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CalArts Special Collections & Institute Archives


New finding aid available for The Center for Integrated Media Records.  The collection covers the years 1993 to 2018, with the bulk of the material ranging from 1996 to 2009.  The collection includes administrative records, curricular planning materials, materials related to, faculty and student work, projects created by and for the Center.

The Center for Integrated Media Records

Images from the archives

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


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


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

The CalArts Library’s 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.

Requests, Viewing, and Contact


  • Search our collections. 
  • Need to know if we have something in our archives? Want to view archival materials? Need research help?
  • Request digitized copies of materials.
  • We also provide archival research instruction sessions (hands-on, collection-based learning experiences). Please email

Please allow 7-10 days for the processing of all requests.


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.  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.

Monday-Friday (September-May)

Monday-Thursday (May-August)


Institute Archives

Susan Lowenberg, Special Collections Manager

CalArts Library
24700 McBean Pkwy
Valencia, CA 91355

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