Welcome to the CalArts Institute Archive
Our Institute Archive's 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.
The mission of the CalArts Institute Archive 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 Archive serves as the institutional memory and final repository for official records generated by faculty, staff, students, academic programs, administrative offices, and campus organizations.
Reference requests and services
We provide two types of reference services:
1) researching and transferring information to the researcher
2) providing references to our finding aids and suggesting a visit to view archival materials
To submit a reference question or make an appointment to view archival materials please fill out a request form. Upon receipt, the institute archivist will contact you about your request.
Please allow up to one week for the processing of all requests.
Viewing of archival materials takes place in the circulation area of the library.