A Safe Space Turns 50

In the spring of 1971, the Undergraduate Dormitory Council and Furnald Hall residents granted the student group Gay People at Columbia the use of a lounge as a safe space for the campus gay community. Fifty years ago, Columbia had the first LGBTQ student lounge on a college campus. […]

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Mrs. Duer’s Diaries

In 1937, Alice Duer Miller, Barnard Class of 1899, presented to the Columbiana Collection the diaries of her great-grandmother, Hannah Maria Denning Duer. The diaries are a collection of 12 slim volumes documenting Mrs. Duer’s life from January 1838 to June 1862. They open with a four-year period when Mrs. Duer, as the wife of […]

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