Columbia University Archives

Pulitzer Prize administration records, 1917-1988

Summary Information


This collection consists of the administrative records maintained by the Pulitzer Prize Office documenting the awarding of the various Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism and in Letters, Drama and Music since 1917.

At a Glance

Call No.: UA#0188
Bib ID 13272080 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Pulitzer Prize Board (Columbia University)
Title Pulitzer Prize administration records, 1917-1988
Physical Description 25 linear feet (20 record cartons)
Language(s) English .

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.



This collection is arranged in one series.



This collection consists of the office files maintained by the Pulitzer Prize staff and Board. Materials include correspondence, drafts of press releases and other standard office files. Materials do not include original jury reports, published press releases, entry lists or Board minutes.

  • Series I: Pulitzer Prize administrative records, 1917-1988

    This series contains correspondence, lists of jurors, photographs, press releases, clippings and nominating materials for the various Pulitzer Prizes awarded each year. Records relate mostly to the Advisory Board membership, membership suggestions, nominations, policy changes, juror selection and the retirement of board members. The files have been maintained in their original arrangement and are mostly arranged chronologically by year.

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); Pulitzer Prize administration records; Box and Folder; University Archives, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Libraries.

Selected Related Material at Columbia

Graduate School of Journalism Records, 1912-2011 [Bulk Dates: 1950-1989]. (UA#0065)

Historical Subject Files, 1870s-2017 [Bulk Dates: 1968-1972] (UA#0002)

Pulitzer Prize Collection, 1917-2011 (MS#1034)

School of Journalism Founding Documents, 1892-1912 [Bulk Dates: 1903-1904] (UA#0183)


Additions are expected.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Molly Boord (GS 2021) and Rebecca Barabas (BC 2019). Finding aid written by Jocelyn Wilk in July 2018.

Revision Description

2018-08-08 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.


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Press releases Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Columbia University Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University. Graduate School of Journalism Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Journalism -- Awards -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pulitzer Prize Board (Columbia University) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pulitzer Prizes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Historical Note

The Pulitzer Prizes were established by Joseph Pulitzer, a Hungarian-American journalist and newspaper publisher, who left money to Columbia University upon his death in 1911. Pulitzer's endowment included the formation of the Pulitzer Prize for journalism, music, drama, and literature, established in 1917. The Pulitzer Prizes are administered by Columbia University.

For a fuller history of the Prizes please see their website: