Online Exhibits

Roar, Lion, Roar exhibit poster

Roar, Lion, Roar: A Celebration of Columbia Football
Focusing on players, coaches, playing fields, and the games won and lost, this exhibition traces the arc of Columbia’s football program from its inception in 1870 to the present day. As one of the oldest college programs in the country, Columbia Football has a rich and fascinating history which the University Archives is delighted to share and celebrate through this display of historical materials from our collection.

This online exhibition is based on a physical exhibition of the same name which was on display in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library from August 26 to December 20, 2019.

Experience the 1968 Columbia Protests in Real Time

@1968CU on Twitter
What if the University and the Columbia Spectator had used Twitter to report on the protests and rallies of 1968 in real time? Follow @1968CU on Twitter to see the events leading up to the explosive demonstrations in April and May with the "live" reporting of this significant moment in Columbia University history.


1968: Columbia in Crisis
The occupation of five buildings in April 1968 marked a sea change in the relationships among Columbia University administration, its faculty, its student body, and its neighbors. Featuring original documents, photographs, and audio from the University Archives, this online exhibition examines the causes, actions, and aftermath of a protest that captivated the campus, the nation, and the world.


Columbia University & Slavery
The Columbia University & Slavery website created by faculty, students, and staff to publicly present information about Columbia’s historic connections with the institution of slavery. Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History, led a research course in the spring of 2015 on the role of slavery in Columbia’s early history. At the end of that spring semester, Foner’s class of undergraduates presented their novel findings to both their professor and President Lee C. Bollinger. From those discussions, the Columbia University & Slavery project was initiated to draw on further research to be conducted by faculty and students. Student work was continued in the spring 2016 course under Thai Jones, Department of History Lecturer and Lehman Curator for American History at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, with the resulting student and faculty research added to this website.


Nathaniel Fish Moore Nathaniel Fish Moore, self-portrait

Nathaniel Fish Moore Photographs
Nathaniel Fish Moore was a student at Columbia (AB 1802, MA 1805), a professor of Greek and Latin (1817-1835), an honorary degree recipient (LLD 1825), the first College Librarian (1837-1839) and the eighth Columbia President (1842-1849). In his retirement, Moore became an early amateur photographer. This exhibition focuses on his life outside of Columbia as he devoted his time to the nascent art of photography, in particular the salt print paper-based photographic process. As an early amateur photographer, Moore prepared his own chemicals and papers. He captured views of New York City and the Highlands of the Hudson area, his family and even a few self-portraits.

Butler Library Renovation Web Archive
This is a link to the archived web pages (2012) which documented the Butler Library renovation project completed in 2010. During this project, the reading rooms were expanded and refurbished. The mechanical, electrical, telecommunications, air conditioning, heating, fire protection, security and lighting systems were upgraded. Overall, Butler became a better place to study and work.


Columbia Maison Française: Centennial 1913-2013

This online exhibition presents the expanded digital format of the physical exhibition Columbia Maison Française: Centennial 1913–2013: Celebrating a Century of French Culture and Ideas at Columbia University in New York, on display at the Columbia Maison Française, September 5 to October 30, 2013. The exhibition was curated by Shanny Peer and co-presented by the Maison Française and Columbia's Rare Book & Manuscript Library. The exhibit documents the history, development and major events of this important cultural institution at Columbia University.

Varsity Show program cover, 1912. Varsity Show program cover, 1912.

Varsity Show: A Columbia Tradition
Initially conceived as a fundraiser for the University's athletics teams, The Varsity Show has grown into Columbia University's oldest performing arts tradition. This online exhibition, highlighting the history and some of the more notable elements of this tradition, is an expansion of a physical exhibit created by the University Archives in 2004 to mark the 110th anniversary of The Varsity Show.

Morningside Heights Digital History
This set of exhibits highlights some of the most important and distinctive aspects of the Morningside Heights transformation by documenting the construction and expansion of its key sites, such as the Bloomingdale Asylum, the Lion Brewery, the Leake and Watts Orphan House, St. Luke’s Hospital and others. Visitors can view maps, photographs, architectural drawings, newspaper clippings, postcards, and other materials, all of which provide an intimate look at the creation of modern Morningside Heights. These exhibits were curated by The Developing Librarian team at Columbia University.

Butler 75: Butler Library's 75th Anniversary, 1934-2009
In celebration of Butler Library's 75th anniversary, we are pleased to present Butler 75, an online exhibition of Butler Library, 1934–2009. The exhibition features images from the University Archives highlighting the construction, art and architecture of Butler Library, and the people who've used and enjoyed the library over the years. Special features include a timeline of events and a "Tell Us Your Story" area of alumni memories.