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At a Glance
Fliers, printed matter, clippings, programs, correspondence, artifacts, and A/V content documenting the student experiences of Kevin M. O'Connor and his friends between 1988 and 1992. Content includes materials related to life in his suite dubbed the Existential Despair Suite (EDS), events at the Postcrypt Art Gallery and Coffeehouse housed in the basement of St. Paul's Chapel, and the Columbia Outdoor Orientation Program (COOP). There are also photographs of him and his friends from Spring 1991 and Commencement 1992. Three items of audio-visual content: featuring a news report about the Postcrypt Gallery from 1991, an original song performed at the Furnald Folk Fest in 1991, and a performance/reading by Allen Ginsberg at St. Paul's Chapel in 1990.
Using the Collection
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
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 stored off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.
Conditions Governing Use
Single reproductions may be made for research purposes. It is the responsibility of the user to secure permission for publication or use from the appropriate copyright holder.
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.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Kevin M. O'Connor Student Life Collection; Box and Folder; University Archives, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Kevin M. O'Connor, 2022.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
This collection was processed by Jocelyn Wilk, July 2022.
2022-07-01 Published finding aid (JW)
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Kevin M. O'Connor was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1970. He is a 1988 graduate of William H. Hall High School and attended Columbia College from 1988-1992, graduating with a BA degree in Religion in 1992. During his years at Columbia Kevin was part of a suite that dubbed itself the "Existential Despair Suite". He also particpated in the Postcrypt Art Gallery and Coffeehouse, Columbia Outdoor Orientation Program (COOP), worked in Earl Hall, and organized three events called DespairFest. Since college, he has pursued a career in media and licensing, always working at the intersection of creative and business in TV, toys, t-shirts, music, and publishing. He continues to live in Morningside Heights.