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 Contemporary Civilization.
from papyrus fragments to Chapman's Homer
Erasmus' Herodotus and Hobbes' Thucydides
Aristophanes from the fifteenth century to the twentieth
manuscript, Gutenberg and associates, polyglot, vernacular, fine press
medieval manuscript ; Baskerville
Ovid illuminated, moralized, and illustrated
1488 Italian Divina commedia ; 1902 British fine press Inferno
Robert Louis Stevenson's copy
First Folio ; Tate King Lear ; model of the Fortune Theater
First English Translation of Books One and Two
1813 Egerton edition of Pride and Prejudice
Virginia Woolf as author and publisher