FOLIO Library Catalog

The Bard Graduate Center Library is home to and the most visible part of the institution’s Department of Research Collections (DRC), which exists to support advanced scholarly study of material culture and comprises BGC’s collection of more than 55,000 monographs, its research databases, its digital collections, and its study collection of objects. These holdings, including rare books, more than 500 periodical titles, auction catalogues, trade catalogues, microforms, video recordings, and student theses, qualifying papers, and dissertations, are searchable in the online library catalog, FOLIO.

The DRC boasts a comprehensive collection of online research databases, and its periodicals searching tool, TrueSerials, connects you directly to the BGC databases.

The DRC’s Digital Collections include a teaching collection of digital images and slides and a collection of digital images that are made available to faculty and students via Artstor’s Shared Shelf.

The object Study Collection includes approximately 2,000 objects. The primary function of the collection is pedagogical. BGC students consider history through the lens of material culture, so it is essential that they have the opportunity for hands-on, close examination of objects as part of their studies. Faculty often use objects from the Study Collection in the classroom. Our holdings include artifacts made of glass, metal, ceramic, wood, plastic, textiles, and paper.

The library is non-circulating collection spanning 8,000 linear feet of shelf space on all six floors of the Bard Graduate Center building at 38 West 86th Street. The geographic scope of the collection is primarily focused on the United States, Europe, and China, it but also reflects the expanding focus of the institution’s degree programs and exhibitions.

Key subject area represented in our collection are:

  • New York and American Material Culture
  • Modern Design History
  • Early Modern Europe
  • History and Theory of Museums
  • Comparative Medieval Material Culture (China, Islam, Europe)
  • Archaeology, Anthropology, and Material Culture
  • Other areas such as those studied in the doctoral program’s field concentrations

For lists of collections in our catalog, Folio, click on the links below:

Recent Acquisitions
Library Exhibitions
Books by BGC Alumni

Pamphlet Collection

Pamphlet Collections Access

To consult items in any of the Pamphlet Collections, ask for assistance at the Library Reference Desk. Items from the collections are consulted in the Reading Room.

The BGC Library Pamphlet Collection

The BGC Library Pamphlet Collection consists of a wide range of materials pertaining to the Bard Graduate Center’s scope of decorative arts, design history, and material culture. These items are deemed relevant to the BGC researcher’s needs, but are not fit for inclusion in the Library’s general collection and are not widely found in other New York City libraries. Items in the Pamphlet Collection include exhibition catalogs, collection catalogs, trade catalogs, guidebooks, instruction guides, postcards, newsletters, event ephemera, offprints, newsletters, annual reports, articles, and clippings.

The BGC Library does not actively seek new items for this collection, but does occasionally add new items acquired via gift or other means. The collection and guide is updated biannually.


Items are arranged by item type, and then by date.

Finding Aid

Pamphlet Finding Aid Fall 2014 (PDF)

The Bacharach Pamphlet Collection

The Bacharach Pamphlet Collection consists of materials that the BGC acquired as part of the Bacharach purchase in 2010. These items are generally related to the study of Islamic decorative arts (although other subject material may be included) and deemed relevant to the BGC researcher’s needs, but are not fit for inclusion in the Library’s general collection and are not widely found in other New York City libraries. Items in the Bacharach Pamphlet Collection include ephemera, instruction guides, images, essays, lectures, articles, historical guides, exhibition catalogs, collection catalogs and newsletters.


Items are arranged by item type, and then by date.

  • Box 1 – Event Ephemera, Instruction Guides, Images, Lectures, Essays, Offprints, Articles & Clippings, Guidebooks
  • Box 2 – Guidebooks, Collection Catalogs, Exhibition Catalogs, Newsletters

Finding Aid

Bacharach Pamphlet Finding Aid (PDF)

The BGC Circus Pamphlet Collection

The BGC Circus Pamphlet Collection consists of some materials consulted in the creation of the exhibition Circus and the City: New York, 1793-2010, on display at the Bard Graduate Center from September 21, 2012 to February 3, 2013. Items in the Circus Pamphlet Collection include souvenir programs, magazines, correspondence and route cards. The Circus Pamphlet is a closed collection as it is purely related to the exhibition held in 2012-2013.


Items are arranged by date.

Finding Aid

Circus Pamphlet Finding Aid (PDF)

BGC Dissertations, Theses and QPs

Titles of the PhD dissertations, MA theses, and Qualifying Papers submitted for BGC degrees appear alphabetically by author in the list below. There are also library catalog records for each work in Folio and in WorldCat.

Access to the BGC theses themselves is available only by appointment at the Bard Graduate Center Library. Photocopying and scanning is not permitted.

Doctoral Dissertations in Progress

Completed Doctoral Dissertations

Completed Master’s Theses + Qualifying Papers