Columbia University: Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Columbia University: Rare Book & Manuscript Library

6th Floor East Butler Library
535 West 114th St.
New York, NY 10027, United States
Located in Butler Library, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) is Columbia's principal repository for rare and unique materials, with holdings that span four thousand years of recorded knowledge, from cuneiform tablets to early printed books and born-digital archives. Each year RBML welcomes thousands of researchers and visitors to their reading room, exhibitions, programs, and classrooms.

Collection Sampling

Nicholas Murray Butler papers, 1891-1947

Correspondence; manuscripts of books, chapters, addresses, lectures, articles, and other writings; clippings and other printed materials relating to Butler's life and career, and memorabilia, ca. 1900-1947. Also, correspondence, 1891-1946, between Butler and presidents of the United States including William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Harry S. Truman.

Collection ID: 4078570 MS#0177

Nikolai Rebrov Memoirs, 1956

The memoirs "Kratkaia biografiia moego zhiznennogo puti s 19l4 goda" concern Rebrov's experiences in World War I and the Civil War. The memoirs end with his demobilization in Germany in 1920.

Collection ID: 4077973 BAR Gen Ms Coll/Rebrov

Peter Gay papers, 1954-2003, bulk 1954-1969

Series I: Writing Projects contains manuscripts, proofs, and correspondence pertaining to Dr. Peter Gay's award-winning study "The Enlightenment: An Interpretation" as well as his files for the numerous essays, reviews, books, and anthologies he published during the period (1954-1969). Series II: The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers encompasses Dr. Gay's correspondence as Director of the Cullman Center. In 1997, Gay was named founding director of The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. The center opened in 1999 with a focus on scholarship about human society. In 2003, Dr. Gay retired as director.

Collection ID: 4078800 MS#0474

John Mladinov Photograph Collection, 1939-1942

Collection of black and white photographs depicting campus activities, individuals, and student life taken by John K. Mladinov, an undergraduate student enrolled at Columbia University between 1939 and 1942.
Collection ID: 10998227 UA#0204

Arthur Miller papers relating to "The Crucible", 1952-1953

Playscripts, notes, caricatures, rehearsal lists, playbills, a flyer, and newspaper reviews and clippings for THE CRUCIBLE by Arthur Miller. THE CRUCIBLE, a drama about the Salem witch trials of 1692, was first produced in Wilmington in January 1953 and opened in New York in June 1953. The playscripts show the working notes of Arthur Miller and of Jed Harris, the director.

Collection ID: 4079107 MS#0875

RBML Office Files, 1917-2016

This collection contains the administrative records of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, from its days as the Department of Special Collections to the present.
Collection ID: 6913610 MS#0263

Julian Symons papers, 1980-1985

Correspondence, manuscripts and illustrations concerned with Symons' two most important historical works on the detective story, The Great Detectives, 1981, and the 1985 revised edition of Bloody Murder, which received the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Award for the 1972 first edition. Most of the correspondence is concerned with The Great Detectives, including 2 letters from Frederic Dannay, 2 letters from Lady Gregory Bromet (daughter of A. Conan Doyle), and 1 letter from Tom Adams with drafts of his illustrations for this book. There is also a letter from Canadian author Derrick Murdoch, founder of Crime Writers of Canada.

Collection ID: 4078478 MS#1223

Eno Roberts Rhodes & Co. Records, 1858-1877

Two volumes of letterpress copies of the business correspondence of the New York City firm of Eno, Roberts, Rhodes & Co. The letters are concerned chiefly with real estate operations and largely in New York City. There are altogether some 615 leaves with an average of one letter to a leaf. Most of the letters are signed either Amos R. Eno (father) or Amos F. Eno (son), but appear to have been written by clerks of the firm.

Collection ID: 4078736 Gen Ms\X92\En6

Vikentii Ivanovich Gets Memoirs, 1961-1968

Get︠s︡' memoirs deal with World War I, the Civil War, the emigration in Bulgaria, and his experiences as a Russian translator for the Germans during World War II. Also included are clippings of articles by and about Get︠s︡.

Collection ID: 4077545 BAR Gen Ms Coll/Get︠s︡.

Lafcadio Hearn letters, 1893-1894

A group of fifteen letters from Hearn to Basil Hall Chamberlain (1850-1935), professor of Japanese and Philology at the Imperial University in Tokyo and Hearn's closest Western friend in Japan. The letters cover a tremendously varied range of subjects including Hearn's opinion of his own writing, his methods of work and use of language; his discontent as a teacher at the government college at Kumamoto; his views on religion, philosophy, and music; Japanese customs, mythology, art, and language; the Oriental character vs. the Occidental; and critical opinion of Paul Boerget's LE DISCIPLE and of Lewis Carroll.

Collection ID: 4078878 MS#0576