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Library . Institute Archives 


The Institute opened its doors in 1882 as the Western Reserve School of Design for Women; since then, the Institute has grown into an internationally recognized professional college of art and design, offering majors in 15 areas of fine art, design, craft, and digital arts.

The collection includes the following:

  • CIA scrapbook (an indexed clipping file from 1882-present)
  • Photographs (from 1882-2000)
  • College catalogs, posters, a publications collection that includes exhibition announcements, and other special collections relating to CIA’s history, such as Christmas cards by CIA people, non-CIA exhibition announcements, some governance documents, and correspondence from World War II.
  • Digital archive containing posters from CIA’s Student Independent Exhibitions is available to the CIA community and to library visitors.
  • Link Magazine, CIA's publication for alumni and friends, began in 1966, and appeared between one and four times a year. In 2002, a new series began. Issues are available in the library's general collection and the archives. Click here for PDFs of scanned issues.

In addition, the following lists are compiled and maintained by the library staff:

CIA’s Library Archives serve as the historical record of the college from 1882 to the present, and its focus is the Institute's print publications, photographs, and a clipping file. The archives do not include the records of the Registrar; minutes and deliberations of the faculty, administration, or the governing boards; CIA business records, records of the auxiliary and international programs; or the Cleveland Art Association. With regard to unsolicited gifts, we add only those materials that enrich understanding of the CIA's institutional history. Click here for a complete description of the archives.

Using the Archives 

  • The Archives service hours are Monday-Friday from 10am-4pm. Please call in advance.
  • Materials from the Archives do not circulate and must be used in the library.
  • The CIA Scrapbook, indexed by personal name and subject, is available on microfilm, Monday-Friday from 10am-4pm.
  • All other Archives materials must be paged. Appointments are strongly encouraged.
  • Photocopying and photographing arrangements vary and are permitted only with the permission of the library staff. Personal cameras are allowed for photographing items from the Archives.
  • CIA does NOT own the copyright for all materials in the CIA Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and contact the copyright holder for permission before reproducing for publication any materials from our archives.
  • Use of these materials in any publication should acknowledge the CIA Archives and the Jessica R. Gund Memorial Library.

Library News

Library News

The new book shelf is full! Stop in and see if something interests you.

We still have installations in the library from several different freshmen classes. You don't want to miss them!

A sampling of the celebrated artists and designers associated with CIA includes painter Charles Burchfield, industrial designer Viktor Schreckengost, Op art painters Julian Stanczak, Richard Anuszkiewicz and Ed Mieczkowski; conceptual artist and writer Joseph Kosuth; minimalist painter Robert Mangold; automotive designer Gerald Hirschberg; ceramicist Toshiko Takaezu; and Arthur creator Marc Brown. 

For more information:

Cristine Rom
Library Director
216.421.7443 | Contact

Additional Resources

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve preserves and stores art created by its members, many of whom are associated with the Institute.

The Cleveland Artists Foundation is dedicated to preserving, collecting, exhibiting, and promoting Northeast Ohio’s visual art history.

The Ohio Memory Project celebrating Ohio’s Bicentennial, contains Institute images and catalogs from the early years.

Archives of American Art has microfilm copies of CIA Scrapbooks Volumes 1-36 (1882-1981) but not the index. These microfilm copies may be requested for use in your local library.

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