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Black Heights

Identifier: BC12-11

Collection Scope and Content Summary

Black Heights was a magazine created by Black students from Columbia and Barnard. Black Heights contained articles about Black art and culture, politics, and original poetry and prose. The magazine was funded by the Columbia College Office of Student Activities and the Barnard Undergraduate Association, and was published annually.

In its first issue, Clarence Waldron, Managing Editor, described the magazine as “a showcase of the finest literary and artistic talents nurtured on [the] Morningside Heights campus.” However, the magazine's content was not exclusively related to art. Volume 6 from 1985 was titled "Apartheid... at Home?" and contained articles about union organizing efforts at Columbia, political commentary, and photographs from student activism on National Divestment Rally Day, an action in support of divestment from the apartheid of South Africa.

The collection contains issues from the following years: 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, and 1987.


  • Creation: 1979 - 1988


This collection has no restrictions.

Publication Rights

Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Barnard Archives and Special Collections. The Barnard Archives and Special Collections approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Reproductions Restrictions

Photocopies or scans may be made for research purposes.


0.06 Linear Feet (1 folder)




This collection consists of Black Heights, a magazine for and by African American students at Barnard and Columbia. It featured articles about art as well as original poetry and prose.

Collection Arrangement

Items are arranged chronologically in a single folder.

Physical Location

This collection is located in the Barnard Archives and Special Collections, Barnard Library. To use this collection, please contact the Barnard Archives and Special Collections at 212.854.4079 or

Acquisition Information

Donation, 2022 (partial); the acquisition date and source of other issues is unknown.


No additions are expected.

Processing History

This collection was processed by Marcia Bassett, Maggie Astor BC’11, and Caitlin Hamrin BC’12. Finding aid written by Caitlin Hamrin and Maggie Astor in June 2010. The finding aid was updated by Dinah Handel in December 2014.

Guide to Black Heights
Dinah Handel
© 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

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