Lisa Rabin recently visited the RBML as part of her project investigating how area students developed over the course of the 20th century. Her project, titled “Wiring the World Classroom: Paired Mandates in 16mm and Area Studies, 1925-1990” draws on the vast Carnegie Foundation records. Below, she shares some of what she discovered…
What brings you to Columbia’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library?
I am researching Carnegie Foundation records on their grants for area studies at US universities over the course of the 20th century. In particular, I am looking for evidence on Carnegie’s overlapping commitments to 16 mm (non-theatrical) film education and area studies.
How long have you been using RBML materials (for this and/or previous research)?
What have you found? Did you come here knowing this material was here?
What advice do you have for other researchers or students interested in using RBML’s special collections?
I received very valuable insight and advice from the Research Librarians during my visit! I suggest that researchers and students take the opportunity to consult with Librarians on site.