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Special Collections Center: Ringling College Archives

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Cheri Marks (she, her) MFA, MSI
Special Collections Curator and Archivist 

941- 359-7583

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Hours & Location

Spring Hours

Monday - Friday: Open by appointment 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., no drop-ins
Saturday - Sunday: Closed

Holidays: Closed January 15 and May 6, 2024 

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

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Ringling College Archives is to:

  • Chronicle the history of the College in Sarasota and the art and design community at large
  • Document and support the college’s mission of preparing students to be discerning visual thinkers and ethical art and design practitioners
  • Preserve and contextualize the history of Ringling College for future generations
  • Build, describe, and make available materials of historical significance to the College

In the Archives

The Ringling College Archives have both organized and unorganized collections of historical campus materials, including:

  • Campus publications (yearbooks, catalogs, commencement materials, promotional literature, student magazines, etc.)
  • Departmental collections
  • Posters
  • Architectural blueprints and schematics
  • Photographs and scrapbooks
  • Media (VHS, DVD, audio cassettes) 
  • College ephemera


What does the Ringling College Archives do? 

  • Makes the College's archives and history accessible to the campus community and the public
  • Offers research consultations on using archives at Ringling College and beyond
  • Provides class instruction on archives and primary sources
  • Trains users on Special Collections' Overhead Book Scanner
  • Consults on digital archiving initiatives and best practices for digital storage organization