Rare Book & Manuscript Library
The Columbia University Libraries online catalogue is a primary tool for locating RBML materials.
This portal provides access to records of archival collections at Columbia University Libraries, including finding aids, collection descriptions and available digital content, such as online exhibits and images.
Use this portal to explore the collections of the Columbia Center for Oral History (CCOH) Archives at RBML.
Mirror of Humanity: Seeing Ourselves in Playing Cards
August 26, 2019 - January 31, 2020
Playing cards were once condemned as “the Devil’s picture book,” gaudy bits of pasteboard that encouraged sins such as time-wasting and gambling. Mirror of Humanity: Seeing Ourselves in Playing Cards instead approaches playing cards as mirrors which retain images of past perceptions of ourselves and others. Please join us on November 11 for a gallery tour of this exhibition, followed by a reception at Hex & Co., where we will announce the winner of a playing card design competition. RSVP here
The Year of Water: Selections from Columbia’s Book Arts Collection January 20, 2020 - July 3, 2020
To mark Columbia University’s celebration of the “Year of Water,” the Rare Book & Manuscript Library is exhibiting artists books relating to that theme. Items range from New York City Rainfall 1987 by Sandy Gellis, a portfolio of prints which document a year’s rainfall, to this year’s My Mighty Journey, which traces 12,000 years of a waterfall’s existence, with illustrations created with natural materials found by the river and wood engraving by Gaylord Schanilec.
On January 21, please join curators and book artists Russell Maret, Maria Pisano, Sarah Plimpton, and Ken Shure, for a hands-on look at some of the featured books in their historical contexts, with relevant selections from the collections dating back dating back to the 15th century. RSVP Here