FIVE DECADES OF COLUMBIA HISTORY FROM JACQUES BARZUN
In this issue of Columbia Magazine it is our extraordinary good fortune to be able to present Jacques Barzun's recollections of "History at Columbia" in his own time (1923-75), as a follow-up to the brilliant essay by Eric Kandel on Thomas Hunt Morgan and genetics at Columbia, which inaugurated this series of "Living Legacies" in last fall's issue. Jacques (if I may speak so familiarly of him as a former student of his who also had the privilege of working with him later as a scholarly colleague and administrator) was a graduate of Columbia College in 1927, and then went on to receive his Ph.D. in history in 1932. His long and distinguished career at Columbia, the scholarly products of which are well known to the world at large, found unique expression in works reflecting his career as teacher and administrator—books such as Teacher in America (1948), The House of Intellect (1959), and The American University (1968). A longtime New Yorker, Jacques now lives "in retirement" in San Antonio, Texas, where he has just completed a book entitled From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life. A later essay in this "Legacies" series, to be contributed by Steven Marcus, will carry the latter's reflections on the famous Barzun-Trilling Seminar at Columbia, but it is typical of Jacques' loyalty and long, generous service to the University that he also readily agreed to give us his personal observations on the Department of History with which he was associated for many years as student, scholar, and teacher.
Wm. Theodore de Bary for the "Living Legacies" Committee of the 250th Anniversary Celebration
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