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May of 1968 would prove to be the beginnings of a bitter spring for Columbia University's administration. The latent undercurrents of the political climate both at home and abroad— daily reflected in reported numbers dead in Vietnam, charges of police brutality, racial tensions, and traction gained by radical politics—would soon converge and dominate the fabric of Col...
Part Two: The RecordTwo sets of heavy rolling shelves, one aisle, and about 450 years apart from Doctrinale Puerorum, an intrepid searcher would find 20 or so archival boxes of vertical files. We briefly discussed the role of these files in our last blog post, The Rare and the Record, and we could likely write a host of dissertations on the role—both past and present—of these files. To briefly recap, a vertical file consists of often non-traditional, loose-leaf research material compiled by librarians and archivists that were stored i...
Part One: The Rare Within the closed stacks of Gottesman Libraries' collection, nestled between Margarita Philosophica by Gregor Reisch on one-side and Plurima Opuscula by Saint Augustine of Hippo on the other, sits the oldest manuscript of Teachers College manuscript co...