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Oral history collection on addiction featured in NPR podcast, Throughline

Addiction and the opioid epidemic gripping the nation are investigated in a new NPR podcast, Throughline.

Taking advantage of decades of NPR’s archival sound and the Oral History Archives at Columbia’s collections, podcast co-host Rund Abdelfatah spent time here in the RBML listening to the voices and stories of people struggling with addiction. The interviews are part of Professor David Courtwright’s collection, Addicts Who Survived.* You can listen to the episode on NPR’s site.

* Addicts Who Survived is a collection undergoing processing, meaning it’s being transcribed, cataloged and preserved by OHAC’s archivist and the Libraries’ staff. 

RBML Pulitzer collections on PBS’ American Masters 📺📰📺📰📺

portrait of Pulitzer in suit and spectacles

Joseph Pulitzer, photo portrait. Photographer and date not listed.

Mere days ahead of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize announcements, tune in Friday, April 12, 2019 for the debut of a new program, Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People.

The makers of the long-running PBS series, American Masters, visited the RBML to examine the Pulitzer and World paper collections, speak with Curator for Performing Arts Jenny Lee and filmed a few scenes in the RBML reading room.

If you miss the program on terrestrial TV, you can watch it in the 28 days following the initial airing online for free.

“A journalist is the lookout on the bridge of the Ship of State.” – Joseph Pulitzer

New and Updated Collections | March 2019

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Photo by Samuel Zeller on Unsplash

Head Archivist Kevin Schlottmann shares collections newly opened or updated by RBML archivists.

Dawn Powell Papers
“Dawn Powell (1896-1965) was an American author of novels, plays, and short stories. The collection includes address books, appointment books, books, clippings, correspondence, diaries, ephemera, family materials, manuscripts, notes, notebooks, photographs, programs, research files, reviews, scrapbooks, sketches and drawings. ”

Kudos to Cathy for making sense of this fascinating but sprawling collection; for a tiny taste, here’s an excerpt from the finding aid:

“…portions of the collection were deposited and then either donated or sold to Columbia University in several different tax years during the period of 1995-2014, and this affected how the papers were organized, processed, and maintained by the Library until processing of all collection materials was completed in 2019.”

LGBTQ+ Columbia University oral history collection, 2016-2017
“The LGBTQ+ Columbia University oral history project was a collaboration between Columbia University’s LGBTQ Faculty Diversity Initiative and the Columbia Center for Oral History Research at INCITE. During 2016-2017, a six-interview pilot was undertaken to document LGBTQ history at Columbia University through life histories.” Continue reading

100 years of Bauhaus

Bauhaus, the German school where crafts met fine arts and spawned a style, brand and movement, turns 100 this year.

Walter Gropius received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at a 1961 commencement. Columbia President Grayson Kirk recognized him as “a formulator of architectural controls which help to guide the Contemporary Movement” and as a “eminently vital practitioner” within the Bauhaus Movement.page from Walter Gropius oral history transcript

Stop in to the Rare Book & Manuscript Library to read  Gropius’ 1961 lecture, part of the Architecture Project in the Oral History Archives at Columbia.

Talk | An aftertaste of dread: Cornel Woolrich in fiction and film

27 March 2019 | 7:30pm | Lenfest Arts Center

This Rare Book & Manuscript Library event marks the opening of the The Dr. Saul and Dorothy Kit Film Noir Festival hosted by Columbia University’s School of the Arts. It will feature James Naremore, Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus, Indiana University.

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library holds the Cornell Woolrich Papers.

The festival’s themes is The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of: Paris 1946 and American Film Noir and is curated by Rob King, Film and Media Studies.

Co-sponsored by the School of the Arts. RSVP is required.

Researcher Profile | Andrea Kmetz-Sheehy

We see you every day, handing you a lockers key as you walk in each morning, and receiving it back toward the end of the day. Most often you’re hunkered down over a particular archive, getting to understand a portion of one of our archives better than anyone who works in the RBML.
We await the longer scholarly projects that you’re developing from this research but in the nearer term we thought it would be interesting to give a preview of your work.
 
In this brief interview, Classical Studies master’s degree student Andrea Kmetz-Sheehy shares with us her research into Roman provincial coins. She’s been a steady presence here in the RBML reading room since last year, which makes learning about her research even more illuminating. Thank you for sharing, Andrea!
 
Roman coins with man's head wearing wreath and woman with animals

The close up image of the example coin with the nomenclature and descriptions as provided in reference sources available today, and often also at the time of Olcott. | Coin Image credit: Emma Pratt, American Numismatic Society on behalf of the RBML

Where are you visiting us from?

I’m in my second year of the Master’s Program in Classical Studies at Columbia.

What is your research project?

My thesis project is the cataloguing of the Roman provincial coins of the Olcott Roman Coin Collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Butler Library.  The objective is to create a catalogue for publication of the provincial coin subset in the Olcott Collection. Continue reading

ICYMI: 2018 News from RBML

We’re proud to say that it’s been a big year for RBML with new staff additions, new collections opened, records updated for better access and fine-tuning operations to make the collections needed for your teaching and research available.

Here are just a few of the highlights.

New head of archives Kevin Schlottman and the RBML’s team of crack archivists opened many new collections for researcher use and updated descriptions to make them accessible. You can see what’s available every month by signing up for notifications on our homepage.

In Jewish Studies, a gift of about 200 items, including handwritten materials from the 14th to the 20th centuries, filled in existing gaps in the Judaica collections.

The RBML and Columbia’s Preservation and Digital Conversion Division were pleased to be awarded a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) grant to preserve broadcaster Bob Fass’ recordings from the 1960s and ’70s. We, along with select peer institutions, also received a CLIR grant to digitize Islamic manuscripts and paintings dating from 1000 to 1900.

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.”