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Researching Activism at The New School

This guide provides suggestions for approaching historical research concerning activism at The New School throughout its history.

Archival Collections

Below are archival collections that may be helpful for researching early activism at The New School.

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New School publicity scrapbook collection

Scrapbooks of press clippings and ephemera include local, regional and international newspaper articles and editorials, administrative documents and correspondence, course catalogs, promotional materials for print distribution and radio broadcast, and invitations to New School events. Newspaper clipping content includes political and cultural news of the day as it pertained to people and events affiliated with The New School. The scrapbooks have all been digitized and are fully text-searchable.

New School Publicity Office records

 Included in this record group are files documenting the Orozco mural controversy. In the 1950s, a curtain was hung over murals depicting Stalin and Lenin, sparking contentious debate in the New School community. You can read more about this episode on the Offense and Dissent website. Publicity created for public programming will also be found in these records.