Carnegie Corporation of New York Awards Grant to Rare Book & Manuscript Library


NEW YORK, October 3, 2008 Carnegie Corporation of New York has awarded Columbia’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) a $34,600 grant to preserve and make available the papers of David A. Hamburg.

Hamburg, president emeritus of Carnegie Corporation of New York, is one of the world’s leading voices on international security issues and science policy. The papers of David A. Hamburg, accessioned by the RBML in 2005–2006, comprise 331 containers totaling 527 linear feet of material. These documents, spanning the 1950s to 1990s, cover over 50 years of Dr. Hamburg’s career.

Once the papers are arranged and preserved, researchers will be able to access information via a separate record created in the Columbia University Online public access catalog (CLIO) and as part of the Carnegie Corporation of New York Records, found at www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/rbml/collections/carnegie/CCNY.html. A detailed finding aid will be prepared and published online, in addition to making it available locally in print at the RBML reference center.

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library owns over 600,000 rare books in some 20 book collections and almost 28 million manuscripts in nearly 3,000 separate manuscript collections. It is particularly strong in English and American literature and history, classical authors, children‘s literature, education, mathematics and astronomy, economics and banking, photography, the history of printing, New York City politics, librarianship, and the performing arts. Individual collections are as eclectic as they are extensive. For more information, please see: www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/rbml/.

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 10 million volumes, over 100,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 25 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 550 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries at www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb is the gateway to its services and resources.

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