The Pratt Institute Archives collects, preserves, and provides access to a wide variety of historical materials, including photographs, records, and publications, that document the history and development of Pratt Institute and its various schools, departments, programs, and social activities, as well as the contributions of individuals and organizations associated with Pratt. Included are some personal papers of the founder and other members of the Pratt family, but, with some exceptions, not of faculty, staff, or students. Documents found in the Archives date from 1848 to the present, and include many items pertaining to Pratt's founding in 1887.
Initial inquiries should be made by contacting the Archivist below, preferably by e-mail. Archival materials may be used on-site by confirmed appointment only, and are not available during evenings or on weekends. When visiting, please bring a valid form of identification.
Paul Schlotthauer, Archivist / Associate Professor
Tel.: (718) 636-3686; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Answers to queries involving short-term research can usually be provided by the Archivist. However, we are unable to conduct involved or extensive research, nor can we supply or recommend researchers for hire. Visiting researchers are welcome to bring digital cameras (especially for instances in which photocopying is not possible) or request digital reproductions, for which reproduction fees will apply (see Requests for Reproductions below).
The Archives is not a formal records repository and does not maintain student records. Alumni who wish to request transcripts should follow the instructions issued by the Office of the Registrar.
The Pratt Institute Libraries may, under certain conditions, provide digital reproductions for materials held by its Archives, Special Collections, and Visual Resources departments. If reproductions are warranted, fees will be assessed according to the Reproduction Fee Schedule (PDF). For uses other than private study, scholarship, or research, use fees may also apply, and will be assessed according to the Use Fee Schedule (PDF).
Digital files are provided in JPEG format unless otherwise specified (e.g., TIFF, PDF). For printed materials, originals will be scanned at 300dpi. For slides, negatives, transparencies, photographic prints, and graphic art, the scan resolution will be increased to achieve a minimum of 3,000 pixels on the long dimension. Low-resolution files may be provided at a discounted rate, at the discretion of the Archivist or Visual Resources Curator.
Turnaround time is approximately 1 week. Orders needed in fewer than 3 days are considered Rush orders.
The Pratt Institute Libraries do not currently provide photographic film or print reproductions.
The Pratt Institute Archives is always interested in collecting materials relevant to the history of Pratt Institute. Individuals who wish to donate historical documents to the Archives should first contact the Archivist, who reserves the right to refuse potential donations that fall outside the scope of the Archives' collection guidelines. The Archives is unable to accept works of art, nor can it accept or return unsolicited gifts. As with Library gifts, the Archives will acknowledge donations in writing but cannot make monetary appraisals for tax or other purposes.