The University Seminars Archive

During his directorship, Robert Belknap initiated the task of digitizing and archiving the minutes of seminar meetings. All papers produced between 1945-2000 were scanned and saved as searchable PDF files (half a million pages of intellection). The original documents were organized, boxed, and entrusted to Columbia University’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Library.

With a new director, Robert Pollack, 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.