The following is only a selection of websites and documents available online which can help you learn about the history of the University. You can find the original paper copies and additional resources by searching in the library's online catalog CLIO.
Columbia Spectator Digital Archive
This online resource is the result of a partnership between the Spectator and Columbia University Libraries, and funded jointly by the Libraries and through generous gifts from Spectator alumni and friends, especially members of the class of 1958. You can now search issues published from 1877 to 2015. Whenever possible pages were scanned from original paper copies and digitized using state of the art technology that provides full-page, searchable reproductions of articles, photographs, and advertisements. For articles published more recently, please search the main Spectator website.
There are a few issues missing from the Spectator Digital Archive. Here is a list of the issues on our Wish List. If you have any of these past issues, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blue and White Archive
This site provides access to digitized copies of Columbia University's undergraduate magazine The Blue and White from 1998 to 2013. The University Archives has a mostly completely collection from 1890 to 1893, unfortunately in fragile condition. These older issues have now been digitized for preservation.
Publication resumed in 1998 and those paper issues are available at the University Archives. To see content from current issues please visit the magazine's main website.
Jester of Columbia
Jester is the student humor magazine established in 1901. The publication has been printed mostly continuously through 1997 and was revived in 2001 and again in 2005. The March 1912 issue was digitized as part of the Seymour B. Durst Old York Library collection at the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library. A mostly complete run of the paper copies is available at the University Archives.
Columbia University Record Archive
Beginning as the University Record (September 1973-May 1975) and continuing to this day as the Columbia University Record (July 1975-present), this important university-wide publication, now scanned and fully searchable, is an incredibly rich resource of past Columbia activities, events, scientific research, trustee and faculty appointments, awards and honors, libraries news, departmental achievements, budget and financial reporting, faculty and staff updates, as well as containing informative profiles of campus personalities from 1973 to June 2016.
Columbia College Today (CCT)
Thanks to a gift from the board of the Columbia University Club Foundation, CCT and the Columbia University Libraries have digitized back issues of this Columbia College alumni magazine fom its inception in 1954 through and including Summer 2016. The issues have been indexed so you can easily search for articles, features and alumni news or just browse through the individual issues. Paper copies of this publication up to the most current issue are available at the University Archives.
Columbia Library Columns, 1951-1996
Columbia Library Columns was published from 1951 to 1996. Over the years contributors included faculty, University administrators, writers, historians and collectors, as well as Columbia librarians. Articles focused on individual collections, special acquisitions, literary topics and issues relating to the growth of Columbia's libraries and special collections generally. Paper copies are available at the University Archives.
Columbia University Quarterly
The Columbia University Quarterly was published by the Alumni Federation of Columbia University from 1898 to 1941. The first issues from 1898 to 1919 (volumes 1 to 21) are available online. Publication was suspended from 1920 to 1929 and resumed from 1930 to 1941. The Quarterly’s predecessor, the Columbia University Bulletin (1890-1898) is also available online. Paper copies are available at the University Archives.
The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences' alumni magazine, formerly Columbia Engineering news and now Columbia Engineering, is published twice a year. Issues from 2014 on are available on their website. Issues since 1979 are available as paper copies at the University Archives.
Columbia Magazine was founded in 1975 and is published quarterly by the University’s Office of Alumni and Development. The magazine's website has available past issues starting from Fall 2001. Paper copies are available at the University Archives.
The Federalist Paper aka The Fed
Started in 1986 by Neil M. Gorsuch, Andrew Levy and P.T. Waters, this student newspaper was originally intended to address political issues. Since then the Fed has evolved and it is now better known for its humor and satirical take on the news of the day. The Fed keeps an archive of some past issues on their website and a selected number of issues from 1986 to 1988 are available here. Paper copies are available at the University Archives.