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NYSCA Memory Archive

The NYSCA Memory Archive is a mixed media collection of materials drawn from a range of organizations and individuals dedicated to sustaining independent media arts throughout New York State. The collection represents over fifty years of invaluable support from the New York State Council on the Arts.

Dedicated to furthering the artistic growth and public engagement in the media arts, the NYSCA Electronic Media and Film Program oversaw the development of the archive. Originally under Film & Television, this department grew from the early 1960s to become a leading state agency program in the development of film, analog, and digital media as an art form.

The archive itself is comprised of four collections held by different agencies: the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts; the Rose Goldsen Archive at Cornell University; the New York State Archives in Albany; and the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY.


1) Cornell Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art

Primary Collection: Individual Artists / Application Support Materials / Correspondence

2) The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center, NY, New York

  • Tapes / Film / Publications / Photos
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3) New York State Archives

  • Early Records / Correspondence / Contracts / Narratives / Photos
  • Request materials for research specific to NY State Council on the Arts by contacting the NY State Archives 

Living Memory: Exploring the NYSCA Memory Archive is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.