Listen to an archive of the legend performing at his home away from home.
Children living through the Spanish Civil War document events through art.
RBML's Dramatic Museum Realia puppets reflect history and fashion.
Explore John James Audubon's extensive collection of feathered species.
Celebrate Lunar New Year with archival photos of Chinese temples.
In honor or Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's birthday, listen to sound recordings as he advocates civil disobedience.
Commemorate with audio archives at Union Theological Center.
See nutritional campaigns throughout the years.
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Before JJ's, there was the Commons: 100 years ago, Columbia students dined with the likeness of Homer in the University Commons, the dining room in the former University Hall.
Columbia Spectator showcases "Awash in Books: Books for the Year of Water," an exhibition of works that celebrate and explore one of the most precious resources on Earth.
The University Archives shares previously-restricted administrative records related to the search for a new University president after the historic campus protests in April 1968.
Browse the latest additions to the Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, including a 16th-century volume that features fold-out maps of the Holy Land.
New year, newly-processed collections! The latest from the Rare Book & Manuscript Library includes the papers of dancer Arthur Mitchell and the archive of New York-based publisher Goodie Publications.
Happy birthday, Zora Neale Hurston (BC 1928)! The acclaimed author of "Their Eyes Were Watching God" and other works was the first African-American graduate of Barnard College.
Learn about the history of the iconic Apollo Theater from the Oral History Archives' Apollo Theater Oral History Project, which features interviews with performers and music industry insiders.
Curator Thai Jones, who studies radical social movements, discusses the potential consequences of a decision by a Virginia school district to allow students time off to protest.
Columbia Engineering Magazine consults the Libraries' lead conservators about the future of cultural preservation.
In recognition of Human Rights Month, archivist Chris Laico discusses his work to make the Libraries' human rights collections accessible to researchers and scholars worldwide.
Hear a 1991 oral history from Margaret Lawrence, the first African-American psychoanalyst and a graduate of Columbia's College of Physicians & Surgeons, who passed away on December 4 at 105.
The Mellon Foundation awards the Libraries $750,000 to preserve nearly 21,000 unique audio and moving-image recordings, including audio material from the archive of radio personality Bob Fass.
Actor Cliff Montgomery was a star on the Columbia Football field long before he landed in Hollywood! Montgomery led the Lions to victory over Stanford in the 1934 Rose Bowl.
The Rare Book & Manuscript Library marks World AIDS Day with oral histories from the Physicians & AIDS project, "a historical account of the epidemic through the eyes of the doctors who experienced it."
News from archives of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library include the papers of Chinese-American publisher William Chang and Russian choreographer Leonide Massine.
The Web Archive of Independent News Sites on Turkish Affairs documents and preserves online news outlets about Turkey that are not controlled by the state.
A new research guide from the Columbia Research Initiative on the Global History of Sexualities connects scholars to oral histories and other resources from the Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
An interview with Dr. Manan Ahmed, Associate Professor of History, about the value of the ongoing Muslim World Manuscript Project to teaching and scholarship.
Two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone donated a portion of her theatrical archive, spanning the actress's five-decade career, to the Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
The Independent Documentary Filmmakers from China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan Web Archive preserves at-risk primary source materials from notable documentarians.
On World Digital Preservation Day, the Libraries celebrates the collections conserved, the access maintained, and the understanding fostered by preserving digital materials.
Recently-processed materials from the Rare Book & Manuscript Library include a collection that documents Nobel Prize-winner Marie Curie's travels in the United States.
Like a restless spirit, the chair in which Columbia alumnus and two-term governor of New York, DeWitt Clinton, died drifted across campus before taking up permanent residence in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
In time for Halloween, the Libraries tells the eerie tale of Buell Hall, the only remaining building from an era when the Columbia campus was home to an "asylum for the insane."
The curators of the archival exhibit "Roar, Lion, Roar: A Celebration of Columbia Football" share stories about New York City from the history of Columbia Football.
University archivists recount the unfortunately ill-fated and short-lived football career of Jack Kerouac, who briefly played for Columbia football coach Lou Little in the 1940s.
The Libraries receives early Slavic books and manuscripts that date from the 17th to the 20th centuries from Columbia alumnus and Hamilton College professor emeritus, Franklin A. Sciacca.
The South Asian Open Archives, an initiative from the Libraries and numerous partner institutions, facilitates global access to 350,000 pages of research materials in 13 languages.
In partnership with the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Libraries announces a digital archive that explores the philanthropic legacy of Andrew Carnegie.
The Women in Film Pioneers Project relaunches the thriving digital resource, enhancing its commitment to the advancement of research on women filmmakers in the silent era.
"The Pavilion," a mural by Baris Gokturk (SOA '20) and based on a book by Professor Zeynep Celik, is installed in Butler Library as part of the Performing the Library project.
Happy Homecoming weekend, Columbia! The first Homecoming was celebrated in October 1948 to honor newly-inaugurated University president, Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Outreach Archivist Leah Edelman, who recently joined the staff of the Burke Library, tackles one of her top priorities: relocating select collections to offsite storage.
2020 presidential candidates have paid more attention to climate change than in previous election cycles. The reason, according to Curator Thai Jones, is activism.
The Chronicle of Higher Education cites the partnership between the Libraries and Cornell Library in Slavic studies as an example of successful collaborative collecting.
Telegraphic codebooks uncovered in two collections held by the Rare Book & Manuscript Library offer insights into historic Chinese cryptography.
CNN reports on the Butler Banner Project and Columbia students' "bold statements about the lack of inclusivity" in the inscriptions of male names on the exterior of Butler Library.
"Clodion and 'Clodion Mania' in Nineteenth-Century France," a new exhibit in Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, is the third in a series of student-curated exhibitions.
Students uncover underreported and ignored stories from African American history in the archival collections of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
The latest iteration of the student-led Butler Banner Project now hangs on the north facade of Butler Library, honoring eight exceptional women writers and visionaries.
As the New York Yankees head into another playoff run, we're reminded of Columbia Football's ties to the Bronx Bombers, like baseball legend Lou Gehrig (CC 1925), who played football and baseball for the Lions.
Based on an artifact in the Libraries’ collections and a historic campus event, an inside-outside exhibition aims to foster conversations about representation in library spaces and collections.
A recent Libraries workshop studied the intricacies of the vibrant manuscripts at the heart of the Muslim World Manuscript preservation and digitization project.
In the pages of his newspaper, the Chinese-American Times, publisher William Yukon Chang provided a venue for Chinese Americans to read and write about their own communities.
Curator Thai Jones weighs in on the role that disruptive protests against the Vietnam War in the 1960s and 1970s have played in shaping modern American activism.
Librarian Sophie Leveque leads Columbia's School of Social Work on a "time-travel adventure" into the Social Work Agency Collection, with archival materials that date to the 18th century.
85 years after opening its doors in 1934, the main reading room on the 3rd floor of Butler Library is as grand as ever! Tour the building through historic photos from the University Archives.
Following the passing of novelist Toni Morrison, African Studies Librarian Yuusuf Caruso sought to better understand the writer's relationship with Africa.
The team behind Barnard Library's Digital Humanities Center reflect on the recent #DisruptWikipedia panel & edit-a-thon, calling on community editors to "make Wikipedia a source worth referencing."
Learn about the role of statesman and Columbia alumnus John Jay in the ratification of the Constitution, signed on September 17, 1787, from the politician's personal papers.
Columbia Libraries disrupts Wikipedia with a panel discussion from experts on the knowledge-sharing platform and following edit-a-thon. Watch on the Libraries' Facebook!
Curator Thai Jones appreciates the "wonderfully rich depictions" of the Chinese community in New York in the writings of the late Chinese-American journalist William Chang.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and the work of Latinx cartoonists, comic book artists and writers, and graphic novelists from the Comics@Columbia collection.
Works from Art Properties, the University art collection stewarded by Avery Library, appear in "20 and Odd: The 400-Year Anniversary of 1619," on view in Dodge Hall.
The Geologic Field Trip Guidebooks Web Archive preserves web-based geoscience field trip guidebooks, which document geologic information from across North America.
The Libraries' Head of History & Humanities Jeremiah Mercurio advises School Library Journal on the key to teaching college-level research.
A brief introduction to the impressive range of resources to be found in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, fondly known as the "Pink Palace."
Happy first day of classes, Columbia! Take a peek inside classrooms past, courtesy of the University Archives.
The Carnegie Corporation of New York Digital Archive provides a portal into the organization's prolific philanthropy, from the late 19th to the 21st century.
Here's to an exciting new year at Columbia! A warm welcome to all of our new students from your Libraries - we look forward to working with you!
A collection of "paper gods" in the Starr East Asian Library, donated to Columbia by missionary Anne Swann Goodrich, provides a window into 20th-century folk religion in Beijing.
An exhibition that celebrates the legacy of the earliest documented Africans to arrive in America in 1619 incorporates works from Avery Library and the Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
Vice Provost and University Librarian Ann D. Thornton is pleased to announce the appointment of Hannah Bennett as Director of Avery Library.
Prior to their set at Woodstock 50 years ago, in August 1969, the Grateful Dead held an impromptu performance at Columbia during the 1968 student protests.
The Oral History Archives' Black Journalists Collection reflects the influence of the Chicago Defender, a noted African-American newspaper that will soon cease print production.
Another fantastic find from the collection of comic book artist Jerry Robinson provides new perspective on George Herriman, one of the "true geniuses" of the comic medium.
A nineteenth-century technology that originated with the advent of photography allows researchers to view the papers of a noted theologian, as written in his own hand.
With more than 13 million volumes in our collections - and plenty of corners to curl up with a book - the Libraries is a haven for readers on Book Lovers Day!
In remembrance of literary icon Toni Morrison, an interview with scholar Dana Williams explores how the novelist's early work as an editor informed her award-winning fiction.
Curator for Comics & Cartoons Karen Green makes an unexpected discovery in the pages of an unassuming anthology, leading the Libraries' Conservation team to take on an unusual task.
Archivist Yingwen Huang catalogs the papers of Wellington Koo, the youngest Chinese delegate to the Paris Peace Conference and a subject of Columbia's Chinese oral history project.
Upon New York State's ratification of the Constitution on July 26, 1788, New York politician John Jay, CC 1764, received a congratulatory letter from George Washington.
Columbia Magazine explores the life and work of Hungarian composer Béla Bartók, whose sculpted bronze likeness resides in the Music & Arts Library.
The late Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens was interviewed by Columbia's Center for Oral History about the state of civil and human rights post-9/11.
Happy birthday, Nelson Mandela! The Libraries highlights a range of digital resources related to African studies in honor of the South African politician and revolutionary.
A collection in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library traces the history of United Bronx Parents, a community organization that worked to improve health and education in the borough.
Web archivists captured commemorative websites for the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, preserving a milestone in the modern gay rights movement.
The wedding bands exchanged by Alexander and Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, on loan from the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, feature in an exhibit on "the Schuyler sisters and their circle."
Apollo 11 launched its mission to the moon in 1969. More than 100 years earlier, a Columbia trustee captured a rare photo of the moon, now held by the University Archives.
MAD Magazine ceases production, but the work of iconic MAD cartoonist Al Jaffee lives on in the Libraries' archives, which hold the illustrator's personal papers.
Discover hundreds of unknown holdings in Hebraica and Judaica in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, processed by the Libraries' archivists during summer downtime.
Play ball! Did you know a match-up between Columbia and Princeton, played on the Lions' own Baker Field in 1939, was the first televised baseball game in the US?
A team of experts consulted the Rare Book & Manuscript Library's copy of an early work by Galileo, "Sidereus nuncius," for a PBS documentary.
The Libraries commemorates the anniversary of the historic Stonewall Riots, which served as a catalyst for the international gay rights movement.
The newly-processed papers of the Barnard family, held by the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, reveal the childhood fantasies of the clan's three young boys.
"Animalia," a new exhibit in Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, celebrates the essence of animal life as depicted in cultural heritage objects, decorative arts, and sculpture.
To commemorate Juneteenth, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library archives provide a meaningful glimpse into the memories of former slaves.
The Literary Authors from Europe and Eurasia Web Archive preserves regional content from authors, critics, publishers, and translators about the contemporary literary process.
Happy birthday, Lou Gehrig! The baseball legend (CC 1925) was a home-run hitter as a Columbia Lion on old South Field and would go on to play with the New York Yankees.
A team of Libraries staff help Barnard art history students tell the story of the most radical upheaval in clothing history, taking 18th-century fashions to the digital age.
Norma Merrick broke ground as an influential African American female architect - the first to graduate from Columbia's School of Architecture.
The New York Times remembers former University Librarian Patricia Battin, "a pioneer and a visionary" and the first woman to lead an Ivy League library.
Happy birthday, Frank Lloyd Wright! The archives of "the greatest American architect of all time," who designed more than 1,000 structures, are held by Avery Library.
On the 75th anniversary of D-Day, we remember Dwight D. Eisenhower, who led the military operation and would later serve as president of Columbia.
Out and proud in the archives: In honor of Pride Month, explore several collections from the Rare Book & Manuscript Library that demonstrate a range of LGBTQIA experiences.
#MeToo and the Women’s Rights Movement in China Web Archive preserves content from women's organizations in the Greater China region.
Congratulations to the Class of 2019! The University Archives captured a sea of graduates in Columbia blue at the 1969 Commencement Day ceremony.
The Oral History Archives in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library will be the sole repository of the official oral histories of the presidency of Barack Obama (CC '83).
Rare Book Librarian Jane Siegel chats with Columbia's The Current about her 30-year tenure in the Libraries and the role of the library in the age of the Internet.
A major effort is underway to digitize and preserve thousands of vulnerable audio and moving-image collection materials for both present and future researchers.
The Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Union Web Archive preserves websites in numerous subjects from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
Ph.D. candidate Mateusz Mayer co-curated an exhibition of rarely-seen, historic portraits from the University's art collection, held by Avery Library.
Meet Polyxeni Georgiadi, a member of the Libraries' all-important cataloging team, which maintains order across Columbia's vast library system.
How many Columbians does it take to change a lightbulb? Columbia Magazine investigates and, actually, just one - but relamping the Libraries' reading rooms can be a tall order.
From quiet reading rooms to late-night study spots, here's a crash course on the Libraries from Columbia Spectator - just in time for finals season!
View a Hebrew manuscript complete with prayers for numerous occasions and vibrant illustrations that's been digitized and made accessible for researchers.
Members of the Columbia community share the ways in which the Libraries supports their research, teaching, and learning in celebration of National Library Week.
The Rare Book & Manuscript Library acquires the papers of author Lydia Davis (BC '70), a recipient of the Man Booker International Prize and MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships.
The digital Language and Culture Archive of Ashkenazic Jewry preserves interviews with native speakers of Yiddish that address the challenges of an endangered linguistic and cultural legacy.
Meet Carolyn Bratnober, Public Services Librarian at the Burke Library, who supports student and faculty research in religious studies, theology, and other disciplines.
Curator Kimberly Springer writes about African Americans who have left the U.S. in search of freedom from racism and oppression, her own experiences with nationhood, and the case for returning home.
Freddy Claudio, Binding & Shelf Preservation Supervisor, reflects on the history of a book as it passes from owner to owner and how a well-preserved book can educate students for generations.
The Rare Book & Manuscript Library examines the papers of activist Marie Runyon, which demonstrate the tensions surrounding Columbia's expansion into Morningside Heights and Harlem in the 1960s.
Library Journal profiles Torn Apart/Separados, an interactive website developed in part by Digital Scholarship Librarian Alex Gil that visualizes the impact of the Trump administration’s family separation policy.
Scholars at Columbia University, including Digital Scholarship Librarian Alex Gil, organized a six-day “crisis researchathon” to visualize immigration enforcement in the U.S.
A new mode of preservation has urgently emerged in recent decades, which is intended to conserve vulnerable information that may disappear from the live web: web archiving.
In recognition of the 50th anniversary of 1968, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library organizes a suite of events to showcase the year's pivotal “global revolutions."
Digital Dante, one of the world’s foremost platforms showcasing innovative research on Dante and his works, is a collaborative effort from the Libraries and Professor of Italian Teodolinda Barolini.
Columbia University Libraries is a partner recipient of a $500,000 grant to support the digitization of Islamic manuscripts and paintings that date from 1000 to 1900.
Ben Armintor, Head of Development Infrastructure and Applications, transitioned from anthropology student to web developer and now enables greater public access to the Libraries' rich collections.
Inspired by library collections and spaces, students create a series of original performances, exhibitions, and readings with Nancy Friedland, Librarian for Film Studies and Performing Arts.
The Libraries adds more than seven million items to its catalog through the launch of a shared collection service in partnership with Princeton University Library and The New York Public Library.
Professor Brinkley Messick discusses how the Libraries’ Arabic language collection, works by previous leading Columbia scholars, and the Butler stacks informed his latest book.
The Libraries joins Professor Matthew J. Connelly in support of the Freedom of Information Archive, the world’s largest database of publicly-accessible declassified documents.
C.V. Starr East Asian Library announces that digital images of 126 bone fragments engraved with the earliest-surviving Chinese script are now available to the public.
Karen Green, Curator for Comics and Cartoons, talks the changing landscape of research libraries and how 15 years as a New York City bartender prepared her for a career as a librarian.
The recently-launched electronic lab notebook service fills a pressing need among researchers for a more practical method of storing, organizing, and sharing research data.
Columbia’s First-Generation Low-Income Partnership (FLIP) maintains an active “lending library” to match discarded reading materials with students who are otherwise unable to afford course books.
The Pine Tree Scholars program introduces students to the crafts associated with fine book production, such as bookbinding and typography, as well as to the rare and art book trades.
The Libraries and Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith announce that "A 24-Decade History of Popular Music" by Taylor Mac and Matt Ray is the 2017 winner of the Kennedy Prize for Drama.
Academic Commons, a digital, open access repository of research produced by scholars at Columbia and its affiliate institutions, now hosts more than 20,000 freely-downloadable works.
The Rare Book & Manuscript Library acquires the archive of “Radio Unnameable” host Bob Fass, an extensive collection of radio broadcasts, original photographs, and personal correspondence.
“The Pulitzer Prizes: From Julia Ward Howe to Hamilton, A Selective Look at 100 Years of Excellence,” an exhibit in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, honors the Prizes' centenntial.
The Rare Book & Manuscript Library acquires the personal archives of cartoonist Howard Cruse, a comprehensive selection of artwork, correspondence, and audio and video interviews.
The Libraries launches the Ford International Fellowships Program (IFP) Digital Archive, a web portal that provides access to the born-digital records of one of the Ford Foundation’s most ambitious efforts.
The Libraries and Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith announce that "Hamilton" by Lin-Manuel Miranda is the 2016 winner of the Kennedy Prize for Drama.
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