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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 Viewing Hours

We provide two types of reference services:

  • researching and transferring requested information to the researcher; and,
  • providing references to our finding aids and suggesting a visit to view archival materials. The viewing of archival materials is by appointment only.

To make a reference request or a request to view archival materials, please fill out the application for use of archival records. After receipt of this form, the Institute Archivist will contact you regarding your request.

Viewing Hours:

Monday-Friday (September-May)

9:30am to 4:30pm

Monday-Thursday (May-August)

9:30am to 4:30pm

Please allow 5-7 days for the processing of all requests.


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


Kathy Carbone, Institute Archivist


CalArts Main Building circa 1970


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