Alexander Gumby in 1950. Gumby's Autobiography in Scrapbooks, Number 5. (Image credit: Columbia University Libraries)

L.S. Alexander Gumby may be one of the most influential historians of early 20th century African American life in New York—even though he never wrote a traditional volume of history.

Without real estate, there could be no architecture, no planning, no preservation.

Columbia University's Rare Book and Manuscript Library has acquired the archives of renowned comic book writer and novelist, Chris Claremont.  The collection includes drafts of short stories, plays, novels, and comic books; character studies; notebooks filled with story ideas; co

Columbia University trustee Gerry Lenfest has made a leadership gift of $250,000 to Columbia University Libraries as part of a matching challenge funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a senior conservator at the Libraries.