Before Morningside Heights: Columbia’s Second Home

Before moving to Morningside Heights in 1897, Columbia spent 40 years on a one-square block campus: from 49th to 50th Street and from Madison Avenue to Fourth (now Park) Avenue. While there are no traces of the old campus in midtown anymore, you can find a few artifacts from Columbia’s previous home that made the […]

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The Benjamin Franklin Chair’s Big Day Out

Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger recently announced that he will be stepping down as Columbia University’s President on June 30, 2023. While most of us took the time after his announcement to look back on the past two decades of Bollinger’s administration, there is one “member” of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library who […]

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News from RBML’s Archivists and Collections Managers | March and April 2022

Kevin Schlottmann, RBML’s head archivist, shares a selection of newly processed collections, updated finding aids, and materials reformatted to digital for use. This month we feature the fruits of the Mellon-funded Audio and Moving Images initiative, a three-year project that officially concluded at the end of March.  There will be more content featured in the […]

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A Dorm for Crew on “Cathedral Heights”

The first students to reside on the Columbia campus on Morningside Heights were members of the 1895 Varsity Crew Team. Just months after acquiring the land and two years before classes even started on the new site, the crew team was granted permission to use a house on the Bloomingdale Asylum grounds as training quarters. […]

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