This collection consists of photographs of academic and social life at Columbia's Graduate School of Business as well as alumni activities. Compiled by the Office of Communications, photographs range from the 1950s to the early 2000s and concentrate on the 1980s and 1990s. In addition to photographic prints, the collection contains contact sheets, color slides, negatives, and digital image files.
At a Glance
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|| Columbia University. Graduate School of Business
|| Graduate School of Business Photographs, 1954-2005, bulk 1980-2000
||7.51 linear feet (18 document boxes)
|| 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 is arranged in six series.
Scope and Content
This collection consists of photographs of academic and social life at the Columbia Graduate School of Business as well as alumni activities. Compiled by the Office of Communications, photographs range from the 1950s to the early 2000s with the bulk dating from the 1980s and 1990s. In addition to photographic prints, the collection contains contact sheets, color slides, negatives, and digital files.
Series I: Buildings and Grounds
This series consists primarily of photographs of Columbia University's Morningside Heights campus and also includes images of New York City, especially the neighborhood around Columbia and the Financial District. There are a significant number of interior and exterior images of Uris Hall, the building that has housed the Business School since 1964. The construction and later renovation of Uris Hall in 1985 are extensively documented as well. The series is organized alphabetically according to the name of the location photographed.
Series II: Events
This series consists of photographs of academic and social events on campus, primarily at Uris Hall, and alumni events held off-campus. The series includes photographs for recurring events such as the Annual Dinner, the Graham and Dodd seminar, the Columbia Women in Business Conference, awards such as the Wien Prize and Eccles Prize, and the "Follies," an annual performance of satirical sketches written, staged, and performed by MBA students. The series also includes photographs from special forums and panels, telethons, networking events, receptions for new facilities, and social events such as parties, luncheons, and the Fall Ball. The series is organized alphabetically according to the name of the event photographed.
Series III: Hermes Photos
This series consists of photographs collected for issues of HERMES, the Business School's semi-annual alumni magazine dedicated to feature stories, Business School news, and alumni profiles. Photos in this series are organized chronologically by issue, though some photos were not ultimately used in the final publication. The series also contains submissions for photo contests and photos collected by HERMES staff but not associated with a specific magazine issue.
Series IV: People
This series contains individual and group portraits as well as many candid photos of people. Most of portraits are of faculty members and many of the candid photographs are of students and classroom scenes. There are also alumni portraits, organizations associated with the Business School, and administrative staff, including school deans. Dean Meyer Feldberg and his interactions with students, faculty, alumni, and distinguished visitors - such as Henry Kissinger – are heavily represented. Also included are photos of special guests at on-campus events, including Dwight D. Eisenhower, Warren Buffet (MBA '51), Bill Gates, and Martha Stewart. The series is organized alphabetically by last name.
Series V: Digital photographs and video
This series consists of optical discs containing photographs taken between 2000-2005 by Don Hamerman, Jon Roemer and Jason Jones, photographers contracted by the Business School. Each CD is accompanied by a contact sheet of printed digital images. Though some CDs are dedicated to a single subject, such as Dean Meyer Feldberg, many consist of various subjects, such as on-campus images, candid images of students, and portraits of faculty and MBA candidates. The series also contains a DVD labeled "Alumni Message – Dean Glen Hubbard." The series is organized alphabetically by folder title.
Series VI: Laura Dwight Photographs, 1993, 1996
This series consists of contact sheets, negatives and a few prints taken by photographer Laura Dwight in 1993 and 1996 for the Graduate School of Business' Institute for Not-For-Profit Management. Images mainly depict faculty and students. Some of these images were used in printed brochures about the Institute, which are included in this series.
Using the Collection
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Conditions Governing 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.
Conditions Governing Use
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.
The photos in series VI were taken by Laura Dwight as an independent contractor, so the copyright rests with her. However, at the time of donation she gave Columbia University her full permission to scan the materials and use them as we wish. Should there be any publication of these images, please credit Laura Dwight as photographer.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Graduate School of Business Photographs; Box number; University Archives, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Libraries.
Selected Related Material at Columbia
Graduate School of Business records, 1910s-2010s (UA#0148)
Historic Photograph Collection, 1855-2012 (UA#0003)
Office of Public Affairs Photograph Collection, circa 1947-present (UA#0109)
No additions are expected.
Source of acquisition--Joe Dooling. Method of acquisition--Transfer; Date of acquisition--2018 July.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
This collection was processed by Victoria Wiet and Jessica Liston. Finding aid written by Joanna Rios and Jocelyn Wilk in October 2018.
One folder of photos documenting Warren Buffett's 1993 visit to Bruce Greenwald's investing class added to Box 9 by JW in December 2021.
Contents of Boxes 16-18 processed by Jocelyn Wilk in January 2022.
2018-12-21 File created.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
2021-12-06 Folder of Buffet images added to Box 9 obtained from the Heilbrunn Center for Graham and Dodd Investing in October 2021.
2022-01-25 Contents of Boxes 16-18 added to collection and Series VI added. Donated additions came from External Relations Office (December 2021) and Laura Dwight, photographer (January 2022).
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History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Columbia Business School was founded in 1916, thanks in part to a generous gift from banking executive Emerson McMillin. Eleven faculty members taught the inaugural class of 61 students, which included eight women.
Over the past 100 years, the School has evolved alongside the ever-changing world of business. To meet the demands of a new century, Columbia Business School will move to a new location on Columbia's Manhattanville campus. The new facilities — designed by renowned New York architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with FXFowle — will reflect the fast-paced, high-tech, and highly social character of business in the 21st century.