Columbia University Archives
 

War Memorial records, 1984-2008

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: UA#0300
Bib ID 6975377 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Columbia University. Archives
Title War Memorial records, 1984-2008
Physical Description 1 linear foot (1 record carton)
Language(s) English .
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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.

Arrangement

Description

Summary

This collection consists of materials related to a campaign for a campus war memorial. There are research files to help identify Columbians who died while serving their country. There are also committee files describing the proposals and plans considered over the years.

  • Series I: War Memorial records, 1980s-2008

    This series contains the records of two groups: the Undergraduate Remembrance Group and the War Memorial Committee. There are the research files related Columbia alumni who lost their lives in conflicts starting from the American Revolution. And there are the working files of both groups as the plans for the memorial to honor these alumni changed and evolved.

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.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); War Memorial records; Box and Folder; University Archives, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University Libraries.

Accruals

No additions are expected.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Undergraduate Remembrance Group working papers were transferred by Jim Lennon to the University archives in 2000.

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 in November 2021.

Revision Description

2021-11-12 Content list added. (JR)

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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"ArchivedGRID"
Columbia University Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Veterans Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
War memorials Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Historical Note

In 1995, James J. Lennon, Columbia College Class of 1943 and a WWII veteran, started a campaign to build a memorial on campus to honor Columbia undergraduates who died in the war. Over the years the scope of the memorial expanded to include all members of the Columbia community, not just undergraduates, and all the wars and conflicts since the founding of King's College. There was even a proposed monument that would be placed in a central part of campus (by the southwest corner of Low Library) with the hopes that it would offer a meditative space for remembrance. The design for the monument consisted of several short walls made of bronze bricks with names of the fallen alumni.

The final push for a memorial came from the members of the U.S. Military Veterans of Columbia (MilVets) who made their appeal to Provost Alan Brinkley in 2007. He convened the Working Group on War Remembrance. The preliminary list published in the Columbia College Today February 2000 issue included about 250 names of Columbians who had died in service. By the time the War Memorial Plaque at Butler Library was unveiled and the website was launched in December 2008, there were about 460 known alumni. Led by Executive Producer Vivian Ducat and Researcher Minda Novek, the accompanying online memorial, the Roll of Honor, was able to provide more context: about the wars, about Columbia at the time, and, for the fallen alumni, more than just a name. The researchers found images of many alumni, mostly in military dress but, for some, from their Columbia days. In addition to photographs, the site also invites family members, friends and others to submit "Tributes."

External users and Columbia affiliates may view materials on-site at RBML. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only Columbia affiliates may view materials on-site at Avery, Starr, and Burke. After clicking 'Submit Request', users will login with their UNI and password (Columbia affiliates) or their special collections account (external users). Appointments are required and will be arranged according to each individual repository's policy.


Series I: War Memorial records, 1980s-2008

This series contains the records of two groups: the Undergraduate Remembrance Group and the War Memorial Committee. There are the research files related Columbia alumni who lost their lives in conflicts starting from the American Revolution. And there are the working files of both groups as the plans for the memorial to honor these alumni changed and evolved.


Research files by war, 1980s-1990s

Copies of alumni federation cards, alumni magazine listings, university publications and website searches.



Box 1 Folder 1 Revolutionary War


Box 1 Folder 2 War of 1812


Box 1 Folder 3 Civil War


Box 1 Folder 4 World War I


Box 1 Folder 5 World War II


Box 1 Folder 6 Korean War


Box 1 Folder 7 Vietnam War


Box 1 Folder 8 Lists and research - preliminary, 1996-2001


Undergraduate Remembrace Committee


Box 1 Folder 9 Brochure for War Memorial, 2001

Fundraising brochure with drawing of the monument to be built on campus.


Box 1 Folder 10 Correspondence contributing names, 2000-2001

Replies to the Columbia College Today article in the February 2000 issue.


Box 1 Folder 11 Meeting notices and correspondence, 1995-2001


Working files


Box 1 Folder 12-13 1995-1997, 2 folders


Box 1 Folder 14 1998


Box 1 Folder 15 1999-2000


Box 1 Folder 16 2000 Fall


Box 1 Folder 17 2001 Spring


Box 1 Folder 18 2001-2002


Box 1 Folder 19 2001-2003


War Memorial Committee


Box 1 Folder 20 Working files, 2004-2008


Box 1 Folder 21 War Remembrance presentation slides, 2008 April

Includes articles from previous attempts to commemorate the fallen alumni.