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Special Collections

About Books, Periodicals and Ephemera

Special collections are used by all disciplines and programs at Pratt, so materials collected in this area span the full range of subjects, with an emphasis on art, design, and architecture. Types of materials retained and collected include rare and out-of-print monographs; early cookbooks; limited editions of seminal works in the fields of art, architecture and design; catalogues raisonne; special edition and pre-1950 art and architectural journals; broadsides and posters; pop-up books; trade catalogs; architectural treatises, plans and drawings; New York City guidebooks; and other major historical works in art, architecture, design, garden history, the art and history of the book, and the decorative arts. New acquisitions are generally made in collaboration with selectors assigned to specific departments and content areas.

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