Columbia University Archives
University Archives Collection Overview
- Buildings and Grounds Collection
- Central Files (Office of the President Records)
- Columbia College Papers
- Columbiana Library
- Historical Biographical Files
- Historical Subject Files
- Office of the Provost
- Photographs and Negatives
- Protest and Activism Collection
- Trustee Minutes
To access all of our cataloged archival collections, search our Archival Collections Portal.
Columbia University History Resources
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: Columbia's Core Curriculum at 100
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.