News from RBML’s Archivists | May and June 2020

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Columbia University Libraries (CUL) remain closed until further notice to aid in the containment of COVID-19. While unable to physically process materials, RBML’s archivists are working on offsite locations to update finding aids and create greater accessibility for our collections. Here, Head Archivist Kevin Schlottmann shares these updates.

Please be safe, wear your mask and take advantage of this time to engage with materials you may have collected on previous visits to the RBML. You are also welcome to explore these resources:

– CUL’s Digital Library Collections
– the Columbia University Archives online and
– the RBML’s Digital Collections and Exhibitions.

Newly digitized Oral History Collections

Chinese Oral History project  (**This collection is heavily used; digital assets include the 10,000+ page, multi-part audio Wellington Koo interview)

Radio Pioneers project

Iranian-American Relations project

Hollywood Film Industry project

Southern Intellectual Leaders project

WBAI Radio Station project

Hungarian project

University Archives

Victor Kayfetz Photograph collection, 1963-1965

“Victor Kayfetz was a student at Columbia College between 1962 and 1966 and served as photography editor of Spectator from early 1964 to late 1965…”

School of General Studies Records, 1946-2004

“The School of General Studies serves as the liberal arts division of Columbia for adults “dedicated to the belief that highly motivated [adult] students should have full access to the quality of instruction offered by the University,” in the words of its 1992-1993 Bulletin”

TRIGA reactor records

“As part of the Nuclear Science and Engineering program, a nuclear reactor was built for education and research purposes in the Engineering Terrace building. The application for construction was accepted by the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) in 1963 and the building project was completed in April 1967 at a total cost of approximately one million dollars. However, the reactor was never fueled and was never radioactive.”

Reformatted Bakhmeteff Finding Aids

Vladimir Feofilovich Zeeler Papers

Vladimir Feofilovich Zeeler (Владимир Феофилович Зеелер; 1874-1954) was a Russian lawyer, state official and political activist; the Interior Minister in the South Russian Government; a pivotal figure of the Russian emigration; and a journalist, editor, memoirist and philanthropist. The collection includes correspondence, manuscripts, and photographs of many prominent cultural figures in the Russian emigration. A sizable part of the collection also concerns the painter Il’ia Repin (1844-1930).

Ariadna Vladimirovna Tyrkova-Williams Papers

Correspondence, manuscripts, documents, photographs, subject files and printed material of Russian émigré writer, journalist, and Kadet Party leader Ariadna Vladimirovna Tyrkova-Williams. The collection also contains material by her husband, Harold Williams, and her son, Arkadiĭ Borman.

Nadezhda Aleksandrovna Teffi Papers

Correspondence, manuscripts, documents, photographs, drawings, sheet-music and printed material of Teffi (Nadezhda Aleksandrovna Lokhvitskaia, married name Buchinskaia; 1872-1952. Тэффи, Надежда Александровна Лохвицкая, в замужестве Бучинская), a Russian émigré writer

RBML Collections

Harry Stephen Keeler papers, 1929-1980

“Author, editor. Keeler (1890-1967) was the very prolific author of nearly 100 long and intricately plotted murder mystery and adventure novels which were published in English from 1924 until 1953 and continued to appear in Spanish translation long after his death.”

Manuel Komroff papers, 1897-1979

“Novelist & author, died in 1974.”

Austin P. Evans papers

“Mostly photostat negative copies of various primary resources from the Bibliotheque Nationale de France.”

Citizens Union of the City of New York records, 1892-1976

“Letters, documents, clippings, and printed matter related to the work of the Citizens Union of New York, including correspondence, memoranda, and reports which survey, analyze, and criticize bills introduced in the state legislature and city council; 244 boxes of “Who’s Who” biographies of candidates for city and state offices; files of campaign and election materials; records of affiliated “good government” organizations in New York City; and extensive financial records.”

The Law Practice of Alexander Hamilton publication project, 1961-1981

“Correspondence, typescripts, research notes, index cards, photocopies, and photographs of THE LAW PRACTICE OF ALEXANDER HAMILTON publication project, 1961-1981.”

Eduard Lindeman papers, 1911-1953

“Teacher, author. Professor Lindeman taught at the New York School of Social Work, 1924-1950. He was a prolific writer in the field of social work and was associated with THE NEW REPUBLIC for twenty years.”

Lenore Marshall papers, 1887-1980

“Lenore Guinzburg Marshall, 1897-1971 (Barnard College A.B. 1919), American author and peace and anti-nuclear activist.”

Stephen William Rousseas papers, 1966-1979

“Rousseas (1921-2012) (Columbia B.S., 1948; A.M., 1949; Ph.D., 1954) taught Economics at Columbia University, New York University, and Vassar College. A friend of Andreas and Margaret Papandreou, the Greek political figure and his wife, he was very active in American organizations supporting Papandreou after the 1967 coup d’etat in Greece.”

Edward Van Dyke Robinson papers, 1884-1915

“Professor of economics, University of Minnesota, 1907-1915, and at Columbia University, for three months during 1915.”

Charles Stelzle papers, 1889-1941


Oriental Club of the City of New York records, 1896-1982

“The Oriental Club of the City of New York (also called the New York Oriental Club) was founded in 1896 to promote Oriental research and as a social organization for scholars in Oriental studies.”

David Flaherty papers, 1913-1965

“The papers consist of David Flaherty’s personal and family correspondence, scripts, accounts, notes, manuscripts, etc. of the films which he directed.”

James Lawrence Fly papers, 1920-1977

“James Lawrence Fly was the General Counsel of the Tennessee Valley Authority, 1934-1939; Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (F.C.C.), 1939-1944; and later in private practice as an attorney before the F.C.C., a member of the board of the American Civil Liberties Union, and a frequent lecturer about radio, television, and freedom of speech.”

Robert M. MacIver papers, 1930-1969

“Robert Morrison MacIver (1882-1970) was the Lieber Professor of Political Philosophy and Sociology at Columbia University.”

Crime Writers’ Association records, 1958-1972

“The Crime Writers’ Association was founded in London, in 1953, by John Creasey and Nigel Morland.”

Shirley Leon Quimby papers, 1918-1974

“Shirley Leon Quimby (1893-1986) was a physicist (Columbia Ph.D., 1925), Columbia faculty member, 1919-1962, fellow of the American Physical Society and treasurer of that organization from 1957 to 1970.”

Nikola Tesla papers, 1894-1931
“Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) was an electrician and inventor.”

“Pioneer social worker, author, educator.”
“Correspondence with the officers of the League, Clarence G. Hoag, George H. Hallett, Jr., their secretary Miss Elsie S. Parker, and the Field Secretary Walter J. Millard. Correspondence also includes material to and from Proportional Representation Societies in other countries, the largest of which is in Great Britain.”
Audio digitized and links via the finding aid:
A collection of theatrical admission tokens and medalets for London theaters, 1671-1888, plus one from Ireland and one from the United States.
“Correspondence and documents of the Maine merchant ship’s captain John Otis Given (1819-1889), from business associates and members of his family. Included among the documents are insurance policies for ships, various ships’ accounts, and a ship’s log for Given’s ship, the Juan Fernandez.”
“Manuscripts, proofs, and printed editions of Scheinfeld’s books on human heredity, YOU AND HEREDITY, WOMEN AND MEN, and THE NEW YOU AND HEREDITY. Sketches and line drawings used as illustrations in the books are included. Also, manuscripts and clippings of his magazine articles; many examples of his comic strips, including “Dixie Dugan;” and correspondence and financial documents about his works.”
“Guichard Parris papers consist of correspondence, diaries, manuscripts, notes and printed material from his personal files, his files on the history of the National Urban League, manuscript material for Blacks in the City; A History of the National Urban League, Boston, Little, Brown, 1971 (co-authored with Lester Brooks) and administrative files of the National Urban League.”
“Theatrical memorabilia such as programs, playbills, photographs, engravings, and prints. Although there are some playbills as early as 1770, most of the material is from the 19th and 20th centuries. In addition to plays there is some material relating to concerts, operettas, musical comedies, musical revues, and movies. The majority of the collection centers around Shakespeare.”
“Correspondence, memoranda, photoreproductions of manuscript excerpts by Kafka, publicity files, production records, and printed materials for the works of the Austrian author, Franz Kafka, in German and English translations, 1940-1977. These extant files were set aside by David Rome, the former president of Schocken Books, after the firm was purchased by Pantheon Books, a division of Random House.”
“Professor of sociology at Syracuse University, 1927-1974 (Columbia Ph.D., 1930) and a leading authority on the eighteenth century Scottish Enlightenment who published several books on the period.”
“American wood engraver & type designer.”
“Family of New York City, engaged in the merchant and banking fields.”
“Professor Emeritus of Public Law and Government at Columbia University. Mansfield (Ph.D., 1932) was an officer of the U.S. Office of Price Administration (O.P.A.), which governed rationing programs during World War II, 1942-1945, and the Office’s historian, 1946-1947.”
“Resident Officer responsible for Weissenburg and Eichstaett, Bavaria, from November 1948 through October 1949. During an earlier phase of the German Occupation, Marcu represented the U.S. Treasury in Frankfurt where he advised the Military Government on the dismantling of the German Industrial Cartels.”
“Marraro (1897-1972) was Professor Emeritus of Italian at Columbia University.”
“Correspondence, manuscripts, proofs, photographs, and printed and miscellaneous material relating to the life and writings of Don Marquis.”
“Author, professor of history at Columbia University, 1948-1962.”
“Eminent American musician and composer.”
“Papers covering Mayer’s literary activities from approximately 1954-1983 and his versatile interests in music and recordings, the financial world, the advertising business, the legal profession, and public education.”
“Michael Meltsner (b. 1937) is an American lawyer, professor, and author. Meltsner worked on the staff of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and served as counsel on many civil rights cases in the 1960s.”
“Staff sergeant in the United States Military Intelligence Service.”
“President of City College, 1914-1927, and Executive Director of the Inquiry group. The Inquiry group of World War I was appointed by President Wilson in 1917 to ‘collect and collate data that might be needed eventually at a Peace Conference.'”