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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. 
  • Need to know if we have something in our archives? Want to view something from our archives?
  • Request an instruction session for hands-on, collection-based learning experiences (email
  • Request digitized copies of materials. 
  • Ask a general question (see form below).

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

Archives Viewing Hours

Monday-Friday (September-May)

Monday-Thursday (May-August)


Viewing is by appointment only and hours may vary depending on availability.

Kathy Carbone, Institute Archivist

CalArts Library
24700 McBean Pkwy
Valencia, CA 91355

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