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Homer. Odyssey. Papyrus fragment, Col. inv. 201c1, P. Col. VIII

APIS: Advanced Papyrological Information System
APIS is a component of the larger Papyrological Navigator database, a worldwide aggregation of digital images, metadata, translations and transcriptions of papyri and ostraca (clay tablets).  A listing of Columbia's ca. 5,800 papyri and ostraca can be viewed here

Minazuru, from Kiichi's book of Strategy

Barbara Curtis Adachi Bunraku Collection
Bunraku, a highly developed form of puppet theater, is a collaboration between puppeteers, narrators, and musicians. This collection of Bunraku images is one of the most extensive in the world.

Envelope,  H. Plagemann & Co., 1902

Biggert Collection of Architectural Vignettes on Commercial Stationery
Contains over 1,300 items of printed ephemera with architectural imagery from 1850-1920, spanning more than 350 cities and towns in forty-five states.

Zhong Kui. Wood engraving

Chinese Paper Gods
An online visual catalog of over 200 woodcuts used in folk religious practices in Beijing and other parts of China in the 1930s.

New York Central Railroad Company. Annual Report (1950), front cover

Columbia Historical Corporate Reports: Digitized Reports from Watson Library's Collection
Selected from the collections of Columbia's Watson Library of Business & Economics, this collection presents ca. 770 digitized reports issued between 1850-1960 by some 36 companies, including department stores, utilities, banks, and railroads.

Columbia Library Columns, v.41, no.1 (1991: Nov), front cover

Columbia Library Columns
A digitized collection of the journal published by Columbia University Libraries from 1951 to 1996, comprising over 6,900 pages in 46 volumes (135 issues).

Alma Mater. Columbia Daily Spectator, v. 109, no. 1 (1984: Aug 29), sect. 2, p. [1]

Columbia Spectator Archive
The Archive of the Columbia Daily Spectator, the newspaper of Columbia University, preserves the second-oldest college daily paper in the country. The complete run of the newspaper, from 1877 to 2012, is now available in digital form. The Archive is a public resource for Columbia University history and preserves the Spectator's past work.

Lewis Wickes Hine, 1874-1940. Roving Children. Photograph, circa 1910

Community Service Society Photographs
An online presentation of almost 1400 photographs from the Community Service Society Records at Columbia University's Rare Book & Manuscript Library. They offer representations of pressing social issues in late-19th- and early-20th-century New York.

Clay tablet, Old Assyrian, CDLI P429324

Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative
CDLI is an online catalog of more than 230,000 cuneiform tablets with over  75,000 images. Columbia's ca. 500 tablets are included in this collection and may be browsed here.

Plimpton MS 040A, f. 1

Digital Scriptorium
The Digital Scriptorium makes available cataloging and selected digital images from medieval and early Renaissance manuscript collections housed in U.S. collections. It includes images from some 1,442 Columbia manuscripts from the Rare Books & Manuscript Library and Burke Library.

Ford IFP logo

Ford IFP Archive
The archives cover the issues of social justice, community development, and access to higher education, and include paper and digital documentation and audiovisual materials on the more than 4,300 IFP Fellows as well as comprehensive planning and administrative files of the program.

Lindquist with American Indian Man, MRL 10: G.E.E. Lindquist Papers, Item no. 1354

G.E.E. Lindquist Native American Photographs
Photographs, postcards, negatives, and lantern slides from the G.E.E. Lindquist Papers archival collection at The Burke Library. They depict the people, places, and practices of Native Americans and their communities from 1909-1953.

Leroy Hulbert, photographer. Robert R. Blacker house: View from garden to rear elevation, ca. 1915

Greene & Greene Architectural Records and Papers Collection
An online collection guide and image database of architectural designs and drawings by Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene, architects of the American Arts and Crafts Movement.

Ferriss, Hugh. Eastern Airlines Building, 1939. NYDA.1000.001.00354

Hugh Ferriss Architectural Drawings and Papers Collection
This collection was donated to Avery Library by his family after Ferriss' death, and has been supplemented by several later additions from other sources. All 363 original drawings in the collection have been photographed and digitized.


Human Rights Web Archive
The Human Rights Web Archive @ Columbia University is a searchable collection of archived copies of human rights websites created by non-governmental organizations, national human rights institutions, tribunals and individuals. New websites are added to the collection regularly.

Concerning Jews in Public, 1733. Broadside 9, RBML

Italian Jewish Community Regulations
This collection contains about forty broadsides regarding communal and governmental regulations imposed in various Jewish communities throughout Italy from the 17th through the 19th centuries.  Cities mentioned include Florence, Venice, Ferrara, Padua, Ancona, and others.  Topics addressed are synagogue behavior, market regulations, municipal workers such as firefighters, and more.

Joseph Urban. Set model from Flying High, 1930

Joseph Urban Stage Design Models and Documents
A virtual collection of high-quality digital images of set models, drawings, documents and more for over 260 New York theater and opera productions.

Telegram from Oscar Chapman to Herbert Lehman, Nov. 9, 1949

Lehman Special Correspondence Files
A searchable database of selected correspondence to and from New York Governor and U.S. Senator Herbert H. Lehman (1878-1963).

Ling Long, v. 1, no. 1 (1931) , front cover

Ling Long Women's Magazine
A digital version of Ling Long Women's Magazine, originally published in Shanghai from 1931 to 1937 and of significant scholarly research value in several disciplines.

Duplexes by the Park, 375 Lincoln Pl., "Lincoln Place Prospect Heights Brooklyn", YR.0656.BR

New York Real Estate Brochure Collection
A searchable database of thousands of advertising brochures, floor plans, price lists, and more from residential and commercial real estate development in New York City and vicinities from the 1920s to the 1970s.

Kenneth Bancroft Clark at his Desk (Northside Center for Child Development photograph)

Notable New Yorkers
Original audio recordings and edited transcripts of oral history interviews with ten influential New Yorkers drawn from the collection of the Columbia Libraries' Oral History Archives.

Gilbert Stuart. John Jay, 1794. (Image courtesy of The National Gallery of Art)

The Papers of John Jay
An online index and text database of correspondence, memos, diaries, etc. written by or to the American statesman John Jay (1745-1829).

Apartment houses, nos. 5 and 7 W. 65th Street. Real Estate Record and Builders' Guide, v. 50, no. 1285 (October 29, 1892), p. [538]

Real Estate Record and Builders Guide
Digitized volumes of The Real Estate Record and Builders Guide, a magazine detailing building activity in New York City and its environs that began publication in the late 1860s. The project website provides sales, mortgage, conveyance, and other data  as well as illustrated articles on buildings and neighborhood development.

Map of the City of New York, 1856

Seymour B. Durst Old York Library
The Seymour B. Durst Old York Library collection at the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library consists of more than 40,000 objects including historic photographs, maps, pamphlets, postcards, books, and New York City memorabilia from the 18th century to the 1980s.

Tibet Mirror: an online collection of newpaper issues

Tibet Mirror
An online collection of the Tibet Mirror (Tib. Yul phyogs so so'i gsar 'gyur me long), published in Kalimpong, India from 1925 to 1963. Seventy percent of the full run is now available thanks to the generous cooperation of Yale University, Collège de France, and the Musée Guimet.

American Women's War Relief Fund. Report of work, August 1914 - August 1915

WWI Pamphlets 1913-1920
A collection of World War I pamphlets from Columbia University Libraries.