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Happy May Day! Working on the Dartigue Collection 

Sifting through e-mail, I see that May 1, 2014 marks a significant second anniversary:  the beginning of collaborative work with John Dartigue, son of Maurice and Esther, on the Maurice Dartigue Collection and its sub collections, Additional Writings by and about Maurice Dartigue; and Writings by and about Esther Dartigue. It was on May 1, …

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125th Anniversary: Call for Actors 

Do you have a talent for acting that is going unused? Maybe you do and you don't even know it. Maybe you just want to give it a shot. For Teachers College's 125th, EdLab is producing a series of short (2 minute, slightly humorous video re-enactments of major events in Teachers College history. The films …

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A Gift for Paul Monroe 

I want to share two wonderful photographs that are a part of the Gottesman Library archive. These two photographs hail from China and were given to Professor Paul Monroe as a gift. Professor Paul Monroe had a significant impact of the development of education in China and he made many trips to China during the …

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Building Our Legacy Together: When Good Archives Go Bad 

Conflicting opinions over what documents are important can create hard feelings between the donors of archives and the archivists who process them. The New York Times reports such a contretemps between author and reporter Paul Brodeur and the New York Public Research Library. Brodeur donated his archives in 320 boxes to NYPL-R when he left …

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Building Our Legacy Together: Eliminate The Unnecessary 

"The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak." --Hans Hofmann An archive is a purposefully-assembled collection of records intended to tell a story to future researchers. Emptying file drawers into an archive actually inhibits the effectiveness of the archive by obstructing access to key documents with a surfeit …

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Building Our Legacy Together: History Will Be Kind To Me… 

"History will be kind to me for I intend to write it." --Winston Churchill Each office, faculty member, staff member and student has the opportunity to use PocketKnowledge to create an archive. The goal of an archive is to preserve and make accessible the records that comprise the history of an institution. The archive tells …

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Building Our Legacy Together: Why Bother? 

"A great deal is said by some people about 'rubbish,' but one investigator's 'rubbish' may be precious to another, and what appears valueless to-day may be found highly important tomorrow." American historian Justin H. Smith (1857-1930) The archives exists to acquire, preserve and make available vital records that document the College. An archive fosters a …

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The First Children’s Book 

As a TC intern and future librarian, I spend a fair amount of time looking for things at the library.  It will probably come as no surprise to any of you to find out that TC has an incredible collection of historical children’s literature.  Thinking you too may be curious to see what lives in …

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Building Our Legacy Together 

Everyone at Teachers College can archive their work with PocketKnowledge (PK), an easy to use institutional archive. This is a great way to make your work part of the life of the College. But, you ask, what constitutes the life of a college? What documents best convey the rich history and unique perspective of the world's …

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Found! Postcards from the Past 

Some vintage postcards depicting Teachers College many moons ago were unearthed from some crevice of the 5th Floor and landed on my desk Monday morning. I wanted to share them here, as well as on Pocket Knowledge, TC's digital archive. I love the retro "Post Card" script on the back, as well as the …

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The Faculty Song of the Class of 1906 Illustrated with Historic Photographs from the Teachers College Archives 

Oh! She came up to College just for fun, But found before her work was done 'T was no loafing place up here. Chorus: No loafing place up here-- Teachers College-- No loafing place up here; She went to the Dean to plead her case But the  Dean cried out, "No loafing place-- No loafing …

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Student Life 100 Years Ago: No Loafing Place Up Here 

"Oh! She came up to College just for fun But found before her work was done T was no loafing place up here. No loafing place up here -- Teachers College" -- Faculty Song, 1906 The exuberance of Teachers College student life has always extended beyond the classroom. Each class organized itself around a slate …

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Russell Hall: The New Library 

Building a new library for the rapidly growing college was delayed first by World War I and then again in 1919 by the purchase of the Bancroft apartment building on 121st Street and the Janus Court building on Morningside Drive. Janus Court was renamed in honor of Columbia University president, Seth Low. When plans were …

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Grace Dodge Hall: The Household Arts Building 

The opening of the Household Arts Building in 1909 marked the professionalization of the field of what was to become Home Economics. The departments of Domestic Arts, Sciences and Administration were combined to form the School of Household Arts and Sciences intended primarily to train teachers of these subjects but also administrators of large domestic …

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Lincoln School: The Most Closely Watched Experimental School in the World 

Teachers College opened the Lincoln School at 646 Park Avenue in 1917 to serve as a laboratory school and a testing ground for progressive curricula. The school encompassed kindergarten through 12th grade and attracted the children of prominent New Yorkers such as John D. Rockefeller, Jr. The staff, under the leadership of Professor Otis W. …

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The West Wing: The Milbank Memorial Chapel 

The western wing of Main Hall, opened in 1897 and known as The Milbank Memorial, was the gift of banker Joseph Milbank in memory of his parents. The chapel is the main feature of the Milbank Memorial.  Andrew S. Dolkart describes the chapel in Morningside Heights: A History of Its Architecture and Development: ...designed to …

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Speyer School: The Essentials of Wholesome Living in the Heart of the City 

The Horace Mann School took on the character of an exclusive private school after moving into its own building in 1902. Teachers College students could observe best practices in action at Horace Mann but experimentation and practice teaching became inappropriate. The College built the Speyer School on 126th …

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Thompson Hall: A Breakthrough For Women 

Frederick Ferris Thompson Memorial Hall, opened in 1894, was the first facility in Morningside Heights to provide advanced physical education facilities for women students according to Andrew S. Dolkart's Morningside Heights: A History of Its Architecture and Development. Women were not allowed to use the gym at Columbia University. Thompson was equipped with a swimming …

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Whittier Hall: A Bee-Hive of Single Femininity 

The opening of Whittier Hall in 1901 solved a serious problem for Teachers College by providing dormitory facilities for the single young women who flocked to New York from all over the country to take courses. It was not socially acceptable for young women to live on their own and boardinghouses in respectable neighborhoods were …

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Horace Mann School: Cultivation Rather Than Manipulation 

The Horace Mann School was founded 1887 as a coeducational experimental and developmental unit of Teachers College by Nicholas Murray Butler. The school moved to Morningside Heights with the newly-accredited Teachers College and into its own building in 1902. The school was named after Horace Mann, the first Secretary of the Massachusetts Board of Education; a …

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