The NYSID Institutional Archives documents the history of the college and supports the ongoing administrative, operational, and records management activities of the college. Materials in the collection include: publications, including newsletters, course catalogs, and special bulletins; promotional materials, including posters, printed advertisements and brochures; selected examples of student, faculty work and course-related materials reflecting the evolution of interior design pedagogy at NYSID; materials related to milestones in the life of the College including commencements, building renovations, special events and exhibitions; printed matter such as news clippings and ephemera pertaining to faculty, staff, alumni, and special events; and photographs of building locations, faculty, staff, and special events.
The collection includes materials created by and related to Sherrill Whiton, founder of the school, including lectures, notes, correspondence, as well as source images, drafts, and planning documents related to the Whiton's seminal textbook on interior design, Elements of Interior Design and Decoration, first published in 1937. Now in its sixth edition, Interior Design and Decoration is edited by Stanley Abercrombie.
The archives also has drafts and source material for Ethel Rompilla’s "Color for Interiors" book, and drafts and planning documents from Albert Hadley’s "Albert Hadley: drawings and the design process".
The collection also contains materials related to the administration operations of the College, both of its previous and ongoing, including: correspondence, subject files, minutes, and memoranda from the primary administrative offices of NYSID.