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Bwog Goes Deep: Yearbook Edition

This week, Bwog took a trip down memory lane in the Rare Books and Manuscript Library. If you haven’t done research there, we recommend it—in their archives are all of the undergraduate yearbooks back to the 1890s. And a lot of other important historical documents, too. After a short process of creating an account in the library system, we were able to look at the yearbooks in the reading room. First up was 1914.

On to 1921. Ah, the roaring twenties. Some gems from this yearbook include impressive drawings of Columbia buildings, some old pictures of frats looking classy, and the revelation that before the Varsity Show was coed, they had to make do with boys in dresses.

Next, we looked at some yearbooks from the 30s and 40s. John Berryman and Allen Ginsberg both showed up, as did several other noteworthy Columbians.

The 1952 yearbook was also quite a treasure trove. From old pictures of frats looking way too classy to now-defunct student groups, there is clearly a lot to miss about the 50s version of Columbia.

Last but not least, we couldn’t leave without taking a look through some 80’s yearbooks.

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6 Comments

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous WHY NO NEWS ABOUT 1020 RAID?

  • dlssl says:

    @dlssl What exactly do you have to do in order to be able to view these in the library? Where exactly do you need to create an account?

    1. TIL says:

      @TIL Step 1: Search here http://archivesportal.cul.columbia.edu/repository.php?r=nnc-rb
      Step 2: Request cool things
      Step 3: Go to the Rare Book and Manuscript Library on the 6th floor of Butler
      Step 4: Tell the person behind the main desk that you want to look at rare books and manuscripts
      Step 5: Sacrifice a goat
      Step 6: Present your CU ID and have your picture taken
      Step 7: Read the everythings

    2. Kevin Chen says:

      @Kevin Chen If you want to see historical Columbia material, this is probably the collection you want: http://findingaids.cul.columbia.edu/ead/nnc-ua/ldpd_5694076/summary

      Click “Container List” on the left and then “Show Request Checkboxes.”

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous bwog, this is awesome– thanks for posting.

    especially the varsity show lyrics and the senior poll

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