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At a Glance
This collection consists of the materials related to the 30th Annual Columbia Scholastic Press Association convention held in 1954. It includes the registration forms and submissions for prizes.
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.
This collection has no restrictions.
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); Columbia Scholastic Press Association convention records; Box and Folder; University Archives, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University Libraries.
Additional materials about the CSPA conventions from the 1920s to the 1980s can be found in the Historical subject files (UA#0002).
No additions are expected.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
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 in November 2021.
2021-11-19 Content list published (JR)
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
The Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA), organized at Columbia in the fall of 1924, grew out of several gatherings of editors and staff members from secondary schools in the metropolitan New York area. As a result of these early meetings, a contest to evaluate student-edited newspapers and magazines was organized in February 1925. The results of that competition, which saw 179 publications entered, were announced at a convention held at Columbia on March 12-13, 1925, with 308 delegates in attendance. Those delegates voted to ask the University to continue the organization, adopted its official name, and established its journal, The School Press Review. Conventions have continued each year since 1925 at Columbia. In 1954, as Columbia was celebrating its bicentennial, the theme of the 30th Annual CSPA Convention was "Man's Right to Knowledge and the Free Use Thereof."