Institutional Memory


The Blue and White prides itself on preserving sources of institutional memory at Columbia and throughout the Morningside environs. Every four years, a new generation of students arrives on campus, so it is important to pass down knowledge of how to navigate the university.


To this end, we strive to include a number of historical items in each issue of the magazine. Additionally, we co-sponsor an event each spring to update WikiCU, Columbia’s online encyclopedia. To assist in these efforts, we encourage you to send us tips regarding the following:

  • Historical story ideas
  • Columbia traditions
  • Store arrivals and departures in Morningside Heights
  • Retirements among faculty and administration
  • Increases in tuition, fees, housing, and meal plans
  • Major renovations in Morningside Heights and Manhattanville

If you wish to get involved in this work on your own, sites such as are helpful in archiving webpages. Additionally, if you have any other suggestions, do not hesitate to contact us via our email form.