LCAD Archives

The archives of Laguna College of Art + Design document the history of the college from its early years as a community art education school located on the Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts grounds to its present day activities and multiple campus sites located along Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach, California.

While the archives contain materials which date from the time of the college’s founding in 1961, the bulk of the collection dates from 1979 to the present due to a loss of campus records from a fire which destroyed the administration building in early January 1979.  Printed materials, administrative records and visual images comprise a good portion of the college archives, but the collection also includes MFA theses, oversize materials (including posters and blueprints), and artifacts.

Ever expanding, the development and growth of the LCAD archives remains a work in progress.  Additions to the archives frequently come in from campus offices, and we encourage alumni, faculty members and community members who have materials related to the college’s history to donate them as well.

The LCAD archives are available for consultation in the library; for more information, please direct inquiries to a member of the library staff or to