About Us


The Barnard College Archives acts as the final repository for the historical records of Barnard College, from its founding in 1889 to the present day. We collect materials that reflect campus and academic life at Barnard.
Our primary purpose is to document the history of the College and to provide source material to administrators, alumnae, students, faculty, and other members of the Barnard College and Columbia University communities, as well as to outside researchers. We also seek to acquire Special Collections materials that relate to broader issues of Feminism; Women’s, Sexuality, and Gender Studies; and the history of the education of women and female-identified individuals in the United States.
Additionally, we provide pedagogical and research support in order to enrich the educational missions of Barnard College and Columbia University.