News from the RBML’s Archivists and Collections Management Specialists | December 2020

Kevin Schlottmann, RBML’s Head Archivist, shares these updates about finding aids that our archivist and collections management specialists have stewarded over the past month and made available for RBML researchers – a season of bounty even in a global pandemics! Newly digitized oral history collections Gail Mary Killian and Stephen Desroches sound recordings, 1970-2003 “The […]

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2020: A Year Unlike Any Other

As we come to the end of what has been a topsy-turvy year, we wanted to take a moment to look back on how the University Archives (UA) responded to the various challenges that came our way and what we’ve managed to accomplish since the library closed and New York went on pause in March. […]

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“’Twas the Night Before Christmas” and Columbia

Did you know that in 1822 Clement Clark Moore, Columbia College Class of 1798 and a most loyal Columbian, created the iconic Santa Claus with a beard “as white as the snow,” “a little round belly, that shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly” and a bundle of toys “flung on his […]

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Home Study: Columbia’s Long-Distance Experiment

In the 1800s Columbia preferred that its students live at home. And the first women students in the 1880s also had to stay at home since they could not attend lectures. But a 1919 initiative enabled Columbia to offer new educational opportunities to students at home all over the world. […]

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