When the King Became a Doctor

On May 19, 1999, the King of Latin Music Tito Puente became Doctor Puente. During the Commencement ceremony, Ernest Anthony “Tito” Puente, Jr. was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Music. The Harlem-born conductor had delighted audiences for decades, but on this day, Columbia also recognized his support for future Latino musicians with the […]

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EVENT — The Sewing Girl’s Tale, Thursday Oct. 6, 5pm

Join the Lehman Center for American History, the Columbia Research Initiative on the Global History of Sexualities, the Institute for the Study of Sexuality and Gender, and the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law for a conversation with historian and author John Wood Sweet on his new book, The Sewing Girl’s Tale: A Story of Crime and Consequences in Revolutionary America (Henry […]

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Event | Intoxicating the Archive – Preserving Narcotic Heritage and including Marginalized Voices in Collections and Libraries

  “Intoxicating the Archive” critically explores how the memories and struggles of people who use drugs and those of other marginalized and/or activist groups in history are represented in archives, museums, and collective memory at large. While often being invisible at first, drug cultures have left traces in many archives and collections. However, finding and […]

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New Acquisition: IBM/ROLM Phone Commemorative Jacket

The University Archives gets plenty of offers of historical materials – some that we want and some that we are not so interested in obtaining. And sometimes, there is something totally unique that we are incredibly excited to add to our collections.  This was the case when we received an email this past summer from […]

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The history of a possible future: The Green New Deal and Political Change

This is part of a series of blog posts highlighting objects and archival documents from Social Climates: Power and the Environment in the Archives, an exhibition currently on view in the Kempner Gallery at Columbia’s RBML. Drawing on a wide array of RBML collections and materials, Social Climates explores the interconnections between culture, history, politics, […]

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