Columbia University Archives

Faculty Club records, 1905-1975

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: UA#0272
Bib ID 6953674 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Columbia University. Faculty Club
Title Faculty Club records, 1905-1975
Physical Description 2.5 linear feet (2 record cartons)
Language(s) English .

This collection has no restrictions.

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 consists of the records of both the Men's and the Women's Faculty Clubs at Columbia University. The records include minutes, correspondence and other administrative files kept by former Club officers.

  • Series I: Men's Faculty Club

    This series contain the records of the Men's Faculty Club, from the earliest proposal, and then the removal from the Club's original location in South Hall, to the purpose-built Faculty House. The records include correspondence, administrative records and board meeting minutes mostly from the 1940s to the 1960s.

  • Series II: Women's Faculty Club

    This series contains the records of the Women's Faculty Club. It includes minutes from the board, committee and general membership meetings, from the early days of the club to its dissolution in 1972. There are administrative records with the constitution, by-laws, amendments, and other documents recording the various officers' roles and responsibilties.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection has no restrictions.

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.

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); Faculty Club records; box and folder number; University Archives, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University Libraries.

Related Materials

Additional materials can be found in the Historical Subject Files (UA#0002).


No additions are expected.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Collection-level record describing unprocessed material made public in summer 2018 as part of the Hidden Collections initiative. Collection was processed by Joanna Rios, August 2021.

Subject Headings

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History / Biographical Note

Historical Note

In 1905, an old building from the Bloomingdale Asylum, South Hall, was refitted to serve as a faculty clubhouse or the first Men's Faculty Club. The Club was open to all officers of administration and instruction in the University and held its first meeting in January 1906. The Club had dining rooms, a reading room, a smoking room and, upstairs, bedrooms which were occupied on occasion by members or guests of the University. The original Faculty Club stood at the northeast corner of Broadway and 116th Street until it was razed in 1922 to make room for the original home of the School of Business, Dodge Hall. A new clubhouse was erected in 1923 known as Faculty House, situated at Morningside Drive and 117th Street. Faculty House had private offices, billiards rooms, dining rooms, a cocktail lounge, and a separate reception room for women guests. There was a library on the second floor with chess and card tables and a collection of books and magazines for the leisure hours of its members. Members could also use the club to host events such as weddings, dances, and parties.

The Women's Faculty Club first met in 1913. All women on the teaching staffs of Barnard College, Teachers College, Horace Mann and Speyer Schools, and those holding certain administrative positions were eligible for membership. The object of the club was "to promote good fellowship, a community of interests, and a closer co-operation among the women of the University and its allied institutions." The new Club originally met in an apartment on Morningside Drive, generously placed at its disposal by Mrs. Helen Hartley Jenkins, of the Board of Trustees of Teachers College. Its first elected President was Professor Adelaide Nutting of Teachers College and its First Vice-President was Dean Virginia Gildersleeve of Barnard College. In 1925, the Women's Faculty Club was given a permanent home on campus in rooms on the first and second floors of the new Johnson Hall, the women's residence hall now known as Wien Hall. An enclosed passage connected it with the Men's Faculty House.

Due to economic difficulties, the two previously independent and member-funded clubs, the Men's and Women's Faculty Clubs, merged in 1972. The joint club was renamed the Faculty House Association. By 1973, the University assumed complete responsibility for the operation of Faculty House.