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Series VIII: Subject Files
This series consists of newspaper clippings, speeches, publications, printed
matter and press releases from the time period. The clippings files found in this
series are arranged alphabetically by subject and are either of very general
nature or not associated directly with topics addressed in other series which will
contain their own appropriate clippings files. Topics include: anti-war protests
(mainly the April, 1935 peace strike), Columbia’s war service, Barnard College’s
contributions to the war effort, students and alumni in the armed services, war
activities of professors and administrators, the activities of Russian students
studying at Columbia during these years. Other subjects of note addressed by this
series include 1940 Academic Freedom issues and the controversy surrounding the
dismissal of six medical students from The College of Physicians and Surgeons in
1935 (found in the Newspaper Clippings – Anti-War Protest file). Information about
a few wartime related conferences and transcripts of a number of speeches by
university and non-university personalities can be found here, as well as some
publications by the university (e.g., “Memorandum from Morningside”) and from
outside the university (e.g, “War Records Collector” newsletter). Also of interest
are wartime newsletters published by St. Paul's Chapel Choir and a collection of
letters that contain updates about members of the St. Paul's Chapel Choir who were
involved in the war.
The post-war period is also significantly represented in this series, mostly in
relation to the influx of veterans enrolling as students, but also addressing such
matters as the formation of the United Nations (Virginia Gildersleeve, Dean of
Barnard College, was a representative to the San Francisco conference) and book
republication projects for Germany. The files addressing the topic of veterans
include newspaper clippings and other printed matter about these students, their
needs and concerns (e.g. tuition increase controversy in 1946) as well as two
bound volumes documenting Shanks Village, a housing project near Nyack, NY for
students and veterans after the war.