Cornish College of the Arts Archives

Materials at Cornish College of the Arts

Cornish does not maintain a formal archives on campus, but we do have some materials related to the history of Cornish.

From 1988 to 2011, the Office of the President and the Cornish Library accumulated small collections of Cornish publications, photographs, miscellaneous documents and ephemera. These materials were consolidated in the Cornish Library in January 2011.  We are working to organize this material, and we can provide limited assistance to researchers who would like to access it.  It is not currently indexed.  Please note: This is not a public collection. Special permission and an appointment are required for access. Business records for academic departments and college offices are maintained by each department.

For more information please contact the Director of Library Services.

Materials at the University of Washington

Older materials related to the history of Cornish College of the Arts are deposited with the University of Washington Libraries – Special Collections. The archival agreement was established with the UW Libraries in 1977 to provide preservation for Cornish’s older institutional and historic documents.

The archives housed at the UW Libraries include institutional records, photographs, correspondence and miscellaneous documents dating from the school’s founding in 1914 through the 1980s.  Please contact the UW Libraries Special Collections for more detailed information about their holdings or you can find many of the Cornish related collections by searching the UW Libraries Catalog.  Two key collections are listed under "Cornish School of Allied Arts records, 1893-1989 (bulk 1932-1977)" and "Cornish School photograph collection, circa 1914-1960."  They also have collections of material from individuals related to Cornish's history, so you can try searching specific names.  Be sure to consult with Special Collections staff directly for assistance with searching and accessing their collections.