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King's College Matriculation Book, 1774 King's College Matriculation Book, 1774

Hamilton Treasures at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Exhibition through September 2, 2016

In celebration of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton receiving Columbia’s Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama inspired by American History and also the Pulitzer Prize for Drama this spring, the University’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML) has put some of its Alexander Hamilton manuscripts, rare books, and memorabilia on display through the summer.

RBML welcomes visitors to see such treasures as Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton’s [Eliza’s] double-banded wedding ring, inscribed “Alexander &” “Elizabeth” on the two bands, along with their wedding handkerchiefs.

Also on display, among other items, is the King’s College Matriculation book listing Hamilton’s admission in 1774, a letter from Hamilton to Washington, written when Hamilton was Washington’s aide-de-camp, a letter from Lafayette to Hamilton speaking of “our brotherly union,” a volume of the first edition of “The Federalist Papers” owned by Hamilton, and the first edition of Washington’s “Farewell Address.”

RBML is located on the 6th Floor, East, of Butler Library and, with the exception of July 4, is open Monday to Friday, 9:00 to 5:00. Access is through the Library Information Office just inside the front door of Butler Library. The Hamilton Treasures exhibition runs through September 2nd.

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Imagining the World: Unexplored Global Collections at Columbia



Exhibition, April 4 - June 24th, 2016
Chang Octagon Room, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Butler Library, 6th Floor

A new exhibition, free and open to the public, offers an opportunity to view a sampling of the rare and unusual in Columbia's Global Studies collections. The items on display range in date from 1454 CE to 2014 CE, in a variety of formats including books, manuscripts, maps, photographs, posters, scrolls, sheet music, stamps and typescripts. A rich variety of languages or scripts are represented including Arabic, Czech, English, French, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Malayalam, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Sanskrit, Spanish, Tamil, Ukrainian, Urdu, and Wolof. This small exhibit represents only a fraction of what is collected by Columbia Libraries to support Global Studies research and teaching.

Opening Reception, April 19, 2016, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Butler Library, 6th Floor

Guest speaker: Dr. Avinoam Shalem, Riggio Professor of the History of the Arts of Islam, Columbia University



Harlem Views

Harlem Views: Perspectives from the Collections of the Columbia University's Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Exhibition, February 23 - July 1, 2016

Kempner Gallery, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Butler Library, 6th Floor

Co-sponsored by the Columbia Rare Book and Manuscript Library and the Herbert H. Lehman Center for American History, Columbia University