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At a Glance
This collection is arranged in two series.
This collection consists of undergraduate writing projects submitted to the School of General Studies to qualify for graduation with a literature-writing major.
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 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.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); School fo General Studies Literature-Writing Theses; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
2009-10-29 xml document instance created by Carrie Hintz
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
The School of General Studies began to formally offer a major in literature-writing for the 1984-1985 academic year. Though the School had offered a creative writing curriculum before this time, this program linked creative writing and literature courses into one cohesive major.
This program offered courses in a wide array of types of writing-- poetry, criticism/reviews, screenwriting, creative non-fiction, science writing, and fiction as well as magazine editing and publishing. The magazine editing and publishing class produced the Quarto, a literary magazine that contained creative work by General Studies students. One of the graduation requirements for a Literature-Writing major was the completion of an independent project-- either of new work created to fulfill the thesis requirement, or a portfolio of the student's writing.
The School of General Studies discontinued the literature-writing major in 2009.