Archives

Baruch Library 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.

Baruchiana

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, etc., which we can add to the sizable collection we have already amassed.

Other Archival Collections

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.

Exhibit based on Getting Down to Business: Baruch College in the City of New York, 1847-1987 by Selma Cantor Berrol (text courtesy of Greenwood Press).

Courses

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 Professor Randy Hensley at 646 312 1609.

Virtual Archives and Online Exhibits

A number of collections from the Archives are now available online through the Digital Media page.

The Development and Evolution of the Baruch College Campus

1968 is remembered for the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement, the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. & Robert Kennedy and the protests on college campuses across the country. However, this year also marked the birth of a new independent college in the city of New York which, in a short amount of time, would garner praise and earn an excellent reputation - Baruch College. 2008 marked the 40th anniversary of Baruch College becoming an independent...

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World War II: Comes to 17 Lexington Avenue

Seventy years ago World War II began in Europe. After the experiences in World War I, many Americans were unwilling to get involved in the new conflict. The School of Business and Public Affairs - the future Baruch College located at 17 Lexington Avenue was no exception. When polled in 1939, eighty-five percent of seniors stated that they would not fight in the war abroad. An organization called the Youth Committee Against War was present on campus and actively working to keep the United States out of the war...

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Bernard Baruch’s Personal Photograph Album

When the 20th century dawned, Bernard Mannes Baruch was already a very wealthy man. One of the most successful speculators on Wall Street, he was able to indulge in trips abroad with his growing family. At the same time...

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Bernard Baruch: Private Life of a Public Man

One hundred and twenty two years ago, on the site of 17 Lexington Avenue, Bernard M. Baruch walked the halls of the then College of the City of New York. Just one in a crowd of three hundred entering students, none could have guessed that his alma mater would eventually bear the name of this distinguished alumnus...

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Presidential Election Map 2008: Red States, Blue States - Electoral Strategy Behind the Map

Since the presidential election of 2000 the idea of red (Republican) and blue (Democrat) states has become commonplace in the media, to the point where it is accepted that everyone knows what they are. The general idea is that blue states tend to be more liberal politically, while red states are more conservative. The terms red and blue states began to be widely used during the 2000 Presidential campaign on...

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Upton Sinclair: Class of 1897: A 110 Year Anniversary Celebration

Most people when they pass Baruch College on Lexington Avenue and 23rd Street do not realize that the building stands on the site of the original Free Academy, established in 1847. It was the seed out of which grew the municipal college system and later the City University of New York. During the 19th century many distinguished men graduated from the Free Academy, later the College of the City of New York. The list of early alumni is impressive, and Upton Sinclair, the noted American writer was a member of the class of 1897...

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Moving Day

"An attempt to briefly resurrect an event that was once an integral part of New York City life."
These words, written in the April 30, 1865 edition of The New York Times, echoed a New York tradition that stretched back to the very founding of the city in the 17th century—Moving Day. For decades, until the end of the eighteen hundreds, New Yorkers would assemble their belongings and move en masse on or around the first of May, which came to be known as Moving Day...

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Panorama: From 18th Century Spectacle to 21st Century Immersive Media Wonder

Drawn from an article by Professor Alison Griffiths.
During the panorama craze of the early 1800s, audiences flocked by the thousands to witness the latest spectacular representations of nature, battle scenes, and exotic locations in 360 degree painted panoramas displayed in purpose-built circular rotundas. Popular interest in the panorama and its multiple spin-offs--the most notable being the horizontal moving panorama--waxed and waned throughout the century. As a result of exhibit competetion spin-off names were coined including cosmorama, noctorama, diomonorama, paleorama, pleorama, georama, caricaturama, and mareorama...

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Kent State at Baruch (5/6/1970)

Reaction at Baruch College by the students and faculty to the shootings at Kent State.

The late 1960s was a period of unrest on college campuses across the nation. Passions reached fever pitch when the war in Southeast Asia was extended to Cambodia in April 1970. This move was the immediate cause of student protests at Kent State which on May 4, 1970, led to the death of four students and the wounding of nine more by the Ohio National Guard...

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An American Family: The Beecher Tradition (Exhibit with text and images)

Families that have been influential in American life and culture are often recognizable by their signature names. The Beecher family is an example of one such family whose deep religious convictions and social conscience spanned the nineteenth century and made them prominent historical figures whose impact on religion, education, abolition, reform movements, literature and public life were exceptional. Biographer Milton Rugoff claims that in "two generations the Beechers emerged, along with many other Americans, from a God-centered, theology-ridden world concerned with the fate of man's eternal soul into a man-centered society occupied mainly with life on earth." (The Beechers, p. xiii)...

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Subway University: Traveling to the Free Academy, Baruch and City College (Exhibit with text and images)

"Subway University : Traveling to the Free Academy, Baruch and City College" is a sampling of the exhibit "Subway University: Making Tracks to City," which was mounted at the City College Library during November and December 1998. Curated by Professor Barbara Dunlap, it tells the story of the close ties that New York's public transportation system had with the Free Academy on 23rd and Lexington Avenue, current site of Baruch College. From 1847 until the turn of the century, students negotiated their trip to college using a variety of transport vehicles. By the time City College moved its main campus uptown, the new subway system was expanding and provided a speedy and inexpensive trip to and from the college...

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African-Native Americans: We Are Still Here

Based on the exhibit at the William and Anita Newman Library, 3rd fl., February 1999.

Many people believe racial and ethnic groups in North America have always lived as separately as they do now. However, segregation was neither practical nor preferable when people who were not native to this continent began arriving here. Europeans needed Indians as guides, trade partners and military allies. They needed Africans to tend their crops and to build an infrastructure...

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Redscare (1918-1920): Photographs and political cartoons from popular magazines of the time

RED SCARE is an image database about the period in the history of the United States immediately following World War I. The dates are approximately from the Armistice in November of 1918 to the collapse of hyper-inflation in mid-1920. Within these two dates the country witnessed--not so much in rapid succession as concurrently--a deadly flu epidemic, a strike wave of unparalled proportions, harsh suppression in some cases of those strikes, race riots, hyper-inflation, mass round-ups and deportations of foreign born citizens, expulsion of duely-elected officials from various offices in government, an incapacitated president, espionage laws, sedition laws and, of course, the advent of Prohibition and women's suffrage...

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The Spanish Civil War

Sixteen Americans and one Canadian of the Lincoln Battalion headquarters staff felt their hearts beat faster late in the afternoon of February 16, 1937. They were on their way to their first battle against the fascists. The Spanish drivers of their two small trucks had difficulty maneuvering around the shell and bomb holes in the road. All eyes were scanning the road ahead, searching for the Republican troops holding the front...

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The Ticker: The History of the Baruch College Newspaper

The Ticker, the official newspaper of Baruch College of the City University of New York began its life over 80 years ago and, with a few brief interruptions, has been continuously published ever since. Coming from humble beginnings, it managed to attain praise and many awards from both inside and outside the college....

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A Short History of the Baruch College Mascots

Most students attending Baruch College believe that the bearcat is and always has been the only mascot of the College. However, few people realize that during the school's existence - first when it became City College, then as its downtown business school, and finally as an independent college of the City University of New York - it witnessed no less than three other mascots before the bearcat made his appearance, a decade ago in 2002. This exhibit will take a brief look at the other three representatives of the school spirit and what became of them....

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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: Professor Sandra Roff, College Archivist, at 646-312-1623.