It All Starts When You Open a Box

It All Starts When You Open a Box

A story begins when a box is opened.  From family photos to dirty socks, from political struggles to breakthrough ideas, from humorous oddments to poignant pieces, archivists and reference librarians have the unique opportunity to see them all. 

The professional staff at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University have processed tens of thousands linear feet and answered thousands of reference questions in their professional careers, and the collections in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library presents a unique opportunity for them to make discoveries.  The Rare Book & Manuscript Library is Columbia University’s principal repository for unique manuscripts and rare books.  Spanning 5,000 years, the repository stewards cuneiform tablets to modern artists books, from Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts to the organizational records of human rights organizations.

To work with material this diverse and significant is not only challenging, but it is truly a privilege.  Join us on our journey. 

Susan Hamson
University Archivist
Head, Access Services and Operations