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At a Glance
This collection is arranged in one series: Series I. Representative student files, 1919-1961.
Scope and Contents
These folders were kept by the School of Engineering's Office of the Dean. Each file includes information about a student's admission, financial aid, student activities, academic progress, general correspondence during the student's days and as alumnus/a, and copies of high school and Columbia unofficial transcripts. The students are both undergraduates and graduates; some received a degree, some withdrew; some were new to college, others were transfer students, and even others were readmitted to the program. There are students who joined the service, some were V-12 students and others Public Law 16. There are even a couple of folders of women students who were admitted to the School of Engineering in starting in 1943. Most folders include a copy of the student's official photograph.
Using the Collection
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Conditions Governing Access
Student records are restricted for 75 years after their creation.
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.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); School of Engineering representative student files; Box and Folder (if known); University Archives, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
The records of the School of Engineering for this period can be found in the School of Engineering and Applied Science records, 1897-1950s (UA#0094). For more information about the war effort, V-12 students and Columbia's war service, see the Columbia University in World War II collection, 1933-1956 (UA#0015). To learn about the engineering students before this period, please consult the School of Engineering biographical records, 1926-1927 (UA#0292). For a history of the School of Engineering, please consult A lever long enough : a history of Columbia's School of Engineering and Applied Science since 1864 by Robert A. McCaughey (2014) and A history of the School of Engineering, Columbia University by James Kip Finch (1954).
No additions are expected.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
This collection was processed by Molly Boord (GS 2021) and Michelle Chow (Barnard 2021). Finding aid written by Joanna Rios in August 2019.
2020-01-06 Removed expired restrictions.
History / Biographical Note
In the summer of 2019, as the School of Engineering's Office of Alumni and Development was getting ready to vacate their office space for a renovation, they reached out to the University Archives about a box of "old records." The box was labeled "Representative Student Folders. 20's, 30's, 40's. Many special names." There was no information available about when the folders were collected, how they were selected, or for what purpose. The University Archives does not collect student files but this small collection offered a glimpse into the School during and immediately after the war years.