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CalArts Special Collections & Institute Archives

Unprocessed Collections Available to View

School of Music Records

School of Theater Records

School of Critical Studies Records

School of Film/Video Records

School of Dance Records

Integrated Media Records

Lulu Von Hagen Papers

Harrison "Buzz" Price Papers

Barry Schrader Papers

Millie Wilson Papers

The California Institute of the Arts Collection, 1914-1989, CalArts-001

The California Institute of the Arts Collection contains administrative records, financial material, faculty and student materials, fundraising and development records, and other materials documenting the planning and establishment of CalArts. Included are materials relating to the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music and the Chouinard Art Institute; the predecessor institutions for CalArts. The collection also documents the involvement of Walt Disney in the formation of CalArts.

California Institute of the Arts Collection Finding Aid

 

The California Institute of the Arts Publications Collection, 1964-2014, CalArts-002

The California Institute of the Arts Publications Collection contains books, directories, handbooks, magazines, newsletters, and other materials documenting a variety of aspects of CalArts including academics, campus events, creative endeavors, and student life.

Publications Collection Finding Aid

 

The California Institute of the Arts Feminist Art Materials Collection, 1971-2007, CalArts-003

The California Institute of the Arts Feminist Art Materials Collection contains articles, brochures, correspondence, exhibition catalogs, invoices, newsletters, and other materials documenting the influence of feminism on the training of artists and the making of art.

Feminist Art Materials Collection Finding Aid

The California Institute of the Arts Photographic Materials Collection, 1964-1993, CalArts-004

The California Institute of the Arts Photographic Materials Collection consists of photographic images documenting the history of the California Institute of the Arts. Included in the collection are images of architectural design, building and construction, campus scenes, people, events, and activities related to CalArts. Formats include negatives, contact sheets, and prints.

Photographic Materials Collection Finding Aid

The California Institute of the Arts School of Art Records, 1969-1976; 1984-2011, CalArts-005

The California Institute of the Arts’ School of Art was established in 1970 and existed until 1976, when it merged with the California Institute of the Arts’ School of Design to become the School of Art and Design, a merger that lasted until 1984. In 1984, the School of Art and Design became the School of Art. Collection consists of administrative, curricular, exhibition and event materials, black-and-white portrait photographs, and newspaper clippings related to the School of Art.

School of Art Finding Aid

The California Institute of the Arts School of Design Records, 1966-1976, CalArts-006

The California Institute of the Arts’ School of Design was established in 1970. In 1976, it merged with CalArts’ School of Art to become the School of Art and Design, a merger that lasted until 1984. In 1984, the School of Art and Design became the School of Art. This collection consists of administrative, curricular, exhibition and event materials, black-and-white photographs, and posters related to the School of Design.

School of Design Finding Aid

Design School Digital Archives

Ed Emshwiller Papers, 1944-1990, CalArts-008

The Ed Emshwiller papers document Emshwiller’s work as an independent experimental visual, film, video, computer, multi-media performance, and installation artist. The bulk of the collection comprises Emshwiller’s personal work files related to the making of his film, video, and multimedia works as well as a substantial number of press releases, programs, fliers, and clippings documenting his participation in a large number of film, music, dance, and multimedia art events, festivals, and conferences. The collection also contains personal and professional correspondence, photographs, a small number of film stills, and professional work files.

Ed Emshwiller Papers Finding Aid

In 2015 Kelly Furniss, a student in the School of Film/Video, assisted in the processing of Emshwiller's papers. Additionally, she conducted research on his work, which was published as a blog

Academic Council Records, 1975-2014, CalArts-011

The records in this collection were generated by the Academic Council, the Faculty Senate, and various Institute committees, subcommittees, and task forces. The collection includes agendas, minutes, memorandums, correspondence, reports, rosters, academic calendars, invoices, proposals, and other supporting documents. The collection also contains a small number of Deans Council and Administrative Council minutes and a substantial number of policy records pertaining to faculty, the curriculum, honorary degrees and awards, admissions and enrollment, student life, and other academic and institutional concerns. The collection also includes the records of the Academic Council Chairs, the Faculty Salary Committee, and documents from working (closed) sessions of the Academic Council.

 Academic Council Records Finding Aid

How to Read a Finding Aid

The finding aid includes a narrative overview of the collection, with a listing of materials by box, folder, or item and assists the researcher in determining whether or not the collection meets his or her research needs. Below are the common elements of a finding aid. Not all finding aids will incorporate these elements, but this sample reflects a range of options researchers might encounter in finding aid formats.  

Title Page:

The beginning of the finding aid includes the name of the archival repository, the title of the archival collection, finding aid creation information, and a date range for the materials.

 

 

Summary Information:

This section lists the creator of the materials, a brief description (abstract) of the collection contents, the size and extent of the collection (in boxes and cubic/linear feet), and language(s) represented in the collection.

 

 

Access and Use:

If there are any restrictions placed on an archival collection that will prevent researchers from having access to it this information will be noted here as well as how the archives received the collection, citation notes and copyright, and storage location.

 

 

Related Materials:

This section points the researcher to other items in the archives (or elsewhere) that are closely related to the collection described in the finding aid.  The items may be related by origin, subject matter, etc.

 

 

Subjects:

This section includes a list of terms, topics, names, etc., covered in the collection and usually linked to a library catalog to provide the researcher with materials in similar categories.

 

Biographical or Historical:

This section details the biographical information or organizational history relating to the collection and how it was created.

 

 

Scope and Content:

This section provides an overview of the types of materials in the collection.

 

 

Arrangement:

This section details how the items have been arranged by creator and/or archivist

 

Contents Listing:

 

 

Sometimes called “Container list,” or “Box and Folder list.”  This is a box-by-box, folder-by-folder listing of the materials in the collection. The level of detail in this section may vary depending on collection scope and individual repository practices.

(Courtesy of Purdue University Libraries)

 

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