This past week the library celebrated a momentus occasion: The official ribbon-cutting ceremony to declare that the new, shiny, reorganized and renovated Special Collections and College Archives is open!
This event was celebrated by a small do over in the new space:
FIT President Dr. Joyce Brown and Library Director N.J. Bradeen, and head of Special Collections Karen Trivette were honored to welcome New York notables Kathy Hochul (Lt. Governor of the State of N.Y.), State Senator Brad Hoylman, and State Assemblymember Richard Gottfried to speak at the ceremony on Monday, October 2.
Special Collections and College Archives (SPARC) houses an amazing collection of designer notebooks, historic fashion plates, historic magazines and all sorts of other fashion-industry-related ephemera. The new space allows the department to house these irreplaceable materials in state of the art temperature- and humidity-controlled storage spaces.
Lieutenant Governor of New York, Kathy Hochul, gave a moving speech honoring New York history and remembering an early job of hers working in archives in her home city.
Now that this area is reopened, scholars and students (with specific assignments) can make appointments to use the precious collection of documents, notebooks, plates and other historical materials.
Here is everything you need to know (including how to make an appointment!) in order to make good use of the archives:
Congratulations, FIT and SPARC!!