About the Archives

The School of Visual Arts Archives serves as the final repository for the historical records of School of Visual Arts. Its primary purpose is to document the history of the College and to provide source material for administrators, faculty, students, alumni, and other members of the SVA community, as well as scholars, authors, and other interested persons who seek to evaluate the impact of the College’s activities on the history of American artistic, social, and cultural development. The SVA Archives is a division of the Visual Arts Foundation.

Materials in the Archives collections include posters, announcements, departmental and student publications, and other printed ephemera and artifacts, dating back to its founding in 1947. The Archives also collects administrative and departmental records, photographs, and the papers of important individuals associated with the College.


The Archives are open to all members of the SVA community, as well as outside researchers. Advance appointments are required to visit in person. Class visits are welcome; please contact the Archivist for details. Materials may not be removed from the Archives; reproduction restrictions may apply to fragile items or original art or photographs.


School of Visual Arts Archvives
Milton Glaser Design Study Center and Archives
380 Second Avenue, 2nd floor
New York, NY 10010-3994

Beth Kleber, Archivist
212 592.2636
Zachary Sachs, Coordinator
212 592.2615