Archives and Special Collections

 

 

Archives, personal papers, rare publications, and other textual materials total about 500 cubic feet. They include records and publications of the college (1873-), the alumni association (1890-), and student groups (1903-), as well as student and faculty sketchbooks and notebooks (1875-), publications and devices created by alumnus and faculty member Albert Munsell (1901-1918),

Munsell Atlas and Sphere


 architectural plans and drawings (1880-), hundreds of photographs of student, faculty, studios, and art work  (1880-), a 90,000-image pictorial reference file (1930-1970), the records of the Boston Lettering Arts Guild, papers of alumna and faculty member Muriel Cooper, student scrapbooks (1882-), fabric samples, films, videotapes, audiotapes.

Works of art include samples of student and faculty work, notably 109 examination drawings exhibited by the college at the 1876 Centennial Exposition, plaster casts of classical sculpture, WPA-commissioned photographs, murals and stained glass windows, and works by well known American artists. Among those, many represent alumni/ae and faculty: a portrait of college founder Walter Smith by Robert Vonnoh, sculptures by Cyrus Dallin and Raymond Porter, drawings by Ernest L. Major, prints and paintings by Lawrence Kupferman, photographs by William Wegman, glass by Dan Dailey, posters by Jacqueline Casey and members of Boston's Graphic Workshop, early design work and business and academic papers of Muriel Cooper, and Albert Pettito's drawings and models for the helmet now used by the U.S. Armed Services.   A collection of more than 300 artists’ books includes works by Robert Rauschenberg and Ed Ruscha.  Other works include books and prints by Josef Albers, prints by Leonard Baskin, and photographs by Paul Strand, George Tice, Harold Edgerton, and James Nachtwey.

Access. Many books, serials, and pamplets are cataloged with the call number prefix "ARCHIVES" and are described in the library catalog. Some unpublished materials are described by finding aides available from the archives office. Library staff can sometimes respond to inquiries on a drop-in basis, but an appointment is recommended. For more information, contact the Paul Dobbs at (617) 879-7105 or pdobbs@massart.edu.

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