Exhibition of Columbia University Libraries' "Hidden Collections" Opens at Rare Book & Manuscript Library
NEW YORK, March 22, 2010 –

An exhibition entitled "Working Close to the Source: Graduate Interns Uncover Collections in History, Humanities, Architecture and Religion" opened last week at Columbia University's Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML). The exhibition highlights the archival collections processed by Columbia University graduate students, and will be on display in the Chang Octagon Exhibition Room on the 6th Floor East of Butler Library through July 2.


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Since 2007, students from Columbia's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Journalism, and the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation have processed approximately 2,593 linear feet of previously inaccessible collections, making Columbia's "hidden collections" available for research.

The exhibition features material from over 25 collections from the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, and the RBML including architectural drawings, photographs, photograph albums, correspondence, manuscripts and ephemera. Among the objects on display is a rare and beautiful autochrome diascope from the Plimpton Family Papers; a sketch of a defense plan to protect missionaries and Chinese Christians during the Boxer Rebellion from the Tewksbury Papers; costume designs from the H. Lawrence Freeman Papers; correspondence regarding a New York City child sent west on the orphan trains from the New York Juvenile Asylum Records; a family photo of Hettie Jones and LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka from the Hettie Jones Papers; artwork from The New Leader Records; and a photo of Herbert Matthews receiving an award from Fidel Castro from the Herbert L. Matthews Papers.

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 10 million volumes, over 100,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 22 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 550 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources: library.columbia.edu.  

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