The Cooper Union Archives & Special Collections is open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, and does not require students, faculty, staff, or alumni to make appointments in order to view archival material during these hours. Researchers unaffiliated with Cooper are advised to write email@example.com with the date and time of your intended visit, so that access can be arranged with building security.
Absolutely! We are happy to work with faculty and adjunct instructors to develop class visits tailored to meet learning objectives. Examples of materials that have been used by classes include the records of the School of Design for Women (art history, women's history); annual reports and student newspapers (institutional history, student life); color slides of student work (art practice); documentation of Great Hall events (New York City, civic life); and Peter Cooper's patents (invention, science history).
If you would like to use archival material with your class, just reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a session.
The Cooper Union Archives & Special Collections are housed in the mezzanine of the Cooper Union Library, located in the Foundation Building at the triangle intersection of 3rd Avenue, 4th Avenue, and 7th Street in downtown Manhattan. If you see the Astor Place cube, you know you're close!
The Archives have their own adjacent reading room for researchers to spend time with archival material. Unfortunately, this room is not currently ADA accessible, but we are more than happy to serve archival materials to researchers in the library on the ground floor as needed. Please contact us at email@example.com if you have questions or concerns about accessibility and the Archives.
Glad you asked! There are a few quirks of archival research that it's handy to be prepared for, such as: