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Cooper Union Archives and Special Collections

Foundation Building


The Cooper Archives collects, preserves, and provides access to the historical records of Cooper Union.

Our collections include a wide variety of books, manuscripts, papers, scrapbooks and photographs that document the history and development of Cooper Union, as well as the contributions and achievements of our founder, Peter Cooper, our first executive officer, Abram S. Hewitt, as well as the Cooper-Hewitt family. 

The Archives mission statement can be found here.



Donating to the Archives

The Cooper Union Archives and Special Collections' holdings continue to grow through donations, records transfers, and gift funds. We welcome donations from alumni, students, faculty, and others. Potential donors should visit our donations page


News Stories

Foundation Building under construction

From the Archives

Check out the last time the Foundation building was closed this long.


Experiencing History

How are you responding to the COVID-19 global pandemic? The Cooper Union Archives is soliciting materials that document this extraordinary time in our history. 

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