Special Collections & College Archives

Whether operating on-campus, remotely, or in a hybrid mode, 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. Unit materials include physical, digital, and 3-dimensional examples. 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)

Please note: 
For the month of June, SPARC will be closed to all researchers. We thank you for your patience.

March 3–May 22, 2024

Monday: closed
Tuesday: 10am–1pm
Wednesday: 5-8pm
Thursday: closed
Friday: closed
Saturday: closed
Sunday:  2-5pm

July 1–August 18, 2024

Monday:  3:30–6:30 pm

Request a Research Appointment

For any additional 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
Professor Karen J. Trivette, MLS, Head of Special Collections and College Archives