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At a Glance
This collection consists of records from the Office of the General Counsel regarding the sale of Rockefeller Center and of part of Baker Field, the dormitory authority bonds and the modernization of Presbyterian Hospital.
Using the Collection
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Restrictions on 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 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.
All administrative records of the University are restricted for 25 years from the date of creation.
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.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Office of the General Counsel; Box and Volume numbers; University Archives, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University Libraries.
For additional information about the transactions in these volumes, please consult Central Files or Office of the President records (UA#0001) and the Minutes of the Board of Trustees (UA#0019). Additional University agreements can be found in the Office of the Secretary records (UA#0085).
Additions are expected.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These volumes were transferred from the Office of General Counsel, John Mason Harding, to the Office of the Secretary, Marion Elizabeth Jemmott, for the University Archives on June 11, 1986.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Collection-level record describing unprocessed material made public in summer 2018 as part of the Hidden Collections initiative. This collection was processed by Joanna Rios, February 2022.
2022-02-18 Content list published (JR)
History / Biographical Note
The Office of the General Counsel ("OGC") provides legal services to Columbia University. OGC attorneys advise the Trustees, Officers, Faculty, and Staff, all in their official capacities, on various issues impacting the University. Columbia first established an in-house legal department in 1974. Before 1974, an outside law firm acted as counsel to the University. Any member of the University Community seeking legal services called directly on outside counsel. Since 1974 OGC represents the legal interests of the entire University, including such geographically separate entities as the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Rockland County, Nevis Laboratories in Westchester County, Reid Hall in Paris, and the entire Columbia Medical Center (formerly Health Sciences campus) in Washington Heights.