A monthly student-produced newspaper that ran from 1976 until 1990, Parsonspaper featured news, opinion, poetry, artwork, and photographs contributed by Parsons students, faculty and administrators. It was sponsored by the Parsons Student Council under the direction of Vieri R. Salvadori, the dean of students at Parsons. A faculty advisor, Myron Schwartzman, supervised the endeavor, and students could earn course credit for joining the editorial staff for either elective workshop or liberal arts credits. In various issues, Schwartzman is credited as publishing consultant, researcher, and, more humorously, keeper of the flame. The paper experienced numerous design changes during its years of publication, and, in its earliest issues, was called "Parsonpaper." Illustrator and Parsons alumnus Peter de Seve's work can be seen in issues published during his time at the school. Although the earliest issues feature no advertisements, later issues brought in sponsor revenue. Content submitted by students and faculty is often critical of the school administration, and there appears to have been little editorial oversite in the way of censorship.
The following is from a memorandum in Dean Charles Olton's records in The New School Archives:
Parsonspaper's origins were in a composition class that became a stand-alone credit course in 1979. In 1990, the Parsons Academic Affairs Committee withdrew course credit from Parsonpaper participation, citing academic concerns. (Charles Olton records, PC.01.07.01, Committees and meeting minutes, Academic Affairs Committee, Box 17, Folder 39).