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Pratt Institute Archives

The Pratt Institute Archives collects, preserves, and provides access to a wide variety of historical papers, images, and artifacts that document the history and development of Pratt Institute and its various schools, departments, programs, and activities


The Archives is located in the Library of the Brooklyn campus.  Please see Visit Pratt for maps and directions.  

Hours (by appointment only)

Archival materials are available at the following times when the Library is open:

Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (fall and spring semesters)
Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. (summer)

Off-site Reference

Answers to queries involving short-term research can usually be provided by the Archivist without the need for a personal visit by the researcher.  However, we are unable to conduct detailed or extensive research, nor can we supply or recommend researchers for hire. E-mail reference queries to


The Archives is accessible only by advance appointment confirmed by the Archivist. This will allow time for materials to be prepared so that everything will be ready when you arrive.  A preliminary reference interview is required before scheduling a visit so that the Archivist can better understand what your information needs are and help direct you to the relevant resources.  Please make your initial request via e-mail at

A valid photo I.D., such as a driver’s license, passport, or institutional I.D., must be presented and will be held by the reference staff while materials are in use.

It will be helpful if you review the information about Using the Archives before your visit.


The Library is able to provide high-resolution jpegs or tiffs of images or documents.  The Archivist will provide you with a digitization request form, and you will be asked to complete a permission agreement that must be returned to us before delivery of the scans.  Reproduction fees will apply for requests larger than ten images, and usage fees may also apply for uses other than private study, scholarship, or research.  Files are delivered via either e-mail or a cloud service such as Hightail.  In very rare cases, the Archivist may refuse reproduction requests for items considered too fragile.  Please contact the Archivist for further information.

Although we will do our best to fulfill requests in a timely manner, the Library cannot provide same-day service, and we cannot guarantee the meeting of tight deadlines, especially those imposed by an outside institution such as a publishing house.  It is best, therefore, to submit image requests as far in advance as possible, especially if it is a large order.


Pratt Institute Library
200 Willoughby Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11205