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Columbia University Collection

Identifier: BC42

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection consists of materials produced by Columbia University. This includes minutes and reports of the University Council from 1902 to 1950. The directories of Columbia University, 1975-2006, contain contact information for students and academic and administrative departments as well as the academic calendar. The collection also includes programs from the inaugurations of Nicholas Murray Butler as President of Columbia University in 1902 and Seth Low as President of Columbia College in 1890. Some of the publications in the collection include articles about Barnard College, such as in the Columbia University Quarterlys, "Columbia College and its Future Site," Columbia Library Columns, and "The Admission of Women to Universities." Other publications include the welcome address to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, "Women's Faculty Club of Columbia University: An Informal History," and an "Unauthorized Guide" to attending Columbia University. Of note is the 1968 issue of Columbia College's alumni magazine, Columbia College Today, which details the events of the 1968 Columbia University protests.


  • Creation: 1883-2006
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1900 - 1968



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.

Reproduction Restrictions

Photocopies or scans may be made for research purposes.


9.13 Linear Feet (2 records cartons, 1 document box, 1 half document box, 2 flat file drawers)




This collection consists of minutes and reports from the University Council of Columbia University, directories of Columbia University, inauguration materials of Columbia presidents, and publications of Columbia University departments and clubs.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is organized into four series and each series is arranged chronologically. The series are as follows:

Series 1, University Council Minutes, 1902-1950
Series 2, Columbia University Directories, 1975-2006
Series 3, Inaugurations of Columbia Presidents, 1890, 1902
Series 4, Miscellaneous Columbia University Publications, 1883-2007

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

The pamphlet about the history of the Women's Faculty Club of Columbia University was acquired in 2013. The Columbia University Unauthorized Orientation Guide was transferred in 2014. The Columbia College Today magazine was acquired in 2014. The acquisition date and source of the rest of the materials is unknown.


Additions are expected.

Processing History

This collection was processed and finding aid written by Alice Griffin BC '15.

Descriptive Rules Used: Finding aid adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Encoding: Machine readable finding aid encoded in EAD 2002.

Finding aid written in English.

Guide to Columbia University
Alice Griffin
© 2015
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

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