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In Litteris Libertas*



RESIDENT KIRK, Mr. Barrett, each and every one of
that devoted band of administrators on the staff of the
Columbia Libraries from the top down. Friends of the
Columbia Libraries, and all others gathered together here this
evening to assist in making this Bicentennial Anniversary a memo¬
rable one:

It is fitting that Columbia should not permit this significant
occasion to pass without appropriate ceremonies to mark the pas¬
sage of the first two hundred years of the existence of what is
now without a doubt the nerve center of the principal activities
of this great university—education and research. It is fitting not
only because in a country so young as the United States of Amer¬
ica the passage of so long a time betokens a certain permanence,
giving assurance of solid accomplishment, but also because we are
now in a world of turmoil and unrest, intolerance and subversion,
where tyranny rules supreme over vast reaches of the earth and
institutions such as the Columbia Libraries stand out as beacons
to light the way to freedom for generations in the time to come.
I would emphasize at the outset that freedom and the Liberal
Arts go hand and hand. And so I have chosen as the title of this

* Address given in Butler Library on January 28, 1958, ar a meeting celebrat¬
ing the Bicentennial Anniversary of the founding of the Columbia University
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