Research at the RBML | Barbara Weinstein on Frank Tannenbaum

Professor of History at NYU Barbara Weinstein recently visited the RBML to research Frank Tannenbaum, an organizer in the IWW in his youth who later taught criminology at Cornell and Latin American history at Columbia. Below Weinstein discusses some of her discoveries in the (vast) Tannenbaum papers as part of her project, Frank Tannenbaum—Anarchist, Criminologist, Historian: An […]

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Tributes Marking the Retirement of Jennifer Lee, Curator for Performing Arts

As this post is being written, the Curator for Performing Arts, Jennifer Lee, is checking up on researchers in the RBML’s reading room using the Serge Prokofiev Archive. She’s encouraging to them in their quest by fielding on-the-spot inquiries with her deep knowledge and curiosity. This care and consideration for the materials and researchers is […]

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Tips for researchers’ first time in the archives: photos and scanning

Carrie Smith, Lecturer at Cardiff University, recently posted a thread on Twitter with basic advice for first-time archives researchers. The thread has  tips that work well for our own RBML users — even for our more regular visitors. […]

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Now Available | Columbia Engineering Alumni Association records

How do alumni stay connected to their Alma Mater? In the case of the School of Mines (later known as the School of Mines, Engineering and Chemistry) the efforts to maintain those connections depended on two key personalities, who were dear to generations of alumni. From 1902 to 1935, Professors Ralph E. Mayer and Thomas […]

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Research at the RBML | The Big Five and supersizing literature: Dan Sinykin on publishing conglomeration

  Assistant Professor of English at Emory University Dan Sinykin recently visited the RBML to delve into the library’s massive publishing archives. Making sense of appropriately supersized collections will contribute to his book project, Big Fiction: How Conglomeration Changed Book Publishing and American Literature. Below, Dan recounts some of his finds and how unexpected discoveries in the archive […]

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