Donating Materials - Student Life

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Student Life

The University Archives welcomes donations of Columbia-related materials from students, student organizations, alumni and friends of Columbia University.  We are interested in materials, both paper-based and digital, which document campus and student life such as:

  • Course materials, including notes, syllabi and assignments
  • Event posters, flyers, programs, tickets, scripts and scores
  • Journals, diaries, scrapbooks, letters
  • Photographs (preferably labeled)
  • Student group charters, by-laws, annual reports, minutes, membership lists, organizational histories
  • Publications, newsletters, brochures, booklets, websites
  • Other ephemera such medals, pins, banners, and commemorative items

If you have Columbia-related materials you wish to give to the University Archives, please contact and provide us with as much detail as possible about the material you wish to donate. If you are donating materials related to a student group on campus, please complete the Records Transmittal and Receipt Form.

Donation Wish Lists

The Columbia Spectator Digital Archive includes a mostly complete run of the student newspaper from 1877 to 2012. There are a few issues missing from our holdings. If you have any of these past issues, please contact

The University Archives also has a complete run of Columbia College and a mostly complete run of the School of Engineering yearbooks. Some of our copies may not be in the best condition so we are seeking second copies for a select number of years. If you have one of these yearbooks you would like to donate, please contact

Columbia traditions, such as the Varsity Show, are well represented in our holdings and related items are always welcome. We are also interested in materials related to Orientation, Homecoming, Commencement and Reunion.

Finally, we are interested in materials related to student protests and activism, which are an integral part of campus life, from the occupation of five buildings in April 1968 to the present.