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The Institute Archives will be closed March 20 - October 1, 2015 due to a construction project on campus.

Welcome to the CalArts Institute Archives

Our collections contain documents, photographs, publications, clippings, programs, sound files, video recordings, posters, and miscellaneous items documenting the history of CalArts. There are also a small number of documents, primarily publications, from Chouinard Art School and the Los Angeles Music Conservatory, two institutions which merged in the late 1960’s to form CalArts.

Our mission is to identify, collect, arrange, describe, preserve, and make accessible records of enduring historical, administrative, legal, fiscal, educational, and artistic value which document the history of CalArts, Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT), the Center for New Performance (CNP), and the Community Arts Partnership (CAP). The Institute Archives serves as the institutional memory and final repository for official records generated by faculty, staff, students, academic programs, administrative offices, and campus organizations.



CalArts is located at 24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355. Parking on campus is free. The archive is located in the library, on the 2nd floor of CalArts' Main Building.




Requests, Services, and Viewing

To make an appointment to view archival materials or submit a reference question, please fill out this form. The institute archivist will contact you soon about your request.

We provide two types of reference services: 1) researching and transferring information to the researcher, and 2) providing references to our finding aids and suggesting a visit to view archival materials.

Please allow up to one week for the processing of all requests.


Viewing hours (by appointment only and hours may vary according to availability)

Monday-Friday 9:30am-4:30pm (September-May)

Monday-Thursday 9:30am- 4:30pm (May-August)




Kathy Carbone, Institute Archivist

News and Events

Join the CalArts Archives and 70 other Los Angeles archives at the Los Angeles Archives Bazaar.

Saturday, October 17, 2015.


All Day. All in one Place.

Come and celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Archives Bazaar and the 20th Anniversary of LA as Subject.

Experience the diversity of stories that make Southern California such a place of discovery. At the 10th-annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar, presented by L.A. as Subject and the USC Libraries, anyone with an interest in the region’s history will find something of value. A broad array of institutions and archives will have experts on hand to show off their collections and answer questions—from the Autry National Center of the American West and the Los Angeles Public Library to private collectors whose materials fill the gaps left in the region’s history. In all, more than 70 archives will be represented at this event, which is free and open to the public.

The USC Libraries serve as the host institution for L.A. as Subject, an alliance of libraries, museums, and other archival and cultural organizations. The relationship complements the USC libraries’ strong regional history collection and is a natural outgrowth of the libraries’ efforts to preserve and expand access to the primary sources of L.A. history.

USC is minutes from downtown Los Angeles and is easily accessible by major freeways and the Metro Expo line. Doheny Library is located in the center of campus, adjacent to Alumni Park and across from Bovard Auditorium, on Trousdale Avenue. For information regarding parking on campus, visit the Parking Services Website