Friends of the Library and NYSID Archives

On December 4, NYSID hosted the inaugural event of the Friends of the NYSID Library, a new group created that supports the ongoing activities of the library and helps generate active support for the NYSID Archives.  Ross Francis, NYSID board member and chair at FOL, welcomed library patrons, alumni and lovers of design libraries.  Interior designers or design enthusiasts can join the Friends of the NYSID Library with varying levels of access to the library and archives. Information on membership levels can be found here or e-mail

The event also celebrated The NYSID Design Archives, which recently acquired several important archives: Yale Burge Antiques and Interiors; The Joseph Grusczak, ASID, Collection;  William DeGraff Collection; The Sarah Tomerlin Lee Collection, and The Neal A. Prince, ASID, Collection. One treasure on display was the newly donated Répertoire du Goût Moderne, Vol. 4 (1929), a beautiful album of pochoir prints depicting French art deco interiors, graciously donated by NYSID board member James Druckman.

“NYSID’s library is becoming a resource for the present strength and future vitality of our chosen field: interior design,” said NYSID president David Sprouls, “We aim to preserve our history as a school, the evolution of interior design as a discipline and a practice, and to document the many contributions of individual designers, businesses and organizations.”

Among the evening’s guests were Neal Prince, William Burge and Lisa Burge, Michael Meehan Nesbitt and Martha Nesbitt, Helen Drutt English, Nancy Boszhardt, and Su Hilty.

Phyllis Greer