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Series II: Active Appointment Records, 1940s-1990
At a Glance
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
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.
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.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Academic Appointment records; Box number; University Archives, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Libraries.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Pearl Spiro. Method of acquisition--Transfer; Date of acquisition--2007.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
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.
History / Biographical 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.