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At a Glance
This collection is arranged in one series.
This collection consists of the by-laws, correspondence and meeting minutes of the Alumni Association of the School of Architecture.
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.
Additional architecture alumni materials can be found in the Historical subject files (UA#0002). Materials related to the early days of the School of Architecture can be found in the Graduate School of Architecture and Planning records, 1890-1963 at the Avery Drawings & Archives. There is also a small collection of Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation records at the University Archives.
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 December 2022.
2022-12-16 Finding aid published (JR)
History / Biographical Note
Instruction in the principles of civil and military architecture for the Senior Class appears in the Columbia College Statutes as early as 1836, but the establishment of a professional school of architecture would have to wait a few years. William Robert Ware, who established the first school of architecture in this country at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1865, organized the initial courses in architecture at Columbia College in 1881 and within the School of Mines. In 1902, the School of Architecture became its own independent unit in the University.
The formation of an association of the alumni of architecture dates back to a circular letter of information from Professor Talbot Hamlin sent in December 1903 to its graduates and former students. At a meeting on April 25, 1904, the Society of Columbia University Architects came into existence. In 1911, the name was changed to the Alumni Association of the School of Architecture of Columbia University. Every year, the Alumni Association gave out a medal for excellence in design and other endowed prizes.