Explore the Library’s Online Exhibitions

The Libraries house so much more than print resources! Four new online exhibitions opened recently, ranging in topic from social welfare to journalism to architecture to literature.

Photographs from the Community Service Society Records, 1900-1920

An exhibit of photographs (by Jessie Tarbox Beals, Lewis Hine, and others) and publications used in the “scientific charity” movement by the Association for Improving the Condition of the Poor, founded in 1843, and the New York Charity Organization Society, founded in 1882, which are today merged and known as the Community Service Society (CSS). Their innovative methods were later incorporated into the practices of social work, government welfare programs, and philanthropic organizations.

Joseph Pulitzer and the World

An exhibition of the papers of Joseph Pulitzer and of his newspaper, The World, held by the Rare Book & Manuscript Library. The exhibition contains a variety of materials that show the working life of this truly remarkable individual. Included are letters, documents, ledgers, newspapers, photographs, and realia concerning his life, as well as material documenting Pulitzer’s role in the founding of Columbia’s School of Journalism and the creation of the Pulitzer Prizes.

Avery’s Architectural Novelties

This exhibition highlights a selection of architectural novelties from the Avery Classics collection, displaying items that are both comprehensive and eccentric in their treatment of architecture.

The Reading of Books and the Reading of Literature

This online exhibition was highlighted by a day-long symposium at Columbia University in April 2012. The exhibition, along with the conference, focuses on the relation between literature and the media in which it is conveyed.