Author Archives: Kimberly Springer

About Kimberly Springer

Curator of Oral History Center for Oral History Archives Rare Book & Manuscript Library Columbia University

New Exhibition | Dynamic Archives: renaming and identifying collections

Why would an archivist change the name of a collection? That’s the central question behind a new RBML exhibit.

Dynamic Archives features examples of archival collections and materials whose naming, identifying and meaning have had to keep up with historical, social and political perspectives, as well as translation practices and epistemologies. Continue reading

Newly available and updated RBML finding aids, October 2018

Head Archivist Kevin Schlottmann shares collections newly opened by RBML archivists

 

Dennis Ryan Editorial Cartoon collection, 1873-2010
“Dennis B. Ryan began collecting cartoons in the early 1980s,
ultimately focusing on cartons related to moments and topics of
significance in American history, or on topics of personal interest.”
This collection contains 2071 items, described and housed at the item
level. *Tremendous credit goes to Cathy Ricciardi for seeing this
project to completion.

Black Journalists oral history collection, list of all interviews
A major oral history collection has been cataloged:
“The Black Journalists oral history collection’s ninety-three
interviews document the history of the African American press from the
late nineteenth century to the time that the interviews were taken in
the early 1970s, with a particular focus on the 1930s-1960s.”

Chinese collections
A series of collections containing Chinese or associated with China
have been processed and/or improved. Chief among them are the records
of the Chinese Oral History project.

Chinese Oral History Project records
These are the records of the project itself. The finalized memoirs
and related archival material have all now been cataloged separately
(see: related materials).
* Please let us know if you encounter any difficulties finding materials
related to this collection; it has been significantly reorganized to
make it easier to access.

William Henry Donald correspondence
“The William Henry Donald papers primarily consist of correspondence
between William Henry Donald (1875- 1946) and his friend, Harold K.
Hochschild (1892-1981) where he described about his work in China, his
involvement in the Xi’an Incident, and his life later in the Pacific
Islands and return to China.”

Quincy Wright papers
“The Quincy Wright papers primarily consist of materials related to
Asia collected by Quincy Wright during his tenure at the University of
Chicago, dating from 1926 to 1952. The materials provide a wealth of
information about China before and during the Sino-Japanese War as
well as its political situation during that period. ”

Benjamin Waugh papers
“The Benjamin Waugh papers mainly consist of photographs that
documented the National Revolution Army’s Northern Expedition in
various northern cities in China dating from 1927 to 1928.”

Chao-hao Wu letters
“The Zhaohao Wu letters mainly consist of twenty-eight handwritten
letters from Zhaohao Wu and others in Germany and in Moscow to his
younger brother Zhaofa Wu in the U.S. between 1923 and 1929.”

Chiu Chang-Wei correspondence
“The Chiu Chang-Wei correspondence consists of outgoing correspondence
and telegrams drafts by Chiu and incoming correspondence relating to
the Acting President of the Republic of China, Li Zongren, dating from
1949 to 1950 and the move of the Chinese Republican government to
Taiwan. ”

Zhang Fakui papers
“he Zhang Fakui papers emphasize General Zhang’s military career as
the prominent Chinese Nationalist General during the important years
of the Sino-Japanese War”

Chen Lifu papers
“The Chen Lifu papers mainly document his involvement in Chinese
politics during the Republican era, dating from 1926 to 1989, with the
bulk dates from 1926 to 1951.”

H.H. Kung papers
“The H. H. Kung papers document Dr. Kung’s political career from 1936
to 1944. The bulk of the papers consist of correspondence and
political documents during the time when he was serving as the
Minister of Finance, the Governor of the Central Bank of China, and
the Vice Premier of the Executive Yuan.”

Collection on Liu Ruiheng
“The collection on Dr. Liu Ruiheng consist of primary and secondary
source materials on his medical education abroad and his career at the
PUMC as well as other materials relating to medical education in China
before and during the Sino-Japanese War, mostly dating from 1922 to
1946.”

Huang Fu papers
“The Huang Fu papers consist of materials relating to Huang Fu’s
political involvement in the early revolutions, the Coup d’etat of
1924, the Nanking Incident, the Jinan Incident, the Tanggu Truce
settlement and its aftermath, dating mostly from 1913 to 1945”

Hu Chuan and Hu Shih papers
“The Hu Chuan and Hu Shih papers documented the life of Hu Chuan as a
civil official of the Qing Imperial Court, as well as the life of his
son, Hu Shih, who later became an eminent Chinese philosopher,
essayist, educator, scholar, and diplomat of the 20th century.”

Tingfu Tsiang papers
“The Tingfu Tsiang papers contains materials relating to Dr. Tsiang’s
life and his career as a Representative to the United Nations and an
Ambassador to the United States, between 1942 and 1965. ”

*Our two “John Berryman Papers” collections were renamed to differentiate them:

Bradley Commission on History in Schools Records, 1982-1992
“The Bradley Commission on History in Schools Records contain the
commission’s administrative records and materials related to the
process of creating and sharing guidelines for elementary and
secondary school history education in the United States from
1982-1992. Many of these materials were created by Elaine Wrisley
Reed, administrative director, Kenneth Jackson, chair, and the sixteen
members of the commission.”

Old-school Columbia freshman fashion

young white men in beanies on college campus

Freshmen students in beanies leaving a building on campus. Source: Historical Photograph Collection, Columbia University Archives.

“Never neglect to say ‘hello’ to a man who wears a Freshman cap, whether you know his name or not.” – Columbia Blue Book, 1917-18

Proudly worn as symbols of a freshman’s distinctive but lowly position on campus, these caps helped the new classmates forge a close allegiance amongst themselves and against their greatest detractors: the sophomores. The wearing of the beanies was mandatory and a bareheaded freshman was an outrage to sophomores. The 1927-28 Columbia Blue Book (a handbook for first year students) contained freshman rules – including the requirement to wear your freshman cap at all times – and noted that rule-breakers would be “summarily dealt with.”

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Workshop | Explore oral history and the future with CCOHR

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Our colleagues over in the Columbia Center for Oral History Research (CCOHR) will host series of workshops on Oral History and the Future. The sessions are centered around the question, “How is this future orientation made real?”

Read more about the series and see the list of presenters coming to campus this fall. 

September 13, 2018, 6:10 – 7:30 PM
Pan Dulce: Breaking Bread with the Past 
Maria Cotera

October 4, 2018, 6:10 – 7:30 PM
The Uses of Narrative in Organizing for Social Justice
Sujatha Fernandes

October 18, 2018, 6:10 – 7:30 PM
Confessions of an Accidental Oral Historian, Archivist, and Podcaster
Eric Marcus

November 1, 2018, 6:10 – 7:30 PM
Accelerating Change: Oral History, Innovation, and Impact
Doug Boyd

November 29, 2018, 6:10 – 7:30 PM
Words Transmitted; Worlds Apart
Fernanda Espinosa 

 

 

Remembering 9/11 through oral histories

To say that the events of September 11, 2001 had a lasting impact on New York City, the nation and the world would be an understatement.

In the days after the attack, the Columbia Oral History Research Office, as the combined research and archives arms were known then, had the foresight, skill and tact to design and execute a large-scale oral history project to hear from New Yorkers about how 9/11 had already changed their lives.

Under the leadership of oral historian Mary Marshall Clark,

The September 11, 2001 Oral History Project consists of five projects and programs focusing on different areas of inquiry related to the aftermath of the destruction of the World Trade Center. As of the tenth anniversary, the project as a whole amounts to over 900 recorded hours (23 hours on video) with over 600 individuals.

Click to play video on The New York Times’ website.

You can hear excerpts from some of the oral histories from this New York Times article and read more about the project.

Oral history interviews with Supreme Court justices

Who will be the next Supreme Court Justice to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy?

The confirmation hearings to vet this administration’s nominee have begun. Reporters are describing what went down on day one as unlike anything they’ve seen before in, collectively, years of judicial reporting.

While you watch and wait to see what happens, stop into the RBML’s Center for Oral History Archives and read transcripts with past Justices.

Here are the interview transcripts we have available in our reading room:

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If you only know TV judges, please come read some oral histories with actual judges.

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Now accepting applications for The Pine Tree Scholars program

book pages turningThe Pine Tree Scholars program introduces Columbia and Barnard graduate and undergraduate students to the crafts associated with fine book production, such as typography, letterpress printing, bookbinding, and papermaking, as well as to the rare and art book trades. This program is open to students in all departments and programs.

An informational session for the 2018-2019 program will be held in the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Reading Room (Milstein Center for Teaching and Learning, Room 423) from 2-3pm on Friday, September 21.