Columbia University Archives: Events

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Barnard College
The Barnard Archives and Special Collections serves as the final repository for the historical records of Barnard College, from its founding in 1889 to the present day. For more information, please contact archives@barnard.edu.

Health Sciences Library
The Archives and Special Collections at the Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library of Columbia University can help you find information about the schools of the Medical Center: College of Physicians & Surgeons, School of Nursing, College of Dental Medicine (formerly the School of Dental & Oral Surgery), Mailman School of Public Health, and the College of Pharmaceutical Sciences. For more information, please contact hslarchives@columbia.edu.

Event Photographs

How to find photographs of events on campus

These collections are only available in person at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) reading room.Visitors are required to register their own Special Collections Research Account before their visit and to validate the account in person with government-issued photo identification or Columbia ID card. Once you have created your Special Collections Research Account, you will be able to request the materials directly from the finding aids: click the check box located on the right for the box(es) you need, and then scroll back to the top of the container list document and click “Submit Request” button in the red-rimmed box at top. This should lead you directly to your Special Collections Research Account to complete the request form. For more information on how to access our collections, check out our Research & Access website.


To start your search:
  • Series IX. Events of the Historical Photograph Collection, 1855-2012 contains images of annual and one-time only events held at Columbia University over the years: anniversaries, awards, commencement, community affairs, visitors, etc.
     
  • The Office of Public Affairs Photograph Collection, ca.1947-2006 includes photographic prints of a variety of subjects, places and events associated with Columbia University. The bulk of the images are undated, but those with noted dates usually date from the 1950s through the 1990s. Topics included in this series include commencement, Pulitzer Prizes, homecoming, Columbia Scholastic Press Association, and many images of campus features and buildings. You can also check out the negatives and color slides series for more events on campus in the 1970s and 1980s.

Other collections:
  • Office of Alumni and Development Photograph Collection, 1978-2006
    This collection contains photographs and contact sheets of alumni, faculty and student life taken expressly for a 1980s admissions brochure, capital campaign brochures in the 1990s, and the Columbia alumni magazine in the 1980s through early 2000s. For photographs of Columbia events such as commencement and reunion, campus life and the campus itself, check out Series II. Columbia Magazine Photo Files, subseries 2 Subjects.
     
  • Commencement Scrapbooks
    Part of the Commencement Collection, 1758 --, there are 39 bound volume scrapbooks put together by the Columbiana curators.In these scrapbooks, there are Photostat copies and transcriptions of newspaper accounts, programs, tickets, published addresses, invitations and some photographs. The scrapbooks include materials related to other commencement events (Class Day, Baccalaureate Service, Alumni Luncheon, Campus Night, etc.) and cover the various schools at Columbia (Engineering, Journalism, Barnard, etc.).
     
  • Columbia Engineering Photograph collection, 1979-2008
    This collection consists of photographs, negatives, and contact sheets of alumni and alumni activities, faculty, students and annual events which were taken to illustrate the School of Engineering and Applied Science alumni magazine Columbia Engineering. You can find photographs of events such as commencement, Engineering Week, Freshman Orientation, Class Day, Reunion, award dinners, etc.
     
  • Columbia College Charter Bicentennial celebration scrapbook, 1987
    Part of the Columbia University Founding Anniversaries Collection, 1837-2004, this scrapbook captures the number events Columbia College, the undergraduate school, hosted to celebrate the bicentennial of 1787 Charter. This post-Revolutionary War charter, written in the same year as the U.S. Constitution, allowed the College to function as a private institution independent of church and state. The celebration included an exhibition, a gala at the Metropolitan Opera, a lecture series, a Charter Day Convocation at St. Paul's Chapel, etc.

For more information on how to access our collections, check out our Research & Access website. If you have any questions about how to find materials or how to access materials, please contact uarchives@columbia.edu.

 

These collections are only available in person at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) reading room.Visitors are required to register their own Special Collections Research Account before their visit and to validate the account in person with government-issued photo identification or Columbia ID card. Once you have created your Special Collections Research Account, you will be able to request the materials directly from the finding aids: click the check box located on the right for the box(es) you need, and then scroll back to the top of the container list document and click “Submit Request” button in the red-rimmed box at top. This should lead you directly to your Special Collections Research Account to complete the request form. For more information on how to access our collections, check out our Research & Access website.

 

For World War I images:

Photographs depicting campus activities during the World War I period (1914-1919).

This collection contains records documenting Columbia University's activities slightly prior to, during and immediately following World War I. The collection consists of mostly correspondence, but also includes newspaper clippings, pamphlets, various publications, reports, photographs, service record cards, and numerous lists of Columbia men and women who served during the war.

This collection of memorabilia maintained by Harry Bernard Koopman consists primarily of small format photographs and some postcards of fellow servicemen, scenery of the French countryside, battlefield conditions and local populations. Some of the identified locations in France include Meriel, Nice, Aix, and Vasseny. The collection also contains an intact photo album with fading notations, a scrapbook of newspaper clippings, letters, photographs and other memorabilia, a Red Cross flag, and a 1967 history of ambulance service during World War I.
 

For World War II images:

Photographs depicting campus activities during the World War II period (1939-1945).

Records documenting Columbia University’s activities prior to, during and immediately following World War II represent the focus of the collection. The collection contains material generated by a variety of groups and offices on campus evidencing the varied activities undertaken by the Columbia community during this time of world crisis.

This collection consists of black and white photographs, mostly 8 by 10 inches in size, taken by John K. Mladinov (BA 1942, BS 1949) while a student at Columbia College (1939-1942). Mladinov's photographs, some of which were published in the yearbook and in the Columbia Alumni News magazine, include Army and Navy activities on campus during World War II.

  • Side Boy or the Midshipmen's School's yearbook, 1942-1945

To request a copy of Side Boy, you will need to enter the request manually from your Special Collections Research Account. In your account under New Request, look for the Manual Request Form (at the bottom of the page), and complete the form with the title (Side Boy), call number (CT9 P2) and the year and month of the issue you are interested in. The University Archives holds a full run:

1942 May
1942 Aug.
1942 Oct.
1942 Dec.
1943 Feb.
1943 March
1943 June
1943 Oct.
1943 Nov.
1944 Feb.
1944 April
1944 June
1944 Aug.
1944 Oct.
1944 Dec.
1945 March
1945 April
1945 July
1945 Aug.
1945 Nov.

 

For more information on how to access our collections, check out our Research & Access website. If you have any questions about how to find materials or how to access materials, please contact uarchives@columbia.edu.

These collections are only available in person at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) reading room.Visitors are required to register their own Special Collections Research Account before their visit and to validate the account in person with government-issued photo identification or Columbia ID card. Once you have created your Special Collections Research Account, you will be able to request the materials directly from the finding aids: click the check box located on the right for the box(es) you need, and then scroll back to the top of the container list document and click “Submit Request” button in the red-rimmed box at top. This should lead you directly to your Special Collections Research Account to complete the request form. For more information on how to access our collections, check out our Research & Access website.

 

For the Crisis of 1968 images:

These photographs consist of black-and-white photographic prints, negatives, and contact sheets depicting student protest activities at Columbia from April 21, 1967 to April 21, 1969, with the overwhelming majority of items dating from April and May, 1968 - the period of the most sustained and significant student protests at Columbia. The images depict protest activities around the campus, scenes of the occupation in a number of Columbia buildings, and the aftermath of these occupations, as well as many of the Columbia individuals who were prominently involved in the student protests.

Although the main focus of this collection is on what transpired in 1968, materials also document events leading up to the April 1968 strike, the aftermath of those events, as well as subsequent student strikes in 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1972. The photographs in this collection depict protest, activism and campus life, and off campus protests, between the fall of 1967 and 1973, primarily from the perspective of student and university photographers.

This collection is a repository of Joanne Grant's research materials for her 1969 book Confrontation on Campus: The Columbia Pattern for the New Protest. The collection contains both Grant's notes taken throughout the Columbia revolt, as well as collected research materials. In the last series, there are photographs used by Grant in her book on Columbia University student uprisings.

For more information on how to access our collections, check out our Research & Access website. If you have any questions about how to find materials or how to access materials, please contact uarchives@columbia.edu.

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About the image

Commencement, 1981. Office of Public Affairs Photograph Collection, ca.1947-2006, (Box 9), University Archives, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University in the City of New York.