Web Archiving at Columbia University

Columbia University Libraries (CUL) has expanded the scope of its collection development activities to include curated archival collections of freely available Internet resources. The development of this program, self-funded by CUL as of 2013, was made possible by generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Columbia University Libraries' commitment to integrating web archiving into ongoing collection development and preservation best practice is informed by collaboration with other research libraries and the broader web archiving community. In 2012 CUL became a member of the International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC) and hosted a summit meeting for practitioners on Web Archiving Policies and Practices in the US. Columbia has also recently received new support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the explicit goal of fostering web archiving collaboration. On June 4-5, 2015, Columbia University Libraries hosted a conference called Web Archiving Collaboration: New Tools and Models.  



The Web Resources Collection Program archives selected websites in thematic areas corresponding to existing CUL collection strengths, websites produced by affiliates of Columbia University, and websites from organizations or individuals whose papers or records are held in CUL's physical archives.

Specific collections of archived websites include:


Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation Collaborative Collections

Contact Information

For general program information, copyright inquiries, technical:

Alex Thurman, Web Resources Collection Coordinator





Internet connection graphic courtesy Chris Harrison, "Internet Map."