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NYSID Institutional Archives

Identifier: nysidar_2013
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.


  • 1916-ongoing


Language of Materials

Materials are primarily in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use with the exception of restricted materials. For more information, please contact the archivist.

Conditions Governing Use

To publish collection material from this collection, researchers are required to request permission from the Archivist, pay any associated fees for its usage, and agree to properly cite the collection in the published work. Please refer to the NYSID Archives' Rights & Reproductions policy:


44 Cubic Feet (60 boxes )


The NYSID Institutional Archives consists of 23 cubic feet of material documenting the history of the College since its founding in 1916, as well as its ongoing administrative, operational, and records management activities.
Nora Reilly
2017 November
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Finding Aid created by: Nora Reilly

Repository Details

Part of the New York School of Interior Design Library & Archives Repository

NYSID Library
170 East 70th Street
New York City New York 10021 United States