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Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Pulitzer Prize Collection; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

COinS Metadata available (e.g., for Zotero).

Summary Information


This is the collection of Pulitzer Prizes winning exhibits from 1917 through 2011. In 2012 the Pulitzer Prizes switched from the bulky exhibits to an online system of submittal and judging.

At a Glance

Call No.:MS#1034
Bib ID:10208560 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Pulitzer Prize Board (Columbia University)
Title:Pulitzer Prizes Collection, 1917-2011.
Physical description:403 linear ft. (364 Boxes).
Language(s):In English
Access: There are no restrictions this collection. This collection is housed on-site.  More information »


Organized in five series:

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Scope and Content

The collection consists of prize-winning exhibits, although there are some exhibits which were awarded an honorable mention. Many of the exhibits are quite large and awkward to handle. In some cases the exhibit might be in a fragile condition and require delicate handling. In many cases, the exhibit is accompanied by an Entry Form, a Nominating Letter, a Photograph of the Winner, a short Biography of the Winner. The Photograph of the Winner is sometimes kept with the exhibit and sometimes the photograph has been removed and will be found in Series III: Photographs of Winners.

Series I: Letters, Drama, and Music

Subseries I.1: LB: Biography or Autobiography, 1917-present

Subseries I.2: LP: Drama, 1917-present

Subseries I.3: Fiction, 1948-present (The Novel category was re-named Fiction in 1947)

Subseries I.4: General Nonfiction, 1962-present

Subseries I.5: History, 1917-present

Subseries I.6: Music, 1943-present

Subseries I.7: Novel. 1917-1947

Subseries I.8: Poetry, 1922-present

Series II: Journalism

Subseries II.1: Beat Reporting, 1991-2006

Subseries II.2: Breaking News Photography, 2000-present

Subseries II.3: Breaking News Reporting, 1998-present

Subseries II.4: Commentary, 1970-present

Subseries II.5: Correspondence, 1929-1947

Subseries II.6: Criticism, 1970-present

Subseries II.7: Editorial Cartooning, 1922-present

Subseries II.8: Editorial Writing, 1917-present

Subseries II.9: Explanatory Journalism, 1985-1997

Subseries II.10: Explanatory Reporting, 1998-present

Subseries II.11: Feature Photography, 1968-present

Subseries II.12: Feature Writing, 1979-present

Subseries II.13: General News Reporting, 1985-1990

Subseries II.14: International Reporting, 1948-present

Subseries II.15: Investigative Reporting, 1985-present

Subseries II.16: Local General or Spot News Reporting, 1964-1984

Subseries II.17: Local Investigative Specialized Reporting, 1964-1984

Subseries II.18: Local Reporting, 1948-1952 2007-present

Subseries II.19: Local Reporting-Edition time, 1953-1963

Subseries II.20: Local Reporting-No Edition Time, 1953-1963

Subseries II.21: National Reporting, 1948-present

Subseries II.22: Newspaper History Award, 1918

Subseries II.23: Photography, 1942-1967

Subseries II.24: Public Service, 1917-present

Subseries II.25: Reporting, 1917-1947

The reporting category Originally embraced all fields--local, national and international. This was how it was developed into the present four categories.

Subseries II.26: Specialized Reporting, 1985-1990

Subseries II.27: Spot News Photography, 1968-1999

Subseries II.28: Spot News Reporting, 1991-1997

Subseries II.29: Telegraphic Reporting -- International, 1942-1947

Subseries II.30: Telegraphic Reporting -- National, 1942-1947

Series III: Special Awards and Citations, 1917-present

Series IV: Miscellaneous, Not Categorized

Series V: Photographs of Award Winners

Subseries IV.1: Positives

Subseries V.2: Negatives

Subseries V.3: Miscellaneous Photographs

Subseries V.4: Photographs of winners in their workplaces

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Using the Collection


Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions this collection.

This collection is housed on-site.

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Pulitzer Prize Collection; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Pulitzer Prizes Site

The Pulitzer Prizes Home Page. Click here to find out all about the Pulitzer Prizes, including how to submit, and to view the digital prizewinning entries since 2012.

Pulitzer prizes on Microfilm

The Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism Archives. Composed of the winning entries in the Journalism categories of the Prizes. For the years 1917 - 1995, winning entries are on microfilm.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Papers processed 3/21/2013 ptl

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion March 22, 2013 Finding aid written in English.
    2013-03-22 File created by Patrick T. Lawlor

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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HeadingCUL Archives:
CUL Collections:
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
Photographic printsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID


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CUL Collections:
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
Journalism--Awards--United States.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Pulitzer Prizes Board (Columbia University).PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Pulitzer Prizes.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Historical Note

The Pulitzer Prizes were established by Joseph Pulitzer, a Hungarian-American journalist and newspaper publisher, who left money to Columbia University upon his death in 1911. Pulitzer's endowment included the formation of the Pulitzer Prize for journalism, music, drama, and literature, established in 1917.

The Pulitzer Prize is administered by Columbia University.

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