Columbia University Archives

Columbia University Archives

Ephemera from the Archives
The University Archives preserves the institutional memory of Columbia University through the acquisition of official University records and related historical collections and materials from its founding in 1754 to the present day.

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1968: Columbia in Crisis

Faculty talking to students on Low Library ledge, 1968

The occupation of five buildings in April 1968 marked a sea change in the relationships among Columbia University administration, its faculty, its student body, and its neighbors. Featuring documents, photographs, and audio from the University Archives, 1968: Columbia in Crisis examines the the causes, actions, and aftermath of a protest that captivated the campus, the nation, and the world.

Varsity Show

Varsity Show, 1928

Initially conceived as a fundraiser for the University's athletics teams, the Varsity Show has grown into Columbia's oldest performing arts tradition. This annual extravaganza has launched many careers in the arts and elicited cheers and blushes from those who find themselves subject of its satire. The Varsity Show: A Columbia Tradition highlights the history and some of the more notable elements of this tradition.