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At a Glance
The photos are arranged in nine series.
This collection of black-and-white silver gelatin photographs consists of Columbia University student portraits, the bulk measuring approximately 1.5" x 2.5". Individual students appear with their signature, an initial designating College or School, and the year. There are some duplicates. The initials for colleges and schools represented in the collection are: Architecture (A), Business (B), Columbia College (C), Columbia College, Navy Midshipmen's School (C(N)), Engineering (E), Engineering, Navy Midshipmen's School (E(N)), Graduate Faculties (G), Journalism (J), Law (L), Optometry (O), and University Extension (U).
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 onsite.
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); Columbia University matriculant photographs; Box number; University Archives, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Libraries.
No additions are expected.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
2002.029: Date of acquisition--June 2002.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
This collection was processed by Brooke Clement, GSAS 2002 and Brendan Ballou, CC 2009. Finding aid written by Jennifer Ulrich in September 2007.
2023-01-24 Finding aid published (JR)
History / Biographical Note
The origin of this selection of photographs is not clear, but this sort of portrait is usually found attached to student records and/or used as student identification photographs. Notes within the collection indicate that some photographs were taken for student employee identification (see School of Law). The photos feature the same background and have a consistent labeling style throughout the ten-year date range of the collection. It is unknown when these photographs were first used.