The Columbia Center for Oral History Research’s 2019 Summer Institute in Oral History will focus on the challenges we face in documenting the political present when secrecy and distortions of truth threaten the most vulnerable in open societies.
What role does public memory and the search for meaning play in rescuing and preserving the stories that we most need to hear?
Now that Commencement has passed and the campus has calmed, are you thinking summer about travel plans?
Here’s some inspiration from the University Archives: three travel diaries from three very different writers and from very different times and circumstances.
SS Bremen, Bundesarchiv, Bild 102-11081 / Georg Pahl / CC-BY-SA 3.0
Welcome to the start of Columbia’s 2018 summer session!
We recently processed a collection of Columbia Men’s Residence Hall Registers and Ledger Books. The registers served as a directory of residents for each of the earliest dorms on the Morningside campus. Organized by last name and first initial, the books list the room number, mail box number, check-in and check-out dates, and a forwarding address. The “office boys” kept these registers at the front desk to note when residents arrived, when keys were returned, as well as for handling deliveries and other requests. On the inside pages, the books include contact information for area hospitals, cab companies and messenger services.