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Commencement Collection, 1758-

Series III: Annual Commencement scrapbooks, 1758-1937

This series contains a number of scrapbooks put together by the Columbiana curators. During the tenure of Robert Arrowsmith CC 1882 as Columbiana curator (1917-1927), he envisioned a collection of scrapbooks documenting different aspects of Columbia: athletics, literary societies, alumni associations, schools, etc. One series of scrapbooks, which was continued by Arrowsmith's successor, Milton Halsey Thomas, collected materials related to the Annual Commencement ceremony. In these scrapbooks, there are Photostat copies and transcriptions of newspaper accounts, programs, tickets, published addresses, invitations and some photographs. The scrapbooks include materials related to other Commencement events (Class Day, Baccalaureate Service, Alumni Luncheon, Campus Night, etc.) and cover the various schools at Columbia (Engineering, Journalism, Barnard, etc.). At the 1811 Commencement ceremony, the refusal of a diploma to one of the graduates led to a riot. There is a supplemental 1811 volume with the transcription of the newspaper accounts about the incident, the legal procedures and the subsequent sentencing of those involved.

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Volume 1 Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1758-1776



Volume 2 Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1786-1799



Volume 3 Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1800-1811



Volume 4 Supplement, 1811



Volume 5 Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1812-1819



Volume 6 Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1820-1829



Volume 7 Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1830-1849



Volume 8 Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1850-1869



Volume 9 Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1870-1889



Volume 10 Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1890-1895



Volume 11 Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1896-1899



Volume 12 Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1900-1902



Volume 13 Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1903-1905



Volume 14 Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1906-1907



Volume 15 Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1908-1909



Volume 16 Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1910



Volume 17 Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1911



Volume 18 Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1912



Volume 19 Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1913



Volume 20 Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1914



Volume 21 Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1915



Volume 22 Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1916



Volume 23 Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1917



Volume 24 Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1918



Volume 25 Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1919



Volume 26 Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1920



Volume 27 Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1921



Volume 28 Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1922-1923



Volume 29 Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1924



Volume 30 Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1925



Volume 31 Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1926



Volume 32 Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1927



Volume 33 Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1928



Volume 34 Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1929



Volume 35 Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1930



Volume 36 Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1931



Volume 37 Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1932



Volume 38 Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1933



Volume 39 Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1934



Volume 40 Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1935



Volume 41 Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1936



Volume 42 Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1937