Jay Papers editor Robb Haberman says, “It opens with the ratification of the Constitution, and covers Jay’s role in the forming of the new government as acting Secretary of State prior to Jefferson’s taking office and as first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.”
Editor Robb Haberman shows volume five of the John Jay Papers series.
Map showing John Jay’s circuit court travel on the Eastern District for Spring 1792.
Also explored are his gubernatorial campaign of 1792, the Genet Affair, and the events leading to the negotiation of the Jay Treaty with Great Britain.
In our six degrees of separation game, speaking of George Washington and President’s Day, pop over to the Papers of George Washington Newsletter to Robb’s article on the friendship between Jay and Washington. It’s a bromance “forged in war” and a lot more apt for the day than buying a mattress.
Thursday, 22 February 2018, 6pm Room 523 in Butler Library
On Thursday, February 22, the RBML and Karla Nielsen, Curator of Literature and Lecturer in English and Comparative Literature, hosts Shannon Mattern, Associate Professor of Media Studies at The New School.
Professor Mattern will present on the long history of the bookshelf, “Cabinet Logics: An Intellectual History of Book Furniture.” Prof. Mattern will survey the furniture we design and build to make, store, support, organize, and preserve our bibliographic objects, focusing on how these structures inform the way human bodies relate to those media, and embody certain assumptions about what and how we know things through these objects.
Photo credit: Peter Alfred Hess | Flickr: peterhess
Professor Mattern’s talk will be followed by a Q & A. The event is free and open to the public but registration is recommended.
For some, the most important, star-studded event for this time of year isn’t the Winter Olympic Games. And it’s not the Oscars.
This past weekend the Westminster Kennel Clubheld its annual dog show and declared a very puffy Bichon Frise “Best in Show.”
Right about here would be a great place for a dog-related pun, but surely you just want to know that we have photos of dogs in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library’s collection, right? Here’s a sampling.
Edith Grey, friend of Cora Crane, with Spongie, Stephen and Cora Crane’s dog, 1909. Stephen Crane Papers, Box 21
Hatson and Spongie, Stephen and Cora Crane’s dogs, ca.1909. Stephen Crane Papers, Box 21
Tennessee Williams and one of his pet bulldogs, Key West, June 1957. Tennessee Williams Papers, Box 43, Folder 4.
February 15, 2018, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Knox Hall 509, Columbia University
The Columbia Center for Oral History Archives is anticipating the arrival of oral histories conducted about artist Robert Rauschenberg.
For a sneak preview of the project, conducted by the Center for Oral History Research and INCITE, join us for this seminar detailing, “an oral biography of…first-hand accounts of [Rauschenberg’s] life, work, and legacy,” as well as, “the spirit of the larger art world that he inhabited throughout his life.”
Since the 1990s, with social historians looking back on how we’ve told the history of the Civil Rights Movement, Bayard Rustin has come to the fore as a central leader in the movement. Specifically, for decades, he was the unsung hero behind the conceptualization of the 1963 March on Washington. But more than that, this civil rights strategist’s life was intersectional before intersectional identities were theorized in academia’s scholarship.
A Black History Month salute to Bayard Rustin through oral history. Gif credit: Sundance DocNow/@FOXADHD via Giphy
In this wide-ranging oral history from our collection, Rustin sat down with an interviewer in 1987 and shared his reflections on everything from trade unionism to the seeds of Black politics in Garveyism to the struggles of the day, such as bringing down the apartheid regime in South Africa.
Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 6pm, Room 523 in Butler Library
Le Festin de pierre (known as Don Juan)
On Wednesday, February 7, the RBML and Karla Nielsen, Curator of Literature and Lecturer in English and Comparative Literature, hosts Roger Chartier, Professor in the Collège de France and Annenberg Visiting Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania.
Professor Chartier will use Molière’s play, Le Festin de pierre (known as Don Juan), to model a type of book historical inquiry that focuses on textual mobility.
The talk follows the play from its first attribution to Molière, looping in its first performance and first appearances in print, moves on to early translations, adaptations, and editions of the work, and concludes with the reception of the work by early readers and viewers.
Professor Chartier’s talk will be followed by a Q & A. The event is free and open to the public but registration is recommended.
From Morningside Heights to Mexico City, Czechoslovakia to China, Paris to Tokyo, the yearlong crises of 1968 linked world communities in a unique and epochal series of dramatic confrontations. The repercussions are still being felt.
A two-day interdisciplinary conference will discuss critical new conversations on the legacy and continued relevance of the global upheavals of 1968. The conference will feature scholars, activists, and current students, focusing on a series of major questions related to the events of 1968, including the Media, Black Freedom Struggles, Historical Memory and Archives, and New Media and Social Movements.
University Protest and Activism Collection, 1958-1999 [Bulk Dates: 1968-1972] Collection number: UA#007
Co-sponsored by the Lehman Center for American History, and the Columbia University History Department. All events are free and open to the public. Registration is required; please search for event title or “RBML” on the Columbia University Events page.