Libraries land new film, arts, and human-rights collection

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This spring, Columbia’s libraries acquired several collections that will benefit key areas of scholarship at the University.

The acquisitions include the archive of documentary filmmakers Albert and David Maysles; a collection of works by the darkly comic writer-illustrator Edward Gorey; the archive of the Committee to Protect Journalists; and the papers of Fyodor Chaliapin, the preeminent Russian opera singer of the early 20th century, and his son Boris Chaliapin, a prolific midcentury Time magazine cover artist. The Maysles collection was purchased by Columbia; the others were donated.

“I’m always amazed at what we’re able to bring in and make available to scholars and students,” says Michael Ryan, the director of Columbia’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library. “Each of these new collections speaks to a different constituency. The variety is what makes a big research library an interesting place.”

— Joshua J. Friedman '08JRN

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