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Pratt Institute Archives

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

Access Policy

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on-site visits will only be available to Pratt staff, faculty, and students starting September 8th, 2020. Archives staff are working on-site to answer reference questions and will continue to serve the community within and beyond Pratt Institute virtually. Please be advised that requests may take longer than usual to be fulfilled as access to archival holdings continues to be limited. To schedule an appointment or to make a reference or reproduction request, please email archives.library@pratt.edu.

Pratt Institute Archives’ access policy is guided by the International Council of Archives Principles of Access to Archives, which state that “both public and private entities should open their archives to the greatest extent possible” and that “Archives are made available on equal and fair terms”. Likewise, Pratt Institute Archives follows the Society of American Archivists’ Core Values, which cite access and use, accountability, and social responsibility as part of archivists’ professional responsibilities. As such, Pratt Institute Archives is committed to fostering transparency, open dialogue, and equity through free and open access to its archival collections. Pratt Institute Archives collections are open to faculty, staff, students, and external researchers without regard to academic or institutional affiliations. 

Pratt Institute Archives prioritizes resources for the preservation of and access to unrestricted collections. Archives resources are only provided for the retention and preservation of restricted materials after careful consideration for their impact to the Archives’ mission, its commitment to providing access to Pratt Institute’s history, and considerations for privacy rights and public knowledge. Restrictions imposed on Archival materials are included in each collection’s finding aid as well as noted at the time of the request. Access to restricted materials will be granted on the basis of protecting the privacy of those persons documented in the records and not based on the requestor's institutional affiliation or research purposes. Additionally, Pratt Institute Archives does not provide access to student records protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99). 

Research visits are available through appointments Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm. To request an appointment or to consult with an archivist, please email archives.library@pratt.edu. First-time visitors will be required to fill out a registration form. Researchers may decline to inform archivists of the purpose of their research. 

Individual documents and photographs from Archives collections may be digitized for access and use at the request of patrons. Faculty, staff, and students may request digital reproductions free of charge. Likewise, archival materials may be used free of charge in conjunction with Institute generated research and communications. For reproduction and use fees for patrons or publications not affiliated with Pratt, please consult the Pratt Institute Libraries Use Fee Schedule and Reproduction Fee Schedule. Materials from the Pratt Institute Archives may not be reproduced without specific written permission from Pratt Institute. To request a digital reproduction or permission to use Archives materials in any publication, contact the Archives at archives.library@pratt.edu.