Conservation Book Binding Columbia University
Columbia faculty are constantly publishing new books adding the latest scholarship to their respective fields. But deep in the basement of Butler Library, a group of dedicated conservators are engaged in the very different, but equally important task of preserving our cultural heritage.

(Editor's Note: On October 26-27, 2015, Columbia honored the 60th anniversary of Arthur Mitchell's debut with a two-day symposium, including a documentary screening and a conversation with Mitchell.

Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library has acquired the archive of pioneering ballet dancer, artistic director and choreographer Arthur Mitchell.

Thomas Merton manuscript in the outline of an angel

Thomas Merton's papers are now on display at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library.  

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.

An index card in the Columbia Rare Book & Manuscript Library's publishing archive illuminates author Harper Lee's work on the manuscript that became To Kill a Mockingbird.

Within the Columbia Rare Book & Manuscript Library’s trove of publishing industry records is a single index card that notes the delivery of a manuscript by an unpublished author titled Go Set a Watchman.

A sketch of Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson by early Batman artist and Columbia student, Jerry Robinson. Courtesy Rare Book & Manuscript Library. 


Pow! Bam! Zap! Columbia has surprising, even eye-popping, connections to comic book superheroes.

Hidden within plain sight around Columbia's campuses is a museum's worth of art donated to the University over the past two centuries.

In August 2014, Art Properties completed research on a selection of
Chinese bronzes, ceramics and sculpture that are on permanent display in
the Faculty Room of Low Library. The team¹s research led to updated

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.