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 digitized. The original documents were organized, boxed, and entrusted to Columbia University’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

On December 1st, 2015 the University Seminars Digital Archive launched. Over 36,000 full-text searchable files are available to scholars in the RBML reading room, 6th Floor, Butler. Researchers can browse, keyword search, and view the records. Boxes containing original material may also be requested. Please note that these materials are stored off site and require 2 business days for retrieval.

To submit a request to access archival materials, please use the University Seminars online finding aid. You will be directed to set up a Special Collections Research Account. From here you may request a laptop or specific boxes from the collection. Please give at least 2 business days notice.

The University Seminars material is sorted into the following series:

Series I: Minutes and Notes
Series II: Related Papers
Series III: Books Based on University Seminars
Series IV: Digital Archive

The laptop request check box is in Series IV Digital Archive. For additional assistance, contact