The University Seminars Archive


In 2003, then Director Robert L. Belknap conceived and, over several years implemented, the project of scanning 50 years of the pre-digital meeting minutes of the seminars. Under his supervision, over a half million pages were scanned and preserved. In 2011, Summer Hart was hired to work with Bob Belknap and Bob Pollack to preserve and unify the various components of the collection. The original documents were organized, boxed, and entrusted to Columbia University’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Library.

The project expands and continues with the digitization of remaining analog minutes, Directors’ papers, and seminar-related correspondence. Under the supervision of Summer Hart, the preservation and cataloging of an ever-expanding archive of “born digital” files has begun. Summer is collaborating with the Columbia University Libraries to preserve and unify the various components of this archive, and to make seminar minutes and documents digitally searchable to scholars in the RBML reading room.

To recall currently available materials, go to the University Seminars Finding Aid.


If you have any questions regarding the archive, please contact Summer Hart at sh3040@columbia.edu.