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Using the Collection
Note: some material may be restricted or offsite
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At a Glance
This collection is arranged by volume and issue in 3 series.
This is an collection of the original volumes of the Spectator. Supplements to the main edition of the paper (e.g., The Eye, Football Preview, Orientation, Basketball Preview, etc.) are included where available.
Using the Collection
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Conditions Governing Access
You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.
The volumes through 2015 have been digitized and should be primarily accessed via the Digital Spectator Archive: http://spectatorarchive.library.columbia.edu/
This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.
Due to the fragile nature of newsprint, permission to view and handle original issues must be given by the University Archivist. The Spectator issues from 1877 through 2015 have been scanned and are available and fully searchable in the online Columbia Spectator Archive.
The digitzed Columbia Spectator volumes should be used rather than the original volumes: Digital Columbia Spectator Archive.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The University Archives maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Columbia Spectator Volumes; Box and Folder; University Archives, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
Additions are expected
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Finding aid encoded by Patrick Lawlor, 2014.
2015-01-13 File created.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
The student-run Columbia Daily Spectator newspaper was established in 1877 and continues publication to the present day with reportage on Columbia University and Morningside Heights. Contributions to the Spectator are open to the University community and general public, but staff is comprised primarily of undergraduate students at Columbia University. In 1962, a desire to achieve more unbiased reporting and alleviate conflicts of interest initiated the separation of operations from University sponsorship. The publication has since run independently.