Columbia Library Columns was published from 1951 to 1996. It was edited by Roland Baughman, Head of Columbia's Dept. of Special Collections, until his death in 1967; then by Kenneth A. Lohf, until his retirement in 1992; then, briefly, by Jean Ashton and Michael Stoller. Its final issue was Autumn 1996.
The digitized collection comprises some 6,900 pages in 46 volumes (135 issues).
Over the years contributors included faculty, University adminstrators, writers, historians and collectors, as well as Columbia librarians. Articles focused on individual collections, special acquisitions, literary topics and issues relating to the growth of Columbia's libraries and special collections generally.
Below is a small sampling of articles from the journal:
- Gumby, L.S. Alexander. "The Adventures of My Scrapbooks," (2:1 Nov. 1952)
- Albertson, Dean. "History in the Deep-Freeze: The Story of Columbia's Oral History Project," (2:2 Feb. 1953)
- Logdson, Richard H. "The John Jay Papers," (7:1 Nov. 1957)
- Morris, Richard B. "The Salzer Collection of Mayor's Court Papers," (7:3 May 1958)
- Morris, Richard B. "A Master Spy's Espionage Collection [Donovan Collection]," (15:1 Nov. 1965)
- Gilkes, Lillian G. "The Stephen Crane Collection Before Its Acquisition by Columbia ," (231 Nov. 1973)
- Lohf, Kenneth A. "The House of Books Collection: A Bequest and a Gift," (34:3 May 1985)
- Lohf, Kenneth A. "The Charles Saxon Collection: A Bequest," (39:1 Nov. 1989)
- Cahill, Patricia A. "Instructing Women: Conduct Books in the Plimpton Library," (42:1 Nov. 1992)
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- Driver, Ben. C. "The New Thomas J. Watson Library of Business & Economics: A Picture Section" (14:1 Nov. 1964)
- Jones, C. Lee. "The Augustus Long Health Sciences Library: A Giant Step Forward," (26:2 Feb. 1977)
- Placzek, Adolf K. "The New Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library" (27:2 Feb. 1978)
- Battin, Patricia. "The Library of the Future Has Books," (28:1 Nov. 1978)
- Reardon-Anderson, James. "The C.V. Starr East Asian Library: Computers Challenge the Grand Tradition," (33:1 Nov. 1983)
- Sovern, Michael; Pattrica Battin, Gordon N. Ray, Norman N. Mintz. "The Opening of the New Rare Book and Manuscript Library," (34:2 Feb. 1985)
- Bergdoll, Barry. "Laying the Conerstone of the New Columbia University (Library), December 7, 1895." (44:2 Autumn 1995)
- Haswell, Hollee. "Low Memorial Library: The Building of a Great University," (44:2 Autumn 1995)
- Stoller, Michael. "South Hall [Butler Library] Rising," (45:2 Autumn 1996)
- Locascio, Aline. "Columbia's Library for the Twenty-First Century: The Renovation of Butler," (45:2 Autumn 1996) -- In the final issue of the journal.
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