Columbia University Archives: Faculty Search

University Archives

Butler Library postcardColumbia University Archives
Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Butler Library, 6th Floor
535 West 114th Street
New York, NY 10027

Phone: (212) 854-3786
Fax: (212) 854-1365
E-mail: uarchives@columbia.edu

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Related Collections

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.

Faculty Search

How to find former faculty members

If you are looking for a former faculty member at Columbia University, here are the most popular sources available online.

  • Columbia University General Catalogue, 1916
    The Catalogue of Officers and Graduates of Columbia University includes the names of all officers of instruction (faculty members) and graduates of the University as well as a list of honorary degree recipients. For earlier editions of the Catalogue, sometimes called the Register, visit the Alumni Registers page of the University Archives website.
     
  • Directories
    The directories of officers (with office hours, campus office addresses and residence), from 1893-1894 to 1943-1944, can be found in the back of the yearly Catalogue of Officers and Students.
     
  • Columbia Spectator
    The student newspaper, from 1877 to 2012, is another great source to find out information about former faculty members. The Spectator has been scanned and is easily searchable online. For additional publications available online, visit our Publications page.

If you are looking for a former faculty member at Columbia University, here are the most popular sources available for use in our Reading Room. 

In order to use the University Archives collections at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML), 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 aid or from the CLIO online library catalog record. For more information on how to access our collections, check out our Research & Access website.

  • Historical Biographical Files
    Compiled by the Columbiana curators and University Archives staff, this collection contains information on alumni, faculty, officers and other notable Columbians. You can request materials directly from HBF Finding Aid: 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.
     
  • Directories of Officers and Students
    The University Archives has paper copies of the staff and student directories from 1893-1894 to 2005-2006. When requesting Directories from CLIO, the online library catalog, look for the University Archives holdings on the right, and click on "Request: Special Collections." This should lead you directly to your Special Collections Research Account to complete the request form. When requesting the directories, please specify the academic year and/or summer session.
     
  • Appointment Card Collection
    Originally compiled by the Office of the Secretary, this card catalogue contains a record of all appointment letters sent to faculty members beginning in the 1890s. The cards include the appointees' name, degrees, and a record of each appointment (rank, school and academic year). For faculty and officers of research, the last date on the cards is June 30, 1990. For officers of administration, there are cards with information through July 1987. The cards are divided between inactive (last appointment ended before June 1990) and active (still at Columbia in 1990). The active appointments are also subdivided by school or division. To request the Appointment Card Collection, you will need to enter the request manually in 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 by first entering the title (Appointment Card Collection) and box number(s) you are interested in.
  • Columbia College Papers
    This collection includes official correspondence, reports and documents from the days of King’s College (1750-1784), Columbia College (1785-1890) as well as Columbia University (up to 1964). The materials are catalogued at the item level so the names of all correspondents are easily searchable. You can request materials directly from the Columbia College Papers Finding Aid: 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.
     
  • Central Files / Office of the President Records
    This is the core administrative collection of records, from the 1890s to the present. Central Files chiefly contains correspondence (sent and received) between Columbia University administrators and other University officers, faculty, trustees, and individuals and organizations from outside the University. You can request materials directly from the Central Files Finding Aid: 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.
     
  • Office of the Provost Records
    These records include documentation on the administration, development, and history of departments, programs, research institutes and centers, schools, and academic services, from 1939 to 2006. You can request materials directly from the Office of the Provost Finding Aid: 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.
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Low Library and campus view postcard. (Scan 128)  Buildings and Grounds Collection, University Archives, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University in the City of New York. Postcard caption:“The Library and Main Approach to Columbia University, New York City”