The Archive will acquire, document and retain any reproductions of significant architectural works that faculty members feel is of importance to add to the existing blueprint collection. This usually occurs when students are given Design Studio or Building Technology analysis projects. Arrangements can also be made for the donation, reproduction or purchase of blueprints, should a student have a request for a particular building not currently in the Archive’s holdings.

The office periodically receives queries regarding the possible donation of other materials to augment its holdings. Each offer is evaluated with regard to its relevance to the Archive’s existing collections and the physical restraints of the office. It is not possible for the Archive to accept every donation offered.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.