Welcome to Pratt Institute Archives and Special Collections’ Online Exhibits. This platform is used to showcase items from the Libraries Archives and Special Collections such as photographs, manuscripts, artists books, rare books, and zines. Read below to learn more about the rich collections used to develop online exhibits at the Pratt Institute Libraries and how to access the full range of materials.
The Pratt Institute Archives collects, preserves, and provides access to the historical records of Pratt Institute. The collections include a wide variety of historical papers, images, and artifacts that document the history and development of Pratt Institute, as well as the contributions and achievements of individuals and organizations associated with Pratt. Documents date from 1822 to the present and include many items pertaining to the Institute’s founding in 1887. Browse our digitized and born-digital collections. View our full range of collections.
Special Collections at the Pratt Institute Libraries encompass a wide range of formats, content areas, and time periods. The primary mission of these collections is to support undergraduate and graduate teaching at the Institute and are comprised original and unique items that are too rare, fragile, or valuable to be included among the regular circulating collections. Actively collected formats that grow through a combination of collecting, gifts, and transfers from elsewhere in the collection include: printed books, periodicals, ephemera, folios of prints and photographs, pop-up books, artists’ books, zines, DVDs and Blu-Rays, streaming video, and digital images. The following formats are retained and preserved, but not actively collected: slides, picture files, 16mm films, and VHS tapes. Learn more about the physical and digital collections.