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Columbia University historical recordings, 1902-1985

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Call No.: UA#0315
Bib ID 4078636 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Columbia University
Title Columbia University historical recordings, 1902-1985
Physical Description 18.13 linear feet (20 document boxes, 1 record carton, 4 oversize boxes, 10 phonograph album boxes, and 1 OS flat box.)
Language(s) English , Japanese .
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This collection is located on-site.

Some unique time-based media items have been reformatted and are available onsite via links in the container list. All original copies of audio / moving image media are closed until reformatting in 2020. Email rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

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Summary

An artificial collection of phonograph records, reels of audio tape recordings, and motion picture films recording a variety of Columbia University academic and extra-curricular activities and events such as lectures; speeches, some at award ceremonies; commencement; installation of Nicholas M. Butler and Dwight D. Eisenhower as presidents of the university; King George VI of England during his visit, 1939; speech of England's Queen Mother, Elizabeth in 1954; homecoming; football, the band; academic and alumni conferences; and radio programs under the auspices of Columbia. Many of the recordings are of Eisenhower. Other prominent personalities include John Foster Dulles, Herbert Hoover, Isidor Rabi, Eleanor Roosevelt, John R. Dunning, and the Shah of Iran.

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Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

Some unique time-based media items have been reformatted and are available onsite via links in the container list. All original copies of audio / moving image media are closed until reformatting in 2020. Email rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Columbia University Historical Recordings; Box and Folder; University Archives, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Libraries.

Ownership and Custodial History

Transferred from Columbiana, 1974 & 1977; Gift of the Columbia University Engineering Alumni Association, 1979.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 05/05/89. EAD container list created by Emily Burns CC 2018 and Jocelyn Wilk. Finding Aid written by Jocelyn Wilk in August 2019.

Revision Description

2019-08-23 Collection number changed from MS#0258 to UA#0315.

2020-07-09 Links to first batch of digitized material added. kws

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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"CUL Collections:"
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Phonodiscs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Slides Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sound recordings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tape recordings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Video recordings (physical artifacts) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
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"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Bands (Music) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Butler, Nicholas Murray, 1862-1947 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University -- : Alumni and alumnae Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University -- : Anniversaries, etc Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University -- : Football Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University -- : History Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University -- : Presidents Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dulles, John Foster, 1888-1959 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dunning, John R (John Ray), 1907-1975 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Eisenhower, Dwight D (Dwight David), 1890-1969 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Elizabeth, Queen, consort of George VI, King of Great Britain, 1900-2002 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
George, King of Great Britain, VI, 1895-1952 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran, 1919-1980 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Motion pictures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rabi, I. I (Isidor Isaac), 1898-1988 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Radio programs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Universities and colleges -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

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Series I: Boxes, 1902-1982



Box 1 Alexander Hamilton Dinner, 1947

(3 reels of audio tape)


Box 1 Dulles, John Foster, undated

(1 reel of audio tape)


Box 1 Edman, Irwin, January 9, 1953

(1 reel of audio tape; "What do philosophers do professionally?" by Professor Irwin Edman.)


Box 1 Extra-curricular, Columbia - Campus Tour Audio, 1960-1965

(1 reel of audio tape; this recording is from the first half of the tape. Campus tour audio for a slide show.)


Box 1 Extra-curricular, Columbia - WKCR King's Crown Concert Introductions, undated

(1 reel of audio tape. This recording is from the second half of this tape.)


Box 1 Fermi, Enrico, January 30, 1954

(2 reels of audio tape; remarks during Columbia's Bicentennial, recollections about the early days in nuclear fusion research.)


Box 1 Powell, Richard. Voice of America, June 3, 1953

(1 reel of audio tape)


Box 1 Rabi, Isidor, June 29, 1954

(2 reels of audio tape; at a panel at the Pacific Coast Institute in Santa Barbara, Prof. Rabi is introduced by Cal Tech physics professor Carl D. Anderson.)


Box 1 Roosevelt, Eleanor. Teachers College Youth Conference, March 4, 1954

(1 reel of audio tape)


Box 1 Shah of Iran. Silver Lecture, February 2, 1955

(1 reel of audio tape; Mohammed Reza Pahlevi, Shah of Iran, received an honorary degree.)


Box 1 Sneed, Earl and Richard Powell, undated

(1 reel of audio tape)



Box 2 Centennial of Italy's unification. Celebration at Columbia, November 5, 1959

(1 reel of audio tape; Director of Libraries Richard H. Logsdson, offers the intro, followed by remarks by University President Grayson Kirk.)


Box 2 Columbia University Alumni Association of Southern California and the Barnard College Club of Los Angeles County. New Patterns in Education, December 3,1960

(Voices of: Grayson Kirk, Isidor Rabi, Charles Frankel, John G. Palfrey, Millicent McIntosh. For transcripts of this panel discussion, consult typescripts in Columbiana. 5 reels of audio tape. 2 copies of reels 1-2.)


Box 2 Columbia-Barnard Forum, San Francisco. New Patterns in Education, December 1960

(Voices of: Glen T. Seaberg, Grayson Kirk, Charles Frankel, Isidor Rabi, John G. Palfrey, Millicent McIntosh. 4 reels of audio tape.)


Box 2 Columbia University Educational Forum, Los Angeles, December 3, 1960

(Voices of: Charles Frankel, Grayson Kirk, John Palfrey, Millicent McIntosh. 2 reels of audio tape. Prof. Frankel speaks about the "general education program" or the Core Curriculum.)


Box 2 Commencement, 1964

(1 reel of audio tape)



Box 3 Butler, Nicholas Murray. Installation as President of Columbia, April 18, 1902

(1 film reel; "Photographed from the Library of Congress Paper Film Collection by Primrose Productions, Los Angeles, California, 1953 for the Film Archives of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences." Features parts of the installation procession, in particular the end of the procession, going from the Library (now Low Library) to the Gymnasium where the ceremony was held. Includes Barnard College students, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, Chair of the Trustees William Schermerhorn, and former Columbia President Seth Low.)


Box 3 Columbia Cyclotron, circa 1948

(1 film reel; Credits: Warner Pathe News; camera: Schmidt, arranged by A. Lerner, voice: Andre Baruch. Footage of the powerful giant magnet.)


Box 3 Eisenhower, Dwight David. Farewell to faculty, January 16, 1953

(1 reel of audio tape)


Box 3 Eisenhower, Dwight David. Installation as President of Columbia, October 12, 1948

(3 reels of audio tape)


Box 3 Eisenhower, Dwight David. Welcome speech to students, September 26, 1950

(1 reel of audio tape)


Box 3 Eisenhower, Dwight David. Unidentified tapes, undated

(2 reels of audio tape)


Box 3 Eisenhower, Dwight David. Speeches at alumni reunions of 1948, 1949 and 1950 as well as at dinner honoring Thomas J. Watson, 1948-1950

(Taped from phonograph record of these events. 2 reels of audio tape.)


Box 3 Eisenhower, Dwight David. Silver Lecture: World Peace, A Balance Sheet, March 23, 1950

(2 reels of audio tape; first annual Gabriel Silver Lecture at the School of International Affairs.)


Box 3 Ferris Booth Hall. Ground breaking ceremony., November 26, 1957

(1 film reel. There are 2 VHS copies and 1 betamax copy all with Stand, Columbia on same tape found in Box 16 of this collection. The ceremony video is in color, but has no audio. Features the University Band, the cheerleaders and the Glee Club; Professor Moses Hadas, Chairman of the Committee on Public Ceremonies; Dean of Columbia College Lawrence Chamberlain; University President Grayson Kirk; Willis Booth, father of Ferris Booth; Ted Lynn CC 1958, Chairman of the Columbia College Board of Student Representatives, who operates the steamshovel. College classes were suspended between 9:00 and 10:00 am to allow students to attend the ceremonies.)


Box 3 George VI, King of England, and Queen Elizabeth. Royalty visits Columbia, 1939

(1 film reel; "A record of the afternoon of June 10, 1939, when King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain, called at the University. The film is compiled from the newsreels of Pathe, Fox Movietone, and News of the Day." No audio from the inside of Low Library, but the audio is available in this collection.)



Box 4 American Assembly, Dedication Ceremonies at Arden House, May 21, 1951

(7 phonograph record discs)


Box 4 Convocation to honor military generals, 1947 February 21

(1 film reel; Acting President Frank D. Fackenthal conferred honorary degrees on nine Generals and Admirals in a special convocation held on a snowy day at Low Library: Generals Marshall, Eisenhower, Hershey and Kirk of the Army, Admirals King, Halsey, Nimitz and Land of the Navy, and General Vandegrift of the Marine Corps. Generals MacArthur and Arnold, unable to attend, were awarded their honorary degrees in absentia.)


Box 4 School of General Studies Dean's Day, 1962

(2 reels of audio tape; incomplete recording. Kleinberg's remarks begin in reel 2; the end of his remarks and the Q&A are recorded in reel 1. Cook, Senior, Kleinberg, Underhill and others as part of a panel on population growth, birth and death rates, education as a slow-moving social force to control population growth; the birth control pill and surgical interventions in Puerto Rico.)


Box 4 School of General Studies Dean's Day, 1963

(4 reels of audio tape; the Alumni Association of the School of General Studies presented its Fifth Annual Dean's Day on Saturday, March 2, 1963 in honor of Dean Clifford L. Lord. The program was devoted to the "Common Market." Addresses were given by Walter Hallstein, president of the commission of the European Economic Community, and Jack N. Behrman, assistant secretary of commerce for domestic and international business. Low Library Rotunda.)


Box 4 Egleston Medal Award Dinner. Award to Edmund Astley Prentis, May 15, 1950

(5 phonograph record discs)


Box 4 Eisenhower, Dwight D. Speeches: D-Day, Order of the Day and Guildhall Speech, June 6, 1944 and June 12, 1945

(1 phonograph record disc)



Box 5 Aalto, Alvar Convocation, November 30, 1964

(1 reel of audio tape; Alvar Aalto, the noted Finnish architect, received an honorary degree at a special convocation held in the Low Library Rotunda.)


Box 5 Alexander Hamilton Dinner, November 10, 1964

(2 reels of audio tape; William T. Taylor, chairman of the board of ACF Industries)


Box 5 Alexander Hamilton Dinner, November 17, 1965

(1 reel of audio tape; Peter Grimm, CC 1911)


Box 5 Alexander Hamilton Dinner, November 12, 1970

(1 reel of audio tape; Andrew W. Cordier, Dean of the School of International Affairs)


Box 5 Bampton Lectures in America: The Development of Shakespearean Romance, delivered by Northrop Frye, 1963

(4 reels of audio tape. Tape 1. Mouldy Tales, Tape 2. Making Nature Afraid, Tape 3. The Triumph of Time, Tape 4. The Return from the Sea)


Box 5 Bampton Lectures in America delivered by Fredrick Hoyle, 1964

(4 reels of audio tape. Tape 1. Introduction by Dean Ralph Halford; "Know then thyself" (Pope), Tape 2. Introduction by I.I. Rabi; "Life ain't all beer and Skittles" (Du Maurier), Tape 3. Introduction by Rev. John Krumm; "Heaven is above all yet" (Shakespeare), Tape 4. Introduction by H. Houston Merritt; "The poetry of earth is never dead" (Keats))



Box 6 Bampton Lectures in America: Fate of theism/atheism and morals, delivered by Alasdair Chalmers MacIntyre; on Interdiction and Accusation delivered by Paul Ricoeur, 1966

(4 reels of audio tape; 2 copies)


Box 6 Bampton Lectures in American, Lecture by Jacob Bronowski, 1969

(4 reels of audio tape; "Magic, Science and Civilization")


Box 6 Bancroft Prizes Dinner, April 21,1966

(1 reel of audio tape; 2 copies; awarded to Richard B. Morris's "The Peacemakers: The Great Powers and American Independence" and Theodore W. Friend III's "Between Two Empires: The Ordeal of the Phillipines"; remarks by University President Grayson Kirk, publishers and authors.)


Box 6 Bancroft Prizes Dinner, April 19, 1967

(1 reel of audio tape)



Box 7 Bancroft Prizes Dinner, April 18, 1968

(1 reel of audio tape; President Grayson Kirk announces the award winners: Bernard Bailyn for "The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution," Henry Allen Bullock for "A History of Negro Education in the South from 1619 to the Present," and Richard L. Bushman for "From Puritan to Yankee: Character and Social Order in Connecticut, 1690–1765.")


Box 7 Bancroft Prizes Dinner, April 24, 1969

(1 reel of audio tape; President Andrew Cordier, Winthrop D. Jordan for "White over Black: American Attitudes Toward the Negro, 1550–1812," N. Gordon Levin, Jr. for "Woodrow Wilson and World Politics: America's Response to War and Revolution," and Rexford Guy Tugwell for "The Brains Trust.")


Box 7 Bancroft Prizes Dinner, April 9, 1970

(1 reel of audio tape; 2 copies; President Andrew Cordier, who introduces his successor, William McGill; Charles Sellers for "Charles Willson Peale," Gordon S. Wood for "The Creation of the American Republic, 1776–1787," Dan T. Carter for "Scottsboro: A Tragedy of the American South. Baton Rouge, LA.)


Box 7 Bancroft Prizes Dinner, 1971

(1 reel of audio tape)


Box 7 Columbia University School of Business. Convocation on the School's 50th Anniversary, September 22, 1966

(1 reel of audio tape)


Box 7 Jacob Blaustein Lectures, 1969

(3 reels of audio tape)


Box 7 Jacob Blaustein Lectures, 1970

(3 reels of audio tape)


Box 7 Maria Moors Cabot Convocation, 1951

(2 reels of audio tape)



Box 8 Charter Day Dinner, January 9, 1965

(2 reels of audio tape; Audio 2.1, Jacques Barzun's remarks.)


Box 8 College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dinner and Convocation, October 20, 1967

(1 reel of audio tape)


Box 8 Commencement, 1966

(3 reels of audio tape)


Box 8 Commencement, June 6, 1972

(4 reels of audio tape)


Box 8 Investiture of President Andrew Cordier, December 19, 1969

(2 reels of audio tape; 2 copies; introduction by Columbia College Dean Carl Hovde; invocation by Columbia University trustee and Rector of St. Philip's Church, Dr. M. Moran Weston, who quotes a poem by Langston Hughes, SEAS Class of 1925; Audio file 2 is a copy of Audio file 1.)


Box 8 Maria Moors Cabot Convocation, October 2, 1953

(2 reels of audio tape)



Box 9 Commencement, 1967

(3 reels of audio tape)


Box 9 Commencement, June 4, 1968

(3 reels of audio tape; digitized by PRD in 2008.)



Box 10 Commencement, 1969

(3 reels of audio tape. All audio reels are MISSING as of January 2020.)


Box 10 Commencement, 1970

(2 reels of audio tape)


Box 10 Organ Samples for Columbia, undated

(1 reel of audio tape)



Box 11 Lecture Given by Dr. Gordon Dale Dorman, President of the American Medical Association, October 2, 1969

(2 reels of audio tape)


Box 11 Eisenhower, Dwight D. Memorial Service, April 7, 1969

(1 reel of audio tape)


Box 11 Elmer Davis Lecture. John C. Daly, Lecturer, February 27, 1968

(1 reel of audio tape; John Charles Daly, head of Voice of America, assistant director of the U.S. Information Agency and noted television moderator. Daly's speech was the third Elmer Davis Memorial Lecture in a continuing series sponsored by the Graduate School of Journalism.)


Box 11 Horwitz Award Dinner, October 8, 1969

(1 reel of audio tape; Awardees: Max Delbrück and Salvador E. Luria.)


Box 11 Horwitz Award Dinner, October 7, 1970

(1 reel of audio tape; Awardees: Albert Claude, George E. Palade, and Keith R. Porter.)


Box 11 Issac Ray Lecture on Criminal Psychology by Karl Menninger, December 5, 1963

(2 reels of audio tape; Karl A. Menninger on "The Place of Violence in the Vital Balance.")


Box 11 Issac Ray Lecture, April 14, 1964

(1 reel of audio tape. Herbert Wechsler, Manfred Gutmacher and Karl A. Menninger on "The Unconscious Motive for Committing Crime.")


Box 11 Kapitza, Peter Leonidovich. Convocation, October 20, 1969

(1 reel of audio tape; Peter L. Kapitza was granted an honorary Doctor of Science degree.)


Box 11 Salisbury, Harrison. The Modern Crisis of Asia, circa 1965-1967

(1 reel of audio tape; former editor of the New York Times, Harrison Salisbury introduces Lawrence H. Chamberlain, at the Mary Keatinge Das and Taraknath Das Memorial Lecture.)


Box 11 William Radner Lectures. The Rise, and Fall, and Rise Again of the Urban Criss, delivered by Robert C. Wood, April 7, 1970

(3 reels of audio tape)



Box 12 East Campus Kickoff Dinner, May 12, 1977

(1 reel of audio tape; recently appointed Chair of the Trustees, Arthur Krim, offers the introductory remarks and discusses recent Columbia history, starting from 1968.)


Box 12 Eigen Lecture, March 15, 1976

(1 reel of audio tape; Nobel laureate Manfred Eigen of the Max Planck Institute speaks on "The Game on Evolution.")


Box 12 The Fang Convocation, February 26, 1976

(1 reel of audio tape)


Box 12 Gabriel Silver Lecture, December 12, 1968

(1 reel of audio tape; Kuan Yew Lee, Prime Minister of Singapore. Transcript available online from the National Archives of Singapore.)


Box 12 Gabriel Silver Lecture, October 6, 1969

(1 reel of audio tape. 2 copies. David Morse, lecturer, "Employment & Economic Growth : An International Perspective." International Labor Office (ILO) anniversary.)


Box 12 Gabriel Silver Lecture, October 28, 1974

(1 reel of audio tape; Abba Solomon Eban, lecturer, "Toward a World Community." the then former Israeli Foreign Minister taught at Columbia in the fall of 1974.)


Box 12 Gino Speranza Lecture, April 9, 1964

(1 reel of audio tape. Burke Marshall, lecturer, the assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice's civil rights division on "The Problems of Federalism in Our Moral Crisis." Audio of the second and final lecture only.)


Box 12 Kirk, Grayson. Interview on NBC TV News, April 5, 1961

(1 reel of audio tape and 1 reel of 16mm film; interview from the President's office in Low Library; discussion of the 6-year building program, increases in faculty salaries, library budgets and student aid; and the fund raising campaigns. Includes footage of Alma Mater.)


Box 12 McGill, William. Chase Manhattan Plaza Investment Bankers Tour, October 19, 1972

(1 reel of audio tape; McGill's remarks.)


Box 12 Recessional Music, April 1974

(1 reel of audio tape)


Box 12 Stand, Columbia. Produced by the Center for Mass Communication of Columbia University Press., 1959

(1 film reel; excerpts.)



Box 13 Bampton Lectures in America, Paul M. Ramsey lecturer, 1975

(4 reels of audio tape; Paul Ramsey on "Ethical Issues in Modern Medicine.")


Box 13 Charter Day Dinner, October 13, 1972

(2 reels of audio tape; 2 copies; in honor of Andrew Cordier. Includes remarks by Mayor of New York City John V. Lindsay.)


Box 13 Horwitz Award Dinner, October 3, 1973

(1 reel of audio tape; Award recipients: Renato Dulbecco, Harry Eagle, Theodore T. Puck.)


Box 13 Horwitz Award Dinner, October 2, 1974

(1 reel of audio tape; 2 copies; Award recipient: Boris Ephrussi.)


Box 13 Horwitz Award Dinner, October 5, 1977

(1 reel of audio tape; 2 copies; Award recipients: Michael Heidelberger, Elvin A. Kabat, Henry G. Kunkel)


Box 13 Vetlesen Award Dinner, October 24, 1974

(1 reel of audio tape; Dr. Chaim Pekeris on "The Dynamo Theory of the Origin of the Earth's Magnetic Field")



Box 14 Bancroft Prizes Dinner, March 29, 1973

(1 reel of audio tape; FitzGerald, Frances for "Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam;" Gaddis, John Lewis for "The United States and the Origins of the Cold War;" Harlan, Louis R. for "Booker T. Washington.")


Box 14 Bancroft Prizes Dinner, April 4, 1974

(1 reel of audio tape; Billington, Ray Allen for "Frederick Jackson Turner: Historian, Scholar, Teacher;" Hoopes, Townsend for "The Devil and John Foster Dulles;" Thernstrom, Stephan for "The Other Bostonians: Poverty and Progress in the American Metropolis, 1880–1970.")


Box 14 Bancroft Prizes Dinner, April 1, 1976

(1 reel of audio tape; Davis, David Brion for "The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution, 1770–1823;" and Lewis, R. W. B. for "Edith Wharton: A Biography.")


Box 14 Bancroft Prizes Dinner, April 7, 1977

(1 reel of audio tape; 2 copies; Dawley, Alan for "Class and Community: The Industrial Revolution in Lynn," and Gross, Robert A. for "The Minutemen and Their World.")


Box 14 Eisenhower, Dwight David. Message to Engineering Center Dinner, November 2, 1951

(1 reel of audio tape; 7 1/2 ips; General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower, Columbia president on leave to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, sent a message to those gathered at the dinner.)


Box 14 Friedman, Wolfgang. Memorial service, September 25, 1972

(1 reel of audio tape; 2 copies; Professor of International Law Wolfgang Friedmann was robbed and stabbed to death three blocks from the campus.)


Box 14 Kemp Award Dinner, November 29, 1973

(1 reel of audio tape; 6th Kemp Dinner, Kemp Medal for distinguished service in Geology awarded to Gerald J. Wasserburg, professor of geology and geophysics at the California Institute of Technology, and Paul Werner Cast, who was professor of geology at Columbia and chief of the Division of Planetary and Earth Sciences in NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.)


Box 14 Nagel, Ernest. The supremacy of method, November 19, 1973

(1 reel of audio tape; University Lecture; introduced by Provost Ted de Bary.)


Box 14 William Radner Lectures. Bayard Rustin, October 1973

(3 reels of audio tape; "The Early Years: Building a Consensus for Freedom," "The Protest Era," and "Strategies for a New Agenda."


Box 14 Taraknath Das Foundation Lecture, March 28, 1973

(1 reel of audio tape)



Box 15 Bancroft Prizes Dinner, April 1, 1982

(1 audio cassette tape; Countryman, Edward for "A People in Revolution: The American Revolution and Political Society in New York, 1760–1790" and Ryan, Mary P. for "Cradle of the Middle Class: The Family in Oneida County, New York, 1790–1865." Introduction focuses on Kenneth A. Lohf's contribution to the libraries; Lohf shares some remarks.)


Box 15 Egleston Medal Award Dinner. Grayson Kirk, John R. Dunning, and Harold Brown Speaking, April 20, 1964

(1 reel of audio tape; 3 3/4 ips.)


Box 15 Columbia University School of Engineering. Dean's Day, March 6, 1965

(2 reels of audio tape; 3 3/4 ips; 3 copies; alumni luncheon program.)


Box 15 Columbia University School of Engineering. Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Seely W. Mudd Building, 1959 April 5

(1 reel of film; 16mm, sound; no audio for the Columbia footage. Features University President Grayson Kirk and Dean John R. Dunning of the School of Engineering; groundbreaking of the Seeley Mudd Buildings/Engineering Center, 120th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.)


Box 15 Dunning, John. Atom splitting pinball machine shows. NBC TV News, January 26, 1954

(1 reel of film; 16mm, sound. John R. Dunning points out the workings of his "atomic pinball machine," which he uses to explain atomic energy to the public.)


Box 15 Dunning, John Ray. Memorial Service for John R. Dunning, St. Paul's Chapel, December 9, 1975

(1 reel of audio tape)


Box 15 Dunning, John R. Speech, November 15, 1961

(1 reel of audio tape)


Box 15 Jones, William Kenneth. Confounding the Corporate State: Large Firms in the Post-War Economy, 1947-1977. University Lecture., February 17, 1982

(2 audio cassettes)


Box 15 McGill, William. Speech at Engineering Council, November 17, 1970

(1 reel of audio tape; 3 3/4 ips.)



Box 16 Ferris Booth Hall. Ground breaking ceremony., November 26, 1957

(2 VHS tape and 1 Beta tape; Original reel of film also found in Box 3 of this collection.)


Box 16 Kirk, Grayson. Internation understanding through education. Speech at luncheon of Yoshida Education Fund Bankers' Club in Tokyo, Japan, September 24, 1965

(1 reel of audio tape; 7.5 ips; introductions in Japanese.)


Box 16 Thomas Egleston Associates Dinner. Speech to Engineering alumni delivered by William J. McGill, New York, Columbia University, November 27, 1979

(1 reel of audio tape; 7.5 ips)


Box 16 Reactor. Teleprompter Cable TV Reactor Program. Columbia University, NY. Aired on Channel 10, 14 and 19, June 1973

(1 reel of audio tape)


Box 16 Stand, Columbia. Produced by the Center for Mass Communication of Columbia University Press., 1966

(2 VHS tapes and 1 Beta tape; Original film is Reel #5 in Box 18 of this collection.)

Series II: Phonograph Albums, 1936-1980



Box 26 Album 1 Butler, Nicholas Murray. Awarding of testimonial scrolls to Butler by Paterson, N.J., his boyhood home, June 7, 1946

(phonograph record, 6 discs. Includes a duplicate set of discs. City of Paterson, NJ honors Nicholas Murray Butler, University President Emeritus. Presentation at Low Library, messages from the governors of NJ and NY are read, Mayor of Paterson delivers speech, Butler offers grateful remarks.)


Box 26 Album 2 Maria Moors Cabot Award Convocation, 1947

(phonograph record, 6 discs)


Box 26 Album 3 Columbia University Band, undated

(phonograph records, 2 discs. As of March 2016 these discs are unusable/dead.)


Box 26 Album 4 Columbia University Choir. Four Songs, May 28, 1938

(phonograph record, 78 rpm, 1 disc)



Box 27 Album 5 Commencement, 1936

(phonograph record, 78 rpm, 13 discs)


Box 27 Album 6 Commencement, 1938

(phonograph record, 78 rpm, 10 discs. Lacquer on discs is falling off.)



Box 28 Album 7 General Eisenhower's Speech at commencement of Summer Session, June 6, 1948

(phonograph record, 33 1/3 rpm, 1 disc)



Box 34 Album 8 Commencement, June 2, 1953

(phonograph record, 33 1/3 rpm, 1 disc; 5 copies)


Box 34 Album 9 Commencement, June 5, 1962

(phonograph record, 33 1/3 rpm, 1 disc. Event held at Cathedral of St. John the Divine)



Box 28 Album 10 Dinner honoring Frederick Coykendall, October 21, 1941

(Voices of Roswell Magill, Harry Morgan Ayres, M. Hartley Dodge, Nicholas Murray Butler, Frederick Coykendall. Phonograph record, 6 discs.)


Box 28 Album 11 Dewey, Thomas E., November 24, 1947

(phonograph record, 2 discs)


Box 28 Album 12 Eisenhower, Dwight David. Installation as President of Columbia, October 10, 1948

(phonograph record, 8 discs)


Box 28 Album 13 George VI, King of England, and Queen Elizabeth: royalty visits Columbia, June 10, 1939

(phonograph record, 2 discs)


Box 28 Album 14 Homecoming, October 16, 1948

(Also called "Field Day". Voices of: Frank W. Chambers and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Phonograph record, 78 rpm, 1 disc; 2 copies.)


Box 28 Album 15 Homecoming and Dedication of new field house at Baker Field, October 8, 1949

(Homecoming also called "Alumni Day". Voices of: Frank S. Hogan, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Harold Rousselot, Gustavus T. Kirby,M.J. Von der Hyde. Phonograph record, 78 rpm, 5 discs.)



Box 29 Album 16 Homecoming, October 21, 1950

(Also referred to as "Alumni Federation Reunion." Voices of: Frank S. Hogan, Harold Rousselot, Morton G. Bogue, Dwight D. Eisenhower, selections by the King's Men. Phonograph record, 78 rpm, 5 discs; 5 copies.)



Box 30 Album 17 Homecoming, October 13, 1951

(Also called "Fall Alumni Homecoming". Voices of: Harold P. McGuire, Frederick P. Bryan, Grayson Kirk, Harold Rousselot, Rogers Hammond Bacon, The Glee Club, and The King's Men. Phonograph record, 78 rpm, 5 discs; 3 copies.)


Box 30 Album 18 Homecoming, October 25, 1952

(Voices of: Dr. Fred Lane, Frederick Bryan, Grayson Kirk, Thomas Kerrigan, Milton Cornell, Major-General Irving, Dwight D. Eisenhower. Phonograph record, 3 discs; 2 copies.)


Box 30 Album 19 Homecoming, October 17, 1953

(Voices of: Daniel J. Reidy, Frederick Bryan, Dr. Nathan Pusey, Thomas M. Kerrigan, General H.K. Bird. Phonograph record, 4 discs.)



Box 31 Album 20 Kirk, Grayson L. Meet the Press, N.B.C., June 2, 1968

(phonograph record, 33 1/3 rpm, 1 disc; 2 copies; kept one copy of original album sleeve.)


Box 31 Album 21 Lafay, Bernard. Luncheon honoring him, at the Union Club, September 17, 1954

(Voices of: Thomas J. Watson, Grayson Kirk, Bernard Lefay. Phonograph record, 33 1/3 rpm, 2 discs.)


Box 31 Album 22 Markell, Lester. Forum on Democracy, undated

(Address by Markell; introduction by David Truman. Phonograph record, 33 1/3 rpm, 1 disc.)


Box 31 Album 23 Melbourne University and New Zealand University. Shortwave salutes to Columbia, February 1945

(phonograph record, 1 disc. Melbourne University salute from February 5 on side 1 and New Zealand University salute from February 7 on side 2)


Box 31 Album 24 Pacific Coast Institute, undated

(phonograph record, 2 discs)


Box 31 Album 25 Vetlesen Award Dinner, March 24, 1960

(Award to Maurice Ewing. Phonograph record, 33 1/3 rpm, 2 discs)


Box 31 Album 26 "University Life" Series, undated

(WOR broadcast under the auspices of the Public Discussion Council of Columbia University. Phonograph record, 78 rpm, 3 discs)


Box 31 Album 27 Dinner honoring Thomas J. Watson, April 20, 1948

(Voices of: Frank D. Fackenthal, George T. Pegram, Wallace J. Eckert, John von Neumann, Isidor Rabi, Thomas J. Watson. Phonograph record, 78 rpm, 8 discs.)



Box 32 Album 28 Luncheon honoring Dean Philip Young at the Union Club, NY, May 4, 1948

(Luncheon given by Thomas J. Watson. Voices of: Thomas J. Watson, Frank D. Fackenthal, Philip Young, Dwight D. Eisenhower. Phonograph record, 78 rpm, 4 discs.)


Box 32 Album 29 Butler, Nicholas Murray. Address at Luncheon for His Royal Highness Prince Abdul-Ilal, June 2, 1945

(Introduction by Mr. Thomas J. Watson. phonograph record, 1 disc)



Box 36 Album 30 Alumni Luncheon, December 12, 1942

(phonograph record, 33 1/3 rpm, 2 discs. Glass discs are broken and losing their lacquer.)



Box 35 Album 31 Commencement, 1939

(Dr. Butler's address and parts of ceremony, degree presentations; phonograph record, 1 disc)


Box 35 Album 32 Conference on Metropolis, February 1, 1954

(WNBC broadcast. Phonograph record, 33 1/3 rpm, 2 discs)


Box 35 Album 33 The Search That Never Ends, undated

(WOR broadcast; adult education program, series 3 . Phonograph record, 33 1/3 rpm, 2 discs.)


Box 35 Album 34 Kimbrough, Emily. The Emily Kimbrough Show, January 19, 1954

(phonograph record, 2 discs)


Box 35 Album 35 Hoover, Herbert. Gift of M. Hartley Dodge (CC 1903), March 18, 1952

(phonograph record, 33 1/3 rpm, 1 disc)


Box 35 Album 36 Dunning, John R. The Editor's Diary, August 5, 1948

(recorded on August 5 and re-broadcast on August 6. phonograph record, 33 1/3 rpm, 1 disc)



Box 32 Album 37 Homecoming, October 23, 1954

(phonograph record, 33 1/3 rpm, 1 disc)


Box 32 Album 38 Charter Day Dinner - Remarks by the Honorable Lawrence E. Walsh, October 31, 1968

(phonograph record, 33 1/3 rpm, 1 disc, 2 copies)


Box 32 Album 39 Dwight David Eisenhower Address at Columbia University School of Engineering Dinner, undated

(phonograph record, 78 rpm, 12 inches; running time 2 minutes)



Box 35 Album 40 Herbert Hoover speech at Columbia University Engineering School Dinner, November 7, 1951

(phonograph record, 33 1/3 rpm, 16 inches)



Box 34 Album 41 "Casey at the Bat" Recited by Chalmers Wood (CC 1905) for the Society of Older Graduates, 1945

("Case at the Bat" was written by Ernest Lawrence Tayler. New York, privatly recorded for Edmund A. Prentis and donated by him. Phonograph record, 78 rpm, 10 inches, 1 disc, 2 copies)



Box 32 Album 42 Columbia University Varsity Show - Fly With Me: The Original 1980 Columbia Cast, 1980

(the first complete musical score/with music by Richard Rodgers; lyrics by Lorenz Hart; additional lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein and Richard Rodgers. Columbia University, Original Cast Records, and the Chu-Yeko Musical Foundation, 1980. Show originally written and performed in 1920. Phonograph record, 12 in, 1 disc. Retained orignal album cover)



Box 33 Album 43 Kirk, Grayson L. Address. Farmers Insurance Group, Portland, Oregon, undated

(5 albums, 17 discs, 78 rpm; Album 1, 1a, 2, 2a contain address; Album 3 contains interview by Bob Thomlinson.Albums re-housed out of presentation boxes.)



Box 32 Album 44 Los Angeles Breakfast Club pre-1934 Rose Bowl gathering, December 27, 1933

(2 oversized phonograph discs. Two 12" discs coated in metal are part of "Los Angeles Breakfast Club Presentation John Boyce-Smith to Peggy Hamilton (Miss Columbia) from December 27, 1933. Speakers: Edward S. Elliot; John Boyce Smith; Peggy Hamilton, Miss Columbia.)



Box 35 Album 44 George VI, King of England, and Queen Elizabeth: royalty visits Columbia, June 10, 1939

(16" phonograph disc coated in vinyl. Audio of the ceremony inside Low Library. Introduction/welcome remarks by Nicholas Murray Butler, God Save the King, and presentation of the original charter for King's College from 1754. The Star-Spangled Banner. Pomp and Circumstance. Video highlights available in this collection.)

Series III: Film and Tape Reels, 1937-1985



Box 17 Reel 1 Alumni Service Awards, 1966

(From the Office of Joseph D. Coffee, Jr. Film, 16mm, b/w, sound, 1 reel)



Box 18 Reel 2 Education is Everyone's Business, April 7, 1960

(Ordered by Coordinator of University Planning. Film, 16 mm, color composite print, 1 reel)


Box 18 Reel 3 Lions At Play, undated

(film, 1 reel)



Box 17 Reel 4 Mark Evans Show, 1966

(From the Office of Joseph D. Coffee, Jr. Film, 16mm, 1 reel)



Box 18 Reel 5 Stand, Columbia. Produced by the Center for Mass Communication of Columbia University Press., 1966

(From Jacques Barzun, 1969. Film, 1 reel, pt. 2 only. MULTIPLE COPIES. ALSO FOUND IN BOX 16)



Box 17 Reel 6 Dunning, John R. The Columbia Cyclotron, January 24, 1954

(Omnibus TV-Radio Workshop. Film, 16mm, sound, 1 reel)


Box 17 Reel 7 Dunning, John R. Chronoscope, March 1953

(CBS TV program. Film, 16 mm, sound, 1 reel)



Box 22 Reel 8 Mead, Margaret. Lecture No. 5, New York, November 20, 1978

(videotape, b&w, 2 cassettes)



Box 21 Reel 9 Highet, Gilbert. Lecture No. 3, New York, April 23, 1968

(videotape, b&w, 1 cassette)


Box 21 Reel 10 Bell, Daniel. Lecture, New York, April 22, 1968

(Two 2-inch video tapes ARCHIVAL COPY. Two transfer copies found in Box 25: 1 videocassette, sd; black-and-white; 54 min, UCA60 User Copy.)



Box 23 Reel 11 Kusch, Polykarp. Lecture No. 2, New York, April 23, 1968

(2" videotape, b&w, 2 cassettes)



Box 24 Reel 12 Hofstadter, Richard. Lecture, April 23, 1968

(Two video tapes; sd. 2"x4800" ARCHIVAL COPY. Two transfer copies in Box 25: 2 videocassettes; sd; black-and-white; UCA60 USER COPY.)



Box 22 Reel 13 "Columbia College Goes Coed", August 29, 1983

(WCBS-TV. Program for Channel 2 News. Videotape: 1 cassette)


Box 22 Reel 14 "Columbia co-ed", August 29, 1983

(WNBC-TV. Program for Channel 4 News. Videotape: 1 cassette)



Box 18 Reel 15 Columbia College, Class of 1927 Tenth Year Reunion, New York, Spring 1937

(Film made by Eric Bernt and John Maurer for W. French Githens (CC 1927); claims to be first privately produced sound motion picture. Film, 16mm, sound, 1 reel. Original film restricted. Three VHS transfer copies in Box 25.)



Box 17 Reel 16 Columbia College, Class of 1927 Twentieth Year Reunion, New York, 1947

(Robert S. Curtiss, President. Made for W. French Githens (CC 1927), sponsor. Film, 16mm, sound, 1 reel)



Box 22 Reel 17 Lily Peters, Poet Laureate of Arkansas. Arkansas Endowment of the Humanities, Arkansas Portrait, 1985

(videocassette, color, VHS)



Box 19 Reel 18 Dwight Miner. Lecture to Freshmen, September 2, 1977

(Reel 1: Nick Serwer into of Henry Coleman. Henry Coleman intor of Dwight Miner. Dwight Miner - History of Columbia. Reel 2: Dwight Miner - History of Columbia (continued))



Box 20 Reel 1 Charter Day Dinner, Queen Mother's Speech, Part 1 and Part 2, 1954

(2 reels. Part 1 is an OS reel and Part 2 is a smaller reel)


Box 20 Reel 2 Dean's Day, February 22, 1962

(2 reels of tape.)


Box 20 Reel 3 Forum on Democracy, undated

(2 reels of tape.)



Box 19 Reel 4 Alexander Hamilton Dinner, 1962

(two reels of audio tape - parts I and II.)


Box 19 Reel 5 Vetlesen Award Dinner - Award to Maurice Ewing, March 24, 1960

(1 reel of tape. Phonograph album #25 is of the same event.)



Box 25 Transfer Copies, 1937, 1968

(This box contains transfer copies of Reel #10 Professor Bell Lecture, Reel #12 Richard Hofstadter Lecture, and Reel #15 Columbia College Class of 1937 10th year Reunion.)