Guest Post | Oral history and the history of American philanthropy

  The legacy collections in our oral history archive reflect the Oral History Research Office’s (OHRO) focus on “great men” in business history and philanthropy in its early years. From the Carnegie Corporation of New York to the Ford Motor Company to McGraw Hill publishers, interviewing the elite while also drawing on narrators throughout the […]

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An A-to-Z of Oral History at Columbia | C…is for the Cuban Voices Oral History Collection

  An A-to-Z of Oral History at Columbia is a monthly posting featuring the people, events, and organizations in the Oral History Archive at Columbia’s collections, as well as behind-the-scenes info about oral history methodology.   Collection title: Cuban Voices oral history collection, 2004-2010 Interview contents summary from its catalog record: “The Cuban Voices oral […]

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Oral History | Newly processed and available collections for October 2023

Kevin Schlottmann shares newly processed and available collections, as well as some exciting updates to oral history records. Big cheer to archivists Chelsea Reil and David Olson for their efforts in creating pathways to discovering and using these collections, and thanks to our CUL colleagues in other units for their assistance. Newly Processed Collections Oral […]

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From Staging Plays in New York’s Chinatown Community Theatres to Fostering Talents in Sing Sing’s RTA Program: Joanna Wan-Ying Chan papers

The Joanna Wan-Ying Chan papers have been processed and open for research, and the finding aid is now available. It all started when Joanna Wan-Ying Chan (陳尹瑩), a Maryknoll sister, was appointed the Director of Youth Services at the Transfiguration Church in New York’s Chinatown in 1969. On the Lunar New Year holiday, February 7, […]

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Institutional Research Data from the 1960s

The term institutional research data was not in use in 1960, but that is exactly what Director of University Planning Stanley Salmen was collecting and studying. In a recently discovered set of boxes, we found a number of binders from Salmen’s office.  Labeled as “Course Study,” these binders hold enrollment numbers, tuition data, faculty salaries […]

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