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Pratt Institute Archives

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

Appointments & Hours

The Pratt Institute Archives welcomes all researchers, including Pratt Institute students, faculty, and staff, and members of the public. Because we are unable to accommodate walk-in visits, research appointments must be made in advance.

  • To schedule your appointment, email archives-library@pratt.edu.
  • It would be helpful to review our collections and include a list of the collections and boxes you would like to see in your email. Please reach out if you need assistance selecting materials. 
  • Appointments should be made at least two weeks in advance, though we will do our best to accommodate researchers on a tighter timeline. 

Our hours are:

Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM–4:30 PM (fall and spring semesters)
Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM–3:30 PM (summer)

Location

The Archives is located on the third floor of the Brooklyn campus library. Maps and directions to the campus are available on Pratt's Visit Pratt page. 

Research appointments are held at the special collections reading tables on the first floor of the library. When you arrive for your appointment, visit the reference desk to check in. 

Researcher Guidelines

We ask all researchers to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • All visitors using archival materials must present a valid photo ID.
  • Hands should be clean and free of oils.  If you have just eaten or put on lotion, please wash your hands with soap and water before viewing materials.
  • Archival materials do not circulate and can be used only at the dedicated tables in the reference room.
  • Use pencil, not pen, for taking written notes. Laptops, mobile phones, and other personal devices are also welcome.
  • Photography (without flash) for personal research or private study is encouraged. For other uses, consult with the archivist.
  • Bags, briefcases, purses, and backpacks should not be opened or placed on the table when materials are in use.
  • Food and beverages, including bottled water and gum, are not allowed.
  • Use one box at a time, and remove one folder at a time from the box.
  • Maintain the order in which materials are arranged. Never remove items from folders.
  • All documents should remain on the surface of the table and be handled with care. Do not rest your hand, arm or any object on the materials, or flatten bound volumes. Book cradles and weights are available if needed.
  • Use paper slips provided by the staff for marking places or indicating materials to be reproduced.
  • Wear cotton gloves (provided by the staff) when handling materials such as photographs and negatives not in protective enclosures. Never remove items from protective enclosures.
  • Please notify the staff if you notice any damaged materials or suspect items are out of order.