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Special Collections Center: Archives

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Virtual services: Special Collections staff are available to answer reference questions and meet for research consultations by phone, email, or Zoom. To request a scan from physical library materials, please use our Scan Request Form.

Janelle Rebel
Digital Curation and Special Collections Librarian
(941) 359-7583

Alexandra Vargas-Fournier, CA
(941) 309-4055

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Hours & Location

*New Hours (Fall and Spring Semester)*

Monday - Friday: By appointment from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., no drop-ins
Saturday - Sunday: Closed

Reading Room Occupancy: 3 people (2 researchers + 1 staff member max)

Ringling College of Art + Design
2nd floor of the Alfred R. Goldstein Library
2700 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234

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Cover image of Ringling School of Art academic catalog from 1938-39

Ringling School of Art Academic Catalog 1938-39

Cover image of promotional program for Ringling School of Art's Wildacres summer term 1941

Wildacres Summer Term 1941

Aerial photo of Ringling School circa 1948 from Portfolio publication

Ringling School of Art 1948

Ringling School of Art Promo Material ca. 1940s-50s

Beaux Arts Ball program cover from 1955

Beaux Arts Ball Program 1955

Fine Arts students on and around school bus, 1970

Fine Arts Students 1969

Photo of Ringling School of Art sign in front of annual student sidewalk art sale in 1970

Annual Sidewalk Art Sale 1970

Cover image of Ringling School of Art photo album from 1951-53

Ringling School of Art Photo Album 1951-53

Cover image of Porfolio yearbook from 1964

Porfolio Yearbook 1964

Cover image of Portfolio yearbook from 1970

Porfolio Yearbook 1970

Ringling School of Art installation at Medieval Faire 1979 called

Ringling School of Art at the Medieval Faire 1979

Mission Statement

  • The Ringling College of Art & Design Archives aims to chronicle the story, impact, and path to preeminence of the College in Sarasota and the art and design community at large.
  • We play a vital role in documenting the college’s long-standing mission of preparing students to be discerning visual thinkers and ethical practitioners in their chosen area of art and design.
  • By building, describing, and making available collections of historical significance, the Archives will preserve and contextualize the history of Ringling College for future generations of campus community members and researchers.


What does the Ringling College Archives do? 

  • Enables access to the college's archival collections
  • Offers research consultations for using archives at Ringling College and elsewhere
  • Provides class instruction on archives and primary sources
  • Training on Special Collections' Overhead Book Scanner
  • Consults on digital archiving initiatives and best practices for digital storage organization