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CalArts Special Collections & Institute Archives

Images from the archives

Invitation to Womanhouse, 1972. From the Feminist Art Materials Collection.


Postcard, View of the front of CalArts, ca. 1970s.


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Welcome to the CalArts Library’s Special Collections & Institute Archives

The CalArts Library Special Collections & Institute Archives are are available by appointment only.

The CalArts Library Special Collections & Institute Archives department houses collections of rare and unique materials of enduring cultural and historical value in support of research and art making by scholars, artists, students, and the general public.
 Special Collections and the Institute Archives are located in the library, on the 2nd floor of CalArts' Main Building.

Special Collections will be closed during the Summer of 2024 due to a construction project.
Materials located in the Archives will be accessible by appointment, as usual.

How to Access Materials


  • Search our collections. 
  • Specify materials to view or have digitized by submitting a request.  See Reproduction Policy and Price List
  • On-site researchers need to schedule an appointment to view materials in our Special Collections and Institute Archives Reading Room.  For archives inquires, please send your request form at least 3 days in advance of your appointment to allow time for the archivist to ensure all requested materials are available for viewing.


All materials in Special Collections are cataloged and may be found by searching the CalArts Library Catalog.

To view items from Special Collections, please fill out the request form and schedule an appointment to view the material. Special Collections materials do not circulate and must be viewed in the Special Collections and Institute Archives Reading Room. 



Viewing is by appointment only and availability can widely vary. Please plan visits well in advance.


The CalArts Image Services Department is able to make low/high-resolution digital scans for patrons. There is no self-service photocopying. There is a charge for reproducing all materials.  Payment must be received before copies will be produced.  See the Reproduction Policy and Price List for more information.

Turnaround time is approximately 10 days.

For questions about the Institute Archives, email

For questions about Special Collections, email

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