A World Room Welcome
Dean of the School of Journalism Jelani Cobb announced the 20th president of Columbia University, Nemat “Minouche” Shafik, in the World Room of the Journalism School, in front of a stained glass window that bears the Statue of Liberty. University archivists share its history.
Research at the RBML | Peter Weber Investigates How Philanthropies Supercharge their Impact
Scholar Peter Weber of Auburn University visits the Rare Book & Manuscript Library to study the records of the Carnegie Corporation of New York and track the organization's efforts to broaden the impact of its philanthropy.
Research at the RBML | Lisa Rabin Uses the Carnegie Collections to Investigate the History of Area Studies
Researcher Lisa Rabin explores archival records from the Carnegie Collections, held by the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, to understand how area studies developed at universities in the United States over the course of the 20th century.
Federico García Lorca: #DormLife in 1929
What were the Columbia dorms like in the 1920s? Well, according to one student, views from the dorm rooms are great, food is plenty, but laundry is pricey. Letters from poet Federico García Lorca, who attended the University in 1929, describe life on campus.
Research at the RBML | Sophia Houghton Investigates the Materiality of Trees
Graduate student Sophia Houghton visits the Rare Book & Manuscript Library to investigate the "materiality of trees," or the ways in which tree are represented in physical books, like "The American Woods" by Romeyn Hough.
Columbia Student Homophile League: The Nation’s First Gay Student Organization
A video from the Columbia Daily Spectator features conversations with the founders of the Student Homophile League, the first gay student organization in the United States, and showcases materials from the University Archives.
Research at the RBML: Elisha Baker Looks in to Columbia’s 19th-Century Real Estate Ventures
Scholar Elisha Baker explores archival meeting minutes from the University's Board of Trustees, held by the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, to investigate how and why Columbia chose to relocate its campus to Morningside Heights in 1897.
Lili Hamlyn Examines Rituals of Public Mourning in Columbia’s Oral History Archives
Writer Lili Hamlyn visits the Rare Book & Manuscript Library to explore the Oral History Archives for her research into grief and public mourning, particularly the 9/11 Oral History Project, which includes a range of interviews from many impacted by the attacks.
Exhibit on Islamic Science on Display at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library
“Science, Nature, and Beauty” is an exhibit that showcases over 90 instruments, manuscripts, and objects related to the Islamic sciences, many of which are on display for the first time since their acquisition by the Libraries nearly 100 years ago.
Researcher Profile | Andrew Holter Delves into Murray Kempton’s 1970s Journalism Papers...
Researcher Andrew Holter delves into the personal papers of journalist Murray Kempton, held by the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, and finds an unexpected piece of memorabilia from actress Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Research at the RBML | Alex Cheng Looks at Interzone, a Mixed-up, Early Manuscript of Naked Lunch
High school student Alex Cheng visited the archives of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library to research poets of the Beat Generation, particularly the social networks of Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and William S. Burroughs.