The New School Archives Digital Collections

New School PeriodicalsParsonspaper 1976 – 1990

Series, NS050601.09

About

A monthly student-produced newspaper that ran from 1976 until 1990, Parsonspaper featured news, opinion, poetry, artwork, and photographs contributed by Parsons School of Design students, faculty and administrators. It was sponsored by the Parsons Student Council under the direction of Vieri R. Salvadori, the dean of students at Parsons. A faculty advisor, Myron Schwartzman, supervised the endeavor, and students could earn course credit for joining the editorial staff for either elective workshop or liberal arts credits. In various issues, Schwartzman is credited as publishing consultant, researcher, and, more humorously, keeper of the flame. The paper experienced numerous design changes during its years of publication, and, in its earliest issues, was called "Parsonpaper" (without an "s"). Illustrator and Parsons alumnus Peter de Seve's work can be seen in issues published during his time at the school. Although the earliest issues feature no advertisements, later issues brought in sponsor revenue. Content submitted by students and faculty is often critical of the school administration, and there appears to have been little editorial oversight in the way of censorship. According to a memo in the records of Dean Charles Olton, "In 1990, the Parsons Academic Affairs Committee withdrew course credit from Parsonspaper participation, citing academic concerns (Box 17, Folder 39). The newspaper appears to have ceased publication following this decision.


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