When Gwendolyn Brooks won a Pulitzer for "Annie Allen," she became the first African American to win. When Sinclair Lewis won for "Arrowsmith," he refused it—the only time that has happened. These are just a few of the anecdotes shared in a new exhibition.
Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library’s American Viewbooks Collection provides pictorial documentation of the growth of cities and towns across the United States from the mid-19th century to the early 20th century.
On the south side of West 125th Street stands a four-story, century-old building whose façade is sheathed in milky white terracotta. When it was built in 1909, at the same time that the Morningside Heights campus, it was a state-of-the-art bottling plant for Sheffield Farms.
Thomas Merton (CC’38, MA’39) was a monk, mystic, best-selling author, poet, civil rights activist and photographer. These facets of his life and more are on display at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library in a show that celebrates the centennial of his birth and showcases Columbia’s collection of his papers and photographs.
The list of the rich and famous who are buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx reads like a veritable Who’s Who of late 19th and early 20th century New York high society: Alva Belmont, formerly Vanderbilt, Jay Gould, F.W.
In the midst of Word War I, Dutch businessman and historical memorabilia collector Maurice Frankenhuis (1893-1969) began to acquire a collection of posters, coins and medals that he then started to sell to support his family while hiding from the Nazis during World War II.
Beginning in the 1920s, Jewish men and women, as members of the Soviet avant-garde of state photographers and photojournalists, transformed how people in the Soviet Union visualized, conceptualized and thought about their country, the war and the world around them, according to Professor