Write Columbia’s History
Columbia's history, as seen by those who have studied, taught, and worked here.
Ric Burns at Columbia's Birthplace
The historical importance of Lower Manhattan.
Butler Did It
Professor Hilary Ballon, chair of the Department of Art History and Archaeology, discusses how President Nicholas Murray Butler transformed Columbia from a commuter school into a national university.
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Our Past Engaged: Four Turning Points in Columbia's Recent History
On April 7, 13, 20, and 27, distinguished historians, invited respondents, and audience members examined important and
contentious aspects of Columbia's past—issues of both historical significance and contemporary relevance.
Robert McCaughey spent six years researching Columbia's history.
The George Washington University President Stephen Joel
Trachtenberg (Columbia College 1959) on the University’s first 250 years.
The 2004 valedictorian lauds remarkable physicists and other Columbians ahead of their time.