Timelines & Histories

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.


sunball Sun Dial with South Field in the background, 1920s.
Columbia community produces a wide range of podcasts. Here are some Columbia and outside podcasts that touch on the history of the University.





Sun Dial Postcard of the Sun Dial, 1920s.

Links to a series of informative timelines created in 2004 for Columbia's 250th anniversary website:

Timeline of Columbia Engineering during their 150th anniversary:

Timeline of the Columbia Business School during their centennial celebration:

Timeline of the Core Curriculum:

Timeline created by the Health Sciences Library Archives & Special Collections:

Timeline created by staff at Columbia College:

Put together by Frank da Cruz, this site and photo gallery document the history of computing at Columbia University:

Other timelines:

Oral Histories

The Columbia Center for Oral History (CCOH) was founded by History professor and journalist Allan Nevins in 1948 and is credited with launching the establishment of oral history archives internationally. At over 15,000 interviews, the Oral History Archives is one of the largest oral history collections in the United States. It includes many interviews with Columbia alumni, faculty and staff. You can find lists of Columbia University-related oral histories in their research guide or use the library catalogue CLIO to search their collections.



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