Columbia University Archives

Academic Appointment Records, 1890s-1990

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: UA#0134
Bib ID 13230235 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Columbia University. Office of the Provost
Title Academic Appointment Records, 1890s-1990
Physical Description 46 linear feet (86 index card boxes)
Language(s) English .

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.



This collection is arranged into two series.



Originally compiled by the Office of the Secretary and later by the Academic Appointments Office, this card catalogue contains a record of all appointment letters sent to faculty members beginning in the 1890s. The cards include the appointees' name, degrees, and a record of each appointment (rank, school and academic year). For faculty and officers of research, the last date on the cards is June 30, 1990. For officers of administration, there are cards with information through July 1987. The cards are divided between inactive (last appointment ended before June 1990) and active (still at Columbia in 1990). The active appointments are also subdivided by school or division.

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); Academic Appointment records; Box number; University Archives, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Libraries.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Revision Description

2018-12-18 File created.

12/20/2018 Record updated in preparation for EAD finding aid.

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.

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Columbia University -- Faculty Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University. Office of the Secretary Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Historical Note

From the 1754 Charter, fellows, professors, tutors and all faculty members "hold and enjoy their said office or place, either at the will and pleasure of the Governors of the said Corporation, or during his or their Good Behaviour." While the length and terms of an appointment have changed since, all appointments are determined by the Board and are held "during the pleasure of the Trustees." The Academic Appointments Office oversees new and recurring appointments, sabbaticals, leaves of absence, promotions and salary increases. They report to the chief academic officer, the Provost.