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Robert McCaughey Papers

Identifier: BC20-54

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection contains notes, data, student research (papers and theses), chapters and articles written by historians, oral history interviews, and presentations on the history of Barnard College, which were eventually incorporated into Robert McCaughey's book A College of Her Own: The History of Barnard. The collection also includes manuscripts of the final work and correspondence about the research and the publication of the book.


  • Creation: 2010 - 2019



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

Reproductions can be made for research purposes.


Robert A. McCaughey, emeritus professor of history, joined the faculty of Barnard in 1969. He is the author of multiple books on the history of Barnard College and Columbia University, including A College of Her Own: The History of Barnard; Stand, Columbia: A History of Columbia University in the City of New York, 1754-2004; and A Lever Long Enough: A History of Columbia's School of Engineering and Applied Science Since 1864. McCaughey was the founding director of the Barnard first-year seminar program and served several terms as chair of Barnard's history department. From 1987 to 1993 he served as dean of the Barnard College faculty.


4 Linear Feet (3 records cartons; one small custom box)




This collection contains research materials created and gathered by Barnard Emeritus Professor of History Bob McCaughey during his process of writing "A College of Her Own: The History of Barnard."

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged in the order in which it was recieved from McCaughey: topical files and their labels have been preserved in boxes 1-3, and box 4 contains research notes on index cards.

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

Donated to the Archives by Robert McCaughey, 2020.


No additions are expected.

Related Collections

Records relating to Robert McCaughey's research on Columbia's history can be found in the Robert A. McCaughey papers at the Columbia University Archives, Rare Books and Manuscript Library, Columbia University.

Processing History

This collection was processed and the finding aid written by Martha Tenney in April 2021. Descriptive Rules Used: Finding aid adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard. Finding aid written in English.

  • Photocopies/printouts of entire books already in the archives or circulating collections; duplicates; printouts of finding aids
Guide to the Robert McCaughey Papers
Martha Tenney
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

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