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CalArts 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.

Parking on campus is free. Special Collections and the Institute Archives are located in the library, on the 2nd floor of CalArts' Main Building.

Institute Archives 

  • 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.

Special Collections 

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

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

Archives and Special Collections Viewing Hours

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

Monday-Friday (September-May)

Monday-Thursday (May-August)


Kathy Carbone, Institute Archivist and Special Collections Manager (interim)

Kathy Carbone, Institute Archivist

Brena Smith, Special Collections

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