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New Humanities Librarian

Please join us in welcoming Ian Beilin as the new Humanities Research Services Librarian at Columbia.

Ian holds a PhD in modern European history from Columbia University (specializing in Germany & Central Europe), an MSIS from The University at Albany, and a BA in German & History from the University of Michigan. 

He comes to Columbia from New York City College of Technology (CUNY), where he was an Assistant Professor and Instruction and Outreach Librarian.

Ian can be reached at or in his office, Butler Library 309D.

Unsure where to find an item listed in CLIO?  Just click on the name of the library.  The latest
CLIO release  added updated maps and links to library homepages, call number guides, and library hours.



Featured Resource:

The Criterion Collection and Janus Films gathers some of the greatest films from around the world, by such masters of cinema as Renoir, Godard, Kurosawa, Cocteau, Fellini, Bergman, Tarkovsky, Hitchcock, Eisenstein, and Buñuel. The database allows you to stream full films, create clips/playlists, and read transcripts.

Editorial Cartoon Collection
RBML has acquired an incredible trove of original editorial cartoon art from collector Dennis Ryan.  The collection numbers over 2,100 items and contains work from every Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist from 1922 - early 1990s. 
(Image Credit: untitled, by Richard Wallmeyer, 1963, on the occasion of JFK's assassination)
LCAAJ Archive Digitization

The Columbia Libraries have been awarded a $150,000 grant from the NEH to digitize field notes and linguistic surveys from the Language and Culture Atlas of Ashkenazic Jewry (LCAAJ) archive. 

The interviews contain a wealth of comments about Jewish culture and history. Bringing the LCAAJ archive into the digital environment will increase exponentially its value to historians of Jewish Studies and Europe, linguists, anthropologists, and students/teachers of Yiddish.
Discovery of a Newton-owned book in Columbia's  rare Judaica collection:

(Image courtesy of The Huntington Library)

As part of a project to catalog Columbia's rare Hebraica and Judaica in CLIO, Hannah Vaitsblit, a student at Barnard, has been adding previous owners and other information to their records.  One of the references was a bookplate with the phrase "Philosophemur" and a signature in a Latin edition of Josephus' Wars of the Jews, published in Cologne, 1559.  Professor Stephen Snobelen, a scholar from Nova Scotia, noticed the reference and realized that the book had actually been part of the library of Isaac Newton!  The "Philosophemur" bookplate was that of the Musgrave family, which owned Newton's library until 1920.
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Book History Colloquium
Thursday, April 16, 2015
6pm, Butler Library, Room 523

The Geography of History: Plotting Columbus in Map and Narrative

Lindsay Van Tine, Ph.D. Candidate in English, Columbia University

Columbus-Atlantic map

The Paul Oskar Kristeller Memorial Lecture
Friday, April 17, 2015
6:00pm - 8:30pm
Butler Library, Room 523
Prokofiev Recital
Friday, April 24, 2015, 7:30pm
Italian Academy, Columbia University

olumbia University’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library and Department of Music, in conjunction with the Serge Prokofiev Foundation, will present a recital of works by Prokofiev. This special one-night-only performance, for which members of the Prokofiev family will be present, celebrates RBML’s receiving the Prokofiev Archive. Pianists Sergei Dreznin and Barbara Nissman will be joined by soprano Erika Baikoff for performances of popular works like The Ugly Duckling, as well as several rare works to be selected from the Archive.

The concert is free and open to the public. Simon Morrison will deliver pre-recital remarks at 6:30 p.m.
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Current Musicology Exhibition
Music & Arts Library, 701 Dodge Hall
Through April 24, 2015


“Changing Currents: Current Musicology 50th Anniversary Exhibit,” curated by Music graduate students Orit Hilewicz and Thomas Smith, pays tribute to prominent sponsors, contributors, and faculty members who have left a lasting impact on the history and life of the Columbia journal Current Musicology (CM)

 In conjunction with the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, the entire run of CM was digitized and is available here.
How Are Medieval Places Different From Ancient Ones?: Thoughts on Digital Mapping the Middle Ages
David Wrisley, American Univ. of Beirut
Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 6-8pm

The recent interest in multilingualism, cultural interactions and the Mediterranean in medieval studies is asking us to  map the medium aevum in new ways. This talk explores the specific challenges medievalists face when modeling historical places and asks whether the model of the ancient world needs to be adjusted to accommodate our period.

This event is sponsored by the Columbia University Medieval Colloquium.

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