The Baruch College Archives
The Baruch College Archives collects and preserves records that document the history, mission, and daily functioning of Baruch College, as well as materials pertaining to people, activities and events associated with the College. In addition, the archives are responsible for keeping and maintaining several special collections which are unique to Baruch College and which are physically housed in the archives. Please see below for descriptions of some of our collections.
The Archives maintains a Baruchiana collection. Bernard Baruch, an 1889 graduate of City College, was a generous benefactor to the college which now bears his name. We collect photographs, memorabilia, books, artifacts, and other materials, which we can add to the sizable collection we have already amassed.
Institute of Public Administration Collection
The Institute of Public Administration Collection consists of the records of the New York Bureau of Municipal Research, the predecessor of the Institute of Public Administration, as well as the papers of some of its senior members, including Luther Gulick (1892-1993) who worked and led the organization for close to sixty-five years. The collection is made up of materials assembled and published as a result of various city, state, federal, and international studies undertaken by the Institute of Public Administration and Luther Gulick with the ultimate aim of creating a more efficient and effective government. This collection is being processed and is currently closed for research, but we are posting about the collection and its content on our processing blog below.
Archive on Municipal Finance and Leadership
The Archive on Municipal Finance and Leadership was established with the records from the Municipal Assistance Corporation (“MAC”) and oral history video tapes, and other materials assembled by Mr. Jack Bigel who, as a financial adviser to many of the City’s labor unions, was a central figure in resolving the financial crisis. By making available materials covering the City’s 1970s fiscal crisis, the Baruch College School of Public Affairs aims to provide scholars, practitioners and the public access to an unparalleled, and yet to be mined, set of materials that have immense policy and historical value. For further information, please click the link below.
Baruch College Collection
The Archives collects materials that document the activities, people and events associated with the College. Examples of this include the records of administrative and academic offices, departments, schools, student and alumni organizations. These materials provide a wealth of information on the history and culture of the College.
- Online exhibits: contains several exhibits on the history of Baruch College, curated by Archives faculty and staff
- The Ticker: a full-text searchable database of The Ticker, Baruch College's student newspaper
- Digital Media Library: contains video and audio recordings of campus events, maintained by the library and the Baruch Computing and Technology Center
- The Emanuel Saxe Distinguished Lectures in Accounting: contains information and transcripts of the Saxe Lecture Series, from 1973-present.
Durst Old York Library Collection
In 2003 the Baruch College Fund received an in-kind gift of a portion of the Seymour B. Durst library of books relating to the history and development of New York City and State. Consisting of 2,950 books and other printed materials, this collection was intended to augment the growing real estate collection of the William and Anita Newman Library, as well as add valuable primary sources to the library’s local history collection. See below for our blog, which showcases items from this collection.
- A City Grows Around Us: Highlights from the Durst Old York Collection
About the Archives
The archival program at the William and Anita Newman Library began on October 27, 1988. The library mission statement identifies the archives as "the official repository of the College's institutional history." In order to fulfill this mission the Baruch College Archives collects, describes and preserves records generated by administrative, faculty and staff offices of Baruch College, excluding records produced by the registrar, personnel office and business offices.
The materials that the archives makes available for access include the Chancellor's Reports, University Reports, Minutes of the Board of Trustees, reports and minutes of the general faculty and faculty bodies such as faculty councils, policy statements, reports, and memoranda from the president, deans and other college administrators,college catalogs, publicity releases, in-house publications, ephemera, alumni materials, Baruch College Working Papers, videos and films of key Baruch College events, and CUNY reports and documents containing Baruch information.
The archives depend on the transfer of materials from the academic and administrative offices of the college and the gifts of alumni, faculty and friends.
If you have ever wanted to be a “History Detective,” the Library Department offers a course entitled “Archives, Documents and Hidden History” which is designed to provide students with an overview of archival research. The course includes visits to museums, historical societies, and galleries and includes exciting examples of primary source research. For more information please contact Prof. Randy Hensley.
Hours and Access
The archives are located in room 525, on the 5th floor of 151 East 25th Street. It is always best to call ahead of time at the phone number provided below. Reference and research assistance is offered to all CUNY students, alumni, faculty, and administrators. For an appointment or further information please contact Prof. Sandra Roff.