Columbia University Archives

Columbia University Archives

Ephemera from the Archives
The University Archives, a unit within the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, preserves the institutional memory of Columbia University through the acquisition of official University records and related historical collections and materials from its founding in 1754 to the present day.

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Research Guides

Link to the University Archives Research Guides.

The Columbia University Archives staff has put together some Research Guides to help you take advantage of our holdings. For each type of search, you will find the most popular resources available and how to access them: some online and some in person. The guides focus on alumni, faculty, course descriptions, Master's essays and dissertations, and buildings and grounds information.


Exhibition: Insistent Change

Insistent Change exhibition poster

Insistent Change: Columbia's Core Curriculum at 100
Kempner Gallery
February 17-June 30, 2020

In 1919 Columbia instituted a course of study known as Contemporary Civilization. It was required of every student in order to provide a forum to analyze and discuss primary texts relevant to contemporary problems. Proceeding roughly by decade, this exhibition shows how the course transformed and developed over the years. The exhibition explains how CC's faculty, administrators and students have worked together to keep the course relevant through a succession of crises and changes in the broader political, economic and social realms in the country and the world.