Special Collections & College Archives

Special Collections and College Archives (SPARC) fosters original research across and beyond the FIT community by acquiring, preserving, and providing universal access to primary research materials including College archival records. Mostly a paper-based archive, our materials include physical, digital, and 3-dimensional objects. All acquisitions support one or more curricula offered at FIT; our user community is as diverse as the content on our shelves and all are welcome.

Research Hours (by appointment only)

July 1–August 18, 2024

Mondays:  3:30–6:30 pm


August 19–December 19, 2024

  • Sundays: 2:00–5:00pm 
  • Mondays:  3:00–6:00pm
  • Wednesdays:  5:00–8:00pm

Request a Research Appointment

For details and more information, please view our Visit and Research pages. For any questions, please write to [email protected] or call (212) 217-4385.


SPARC Connect

Our growing online collection of archival finding aids


SPARC Digital

Digitized items from our holdings


Archive on Demand

Video and audio content


Periodicals Index

A comprehensive index of the periodicals in SPARC


Material Mode

Our blog contributed to by SPARC staff member and fashion historian April Calahan



Instructions, FAQ, finding aids, and more

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Students holding signs with programs names outside of FIT.
Fashion Institute of Technology. (circa 1960s). [Publicity shot of students promoting FIT majors, circa 1960s]. "Communications and External Relations records", Gladys Marcus Library Special Collections & College Archives (US NNFIT SC.FITA., Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY.

Contact Us

Special Collections and College Archives

Goodman Center: 4th floor, room E435
(212) 217-4385