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Pratt Institute Archives

Historical papers, images, and artifacts that document the history and development of Pratt Institute

Research Help

Interior view of the Pratt Institute Library, showing students studying at tables in a reading roomArchives staff are knowledgeable about our collections and the history of Pratt Institute, and we are happy to help with your research. Please contact us with your reference questions.

We are often able to provide answers to quick questions by email or phone. Extensive research will require a visit by the researcher, and we can help with selecting materials and suggesting other resources of interest.



The library is able to create digital reproductions (high-resolution JPEGs or TIFFs) from most materials in the Archives. This service is provided at no cost to Pratt Institute students, faculty, and staff. Reproduction fees for non-Pratt researchers will be calculated according to the reproduction fee schedule

  • Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis and may be denied if the materials are fragile or restricted. 
  • For uses other than private study or research, use fees may apply and will be calculated according to the use fee schedule. Researchers wishing to reproduce or publish materials must notify archives staff. 
  • Turnaround time is approximately two weeks. Orders needed in one week or less will be considered rush orders.
  • Files will be delivered via email or Google Drive.
  • All fees must be paid and a signed permission form must be returned before delivery of the scans.

Instruction Sessions

The Archives hosts instruction sessions for classes at Pratt. We collaborate with faculty to develop sessions tailored to specific classes, but generally these sessions provide an introduction to archival research, an orientation to our collections, and the opportunity to view and work with archival materials. 

Instructors interested in scheduling a session should submit a library instruction request form at least two weeks in advance.

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