Category Archives: Events and Exhibits

Attend “The Golden Age of Theatrical Scrapbooks, 1880-1930” Monday, December 3

On Monday, December 3, Sharon Marcus, Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, will be presenting a lecture on "The Golden Age of Theatrical Scrapbooks, 1880-1930." The event is free and open to the public and will take place in 523 Butler Library at 6pm.

Theatrical scrapbooks are some of the least utilized documents in theater history archives, yet also among the most useful, replete with cast lists, advertising imagery, ticket stubs, theater programs, seating charts, and clippings of reviews and articles.  This talk provides a history of the theatrical scrapbook in the United States during the golden age of theater, 1880-1930, as well as a formal analysis of the traits that define theatrical scrapbooks as a genre distinct from other kinds of albums popular during the nineteenth century.  These materials illuminate a few key problems in theater studies, including the status of the dramatic author; the relationship between theater and film; and the notoriously elusive bond between stars and fans, actors and audiences. Continue reading

C.V. Starr East Asian Library Hosts Art Exhibition By Seisai

The C.V. Starr East Asian Library is pleased to announce the opening of a special exhibit of fifteen prints by Seisai (the artist name of Peter MacMillan), from his series Thirty-Six New Views of Mount Fuji. This exhibition takes place in the Starr Library rare book reading room and will be on view through November 30, 2012.

Thirty-Six New Views of Mount Fuji explores the gap between traditional Japanese culture and the careless consumerism of present-day society. The artist uses lithograph printing, offset printing, hand painting, and gold leaf applied by hand in his prints, drawing upon Hokusai's motifs as well as those of other Japanese and Western artists. 

For more information, please visit the Starr blog.

Check Out Opera ‘Amor & Psyche’ Monday – For Free!

On Monday, November 12, Burke Library will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Friends of the Burke Library with a performance of "Amor & Psyche," a baroque opera pastiche by Opera Feroce.  

The New York Times said this show's "comic antics offset sorrowful music, while lighthearted placards and emoticons provided tongue-in-cheek plot updates."  It's an entertaining and beautiful work with baroque chamber ensemble.

This is free and open to the public.

Monday, November 12
Running time 90 minutes (with intermission)

DIRECTIONS: Enter at Union Theological Seminary entrance on 121st and Broadway.  Burke Library, 3rd Floor Reading Room.

For information or questions, please contact Anthony J. Elia, Public Services Librarian at

RSVP preferred but not necessary.

Are Corporations People Too?

The Libraries hope everyone was able to weather Hurricane Sandy this week.  As the campus and New York City get back to normal, we are excited to present " 'Corporations are People Too:' The Strange History of Corporations and the 14th Amendment" on Wednesday, November 7.  

This lecture by Naomi R. Lamoreaux, Professor of Economics and History at Yale University, will explore the seemingly conflicting decisions handed down by the Supreme Court on the "legal personhood of a corporation."  

This event is part of the New York Business History Forum and co-sponsored by the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business Law and Public Policy.  It will be in held in Butler Library, room 523 and begin at 6:30pm.

For more information, please visit the New York Business History Forum site.

What Is Open Access Week?

Open Access Week is a global event promoting the opportunity for academic communities to continue to share the results of their research and scholarship. It runs October 22-28, 2012.

Columbia University Libraries and the Scholarly Communication Program are pleased to host three events promoting open access and its benefits this week!

Monday October 22, 1:00 pm – Butler Library, Room 523

Your Dissertation: What You Need to Know About Copyright and Electronic Filing

This event is free and open to Columbia students, faculty, and staff.

Students at the Columbia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) must file their dissertations electronically, and a copy of each dissertation will be deposited in Columbia's online repository Academic Commons. This new requirement may change the way you prepare your dissertation for filing. Learn important information about using copyrighted materials in your dissertation, and depositing your work in Academic Commons. Bring your questions!


Kenneth Crews, Columbia Copyright Advisory Office

Rob Hilliker, Academic Commons Manager

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Check Out The “Memory Project” On Monday, October 22

The M.A. Film Studies Program and C.V Starr East Asian Library presents, "Memory Project: Chinese Independent Documentaries" on Monday, October, 22 at 8pm.

Chinese documentary filmmakers of the only-child generation explore their identities by engaging with the past. In 2011, these directors returned to their ancestral villages to uncover oral histories from their grandparents. Found memories are uncovered of a different China paralyzed in fear and famine.

This event features a screening and conversations with Wu Wenguang, Zou Xueping, Zhang Mengqi, and Luo Bing in Dodge Hall in the Lifetime Screening Room.

There will be an introduction by Professor Nico Baumbach, Film Division and the conversation will be moderated by Dr. Junjie Chen, Visiting ACLS Anthropologist.

Check Out What’s Going On At The Libraries In October!

Mark your calendars because October is more than just mid-terms and Halloween! From historical drama to General Motors to the annual PhD Reception, the Libraries are full of action this month.

"Treacherous Beauty"
A lecture and book signing by author Stephen H. Case, who will speak on his book, "Treacherous Beauty: Peggy Shippen, the Woman Behind Benedict Arnold and the Plot to Betray America."

Thursday, October 11, 6pm
Butler Library, Room 523

3rd Annual PhD Reception*
Enjoy meeting librarians and fellow PhD students over refreshments.
*This event is by invitation only for PhD students.

Thursday, October 11, 5pm – 7pm
Watson Library, 3rd Floor

"The Myth of the Woman Novel Reader"
A lecture by Jordan Alexander Stein, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Colorado at Boulder, as part of the Book History Colloquium. 

Tuesday, October 16, 6pm
Butler Library, Room 523
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Welcome to the Libraries!

Columbia University Libraries welcomes undergraduates in Columbia College, School of Engineering and Applied Science, and General Studies!

As part of our welcome, you have three chances to win an iPad! Enter our Online Library Contest at Attend our Butler Library Welcome Events on Wed. 8/29 from 10-11am and on Fri. 8/31 from 11am-12pm for refreshments and information on getting the most out of the libraries.

Meet the library experts who can make your life at Columbia easier! We will take the mystery out of using our vast collections of books and online resources. Enjoy some refreshments while you download our library mobile app, learn how to get help with your research, and find out how to check out books, films and graphic novels.

We hope to see you there! (Contest entries must be received by midnight Friday 8/31/12) . Please visit our Undergraduate Services and Engineering Personal Librarian web pages.

“Gorey Preserved” Exhibition Extended Until August 10th

Due to popular demand, "Gorey Preserved," a major exhibition of works by the idiosyncratic illustrator, designer, and writer, Edward Gorey (1925-2000), is extending its run in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library (6th floor, Butler Library) until Friday, August 10th.

So if you thought you missed it, there is still time to view this extensive collection, which contains over 700 items, includes nearly every edition of every work published by Gorey, in addition to illustrations for dust jackets and magazines, etchings, posters, and design ephemera.

This collection is made possible by the donation of noted architectural historian Andrew Alpern.

Exhibition Location & Hours:

Butler Library, 6th floor East
535 West 114th St.
New York, NY 10027

Monday – Friday 9am – 4:45pm

Through August 27th: “Joseph Urban & the Great American Revue”

"Joseph Urban & the Great American Revue" will be on display in the Octagon Room in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library on the 6th floor of Butler Library from July 2 until August 27th.

The exhibition is free and open to the public and features watercolors and photographs of drawings Urban did for the Ziegfeld Follies.

When Joseph Urban died in 1933 at the age of 61, he had produced more stage and screen designs, in a wider range of styles, than anyone else of his time. Of these, were all of the Ziegfeld Follies from 1915 until 1931 (except 1925), 29 Midnight Frolics, as well as a number of other Broadway shows including Rio Rita and Show Boat for Ziegfeld.

A digital exhibition is also available to view online.

For more information on the exhibition or archive, please contact:

Jennifer B. Lee
Curator, Performing Arts Collections
Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Columbia University
Tel: 212-854-4048