Author Archives: Columbia College Archives

Student Perspective: Unveiling Mysteries through Processing

By: Amara Andrew My palms were sweating, my heartbeat was racing and I felt like I was about to pass out. I was a nervous wreck when I was first approached about processing a collection for the archives. All that … Continue reading

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Why are we named Columbia?

As we welcome our new students to campus this week, many might be wondering why we are named Columbia. It must be that we are somehow related to the New York flagship, Columbia University, right? Wrong. Typical to Columbia College … Continue reading

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New Expression

A study done in 1974 showed that urban minority students were underrepresented and lacked a place to express themselves. This led a woman named Sister Ann Heintz, a Chicago teacher, to found Youth Communication, a non-profit organization, in 1976. The … Continue reading

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First Honorary Degree Recipient : Gwendolyn Brooks

Exhaust the little moment. Soon it dies. And be it gash or gold it will not come Again in this identical guise. Poet Gwendolyn Brooks taught poetry and oversaw the poetry curriculum at Columbia College Chicago from 1963 to 1969. Brooks … Continue reading

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Student Perspective: Digitizing the Written Word

As a college student, I know how much you hate that mandatory speech class. Some of you have gotten it out of the way early, and good for you, but I know there’s that group of students who have been … Continue reading

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Who is Mary Blood? What is the Blood Ball anyway?

In Mary Blood’s honor, Columbia hosts an annual “Blood Ball”. This year, the formal dance will be held on March 7th in the 1104 S Wabash building. Doors open at 7pm. It is easy to confuse Columbia’s first president with … Continue reading

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Oldest Item in the Archives: The Voice of Phi Sigma

The oldest item we have here in the College Archives is an issue of “The Voice of Phi Sigma” from 1879. Although Phi Sigma wasn’t directly involved with Columbia College, they are dedicated to public speaking and is the oldest … Continue reading

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Columbia College Memory Project

Memory: 1. the faculty by which the mind stores and remembers information. 2. something remembered from the past; a recollection. 3. the part of a computer in which data or program instructions can be stored for retrieval. Share your favorite Columbia related moments … Continue reading

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Elevator Gridlock: A Problem Then and Now

What was happening ten years ago at Columbia College? I flipped through the November 3, 2003 issue of The Columbia Chronicle to find out and the front-page story is just as relevant today. “Gridlock: Students, faculty idle as elevator woes … Continue reading

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Student Perspective: Digitizing Dead Formats

This week we have been digitizing CDs and DVDs featuring Provost Meetings, Interdisciplinary Arts theses, and recordings from William Russo. The material originally consisted of VHS tapes, compact-cassettes, and micro-cassettes among others before being sent out in order to be … Continue reading

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