Columbia College Today (CCT)
CCT is the alumni magazine of Columbia College, the undergraduate liberal arts college at Columbia University in the City of New York. First published in 1954, it is now published three times a year by the Columbia College Office of Alumni Affairs and Development for College alumni, faculty, parents, students and friends. Issues include profiles of alumni, professors and students; College news; book excerpts; letters from senior staff; Class Notes; Bookshelf; Obituaries; and first-person accounts, along with event coverage (e.g., reunion, Homecoming).
CCT Current Issues
In September 2021, the CCT staff transferred to the University Archives the photographs and some research files used for the production of this alumni magazine. The Columbia College Today records include photographs of former students (not from their student days), class reunions, faculty and adminstrators, and Columbia campus views and events. The alumni files, the largest series in the collection, may include photographs, articles, newspaper clippings, press releases, memorial invitations, obituaries, and correspondence.
CCT Paper Issues
The University Archives holds a mostly complete run of CCT's paper issues. In order to use the University Archives collections at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML), you are required to register your own Special Collections Research Account before your visit and to validate the account in person with government-issued photo identification or a Columbia ID card. Once you have created your Special Collections Research Account, you will be able to request materials directly from the library's online catalog, CLIO:
- Click the Special Collections link
- Enter the issue date (month or season and year); and
- Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the “Submit Request” button.
CCT Archive Online
Thanks to a gift from the board of the Columbia University Club Foundation, CCT and the Columbia University Libraries recently digitized back issues from 1954 through and including Summer 2016 and made them available on the Internet Archive. This donation was made in recognition of the 18 and half years that Alex Sachare CC 1971 was CCT's editor (1998-2016). The issues have been indexed so you can easily search for articles, names and topics or just browse through individual issues.
CCT WKCR Audio
The Fall 1986 issue of CCT celebrated the 45th Annivesary of WKCR, Columbia's student radio station. As part of the comprehensive coverage, the issue included a vinyl-like record. The Highlights of King's Crown Radio offers a wide range of audio samples from WKCR's archives: a station break in 1941-1942; an interview with Fidel Castro, 1958; the first stereo sign-on, 1964; University President Grayson Kirk on academic freedom, 1954; the Columbia vs. Princeton Ivy League basketball championship game, 1968; a Louis Armstrong station promo, 1970-1971; and live coverage from the "bust" of the spring 1968 campus occupation. The audio was produced and narrated by James C. Katz CC 1972, BUS 1980, CCT's then-editor.