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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.”

Gallery Talk | The Second-Hand Binding

October 23, 2018, 6:00 PM
523 Butler

Reproduction technologies, from chromolithography to digitization, have long been heralded as boon as to scholarship in the arts of the book. Nevertheless, bookbinding, especially that from the Muslim world, has remained at the fringes of the field.

Exhibition curator Matthew Gillman will talk about the historical circumstances (such early modern libraries, second-hand book markets, and Orientalist scholarship) which create difficulties for the study of the art.

 

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Workshop | Explore oral history and the future with CCOHR

library aisle of books

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 

 

 

Newly opened (or refreshed) collections – August 2018

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

* Some collections are not new, but have been re-processed and properly described. Consider them refreshed!

 

Aleksandr Kazem-Bek papers, 1898-2014

“The Aleksandr Kazem-Bek Papers consist of correspondence, family and
personal documents, writings, lectures, notes, manuscripts,
photographs, printed and research materials related to the life and
professional and political activities of Aleksandr Kazem-Bek – Russian
émigré social and political activist, founder and leader of the “Union
of Young Russia” (“Mladorossy”), professor of Russian language and
literature, and journalist. ”

A significant addition was processed, and the entire finding aid was
reviewed and improved.

Shihui Xiong papers, 1907-1974
“The Shihui Xiong papers mainly document the political life of Xiong.
The collection contains papers, photographs, and calligraphy scrolls
by him, dating from 1907 to 1974, with the bulk of the materials
focusing on his involvement in the northeast region from 1930 to
1948.”

This collection was re-processed and properly described. Continue reading

New Collection | Black Journalists Oral History Project

Oral History master’s student and RBML graduate student worker, Kyna Patel, was part of the team that organized and processed a collection that documents important moments in black journalism in America.

The Black Journalists Oral History Project consists of interviews with journalists, editors, publishers, and various members of the black press about a wide range of issues. Conducted by Henry G. La Brie III in the 1970s, the interviews cover: aspects of running a newspaper (editing, printing, getting news, advertising, etc.), the Kerner Commission Report, the historical role of the black press, the white establishment press, and several other topics related to race and journalism.

yellow book cover for Perspectives of the Black Press 1974

Some of the oral history interviews in the Black Journalists Oral History Project. Mercer House Press.

In helping process this collection, I read and listened to transcripts and audio from these interviews and stumbled upon many things that were not on my radar. Accounts of the suburbanization and white flight’s effect on local black press’ circulation, how the success of Ebony paved the way for black models to be hired more for national advertising, and the obstacles and dangers encountered by journalists reporting and gathering-news-while-black were either new to me or expanded upon in a more real and accessible way than what I learned in school. Continue reading

Literary Remains

Earlier this summer some of the items from our Tennessee Williams Papers made their way back to Morningside Heights after having been borrowed for the Morgan Library & Museum’s fantastic show No Refuge but Writing.

In the final weeks of the exhibition, its curator, Carolyn Vega, gave a tour to a group of local rare book librarians. She kindly pointed out the items loaned by Columbia, and it was striking how consistently Williams name-checked the poet Hart Crane, whose papers we also hold. Continue reading