Current Exhibitions & Events

Live from the Columbia Archives: Discussing New Book by Eric Foner

Foner Flyer Jan 2015

203 Butler Library
Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 6:00pm

Please join Eric Foner, Dewitt Clinton Professor of History, for a "Live from the Archive" discussion of his new book, Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad.
This event is sponsored by the Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Live from the Archive is a speaker series featuring scholarship based on archival sources found in Columbia's collections.

Charles R. Crane: launch of the electronic memoirs

Butler Library, Room 523
February 4, 2015, 6 p.m.

Please join Bakhmeteff Archive to celebrate the launch of the electronic memoirs of one of the most generous and enigmatic American philanthropists of the 20th century, Charles R. Crane (1858-1939).
The talk will coincide with the opening of the exhibition of new additions to the Charles R. Crane Papers held at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library.


  • Thomas S. Crane, a member of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. specializing in health law;
  • John K. Notz, Jr., independent scholar located in Chicago, IL, and Lake Geneva, WI;
  • Norman Saul, professor emeritus of History and Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.

Seasons of Celebration: Thomas Merton at 100

Kempner Gallery
February 2 – May 29, 2015

An exhibition on the life and legacy of Thomas Merton drawn from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library's very extensive Thomas Merton holdings; the papers of his teacher and friend, Mark Van Doren; the extensive Merton collection that his friend Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr kept for him, including the massive typescript manuscript of The Seven Storey Mountain; the papers and photographic archive of his friend and official biographer, John Howard Griffin, and the Alpa camera "loaned" to Merton by Griffin; the papers of his friend, Robert Lax; and gifts from Robert Giroux, Robert Shepherd, and others.

Exhibition opening: Monday, February 2, 2015: Mary Gordon, Barnard College, "Merton and the Catholic Revival," Butler Library, Room 523, 6:00 p.m.

Related event: Tuesday, April 14, 2015: Michael HIggins, Sacred Heart University, "From Single Vision to Four-Fold Vision: The Ever-Unfolding Merton," Butler Library, Room 23, 6:00 p.m.

For other events, to be arranged, please check this space or contact RBML.

Seasons of Celebration: Thomas Merton at 100, is curated by Jennifer B. Lee, Performing Arts Curator, and draws in large measure from the RBML's 75th anniversary exhibition, curated by Patrick T. Lawlor, Thomas Merton: The Poet and the Contemplative Life.

Comics at Columbia: Past, Present, Future

Kempner Gallery
October 6, 2014 – January 23, 2015

The exhibition presents art, manuscripts, and ephemera from Columbia's Rare Book & Manuscript Library, including items associated with the university's history, as well as art from Mad artist Al Jaffee, Elfquest artist Wendy Pini, and New Yorker cartoonist Charles Saxon; drafts and notes from X-Men writer Chris Claremont and Legion of Super Heroes writer Paul Levitz, and correspondence from mainstream and indie comics luminaries Stan Lee, Harvey Kurtzman, and Howard Cruse, and more.  

An irreverent comic strip confiscated from undergraduates in 1766 joins political cartoons from Thomas Nast and Rube Goldberg, Jerry Robinson’s early sketches of Dick Grayson and Bruce Wayne, Milt Gross’s contracts with The New York World, and a Joe Shuster Superman sketch, along with work from up-and-coming cartoonists.  The exhibition also features works “on the fringes” of comics, such as Rodolphe Töpffer’s The adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck and Lynd Ward’s wordless woodcut novels.

Comics at Columbia is curated by Karen Green, Librarian for Ancient & Medieval History and Graphic Novels Librarian at Columbia University.


Diverse Characters: An Exhibition of Letterforms and Books by Russell Maret

Chang Octagon
September 15, 2014 - January 23, 2015

Russell Maret, artist, printer and typographer, has been printing since 1989. On exhibition are his dozen most recent books. including the brand-new bibliography, Pressed for Time. The works in the cases highlight his interest in pre-typographic letterforms, his many typefaces, and his amazing excursions into multi-color letterpress printing. More

Additional RBML-related events

Please visit the calendar on the Alumni and Friends Gateway, and the RBML Book History Colloquium or call us as 212-854-5590 for additional information.