Department of Social Sciences, and Department of Social Science and Management.


1.46 Linear Feet (3 Full Hollinger boxes and 1 Half Hollinger box)

Language of Materials



The collection of School of Liberal Arts document the school and include administrative records, departmental work, and marketing publications such as brochures and catalogs from 1948 to 2018.


The collection is arranged in four series: (1) Reports and administration; (2) Writing curriculum; (3) Course catalogs; and (4) Student and faculty work.


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 Liberal Arts and Sciences
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