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At a Glance
This collection is arranged in four series: Series I. Administrative records, 1950-1974; Series II. Assembly meeting records, 1951-2006; Series III. Publications, 1951-2007; Series IV. Participant records, 1950s-2000s.
Scope and Contents
This collections contants the administrative papers from 1950 to 1970s, which document the establishment of the Assembly and how it operated in the framework of Columbia University and its Business School. It also includes the volumes created for each Assembly topic and meeting year. The volumes contain both original manuscript material (e.g., correspondence, memos, reports, photographs, programs, etc.) related to the planning and execution of each meeting as well as published reports and publications generated for the meeting. Topics addressed by the Assembly over the years include: US Foreign Policy, Outer Space, Nuclear/Atom Power, International Relations, Collapse of the USSR, Arms Control, US Economy, Domestic policy issues (health insurance, labor, black economic development), Religion and American Life, Social Issues, Arts and Public Policy, Environmental issues, Politics, Tax System, Financial Systems, World Migration and US Policy. The collection also includes The Assembly's publications and a participant index.
Using the Collection
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is located onsite.
All administrative records of the University are restricted for 25 years from the date of creation.
The RBML cannot provide access to original time-based media material which has not been first been reformatted for preservation. Researchers are welcome to examine archival time-based media items and decide whether they wish to place an order for Audio/Video reformatting. If copyright and/or condition restrictions apply, it may not be possible to digitize a requested item. Please note that A/V reformatting is handled by an outside vendor and typically takes 6-8 weeks.
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); The American Assembly records; Box and Folder; University Archives, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University Libraries.
Additional materials can be found in Central Files (UA#0001), Historical Subject Files (UA#0002) and the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs records (UA#0083). There are also photographs in the Historical Photograph Collection (UA#0003) and in the Office of Public Affairs Photograph Collection (UA#0109).
Additions are expected.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
This collection was processed by Joanna Rios and Jessica Liston (CC 2020). Finding aid written by Joanna Rios in October 2019.
2020-01-06 Removed expired restrictions.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
The American Assembly is a public policy institute founded in 1950 by Dwight D. Eisenhower, when he served as the thirteenth president of Columbia University from May 1948 until January 1953. For over sixty years, The Assembly has fostered non-partisan, public-policy discussions through convenings, research, and issuing authoritative books and reports. Over 100 'American Assemblies' have been held on topics ranging from prison reform to health care and to nuclear disarmament. In recent years, The Assembly's projects have made significant interventions in and contributions to economic, urban, and cultural policy, as well as other topics representing a broad spectrum of views and interests—such as workforce development, financial regulation, and the role of the arts in US universities.