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CalArts Special Collections & Institute Archives

Mission

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

  1. Search our collections. 
  2. Need to know if we have something in our archives? Want to view archival materials? Need research help?
    • For off-site researchers, submit a request for simple research services by archivist (Extended research requires a visit to our archives).
    • For on-site researchers, submit a request and book an appointment to view materials in our Special Collections and Institute Archives Reading Room.  For archives inquires, please send your request form at least 24 hours in advance of your appointment to allow time for the archivist to ensure all requested materials are available for viewing.
  3. Request digitized images of materials.
  4. Reproduction Policy and Price List

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

Viewing Hours

Wednesday and Thursday, 9:30am-4:00pm

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
661.253.7889

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