Oral History | Emergency resources for artists

The Oral History Archives at Columbia (OHAC) has a number of collections related to artists and the art world. This investment in documenting artistic practices and lives includes collections such as: New York’s Art World Project, Apollo Theater Oral History Project, Bennington Summer School of Dance Project, Popular Arts Project, and the Elizabeth Murray Women […]

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Too soon? Archives humor in a time of pandemic

"the archive is closed until further notice"– technically true– a bit boring– everyone is saying it "we have sealed the vault until the plague passes"– heroic– sounds like you have a treasure hoard in the strongroom– nobody can check as the archive is closed — UoY Borthwick (@UoYBorthwick) April 1, 2020 RBML Resources Online Archival […]

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New Directions in Libraries: Now and Low

Working from home (and via Zoom) means that we don’t get to see students rushing across campus to get to classes, clustered at reading room tables, or sitting on the steps of Low Library. Columbia librarians are discovering new and innovative ways to reach our now all-remote users, which is part of a long and […]

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New Resource | Public Books Database

A number of University presses, in response to the nationwide COVID-related lockdowns, have made books previously behind paywalls, open to the public. A new website, Public Books Database, provides a central starting point for finding hundreds of freely accessible titles. The site is part of Public Books: a magazine of arts, ideas and scholarship. Access […]

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Columbia’s Response to Other Pandemics

Students sent home mid-semester; online classes; non-essential staff and faculty working remotely; the cancellation of commencement. As the Columbia community continues to deal with the ever evolving COVID-19 health crisis, you may be wondering how Columbia responded to previous pandemics and health crises in New York City.  There are two interesting tales to be told. […]

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