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New York University Archives: What We Collect

This guide will acquaint you with the resources available at the New York University Archives; inform you how to conduct research using these resources.

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What We Collect

The New York University Archives serves as the final repository for the historical records of New York University.

The Archives collects documents, photographs, audiovisual material, publications, and material culture that reflect many aspects of administrative and student life at NYU.

We also have the records of groups and individuals associated with the University or Washington Square Park in other ways.

Most of our holdings are not digitized. Contact us for the best way to view our material. 

The University Archives holds the administrative records of chancellors and presidents, as well as administrative offices of certain deans. These collections shed light on numerous topics from the creation of academic programs to real estate and student activities. 
Collection Examples:

The University Archives collects the personal papers of individuals affiliated with NYU, as well as other records relating to the history of the University, Washington Square Park, and Greenwich Village.

Collection Examples:

The Papers of Richard Courant

The Papers of Abby Weed Grey

Records of the Washington Square Association, Inc.

Our extensive photographic collection documents the history and activities of NYU's schools, administration, and students, as well as the University's Washington Square Park and University Heights campuses.

New York University Archives Photograph Collection

The University Archives has a comprehensive collection of blueprints and architectural drawings of past and present NYU real estate holdings. Many of them are described in the finding aid below.

New York University Archives Collection of Building Drawings and Large-Format Materials

Our rich collection of material promoting the University's educational programs and other services date back to NYU's founding in 1831. As the University has grown and expanded, we have continued to collect brochures, pamphlets, mailers, bulletins and handbooks.

We also have a large collection of student publications, including campus newspapers dating back to the mid-19th century.

The John Brademas Congressional Papers cover the career of the U.S. Congressional Representative from Indiana's Third District, 1959 to 1981. The collection includes documents related to the administrative, legislative, and political functions of his office.  Brademas served on the Committee on Education and Labor and was a leading force in legislation for education, arts and humanities, vocational rehabilitation, services for the elderly and handicapped, and libraries and museums. He later served as President of NYU.

While the NYU Archives has a vast collection of yearbooks, we do not have every yearbook for every school. Yearbooks from the following schools comprise the bulk of our collection:

  • University College of Arts & Sciences (University Heights undergraduate campus)
  • Washington Square College (precursor to CAS)
  • NYU Medical School
  • Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development (undergradute)
  • NYU College of Dentistry
  • Stern School of Business (undergraduate)