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Columbia University Founding Anniversaries Collection, 1837-2004

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: UA#0135
Bib ID 6900533 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Columbia University. Archives
Title Columbia University Founding Anniversaries Collection, 1837-2004
Physical Description 5.42 linear feet (9 document boxes 1 flat box 1 record carton and 29 oversized items)
Language(s) English .
Access

Thie collection has no restrictions.

This collection is located on-site.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is organized into seven series. Within each series and subseries folders are arranged in alphabetical order. The contents of each folder are arranged in chronological order.

Description

Summary

This collection contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, calendars, posters and other printed matter, memorabilia including textiles, such as banners and t-shirts that document and commemorate the anniversary celebrations of Columbia University.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

Thie collection has no restrictions.

This collection is located on-site.

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.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Founding Anniversaries Collection; Box and Folder; University Archives, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University in the City of New York.

Related Materials

Related collections in the University Archives: Central Files, 1890-2007; Historical Photograph Collection, circa 1858-2007

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials: Source of acquisition--Columbia University Archives. Method of acquisition--collected by.

Additional materials: Source of acquisition--Alex Oberweger, Columbia 250 Office. Method of acquisition--donated by; Date of acquisition--December 2004.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

This collection was processed by David Schmidt (SEAS, 2006) and Darragh Martin (GSAS 2011).

Finding aid written by Jennifer Ulrich, September 2007.

additions written by Jocelyn Wilk in August 2008.

Revision Description

2009-10-29 File created.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Charters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Clippings (Information Artifacts) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Commemorative postage stamps Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Posters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Columbia University Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University -- Alumni and alumnae Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University -- Anniversaries, etc. Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University -- Centennial celebrations, etc. Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Universities and colleges -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Columbia University was founded in 1754 as King's College by royal charter of King George II of England. It is the oldest institution of higher learning in the State of New York and the fifth oldest in the United States. King's College was founded in downtown colonial Manhattan and its campus continues to reside on Manhattan island in New York City.

King's College suspended classes in 1776 and was renamed Columbia College by Charter of 1784 after the American Revolution. According to University Attorney John Pine, in "Charters, Acts of the Legislature, Official Documents and Records" (New York: Printed for the University, 1920), the Charter of 1787 repealed the prior, which had deprived King's College of its Charter, corporate rights and property, and restored such to the Trustees of the College. The first significant anniversary recognized by the College is the semi-centennial of the Charter of 1787, celebrated in 1837. Later, the centennial of the College was celebrated corresponding to the establishment and charter dates in 1854 and 1887.

Minor events occurred to commemorate the Sesquicentennial (150th). Among these activities, President Nicholas Murray Butler hosted a commemorative dinner, a special service was held at Earl Hall, and a University Convocation was given where several honorary degrees were awarded, mostly to faculty.

In 1929, a large collection of portraits, both paintings and sculpture, of faculty and alumni were donated to the University by various individuals in honor of the 175th anniversary of the 1754 founding of King's College. A convocation was held October 31, honoring notable alumni and faculty of the University.

The celebrations of the University bicentennial included large scale, world-wide programs under the leadership of President Grayson Kirk. Anniversary sponsored productions and events were held by other universities, libraries, and regional Columbia alumni committees. A traveling exhibit, convocations, conferences, lectures, and symposiums promoted the theme"Man's Right to Knowledge and the Free Use Thereof.".

Commemorative objects produced included a stamp issued by the United States Postal Service. A "Bicentennial Medal" was awarded during special convocations. A thorough description of the year-long events is documented in the University publication, Columbia's "Bicentennial: An Account of the Planning and Execution of a World-Wide Program of Observances Centering on the Theme Man's Right to Knowledge and the Free Use Thereof" (New York: Columbia University, 1956).

In 2004, the University marked another major anniversary celebration. The "Columbia 250th" Office organized festivities accompanying the celebration of Columbia University's 250th Anniversary of the 1754 founding of King's College. These festivities included concerts, lectures, symposia, special publications, exhibitions, various ceremonies, and dinners among other events. A University-sponsored film directed by Ric Burns was produced by Steeplechase Films, distributed and screened by alumni organizations as well as broadcast on local PBS stations.

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Series I: Columbia College 50th Anniversary



Box 1 Folder 1 Columbia College Semi-Centennial, 1837


Box 1 Folder 2 Columbia College Semi-Centennial-Correspondence, 1837 1928, 1837, 1928

Series II: Columbia College Centennial (100th)


Box 1 Folder 3 Columbia Centennial, 1854


Box 1 Folder 4-5 Columbia College Centennial, 1887, (2 folders)



Box 11 Folder 1 Columbia College Centennial, 1887

Series III: Columbia University Sesquicentennial Anniversary (150th)



Box 1 Folder 6 1904



Box 11 Folder 2-3 150th Anniversary, 1904, (2 folders)



Box Flat Files Columbia Daily Spectator: 150th Anniversary Issue; Chandler-Van Amringe-Number, 1904 October 28, 1904


Box Flat Files Poster, 1904

Series IV: Columbia University 175th Anniversary



Box 1 Folder 7-8 1929, (2 folders)



Box Flat Files Poster, 1929


Box Flat Files Campus Exhibition Listing and Map, 1929

Series V: Columbia University Bicentennial (200th)



Box 2 Folder 1 [1954]


Box 2 Folder 2 Charter Day, October 30, 1954


Box 2 Folder 3 Clippings, 1953-1954


Box 2 Folder 4 Clippings, 1954


Box 2 Folder 5 Columbia University: A Background, 1950 1953, 1950, 1953


Box 2 Folder 6 Convocation, 1954 July 1, 1954


Box 2 Folder 7 Correspondence, 1954-1956


Box 2 Folder 8 CSPA--Committee, 1950s


Box 2 Folder 9 Events, 1954



Box 3 Folder 1 Events, 1954


Box 3 Folder 2 File Index, 1955


Box 3 Folder 3 Film, 1950-1951


Box 3 Folder 4 First Report and Recommendations of the Bicentennial Public Relations Committee, 1952


Box 3 Folder 5 Materials, 1952-1954


Box 3 Folder 6 Medal, 1954


Box 3 Folder 7 Planning, 1952-1954


Box 3 Folder 8 Planning and Reports, 1952-1954



Box Flat Files Posters, 1952-1954, (2 folders)



Box 3 Folder 9 Press Release Packet, 1954


Box 3 Folder 10 Programs, 1954



Box 4 Folder 1 Special Publications, 1954


Box 4 Folder 2 Speakers, Bureau, 1953-1954


Stamp:


Box 4 Folder 3 1954


Box 4 Folder 4 Ceremony Acceptances, 1954


Box 4 Folder 5 Ceremony Regrets, 1954


Box 4 Folder 6 Clippings, 1953-1954


Box 4 Folder 7 Committee, 1953-1954


Box 4 Folder 8 Correspondence, 1953-1954


Box 4 Folder 9 Issues, 1953-1954


Box 4 Folder 10 Photographs and artwork, 1953-1954

Series VI: Columbia University 250th Anniversary


Subseries VI.1: Program Files



Box 6 Folder 1 Articles and Announcements, 2003-2004


Box 6 Folder 2 Book Party Changing The Subject, 2004


Box 6 Folder 3 Campus Exhibit, Low Rotunda, 2004


Closing Festivities:


Box 6 Folder 4 HOWL, 2004


Box 6 Folder 5 Program Calendar, 2004


Box 6 Folder 6 Symposium--The 21st-Century City and it s Values: Urbanism, Toleration, and Equality, 2004


Box 6 Folder 7 Symposium--Re: NEW Frontiers in Creativity


Box 6 Folder 8 Tickets


Box 6 Folder 9 Commencement, 2004


Columbia University Symposium:


Box 6 Folder 10 Brain and Mind, 2004


Box 6 Folder 11 Constitutions, Democracy, and the Rule of Law, 2003


Box 6 Folder 12 Earth's Future: Taming the Climate, 2004


Box 6 Folder 13 Genes and Genomes, 2003


Box 6 Folder 14 Columbia University in Asia, undated


Box 6 Folder 15 Dinner with H.R.H Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, 2004


Box 6 Folder 16 E-mails, 2004


Box 6 Folder 17 E-Newsletters, 2004


Box 6 Folder 18 Fred Friendly Seminar--Liberty and Security in an Age of Terrorism, 2003


Box 6 Folder 19 History Series--Our Past Engaged, 2004


Box 6 Folder 20 Living Legacies, 2004


Box 6 Folder 21 Miscellaneous Printed Matter, undated



Box 7 Folder 3 Opening Weekend, 2003


Box 7 Folder 5-6 Program Calendar, 2003-2004, (2 folders)


Box 7 Folder 7 Publications, Special Editions, 2003-2004


Box 7 Folder 9 Tea and Talk: Alma Mater at 100, 2003


Subseries VI.2: Memorabilia and Objects



Box 9 Alma Mater Foam Crowns


Box 9 Bandanas



Box 7 Folder 6 Book Covers, 2004 undated., 2004 undated


Columbia University 250th Banner:



Box 8 School of Library Service


College of Pharmaceutical Science


Box 8 Columbia 250 Community Festival Mini-Pennants



Box 9 Columbia 250 Community Festival T-Shirt


Box 9 Columbia 250 Community Festival Postcards


Box 9 Columbians Ahead of Their Time folders


Box 9 Columbia University 250 Staff Rugby Shirt



Box 7 Folder 7 Ephemera, 2004 undated



Box 8 Framed Artwork Commemorating President Bollinger's trip to Asia


Box 8 Picture Cube



Box 7 Folder 8 Postcard, 2004


Box 7 Folder 9 Stationery, undated


Subseries VI.3: Moving Pictures



Box 10 C250 Slideshow, CD-R


Box 10 Columbia 250 Year Celebration, directed by Ben Hayflick. DVD-R


Box 10 Columbia at 250, Steeplechase Films. length: 81m 21s. VHS, 2003 March3 (2 copies), 2003


Box 10 Columbia at 250, Steeplechase Films. length: 81m 21s. DVD-R, 2003 October 10 (2 copies), 2003


Box 10 Columbia at 250, Steeplechase Films. length: 81m 21s. Super VHS, 2003 October 22, 2003


Box 10 Columbia U. Studios: The Dream Factory, DVD-R, 2003 October (2 copies), 2003


Box 10 Columbia U. Studios: The Dream Factory, DVD, 2003 October, 2003


Box 10 Columbia University 250TH Birthday Bash, Tape 1. 4:00pm-5:30pm. Beta, 2003 October 17, 2003


Box 10 Columbia University 250TH Birthday Bash, Tape 2. 5:30pm-6:20pm. Beta, 2003 October 17, 2003


Box 10 Columbia University 250TH Birthday Bash, Tape 3. 6:20pm-6:45pm. Beta, 2003 October 17, 2003


Box 10 Columbia University 250TH Birthday Bash, Marching Band Footage. Beta, 2003 October 17, 2003


Box 10 Columbia University 250TH Birthday Bash, length: 2h 35m. DVD-R, 2003 October 17 (5 copies), 2003


Box 10 Columbia University 250TH Concert, Tape 1. Beta, 2003 October 18, 2003


Box 10 Columbia University 250TH Concert, Tape 2. Beta, 2003 October 18, 2003


Box 10 Columbia University: A Celebration, length: 81m 21s. VHS (2 copies), 2003 November 5, 2003


Box 10 Columbia University: A Celebration, length: 81m 21s. DVD-R, 2003 November 5 (3 copies), 2003


Box 10 Columbia University: A Celebration, Titled Master. length: 81:21. VHS, 2003 October 24 (2 copies), 2003


Box 10 Columbia University: A Celebration, Short version,A Cake for Kings . The Dream Factory. Revised Master. VHS, 2004 September 30 (6 copies), 2004


Box 10 Columbia University 250 Concert, Opening Weekend, length: 2h 54m. DVD-R, 2003 October 18 (4 copies), 2003


Box 10 New Flash Presentation, CD-R, 2004 April 13, 2004


Subseries VI.4: Posters



Box Flat Files "An Invitation to Engage Our Past" 2004 April, 2004


Box Flat Files Business, Graduate School of, 2004


Box Flat Files "Brain and Mind: A C250 Symposium" 2004 May, 2004


Box Flat Files Columbia 250 Community Festival, 2004 October, 2004


Box Flat Files Columbia 250 Closing Festivities 2004 September -October, 2004


Box Flat Files "Community Block Party" by Norman Messiah, Community Festival Commemorative Poster, 2004 October, 2004


Box Flat Files Homecoming, Pictured: Sid Luckman, 2003 October 18, 2003


Box Flat Files Homecoming Weekend, 2004 October, 2004


Box Flat Files "Howl: A Poetry Gathering in Honor of Columbia's Beats," 2004 October, 2004


Box Flat Files Opening Weekend, Pictured: Alma Mater [Birthday Bash], 2003


Box Flat Files Pictured: Zora Neal Hurston, 2003


Box Flat Files Pictured: Thomas Hunt Morgan, 2003


Box Flat Files Pictured: Alexander Hamilton, 2003


Box Flat Files Pictured: Ric Burns, 2003



Box 7 Folder 4 Poster Proofs, 2003-2004



Box Flat Files "Mobilizing Science and Policy for Earth's Future" 2004 March, April, 2004


Box Flat Files 21st Century City, 2004 October, 2004


Subseries VI.5: Proclamations


Box Flat Files New York State Senate and Assembly Legislative Resolutions, 2004


Box Flat Files United States Postal Service Postcard Ceremony, 2004 March, 2004


Box Flat Files New York City May or's Office, "C.U. Postal Card Day," 2004 March, 2004


Box Flat Files The Council of the City of NY-250th Community Festival, 2004 September, 2004

Series VII: Other Anniversaries



Box 5 Folder 1 Bicentennial of 1787 Charter, 1987, 1787, 1987

(A new charter was issued in 1787 that established Columbia College in the City of New York, the undergraduate school.)



Box 12 Columbia College Charter Bicentennial celebration scrapbook, 1987



Box 5 Folder 2 Charter Day Celebrations, undated


Box 5 Folder 3 Charter Replica, undated


Box 5 Folder 4 Columbia as a University, 1941


Box 5 Folder 5 Founding Anniversaries-History, 1939-1954


Box 5 Folder 6 "Graduate School of Journalism Centennial, 2012-2013"


Box 5 Folder 7 Law, School of -- Centennial, 1950s


Box 5 Folder 8 Proposed Re-chartering, circa 1920 1959, 1920, 1959



Box Flat Files School of Architecture and Planning Centennial -- Exhibition Poster "The Making of an Architect, 1881-1981"


Box Flat Files School of Library Service Centennial Poster, 1987


Box Flat Files School of Mines Fiftieth Anniversary Poster, 1914