Columbia University Archives
 

Flat Files Collection, 1754-2017

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: UA#0180
Bib ID 12905992 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Columbia University. Archives
Title Flat Files Collection, 1754-2017
Physical Description 60.16 linear feet (8 mapcase drawers and 18 OS flat boxes)
Language(s) Materials are in English.
Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in fourteen series: Series I. Academics, 1754-2003; Series II. Alumni, 1907-1925; Series III. Athletics, 1873-1973; Series IV. Buildings and Grounds, 1773-1971; Series V. Events, 1802-2016; Series VI. Founding Anniversaries, 1887-2004; Series VII. Illustrations and Artwork, 1874-1970s; Series VIII. Performing Arts, 1894-2017; Series IX. Politics & Protest, 1762-2018; Series X. Portraits, 1865-1998; Series XI. Publications, 1756-1988; Series XII. Biographical Files - Oversize, 1906-1971; Series XIII. Subject Files - Oversize, 1910-2004; Series XIV. Symbols, 1893-1990s.

Description

Summary

This artificial collection consists of oversized posters, maps, newspapers, drawings, floor plans and architectural plans related to Columbia events, people and locations. The collection has been organized by subject matter.

  • Series I. Academics, 1754-2004 (bulk: 1985-2004)

    This series contains oversize materials related to the academic life of the University: from organizational charts to admissions and curriculum information. It includes the original 1754 advertisement of the King's College's plan of Education.

  • Series II. Alumni

    This series includes oversize materials from alumni class reunions.

  • Series III. Athletics

    This series includes oversize posters, athletic programs, team portraits, and newspaper clippings related to a variety of different sports played by Columbia students.

  • Series IV. Buildings and Grounds, 1773-1971 (bulk: 1910s-1960s)

    This series, the largest in the collection, includes oversize lithographs, prints, architectural drawings, renderings, studies, maps, graphs, floor plans, watercolors, newsprint, illustrations, flyers, posters, and set designs. For additional materials, please consult the Columbia University architectural drawings, 1888-1957 at the Avery Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library.

  • Series V. Events, 1802-2016 (bulk: 1890s-1960s)

    This series includes oversize posters from various events such as dances, performances, convocations, talks, exhibitions, films, opening exercises and other events and campus celebrations. There are also fraternity charters and society certificates.

  • Series VI. Founding Anniversaries

    This series contains oversize materials from Columbia University's founding anniversary celebrations and those of the different schools (Architecture, Columbia College, Engineering, etc.). For additional materials, please consult the Columbia University Founding Anniversaries Collection, 1837-2004.

  • Series VII. Illustrations and Artwork, 1870-1970s (bulk: 1910-1930)

    This collection mostly features the oversize artwork which appeared in the yearbook and student publications.

  • Series VIII. Performing Arts

    This series contains posters and oversize artwork from the different performing groups on campus, including the Glee Club, the Columbia Players, and the Varsity Show.

  • Series IX. Politics & Protest, 1762-1972 (bulk: 1910s-1960s)

    From King George II proclamation (1762) to the Graduate Student Union strike (2018), this series covers a wide range of events. It consists of posters, speeches, publications and protest signs.

  • Series X. Portraits

    This series includes drawings, prints, cartoons, illustrations and photographs of portraits of Columbians.

  • Series XI. Publications, 1756-1988 (bulk: 1880s-1960s)

    This series includes special oversize editions of publications, newspapers and magazines.

  • Series XII. Biographical Files-Oversize

    This series contains oversize material that would normally be included in the individual's Historical Biographical File.

  • Series XIII. Subject Files-Oversize

    This series contains oversize material that would normally be included in the subject's Historical Subject File.

  • Series XIV. Symbols

    This series contains oversize materials related to the University symbols including the coat of arms, seal, crown and lion.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML 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.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Flat Files Collection; Box and Folder; University Archives, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Materials

Buildings and Grounds; Columbia University calendars; Historical Biographical Files; Historical Subject Files; Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education records; Varsity Show Records; Columbia University architectural drawings, 1888-1957 at the Dept. of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library

Accrual

Additions are expected.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Victoria Wiet (GSAS 2018) and Jessica Liston (CC 2020). Finding aid written by Jocelyn Wilk in December 2018 and Joanna Rios in May 2019.

Revision Description

2019-05-14 File created.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

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.

All links open new windows.

Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Architectural drawings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Drawings (visual works) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Maps Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Newspapers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Posters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
College musicals -- Columbia University Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University -- Alumni and alumnae Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University -- Alumni and alumnae Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University -- Anniversaries, etc. Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University -- Athletics Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University -- Buildings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University -- Faculty Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University -- History Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University -- Students Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Historical Note

The Flat Files Collection is an artificial collection compiled by Columbiana curators and University Archives staff over the years.