Columbia University History Resources


Timeline created by the Health Sciences Library Archives & Special Collections:

Timeline created by staff at Columbia College:

Other Resources

  • Blue and White Archives
    This site provides access to digitized copies of Columbia University's undergraduate magazine The Blue and White from 1998 to 2013. To see content from current issues please visit the magazine's primary website.
  • Columbians Ahead of Their Time
    Created for Columbia's 250th website in 2004-2005, this site contains biographical essays about notable Columbia faculty, administrators and alumni who have helped shape the world and how we see it.
  • Columbia Spectator Digital Archive
    This online resource is the result of a partnership between the Spectator and Columbia University Libraries, and funded jointly by the Libraries and through generous gifts from Spectator alumni and friends, especially members of the class of 1958.  You can now search issues published from 1877 to 2012. Whenever possible pages were scanned from original paper copies and digitized using state of the art technology that provides full-page, searchable reproductions of articles, photographs, and advertisements. (For articles published more recently, please search the main Spectator website.)
  • Columbia University Alumni Register, 1754-1931

This is a link to a scanned copy of the 1932 Columbia University Alumni Register which lists information about graduates and non-graduates of Columbia University from 1754 through 1931. The volume also contains information about honorary degree recipients and types of degrees offered by the University through 1931.

  • Columbia University Honorary Degree List 
    Created by the staff of the University Archives, this MS Excel document lists all of the individuals who have received hononrary degrees from Columbia since the 18th century. There is also a tab which lists those who have been awarded the University Medal for Excellence. The list is updated annually, after Commencement.
  • Columbia University Roll of Honor
    Created in conjunction with the installation of a commemorative plaque in Butler Library, this website is intended to be a memorial acknowledging the sacrifice and contributions of each Columbia war casualty as an individual. The Honor Roll of names on this site will be amended as more information surfaces about Columbians engaged in past, present, and future military conflicts of the nation.
  • Columbia University President Profiles
    Created by the staff of the University Archives, this area of our website provides information on all of Columbia's presidents from 1754 to the present.
  • Columbia Library Columns, 1951-1996
    This website is home to digitized issues of Columbia Library Columns which was published from 1951 to 1996.  Over the years contributors included faculty, University adminstrators, writers, historians and collectors, as well as Columbia librarians.  Articles focused on individual collections, special acquisitions, literary topics and issues relating to the growth of Columbia's libraries and special collections generally.
  • Bancroft Prizes Web Site
    This is an informational web site for The Bancroft Prizes. Under the terms of the will of the late Frederic Bancroft, these prizes are awarded annually by Columbia University in the City of New York to the authors of distinguished works in either or both of the following categories: American History (including biography) and Diplomacy. This site includes a link to a list of all past winners of this distinguished award.
  • Pulitzer Prizes Web Site
    This is the official website for The Pulitzer Prizes, which have been honoring excellence in Journalism and the Arts since 1917.  The site contains the complete list of Pulitzer Prize winners from 1917 (the first year the Prizes were awarded) to the present. The site also lists Nominated Finalists from 1980 (the first year finalists were announced) through the present, the full text of winning entries in the Journalism categories from 1995 through the present, and selected material from winners in the Letters, Drama and Music and Special Awards and Citations categories. Also included are biographies of winners from 1995 through the present and information on Board members and Nominating Jurors.