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Experience the 1968 student protests in real time on Twitter

1968 protests at ColumbiaTo commemorate the student-led protests at Columbia in 1968, University Archives is re-telling the events, 50 years on, by harnessing the fast pace and vast reach of modern journalism: what if campus media, like the Columbia Spectator, had Twitter to report on the protests and rallies of 1968? Follow @1968CU on Twitter this spring as the demonstrations unfold – and tensions on campus escalate – through minute-by-minute reporting of a significant moment in Columbia University history.

New exhibition | 1968: The Global Revolutions

Visit our new exhibition, “1968: The Global Revolutions,” in the RBML’s Kempner Gallery on the sixth floor of Butler Library.

The New Museum is looking for a new Oral History Fellow!

This hybrid position would be an ideal fit for graduate students with an interest in oral history, Contemporary art, and digital humanities.  You can see the first phase of the project here. Please see the call below for details. BTW, the first fellow for this program completed the CCOHR master’s degree in oral history. The deadline is rapidly approaching but the New Museum is looking for just the right candidate. The search may extend beyond the stated deadline.

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LGBTQ+ alumni oral histories from Columbia’s Center for Oral History Research

Columbia statue with "gay dance" poster in lap

Cover of Pride of Lions, vol. 1, no. 1, April 1972

Jamie Beckenstein, Project Coordinator for LGBTQ+ Columbia Oral Histories, shared a few of the themes that emerged from interviewing Columbia alums for the Columbia LGBTQ Oral History Project: 

We were correct to assume that Columbia’s location in Manhattan allowed narrators potential access to public queer worlds, but the ways that the narrators choose to access these worlds were different than we guessed in our blueprint..What was most significant in terms of linking the interviews, however, were themes of community and its inverse, isolation. Narrators spoke with such great care and love about their mentors, their peers, and their friends. They were often in awe and pride of the people that they met during their Columbia years who led them into careers, relationships, and full and fulfilling lives.

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Codex Conquest

Did you ever wish you could collect rare books? In the game Codex Conquest: The Game of Book History, YOU are the curator for a national collection, acquiring books from the 15th century onward while completing with other countries for the greatest collection, and contending with events that impact your library (fires, donations) along the way.

On April 24th and 25th, Amy Hildreth Chen, Special Collections Instruction Librarian at the University of Iowa and creator of Codex Conquest, will be coming to Columbia to discuss the game creation process and demonstrate the game at multiple sessions. On Monday, April 24th, there will be three sessions of game play and a workshop on alternative methods of teaching hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning. On April 25, we will discuss customization of the game, including a demonstration of a version tailored to Jewish book history. See below for dates, times, and locations.

Co-sponsored by the Rare Book & Manuscript Library and the Global Studies Division of the Columbia University Libraries, in partnership with the Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning, and Footprints: Jewish Books Through Time and Place.

Registration information:

Please use the links below to register. You are welcome to register for multiple sessions, but must register for each session separately. The CTL pedagogy and gaming workshop is for faculty and graduate student instructors, and requires separate registration.

Monday, April 24:

9:30 AM -12:30 PM   Butler Library Room 523
Codex Conquest: The Game of Book History, Game 1

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12:30 – 2:00 PM   Butler Library Room 212

CTL Workshop: Using Games to Engage Students and Enhance their Learning
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2:00 – 5:00 PM  Butler Library Room 523
Codex Conquest: The Game of Book History, Game 2
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6:00 – 8:45 PM   Butler Library Room 523
Codex Conquest: The Game of Book History, Game 3
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Tuesday, April 25:

9:30 AM – noon  Studio@Butler (2nd floor, Butler Library)
Customizing Codex Conquest: The Game of Book History (Jewish Edition)
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Pulitzer Prize Centennial Exhibition


In honor of the centennial of the Pulitzer Prizes, Columbia’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML) presents “The Pulitzer Prizes: From Julia Ward Howe to Hamilton, A Selective Look at 100 Years of Excellence,” on display in the Kempner Gallery, RBML, Butler Library, 6th Floor, East from September 12 through December 23, 2016.

RBML is the repository of the successful Pulitzer Prize submissions, and material from a wide variety of prize categories are on display, beginning with the first winners in 1917 and running through 2016. These include Julia Ward Howe, the first award for biography, given to Laura Richards and Maude Howe Elliot; the first award for reporting, given to Herbert Bayard Swope of The New York World for his series of articles entitled “Inside the German Empire;” and the most recent award for drama, given to Lin-Manuel Miranda for Hamilton: The Revolution in 2016.

Granary Books exhibit in the Columbia RBML: September 8, 2015-January 30, 2016


Next month the Columbia Rare Book & Manuscript Library will open an exhibition on the artist book and poetry publisher Granary Books: The Book Undone: Thirty Years of Granary Books. The exhibit runs in the RBML Kempner cases from September 8, 2015 through January 30, 2016, and will be open to the public during our open hours.

We are honored to hold the archive of this important publisher and to be mounting an exhibition of its thirty-year run (so far), including not only Granary publications but material from the archive that show some of the labor involved in creating these extraordinary objects. The RBML acquired the Granary Books archive in 2013 and the collection is open for research.

The opening event for the exhibit on September 16th will showcase some of the press’s most frequent collaborators, including bookbinder Daniel Kelm, book artist and graphic designer Emily McVarish, poet Charles Bernstein, critic and book artist Johanna Drucker, poet and anthologist Jerome Rothenberg, poet Vincent Katz, and book artist Buzz Spector. Their presentation goes from 6:30-7:30pm in Butler Library Room 203. A reception in the RBML follows.

Two of the artists who have work in the exhibition, Jen Bervin and Cecilia Vicuna, will give a performance in the exhibit space on Tuesday evening, November 17th. So mark your calendars and for more details, feel free to contact the RBML front desk or to check our Current Exhibition & Events page after September 8th.


John Summers’ 3/31 Talk, “C. Wright Mills at Columbia,” Video Available

“C. Wright Mills at Columbia,” a lecture by John Summers, editor in chief of The Baffler. One of the leading figures in American sociology, C. Wright Mills created the concept of a “power elite,” applied the term “New Left” to the American scene, and was among the first to note the arrival of the “postmodern.” As a member of the Columbia University faculty, Mills published his most important works, including White Collar and The Sociological Imagination, and helped transform the campus into a center of political and intellectual ferment. Incorporating findings based on newly accessible archival materials — including never-before-heard audio recordings — John Summers will discuss the influence and legacy of Mills’ tumultuous tenure on Morningside Heights. This event is part of “Live from the Columbia Archives,” a speaker series featuring scholarship based on archival sources discovered in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University.

Eric Foner Discusses the “Record of Fugitives” at the RBML, Jan. 29, 6pm

Thursday, Jan. 29th, 6pm. Butler Library, Room 203, Columbia University.

Record of Fugitives

“Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad and the Record of Fugitives”

A discussion of his new book by Eric Foner, Dewitt Clinton Professor of History, Columbia University.

Please join us for a conversation on research, discovery, and the “record of fugitives,” a unique archival portrait of the true story of the Underground Railroad.

Thursday, Jan. 29th, 6pm. Butler Library, Room 203, Columbia University.

“Live from the Columbia Archives” is a speaker series featuring scholarship based on archival sources discovered in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University.

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