Plague, Passover, and Perspectives on Social Distancing (Dr. Joshua Teplitsky)

This essay was written by Joshua Teplitsky (Stony Brook University) for the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies’ Spring 2020 Magazine.  The full magazine can be downloaded on the IIJS website. As the global pandemic gains momentum and the human toll rises, many religious communities around the world are striving to balance physical health with […]

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News from RBML’s Archivists | March 2020

Columbia University Libraries (CUL) are closed until further notice to aid in the containment of COVID-19, RBML’s archivists  won’t be physically processing materials. We do, however, have these updates about our collections. Please be safe and take advantage of this time to engage with materials you may have collected on previous visits to the RBML. […]

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Collections News | January 2020

Here are some new and updated finding aids, reflecting work by archivists in archival processing, collections management, and university archives. – KWS Arthur Mitchell Papers “Arthur Mitchell (1934-2018) was an American ballet dancer, choreographer, and founder and director of the Dance Theatre of Harlem. This collection contains materials related to his career as a dancer […]

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What is this place? A short intro to RBML

That is the question we hear a lot at the beginning of the new academic year as students explore Butler Library and end up here, in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, aka “The Pink Palace.” The Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) is Columbia’s principal repository for primary source collections.  The range of collections […]

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New from RBML’s Archivists | August 2019

Head Archivist Kevin Schlottmann shares collections newly opened or updated by RBML’s Archivists. New finding aids Yehudah Joffe papers, 1893-1966, bulk 1920-1945 “The collection consists of Joffe’s correspondence, manuscripts/notes, and newspaper clippings. Joffe’s correspondence in Yiddish in English is both personal and professional, covering communication with institutions he was working at or hoping to work […]

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