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CalArts Special Collections & Institute Archives


The mission of the CalArts Institute Archives is to identify, collect, arrange, describe, preserve, and make accessible records of enduring historical, administrative, legal, fiscal, educational, and artistic value which document the history and collective memory of CalArts, REDCAT (the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater), the Center for New Performance (CNP), and CAP (Community Arts Partnership). The Institute Archives serves as the institutional memory and final repository for official and nonofficial materials generated by faculty, staff, students, academic programs, administrative offices, and campus organizations.

The archives contains documents, photographs, publications, clippings, programs, sound files, video recordings, posters, and other miscellaneous items. There are also a small number of materials, primarily publications, from the Chouinard Art School and the Los Angeles Music Conservatory, two institutions that merged in the late 1960’s to form CalArts.


Search our Collections and Submit Research Requests

  • 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.

Viewing Hours

Monday-Friday (September-May)

Monday-Thursday (May-August)


Viewing is by appointment only and availability can widely vary. To see availability and book appointment(s) click here.

CalArts Library
24700 McBean Pkwy
Valencia, CA 91355

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