Category Archives: Gifts & Grants

Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Art Studies

The C. V. Starr East Asian Library was awarded partial funding from the Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Art Studies to acquire a series of compilations of Japanese art exhibition catalogs from 1868 to 1945. These primary resources publish illustrations, articles, and descriptions of items and are important to the art history of the period.

The Barbara Curtis Adachi Bunraku Collection

Thanks to grants from both the NEH and the Freeman Foundation, the Starr Library has successfully organized, preserved, and digitized Barbara Curtis Adachi’s extensive collection of Bunraku materials for Japanese puppet theater. The resulting website, which includes numerous slides and photographs, is now available at

Avery Completes Emery Roth and Sons Project

With a grant from the E. H. A. Foundation, the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library completed a nearly two-year project to catalog the comprehensive archive of New York architects Emery Roth and Sons.  The firm’s well-known buildings include the Pan Am Building, the Citicorp Building, and the Cogate-Palmolive Building.

The collection is one of Avery’s largest, consisting of 34,175 drawings; 1,906 photographs; and 245 linear feet of paper.

Columbia University Libraries Receives Major Gift of Feature Films from Kim’s Video

Earlier this fall, Kim’s Video donated its entire rental collection of VHS and DVD titles from the former store on Broadway and 113th Street to Columbia University Libraries. The gift was presented in honor of the Film Division in the School of the Arts.

Nancy Friedland, Librarian for Media, Film Studies, and Performing Arts, commented recently in Columbia Magazine, “We’re seeing more and more classes with a film component. There is tremendous interest in this collection.”

The collection of 17,500 DVDs, 10,000 VHS tapes and 500 box sets covers every genre of film and TV programming, including such diverse areas as Asian film, anime, and horror/thriller films. When the collection is processed and cataloged, it will be accessible for research.  For more information, contact Nancy Friedland at

Modern Tibetan Studies: The Rubin Foundation

The Starr Library received a grant from the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation to support Dr. Lauran Hartley’s February 2009 workshop “Modern Tibetan Studies and the Social Sciences: Data, Tools, Maps and Archives.”

This two-day event is designed to develop and enhance Tibetan and Himalayan undergraduate curricula and introduce students to Starr’s vast Tibetological materials.


Council on Library and Information Resources

The RBML submitted a proposal to the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), which established a new grant program for cataloging hidden special collections and archives, in partnership with the Mellon Foundation.

The RBML proposes to process, treat, and make available the papers of Amiri Baraka, the poet, writer, and activist. Mr. Baraka has volunteered to personally work with processing staff to help identify items and organize the collection. CLIR will announce its decisions later this fall.

The Single Leaf Registry

As part of an application submitted by the University of California, Riverside Libraries to the NEH, the Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is proposing to help make available uncataloged pre-1600 manuscript leaves through a database of images and metadata. The images are of detached pages (single leaves) produced on the continent of Europe and currently in holdings of North American collections.

The proposed Single Leaf Registry database will be designed for compatibility and data sharing with the Digital Scriptorium.

The Papers of Joseph Pulitzer

The RBML submitted a grant proposal to the NEH requesting support to process, treat, and provide wide access to the Papers of Joseph Pulitzer and those of his newspaper, the New York World.

Joseph Pulitzer (1847-1911) was one of the most influential American journalist in history. In addition to his historic impact on journalism–including the advent of mass advertising, wide exposure of corruption, and the idea of training journalists at the university level–Pulitzer’s lasting influence extended to literature, music, drama, and other areas through his Pulitzer Prize.

The NEH will announce its decisions in April 2009.

New Mellon Award

The Preservation and Digital Conversion Division received $371,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for Preserving Historic Audio Content: Developing Infrastructures and Practices for Digital Conversion. The project will preserve 820 audiotapes from OHRO while developing a fully functional infrastructure for audio preservation.