Columbia University Archives
University Archives Collection Overview
- Buildings and Grounds Collection
- Central Files (Office of the President Records)
- Columbia College Papers
- Columbiana Library
- Historical Biographical Files
- Historical Subject Files
- Office of the Provost
- Photographs and Negatives
- Protest and Activism Collection
- Trustee Minutes
To access all of our cataloged archival collections, search our Archival Collections Portal.
Columbia University History Resources
The Columbia University Archives staff has put together some Research Guides to help you take advantage of our holdings. For each type of search, you will find the most popular resources available and how to access them: some online and some in person. The guides focus on alumni, faculty, course descriptions, Master's essays and dissertations, and buildings and grounds information.
Listen to the Blue Lions
The Columbia Blue Lions orchestra performed at campus dances at Columbia and in the Ivy League circuit. According to former Blue Lion Oggie Beresford (CC 1943), "We could swing until the foundations swayed in rhythm, or our ballads would keep the kids in a swoon long after the music stopped." Listen to the band's recordings from 1940-1941 featuring their theme song and the popular hits of the day.