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Series I: Commencement, 1758-

This series contains files of information pertaining to commencement ceremonies of a particular year. Files can contain newspaper accounts of the events, programs, planning documents, tickets, invitations, and press releases. This series is updated annually.

1758

Box 1
Folder 5
1773
Box 1
Folder 6
1774
Box 1
Folder 7
1786
Box 1
Folder 8
1788
Box 1
Folder 9
1791
Box 1
Folder 10
1792
Box 1
Folder 11
Peter Augustus Jay Speech,
1794 May 7
Box 1
Folder 11A
1795
Box 1
Folder 12
1789
Box 1
Folder 13
1790
Box 1
Folder 14
1807
Box 1
Folder 15
1810
Box 1
Folder 16
1813
Box 1
Folder 17
1815
Box 1
Folder 18
1817
Box 1
Folder 19
1818
Box 1
Folder 20
1819
Box 1
Folder 21
1821
Box 1
Folder 22
1823
Box 1
Folder 23
1824
Box 1
Folder 24
1825
Box 1
Folder 25
1826
Box 1
Folder 26
1827
Box 1
Folder 27
1828
Box 1
Folder 28
1830
Box 1
Folder 29
1831
Box 1
Folder 30
1832
Box 1
Folder 31
1834
Box 1
Folder 32
1837
Box 1
Folder 33
1838
Box 1
Folder 34
1839
Box 1
Folder 35
1840
Box 1
Folder 36
1841
Box 1
Folder 37
1842
Box 1
Folder 38
1843
Box 1
Folder 39
1844
Box 1
Folder 40
1848
Box 1
Folder 41
1849
Box 1
Folder 42
1850
Box 1
Folder 43
1852
Box 1
Folder 44
1853
Box 1
Folder 45
1854
Box 1
Folder 46
1855
Box 1
Folder 47
1856
Box 1
Folder 48
1857
Box 1
Folder 49
1858
Box 1
Folder 50
1859
Box 1
Folder 51
1860
Box 1
Folder 52
1861
Box 1
Folder 53
1862
Box 1
Folder 54
1863
Box 1
Folder 55
1864
Box 1
Folder 56
1865
Box 1
Folder 57
1866
Box 1
Folder 58
1867
Box 1
Folder 59
1868
Box 1
Folder 60
1869
Box 1
Folder 61
1870
Box 1
Folder 62
1871
Box 1
Folder 63
1872
Box 1
Folder 64
1873
Box 1
Folder 65
1874
Box 1
Folder 66
1875

Box 2
Folder 1
1876
Box 2
Folder 2
1877
Box 2
Folder 3
1878
Box 2
Folder 4
1879
Box 2
Folder 5
1880
Box 2
Folder 6
1881
Box 2
Folder 7
1882
Box 2
Folder 8
1883
Box 2
Folder 9
1884
Box 2
Folder 10
1885
Box 2
Folder 11
1886
Box 2
Folder 12
1887
Box 2
Folder 13
1888
Box 2
Folder 14
1889
Box 2
Folder 15
1890
Box 2
Folder 16
1891
Box 2
Folder 17
1892

Box 3
Folder 1
1893
Box 3
Folder 2
1894
Box 3
Folder 3
1895
Box 3
Folder 4
1896
Box 3
Folder 5
1897
Box 3
Folder 6
1898
Box 3
Folder 7
1899
Box 3
Folder 8
1900
Box 3
Folder 9
1901
Box 3
Folder 10
1902
Box 3
Folder 11
1903
Box 3
Folder 12
1904
Box 3
Folder 13
1905
Box 3
Folder 14
1906

Box 4
Folder 1
1907
Box 4
Folder 2
1908
Box 4
Folder 3
1909
Box 4
Folder 4
1910
Box 4
Folder 5
1911
Box 4
Folder 6
1912
Box 4
Folder 7
1913
Box 4
Folder 8
1914
Box 4
Folder 9
1915

Box 5
Folder 1
1916
Box 5
Folder 2
1917
Box 5
Folder 3
1918
Box 5
Folder 4
1919
Box 5
Folder 5
1920
Box 5
Folder 6
1921
Box 5
Folder 7
1922
Box 5
Folder 8
1922

Box 6
Folder 1
1923
Box 6
Folder 2
1924
Box 6
Folder 3
1925
Box 6
Folder 4
1926

Box 7
Folder 1
1927
Box 7
Folder 2
1928
Box 7
Folder 3
1929
Box 7
Folder 4
1930
Box 7
Folder 5
1931
Box 7
Folder 6
1931

Box 8
Folder 1
1932
Box 8
Folder 2
1933
(2 Folders)
Box 8
Folder 3 to 4
1934
Box 8
Folder 4
1934

Box 9
Folder 1
1935
Box 9
Folder 2
1936
Box 9
Folder 3
1937
Box 9
Folder 4
1938
Box 9
Folder 5
1938

Box 10
Folder 1
1939
(3 Folders)
Box 10
Folder 2 to 4
1940
(4 Folders)

Box 11
Folder 1 to 4
1941
(2 Folders)
Box 11
Folder 5 to 6
1941

Box 12
Folder 1
1942
(4 Folders)
Box 12
Folder 2 to 5
1943
Box 12
Folder 6
1943

Box 13
Folder 1
1944
(2 Folders)
Box 13
Folder 2 to 3
1945
Box 13
Folder 4
1946
(3 Folders)

Box 14
Folder 1 to 3
1947
Box 14
Folder 4
1947

Box 15
Folder 1
1948
Box 15
Folder 2
1949
Box 15
Folder 3
1949

Box 16
Folder 1
1950
(2 Folders)
Box 16
Folder 2 to 3
1951
Box 16
Folder 4
1951

Box 17
Folder 1
1952
Box 17
Folder 2
1953
Box 17
Folder 3
1954
Box 17
Folder 4
1954

Box 18
Folder 1
1955
Box 18
Folder 2
1956
Box 18
Folder 3
1957
Box 18
Folder 4
1958
Box 18
Folder 5
1958

Box 19
Folder 1
1959
Box 19
Folder 2
1960
Box 19
Folder 3
1961
Box 19
Folder 4
1962
Box 19
Folder 5
1962

Box 20
Folder 1
1963
Box 20
Folder 2
1964
Box 20
Folder 3
1965
Box 20
Folder 4
1966
Box 20
Folder 5
1966

Box 21
Folder 1
1967
Box 21
Folder 2
1968
Box 21
Folder 3
1969
Box 21
Folder 4
1969

Box 22
Folder 1
1970
(2 Folders)
Box 22
Folder 2 to 3
1971
Box 22
Folder 4
1972
Box 22
Folder F
1973
Box 22
Folder 6
1973

Box 23
Folder 1
1974
Box 23
Folder 2
1975
Box 23
Folder 3
1976
Box 23
Folder 4
1977
Box 23
Folder 5
1978
(3 Folders)

Box 24
Folder 1 to 3
1979
(2 Folders)
Box 24
Folder 4 to 5
1980
Box 24
Folder 6
1981
Box 24
Folder 7
1982

Box 25
Folder 1
1983
Box 25
Folder 2
1984
Box 25
Folder 3
1985
Box 25
Folder 4
1986
Box 25
Folder 5 to 6
1986

Box 26
Folder 1
1987
(2 Folders)
Box 26
Folder 2 to 3
1988
(2 Folders)
Box 26
Folder 4 to 5
1989
Box 26
Folder 6
1990

Box 27
Folder 1
1991
(3 Folders)
Box 27
Folder 2 to 4
1992
Box 27
Folder 5
1993

Box 28
Folder 1
1994
(2 Folders)
Box 28
Folder 2 to 3
1995
(2 Folders)
Box 28
Folder 4 to 5
1996

Box 29
Folder 1 to 2
1997
Box 29
Folder 3
1998
Box 29
Folder 4
1999
Box 29
Folder 5
Columbia University Commencement (VHS Tape),
1999

Box 41
2000

Box 30
Folder 1
2001
Box 30
Folder 2
2002
Box 30
Folder 3
2003
Box 30
Folder 4
Columbia College Class Day (VHS Tape),
2003

Box 41
2003

Box 31
Folder 1
2004
(2 Folders)
Box 31
Folder 2 to 3
2005
Box 31
Folder 4
2006
Box 31
Folder 5
2006

Box 32
Folder 1
2007
(3 Folders)
Box 32
Folder 2 to 4
2008
Box 32
Folder 5
2008

Box 34
Folder 1
2009
(2 Folders)
Box 34
Folder 2 to 3
2010
(2 Folders)

Box 35
Folder 1 to 2
Columbia College Class Day (DVD),
2010

Box 41
Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science Class Day (DVD),
2010
Box 41
2011
(2 Folders)

Box 35
Folder 3 to 4
2012
(3 Folders)

Box 36
Folder 1 to 3
2013
Box 36
Folder 4
2013
(2 Folders)

Box 37
Folder 1 to 2
2014
(2 Folders)
Box 37
Folder 3 to 4
2015
(3 Folders)

Box 38
Folder 1 to 3
2016
(3 Folders)

Box 39
Folder 1 to 3
2017
(1 of 4 Folders)
Box 39
Folder 4
2017
(3 of 4 Folders)

Box 40
Folder 1 to 3

Series II: Subjects, 1758-2007

This series contains documents that are more general in nature and are not necessarily associated with a particular graduation year. Materials include descriptions of proper academic dress, lists of valedictorians, speeches given at the ceremony, and information about the diplomas

General, 1758-1938,
1958,
1976,
2000

Box 33
Folder 1
Academic Costume (Academic Dress)
1896,
1910-1958,
1987,
2002,
2009
Box 33
Folder 2 through 2a
Baccalaureate, 1860-1998
Box 33
Folder 3
Diplomas, 1770-1916,
1960
Box 33
Folder 4
Form of Graduation,
1885
Box 33
Folder 5
King’s College Commencement in the Newspapers,
1930 June
Box 33
Folder 6
Photograph,
[1914-1917]
Box 33
Folder 7
Valedictorians, 1758-1772, 1786-1889,
1910,
1948-1966, 1994-1997, 2000-2007
Box 33
Folder 8
Valedictory and Salutatory Addresses, 1982- 1996
Box 33
Folder 9
List of the Class Which Entered Columbia College October 1828 and Graduated August 7th 1832 Without Commencement. With All Its Various Changes,
1832
Box 33
Folder 10

Series III: Annual Commencement scrapbooks, 1758-1934

This series contains a number of scrapbooks put together by the Columbiana curators. During the tenure of Robert Arrowsmith CC 1882 as Columbiana curator (1917-1927), he envisioned a collection of scrapbooks documenting different aspects of Columbia: athletics, literary societies, alumni associations, schools, etc. One series of scrapbooks, which was continued by Arrowsmith's successor, Milton Halsey Thomas, collected materials related to the Annual Commencement ceremony. In these scrapbooks, there are Photostat copies and transcriptions of newspaper accounts, programs, tickets, published addresses, invitations and some photographs. The scrapbooks include materials related to other Commencement events (Class Day, Baccalaureate Service, Alumni Luncheon, Campus Night, etc.) and cover the various schools at Columbia (Engineering, Journalism, Barnard, etc.). At the 1811 Commencement ceremony, the refusal of a diploma to one of the graduates led to a riot. There is a supplemental 1811 volume with the transcription of the newspaper accounts about the incident, the legal procedures and the subsequent sentencing of those involved.

Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1758-1776

Volume 1758-1776
Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1786-1799

Volume 1786-1799
Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1800-1811

Volume 1800-1811
Supplement, 1811

Supplement 1811
Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1812-1819

Volume 1812-1819
Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1820-1829

Volume 1820-1829
Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1830-1849

Volume 1830-1849
Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1850-1869

Volume 1850-1869
Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1870-1889

Volume 1870-1889
Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1890-1895

Volume 1890-1895
Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1896-1899

Volume 1896-1899
Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1900-1902

Volume 1900-1902
Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1903-1905

Volume 1903-1905
Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1906-1907

Volume 1906-1907
Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1908-1909

Volume 1908-1909
Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1910

Volume 1910
Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1911

Volume 1911
Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1912

Volume 1912
Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1913

Volume 1913
Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1914

Volume 1914
Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1915

Volume 1915
Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1916

Volume 1916
Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1917

Volume 1917
Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1918

Volume 1918
Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1919

Volume 1919
Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1920

Volume 1920
Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1921

Volume 1921
Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1922-1923

Volume 1922-1923
Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1924

Volume 1924
Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1925

Volume 1925
Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1926

Volume 1926
Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1927

Volume 1927
Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1928

Volume 1928
Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1929

Volume 1929
Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1930

Volume 1930
Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1931

Volume 1931
Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1932

Volume 1932
Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1933

Volume 1933
Annual Commencement Scrapbook, 1934

Volume 1934

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