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

Phone: (212) 854-3786
Fax: (212) 854-1365

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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

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

Welcome to the University Archives Research Guides

Research Guides

These Research Guides were put together to help you take advantage of the Columbia University Archives holdings. For each type of search, you will find the most popular resources available and how to access them: some online and some which are non-circulating and are available only at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) reading room. These lists are not exhaustive; these are only the "top" or "most frequently consulted" resources. Each guide covers a different research area:

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.

For additional resources or other topics you would like to be addressed here, please contact

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Low Memorial Library exterior. (Scan #0664) Historical Photograph Collection, University Archives, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University Libraries.