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Institutional Archives

The Institutional Archives resides in the Library Media Resources Center of the college. As with other special collections the mission or charge is to collect, arrange, describe and preserve specific materials that areas relate to the history and development of LaGuardia Community College and selected materials of the City University of New York that relate to the college.

The collection policy includes primary source materials such as publications of the college, recruitment advertising, artifacts, college catalogs, correspondence, committee and department meeting minutes, newsletters/newspapers, photographs, reports, audio and video cassettes, slides, and yearbooks and course proposals. Some of the materials of the City University of New York date back to 1926. The LaGuardia Community College collection dates back to 1970, the founding date.

LaGuardia was one of the first community colleges in the United States to offer cooperative education (a form work-study for academic credit) as part of the academic curriculum.

LaGuardia Community College was among the first colleges to host high schools on campus. The Middle College High School program is just one area of concentration in innovation developed at LaGuardia. Others include the development of the Center for Teaching and Learning, First Year Initiatives, the implementation of the student e-portfolio, and our high number of enrollment of students who study successfully in English as Second Language as well as our attraction to a large International student body. The Institutional Archives serves as part of the repository of information about these areas of interest for researchers.

You can see more about LaGuardia's first 40 years here.

General Information for Selected Finding Aids

Listed below are some examples of finding aids and container lists of personnel and programs.

Access to materials is open to all and freely available for reference and study upon request. In order to serve researchers we request one to two days to allow us to retrieve documents. Many will be available immediately, however some materials are in storage and others may be in process of being digitized so advance notice will allow us to better serve readers.

In all cases we request complete care and security of items within collection series. Copies can be provided within reasonable time and limits. No self-service copy will be permitted. All rights and reproduction and use must be cleared in writing with Archivist by way of mutually signed agreements. All items remain the property of LaGuardia Community College, CUNY.

Finding Aids

Among the materials and Collections are:

The collection is available to faculty, staff, students and independent scholars. We welcome all questions and seek to serve your information needs we strongly suggest calling or e-mail to make an appointment and so we can best ascertain your needs and insure we are able to accommodate you request.

Hours and Contact
Our hours are from 9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-3:45pm Monday-Friday. We are closed Fridays from mid June-August and on all CUNY-celebrated major holidays and whenever the College or Library is closed.
Special arrangements are possible for access at other times.

Our mailing address is:
Institutional Archives of LaGuardia Community College
Library Media Resources Center
E Building —Room 101
31-10 Thomson Avenue
Long Island City, N.Y. 11101.

Our telephone number is 718-482-5434 and our fax number is 718-609-2011. Please direct your inquiries to Valerie Mazzella-Lazides at