History

Stepanie McCurry leaning on a stone wall in Columbia's Morningside campus

Photo by John Pinderhughes

Stephanie McCurry grew up in Belfast, surrounded by political violence. Her neighborhood was at the center of British occupation during “The Troubles,” the euphemism for sectarian strife between Northern Irish Catholics and Protestants that killed thousands in the 1970s and 80s.

antique Jewish literature
Jews often took books with them as they traveled or were expelled from various lands. Following the books essentially traces the history of their owners.
Mar Mazower in a pink button-down shirt while standing in front of a book shelf filled with books
Mark Mazower, history professor and director of the Heyman Center for the Humanities, has covered international developments on either side of World War II. In his latest book, 'What You Did Not Tell: A Russian Past and the Journey Home,' he turns his scholar’s eye closer to home.
Sketch of Casa Italiana building on Amsterdam after it was built.
Lorenzo Da Ponte, Columbia's first professor of Italian, whose real name was Emanuele Conegliano, helped create Italian studies not just at the University but in this country, promoting the riches of the culture and bringing its opera to these shores.
rare muslim manuscript in arabic and colorful, detailed patterns around the text
With the support of new technology, archival items from the 11th to 19th centuries in Arabic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish and more will be available.
GAR Logo outline of an hawk

Columbia University has received a $1 million grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation to create web-based, interactive maps of Manhattan and Brooklyn during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Black and white photo of William Donovan in his service uniform sitting at a writing desk, writing a note.

William Donovan created and led the first centralized spy agency in the U.S. Columbia would play a pivotal role in his career. Image Courtesy of the CIA

William Donovan created and led the first centralized spy agency in the U.S. Columbia would play a pivotal role in his career.
An African American woman in 1943 with a red bandana on her head uses a hand drill to add screws to a metal sheet.

“Operating a hand drill at Vultee-Nashville, a woman is working on a ‘Vengeance’ dive bomber,” Nashville, Tennessee, 1943.

One of the founders of the field of women’s history, Alice Kessler-Harris earned her Ph.D. in the late 1960s and then realized that history books had omitted the entire gender from their pages.

Soldiers exercise on Columbia's Morningside Campus
One hundred springs ago, when the United States entered the Great War, Columbia University had already begun preparing. Columbia President Nicholas Murray Butler, a staunch anti-interventionist, was also deeply committed to national service.

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