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Orientation and NSOP Schedule Books

Identifier: BC11-04

Scope and Contents

The Orientation Booklets’ collection contains the publications distributed to the new students at Barnard College. The earliest examples were assembled by students to welcome the freshmen to campus. These guides include glossaries to campus terms and traditions: from the school mascot, the Jake, Greek Games, snack bars to used bookstores and coffee shops in the neighborhood. They also include a directory of the incoming class: student names and home addresses. Some of the guides include advertisements from neighborhood merchants and student associations. There are also supplemental publications describing the neighborhood or teaching students how to determine the cross-streets. By the 1970s Barnard and Columbia combine their orientation program and the official guides – no longer a student publication – list all of the events and information sessions for new students on both campuses. The publications include campus maps and are also supported by ads. By the 1990s there are two separate schedule books: one for first-years and one for transfer students. From the late 1990s, there are copies of an additional publication aimed at the parents of new students.


  • Creation: 1949 - 2016

Publication Rights

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


1.88 Linear Feet (1 half box, 4 document boxes)




Orientation booklets were given out to new Barnard students at the beginning of each academic year. Booklets from 1949-1967 include first-year class directories, along with illustrated and often lighthearted guides to Barnard, Columbia, and surrounding neighborhoods. Booklets from 1971 onward include schedules of Orientation Week events. Many orientation booklets contain specific themes.

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 acquisition date and source is unknown

Processing Information

The Collection was processed by Julia Sukhu in December 2017.

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Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

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