News from RBML’s Archivists | June 2021


Kevin Schlottmann, RBML’s head archivist, shares a selection of new and updated finding aids, as well as newly available collections.



Newly Linked Audio-visual and Moving Image Collections

Max Neuhaus papers, 1950s-2008

“Research materials relating to the creation and installation of sound sculptures by Max Neuhaus.”

Newly Available Oral History Collections

The Columbia University Law School alumnae oral history collection,  1996-2005

The collection documents the experiences of women who graduated from Columbia Law School in the mid-20th century. The project was initiated to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the admission of women to the school. Narrators include attorneys, judges, professors, and others.

Council for Exceptional Children oral history collection, 1990-1992

Interviews document the history of the organization by the same name, which advocates for the best educational outcomes for children and youth with disabilities and/or gifts/talents.

Physicians for Reproductive Health and Choice, 2000-2003

The Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health Project was conducted between July 2000 and September 2003. This project consists of oral history interviews with a number of individuals, most of whom were OB/GYN and clinicians, but also a number of ministers, and health care activists. Audio was digitized and added to the DLC last year; video is newly digitized and available.

No Ivory Tower oral history collection, 1977-1983

Collection is comprised of interviews taken by Ellen Schrecker for her monograph No Ivory Tower: McCarthyism and the Universities, published by Oxford University Press in 1986.

Benjamin Javits project, 1944-1980

A collection of interviews with friends, associates and family of Benjamin A. Javits (1894-1973). Topics discussed include his politico-economic ideas for the future of modern capitalism in the direction of widely expanded ownership.

George D. Woods project, 1983-1986

A collection of interviews about a leader of the World Bank.

Donovan Leisure Newton and Irvine project, 1979-1980

A collection of interviews on a prominent “white shoe” law firm.

Newly Processed Collections

Group for Contemporary Music records, 1962-1999

“The Group for Contemporary Music records document the function of an American chamber ensemble dedicated to the performance of contemporary classical music, dating from 1961 to 2012. The records consist of correspondence, photographs, programs, memoranda, schedules, meeting notes, clippings, contracts, bills, financial records, fund raising and grant applications, etc.”

Cecile Starr papers (materials added)

“Filmmaker, film writer, and educator Cecile Starr (1921-2014) was born in Nashville, Tennessee on July 14, 1921, and grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. She received a B.A. in Romance Languages from Louisiana State University in 1941 and a masters degree in Adult Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in 1952. She then taught film history and criticism in Columbia’s Graduate Film department from 1955 until 1961.”

League of Nations records, High Commission for Refugees (Jewish and Other) Coming from Germany, 1921-1941

“The League of Nations was an intergovernmental organisation founded on 10 January 1920 as a result of the Paris Peace Conference that ended the First World War.”

Newly Updated and Improved Finding Aids

Frederic Dannay papers, 1920-1982

“Mystery writer, editor, critic of crime fiction, and coauthor with Manfred B. Lee of the Ellery Queen mystery novels and stories.”

🎉 Insider cheers: This is a big one! Thanks to archivist Yingwen Huang working through this.

Lovis Corinth papers, 1917-1982

Lovis Corinth (1858-1925) was a German artist, born in East Prussia and died in Holland. Corinth called himself an Impressionist, but is now regarded as a Pre-Expressionist.

Charles Yale Harrison, 1920-1954

“Correspondence, manuscripts, documents, memorabilia, and scrapbooks. Correspondence ranges from personal, family, literary, and fan mail to that dealing with political issues and public housing. Correspondents include Whittaker Chambers, Clarence Darrow, Ruby Darrow, John Dos Passos, Max Eastman, Joseph Freeman, Michael Gold, Upton Sinclair, and Robert F. Wagner.”

John V. Schaffner papers, 1940-1989

“Literary agent. Schaffner operated a literary agency in New York City and as the literary agent of Alice B. Toklas, Santha Rama Rau, and Sheilah Graham.”

Ferdinand Kuhn papers, 1928-1978

“Journalist, author on foreign affairs. Kuhn was a foreign correspondent for the NEW YORK TIMES, 1925-1940, with the Office of War Information, 1941-1945, diplomatic correspondent for THE WASHINGTON POST, 1946-1953, and a freelance reporter, 1953-1978. In much of his writing he collaborated with his wife, Delia Wolf Kuhn.”

Ernest J. Reece papers, 1905-1970

“Professor of library science, Columbia University, 1926-1948.”

Orville Wilbur Prescott paper, 1931-1982

“Literary critic & journalist.”

Fred Berl papers, 1913-1981

“Fred Berl, 1903-1981 (Columbia A.M., 1941), director of professional services at the Baltimore Jewish Family and Children’s Services until 1974 taught courses in social work at the University of Pennsylvania, Catholic University, and the University of Maryland.”

African American man in 1960s era suite and tie sitting in White House smoking a cigarette
Whitney Young at White House, January 18, 1964

Whitney M. Young, Jr. papers, 1960-1977

“Correspondence, speeches, reports, testimony, press releases, and articles of Young. The files document Young’s leadership in many social welfare and civil rights organizations, as well as his activities as a columnist and speaker. ”

Aleksandr Bakhrakh papers, 1922-1983

“Aleksandr Vasil’evich Bakhrakh (also Bacherac, Bachrach), 1902-1985, an emigre writer (author of “Bunin v khalate”), a journalist, critic, and memoirist who published widely in émigré journals and newspapers.”