Columbia University Bulletin

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The Columbia University Bulletin was published from 1890 to 1898. It began as a journal of important management decisions and faculty research at Columbia, but eventually evolved into an informative periodical aimed at alumni. In 1898 it was transformed into Columbia University Quarterly, the forerunner to the current Columbia magazine.


Originally intended to be a bi-monthly periodical, the Bulletin appeared only at intervals over its first few years before settling into a thrice-an-academic-year schedule. For its first 14 volumes it was printed by authority of the Trustees with a note at the beginning of Volumes 2-14 stating that its purpose is to: "give a summary of important university and faculty legislation, to record the scientific and literary work of the officers of Columbia College, to furnish information with regard to original investigations that are in progress, to indicate the subjects that occupy the attention of the advanced seminaria, and to give other general information that may be either of immediate interest to inquirers, or of permanent value as a matter of record." Volumes 15-20 were printed by Columbia University Press with each issue beginning with a note that it is "addressed to the Alumni, officers, and friends of the University, and its purpose is to furnish pertinent information with regard to the University and its separate schools, and to give a summary of important University legislation."

After its 20th volume, the Bulletin was rebranded as Columbia University Quarterly, which continued in print, with an absence for the entirety of the 1920s, until 1941. In 1978 Columbia magazine filled its empty shoes.


The evolution of the Bulletin from a focus on academic affairs within the scholarly community to one with a greater appeal to alumni is clear, with the later issues being rich with plans, descriptions, and illustrations of the new Morningside Heights campus, and alumni news.

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