Monthly Archives: February 2015

Música Brasileira!

brazilian cds 3 copyThe Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is the site of parades and performances by the “Samba Schools” during the annual Carnival.   Things have no doubt quieted down since last week’s celebrations.  It’s been an unusually hot summer in Brazil, a counterpart to the frigid and arctic-blast filled winter we are having up here in the Northeast.

One thing that might warm you up is exploring the Libraries great collection of Brazilian music. For several years we have been working with the Library of Congress Field Office in Rio to acquire a variety of new music CDs, in the classical, folk, and MPB (música popular brasileira) genres.  Everything from classical piano to hip hop.  While some CDs have wide distribution, many are difficult to find in the U.S.

Search CLIO for books on Brazilian Music

Search CLIO to explore our collection of over 1,000 sound recordings. And if you are researching Brazilian music, or simply curious for recreational purposes, check out our subject guide to Brazilian Music, compiled by our former intern, John Kroondyk.  It’s full of great suggestions for reading, listening and learning.  

Questions?  Contact our Interim Latin American & Iberian Studies Librarian, Pamela, and/or our Music & Arts Library,

Himalayan Times Archive (1947-1963)

A digital archive of the Himalayan Times, an English language newspaper published in Kalimpong, India is available from Heidelberger historische Bestände — Digital for the years 1949-1963. The newspaper provides historical material on social and political developments in the Eastern Himalayas after World War II.

EIGHT early American Jewish newspapers, now available digitally!

I am pleased to announce that the following Early American newspapers are now available digitally through the following links.  With the exception of the American Israelite and American Hebrew and Jewish Messenger, all newspapers are freely available through the Historical Jewish Press website

Columbia is very proud to have been involved, with New York University and the New York Public Library, in helping the American Jewish Press to be added to the Historical Jewish Press’s corpus.  We look forward to continuing this collaboration in the years to come.

In English:

1. Occident and American Jewish Advocate:
2. B’nai Brith Messenger:
3. Chicago Sentinel:

4. American Israelite:

5. American Hebrew and Jewish Messenger:

In Ladino:
1. La America:
2. El Progreso:

In Yiddish:
1. Morgen Zjournal:

(Cross-posted on the Jewish Studies blog)

Antiquarian Purchases Enhance Rare Books, Avery Classics Collections

Columbia has supplemented holdings of rare Russian film programs of the 1920s (cataloged as [Soviet film programs from 1926-1930] in the Rare Books & Manuscripts Library). Five additional programs were added, bringing total holdings to twenty. Below are programs for Kto ty takoi?[Who Are You?] (1927, directed by Iurii Zheliabuzhskii, 1888-1955), and for the Russian release of Paramount’s The Spanish Dancer (1923) starring Polish-born actress Pola Negri (b. 1897 in Lipno, d. 1987 in San Antonio, Texas).

IMG_1020IMG_1021Thanks to support from Avery Library Director Carole Ann Fabian, Columbia purchased two very rare Hungarian titles:

A Ház [The House] (Budapest: Atheneum, 1908-1911), a journal dedicated to the building and visual arts, which appeared for four years under the directorship of Béla Málnai (1878-1941). It is a major document of the Hungarian architecture of the era, as well as examining the building and design of traditional Hungarian arts and crafts. From the late 19th century up to 1918, the territories under Hungarian rule employed a unique form of Secessionist architecture.

A Haz 1 A Haz 2Unfortunately, a number of examples of this style were destroyed in the closing days of World War II, and these pages may provide the only visual record of them. There are only two, incomplete sets of this title in North America.


The second Hungarian title, Dezső Keér’s (b. 1905) Harminc vers [Thirty Verses] (Budapest: Vajda Janos Tarsasag, 1925), features illustrations by Róbert Byssz (1899-1961), an early

Harminc verscontributor to avant-garde and leftist publications. Not found in any other WorldCat location, this title was produced in only 100 numbered copies, with a handwritten dedication by Keér.

Among North American collections, Columbia’s Hungarian holdings are exceeded in size only by those of  the Library of Congress.


Arabic Collections Online (ACO)


Arabic Collections Online (ACO) is a collaborative project by libraries at Columbia, NYU, Cornell and American University in Beirut to digitize and make freely available Arabic books online. The project now includes over 400 books on Arabic language, literature and Islamic history and culture. The goal is to digitize ca. 15,000 titles from partnering libraries, including 4,000 from Columbia University Libraries.

See:  List of 203 recently digitized Arabic books from Columbia University collection.