Research at the RBML | Peter Weber investigates how philanthropies supercharge their impact

Peter Weber is Assistant Professor of History at Auburn University. His work examines public life through the lens of philanthropy and non-profits. At the RBML, he dove into the Carnegie Corporation’s records from the 1970s that tracked their efforts to expand the impact of their philanthropy. He found evidence of internal disagreement within the foundation […]

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Research at the RBML | Ronnie Grinberg

Ronnie Grinberg returned to the RBML recently to use collections related to the New York Intellectuals for a forthcoming book titled, “Write Like a Man: Jewish Masculinity and the New York Intellectuals (Princeton University Press, to be published in early 2024).” Below, Professor Grinberg shares some finds and advice…   What brings you to Columbia’s Rare […]

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Research at the RBML | Lisa Rabin uses the Carnegie Collections to investigate the history of area studies

Lisa Rabin recently visited the RBML as part of her project investigating how area students developed over the course of the 20th century. Her project, titled “Wiring the World Classroom: Paired Mandates in 16mm and Area Studies, 1925-1990” draws on the vast Carnegie Foundation records. Below, she shares some of what she discovered… What brings you […]

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Federico García Lorca: #DormLife in 1929

What was Columbia dorm life like in the 1920s? To hear one student, the views from the dorm rooms are great, the food is plenty, but laundry is pricey. Federico García Lorca was a student at Columbia during the summer session and fall semester in 1929. In his letters home, he described his life on […]

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Now Available | Thomas McGoey Papers

The Thomas A. McGoey papers have been processed and are available to users. Over a long career at Columbia, McGoey served as Director of Residence Halls and Dining Rooms, Business Manager, Vice President for Business, and Special Consultant to the President. He worked for 5 University Presidents and for more than 35 years. But before […]

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