Archival Collections
Columbia University Archives

Historical Photograph collection ca.1858- 

Columbia University. Archives.
Phys. Desc: 
177.97 linear feet (210 document boxes; 48 OS flat boxes; 9 XL flat boxes; 6 XXL flat boxes; 11 clamshell boxes).
Call Number: 
Columbia University Archives
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Biographical Note

The Historical Photo Collection consists chiefly of images of persons, events, and activities related to Columbia College (1754-1896) and Columbia University (1896-). The collection is made up of the Columbiana Photo Collection (part of the Division of the Libraries until 1998), images removed from the Columbiana vertical subject files, and post-1998 acquisitions.

Scope and Contents

Black and white silver gelatin negatives and prints, color negatives, prints, and slides, albumen prints, cyanotypes, and postcards from various sources with or without provenance. The bulk of the collection (1866-1970) consists of prints, including portraits of individuals (30,000+ items). Series VII.Buildings and Grounds contains the greatest volume (12,000+ items) of subject images. Many prints from 1946 through 1973 are attributed to University Photographer Manny Warman. Other known photographers include Joe Pierno and Walter Lawrence Bogert.