Columbia University’s commitment to the Core Curriculum extends to the University Libraries' special collections. Columbia University Libraries preserve and provide access to important editions of, and in some cases autograph manuscripts by, many of the authors taught in the Core Curriculum. Additionally, the collections include subsequent editions, translations, and adaptations, which demonstrate the transmission and reception of these works across centuries and attest to their continuing importance.
These online exhibitions were created as part of an Association of Research Libraries CEP Fellowship Summer 2011 based in Columbia University's Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The RBML staff welcomes Columbia undergraduates who would like to follow up on a potential research question related to any of these items to consult them in person. Instructions for using the library's collections can be found here. See also the exhibit on the Core Curriculum's course on Literature Humanities.
late medieval manuscript
from manuscript to Gutenberg to King James and beyond
muhaqqaq script with Persian interlinear translation
manuscript and early editions of De civitate dei
early illustrated editions
Bibles, religious pamphlets, humanist commentaries
Leviathan and Greek translations
Declarations and Constitutions from the American and French Revolutions
Wollstonecraft, Mill, Du Bois, Woolf
book manuscript and early German and English editions
an early edition of On the Origin of Species