Libraries

A young Puerto Rican girl in a classroom holds up an American flag
Searing images from the 1940s taken by photographer Jack Delano appear to be of the destruction wrought on Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria. Columbia now holds an archive of his remarkable work.
An early drawing by Frank Lloyd Wright of the Guggenheim Museum in a pink color instead of white.

Image Courtesy of The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)

To mark the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright's birth this month, Columbia's Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library and the Museum of Modern Art, the joint stewards of Wright’s archives, are co-presenting an exhibit unpacking his 70-year legacy.
Leone Batista Alberti
Among the 600,000 volumes in Avery, is Leon Batista Alberti’s "De re aedificatoria." Published in 1485, it is the oldest printed book on architecture in the West.
In 1939, an Austrian rare book dealer put out a sale catalog that listed books on medicine, science and sexuality from the library of “a famous Viennese scientific explorer.”
Lin-Manuel Miranda Receives Kennedy Prize, Views Hamilton Archive
A selection of items from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library's Alexander Hamilton archive is now on view. It includes papers, letters and personal items that figure prominently in the award-winning show.
Artist Olafur Eliasson
A number of exhibitions on campus this summer illuminate Columbia's collections, bringing art, culture and history from around the world to Morningside Heights.
Lin-Manuel Miranda Receives Kennedy Prize, Views Hamilton Archive

Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the Broadway musical Hamilton views artifacts of Alexander Hamilton's life from Columbia Libraries' Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Photo by Eileen Barroso

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the composer, lyricist, writer and star of the hit Broadway musical "Hamilton," came to Columbia April 7 to receive the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History.
David Dinkins Archives Columbia University

Photo by Michael Dames

The life and career of New York’s first African American mayor, David N. Dinkins, is one for the history books. Now, there will be no better place than Columbia for scholars looking to write them.
COLUMBIA RARE BOOK & MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY Illustration Trevor Winkfield

Page detail from Faster Than Birds Can Fly by John Ashbery, with illustrations by Trevor Winkfield. New York: Granary Books, 2009. Courtesy of the Columbia Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

In 2001, Granary Books, a small press based in New York, published an illustrated catalog of all its books titled, When Will the Book Be Done?.

Portrait of Sir Kenelm Digby Painting Restored Columbia University

Cornelius Johnson, Portrait of Sir Kenelm Digby, oil on panel, 31 x 24 in. At left, the painting before restoration, image courtesy of the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library. Right, post-conservation photograph by Juan Trujillo

Recently, one of the finest British paintings in the University’s art collection was the subject of a year-long conservation project.

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