Student Employee Profile: Meet Flor Barceló
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by Kevin Schlottmann
4d ago
Our colleagues at the Spotlight blog posted this nice interview with Flor Barceló, a graduate of our primary source internship program. Student Employee Profile: Meet Flor Barcel ..read more
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Low Library by Cake Man Raven
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by University Archives
6d ago
All birthday parties need a cake and Columbia’s 250th Anniversary in 2003 was no different. Harlem native Patrick De’Shaun Dennis III, better known as Cake Man Raven, made a 13-foot-tall replica of Low Library in his signature flavor: red velvet. While this massive 3.5-ton cake was impressive, Cake Man Raven’s masterpiece was yet to come. He entered the Guinness Book of World Records for the world’s largest sculptured cake in 2012. In October 2003, Cake Man Raven was the designer and master baker of a 3.5-ton cake celebrating Columbia’s 250th anniversary. Before beginning the undertaking, Cake ..read more
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Extras Between The Sheets
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by Melissa Cabarcas
1w ago
The work of archival and rare book processors is truly fascinating and never-ending. At RBML, we take great pleasure in exploring beyond the obvious and discovering curious and surprising artifacts left behind between pages and amidst letters for years, decades, and even centuries.  These treasures come in varying formats, subjects, and meanings, some of them are jewels, while others are everyday curiosities lost in the shuffle of collecting or left behind as forgotten bookmarks. As someone who has used odd items like lottery tickets as placeholders, I can attest that these items often ha ..read more
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Harlem Renaissance Artist Charles Henry Alston
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by University Archives
1w ago
In 2018, Columbian Denise Murrell GSAS PhD 2014 was the curator of the Wallach Art Gallery’s “Posing modernity : the black model from Manet and Matisse to today.” Following this well-received show, her latest exhibition, The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism, opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on February 25, 2024. Among the many works in this long-overdue show, Murrell features one painting from the Met’s own collection, Girl in a Red Dress, by another Columbian, Charles Henry Alston CC 1929, TC MA 1931. Charles Henry Alston (1907-1977) was a painter, sculptor, illustrator ..read more
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Extras Between The Sheets
Columbia University Libraries » Columbia's Rare Book & Manuscript
by Melissa Cabarcas
2w ago
The work of archival and rare book processors is truly fascinating and never-ending. At RBML, we take great pleasure in exploring beyond the obvious and discovering curious and surprising artifacts left behind between pages and amidst letters for years, decades, and even centuries.  These treasures come in varying formats, subjects, and meanings, some of them are jewels, while others are everyday curiosities lost in the shuffle of collecting or left behind as forgotten bookmarks. As someone who has used odd items like lottery tickets as placeholders, I can attest that these items often ha ..read more
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Mary Leticia Caldwell and Marie Maynard Daly
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by University Archives
2w ago
Marie Maynard Daly, who received her PhD in chemistry from Columbia in 1947, is considered the first Black woman in the U.S. to earn a PhD in chemistry. At Columbia, Daly was one of the 18 graduate students who completed their degrees under Prof. Mary Leticia Caldwell’s sponsorship. Caldwell herself was also a “first.” In 1927, she became the first woman Assistant Professor not just in Chemistry, but in any department at Columbia. Daly honored her mentor in a candid and moving biographical sketch in 1976. Mary Leticia Caldwell. Scan 4833. Historical Photograph Collection, University Archives ..read more
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Oral History | OHMA’s spring 2024 workshop series announced
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by Kimberly Springer
1M ago
  Our colleagues in the Oral History Master’s Program (OHMA) have an exciting  line-up of talks and workshops for spring semester. Oral history as a research tool has been at times almost synonymous with a certain kind of interviewing: one-on-one, biographical, long-form, recorded, and intended for the archive. In this year-long series of events, are exploring other approaches to doing oral history, from using guided meditation to access sensory memories to grounding memory work in our favorite family songs. Events will take place on Thursday evenings (ET) from 6-7:30PM, and w ..read more
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Lewis A. Rosenthal Memorial Room Plaque
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by University Archives
1M ago
Have you ever wondered who else lived in “your” dorm room? Some Columbia students have been visited by returning alumni (see Art Garfunkle); others could search student directories and other sources available at the University Archives. But for a select few, from around the 1930s to the 1970s, there was a plaque right in their room with the names of the previous occupants. “Prize rooms” or scholarship rooms were once a regular feature on the Morningside Heights campus. Lewis A. Rosenthal Memorial Room plaque. University Artifacts Collection, University Archives. At the University Archives, we ..read more
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Collections highlight | Sam Higgins on the Sidney Kramer paperbacks
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by Melina Moe
1M ago
Sidney Kramer was a major figure in the 20th-century publishing world, a literary agent and a founder of Bantam Books, an early paperback company that flourished during WWII. Bantam Books reprinted hardbacks and out-of-print titles at cheap prices and its line of classics, including pocket editions of Shakespeare, made the firm a leader in mass-market paperbacks. Bantam also published children’s and YA series, including the ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ series, adaptations of comics and TV shows, like Star Trek, and a range of genre and ‘down market’ fiction, including mystery, noir, science fic ..read more
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Peter Schickele (1935-2024)
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by Kevin Schlottmann
1M ago
Peter Schickele in Milwaukee, February 24, 1981. Public domain, via Wikipedia The RBML notes with sadness the passing of composer, music educator, and satirist Peter Schickele (1935-2024). He was a well-regarded composer in his own right, but was best known for his comedy pieces composed by the fictional P.D.Q. Bach, the “only forgotten son” of Johann Sebastian Bach. A brilliant musical magpie, Schickele’s long-running and elaborate sendup of classical music traditions combined wit and deep musicological knowledge to entertain live and radio audiences for decades. From 1990 to 1993, his P.D.Q ..read more
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