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Collection items are organized into collections. Our collections showcase unique, archival and scholarly materials, including rare books, photographs, newspapers, and yearbooks from Colgate University.


This collection consists of photographs taken by Andrew J. Russell during the American Civil War.

56 items found in collection

Andrew J. Russell Photographs

The Baptist Education Society of the State of New York (BESSNY) originated from a meeting of thirteen men in Hamilton, New York, in 1817. In 1819, the state of New York granted the Society a charter to formalize the establishment of the theological institution that eventually became Colgate University.

1 item found in collection

Baptist Education Society of the State of New York Records

An album of sepia albumen photographs taken in Burma by the expatriate German photographer Philip Adolphe Klier.

89 items found in collection

Burmese album

The 2018-2019 academic year marks the beginning of Colgate University's third century. As part of the bicentennial celebrations, the archives has digitized images and documents related to its 200-year history. Explore this collection as a complement to the Colgate at 200 Years website.

176 items found in 2 collections

Students in dorm room

This collection contains digitized versions of Colgate University's alumni magazine, which has had many titles and formats over the years. The content generally includes news stories covering major events and changes on campus; feature stories on current students, faculty, and alumni; and updates on accomplishments and significant life events of alumni. Due to privacy concerns about alumni personal information, a Colgate login is required to access content from most recent 80 years.

162 items found in collection

Front cover of the October 1930 issue of the Colgate Alumni News

Our entire run of the Colgate University student newspaper, from the earliest, published November 2, 1846, through April 22, 2010. The Colgate University student newspaper has gone through several title changes. This collection includes access to all of the titles. Browse individual titles by date through these links:

  • Colgate Maroon-News - January 24, 1992 - present
  • Colgate News - September 26, 1968 - December 6, 1991
    NOTE: The Colgate News was an independent newspaper later merged with the Colgate Maroon to form the Colgate Maroon News. 
  • Colgate Maroon - April 8, 1916 - November 19, 1991
  • Junior Daily - May 9, 1906 - May 27, 1916
    NOTE: The Junior Daily was published by the junior class for one week each May, 1906-1916. It covered the "Junior Week" festivities. This event was the predecessor to Spring Party Weekend.
  • Madisonensis - August 1, 1868 - April 1, 1916
  • Christian Reformer - July 21, 1847- September 15, 1847
  • Hamilton Student and Christian Reformer - April 7, 1847 - July 14, 1847
  • Hamilton Student - November 2, 1846 - March 1, 1847

4752 items

Colgate University Student Newspapers

The complete run of Colgate University's yearbook, Salmagundi, from 1884 to the present. Newly published yearbooks will not be available online until at least one year after publication.

Salmagundi idiosyncrasies:

  • Until 1934, the focus of the yearbooks was on the junior class, because they were responsible for publishing it. The senior class was still pictured, but it was the juniors who had the spotlight with bigger pictures and more personal details. As a result, the yearbook titles differ from modern interpretation, so the “1884” yearbook was actually published in 1883 and included the Senior class of 1883 and the Junior class of 1884.
  • No yearbooks were published for 1944, 1945, and 1946.
  • Between 1846 and 1890, Colgate was known as Madison University.

131 items found in collection

Colgate University Student Yearbooks

Edward H. Stone (18751968) was the official Colgate photographer for nearly fifty years and also worked commercially in the town of Hamilton and its surrounds. The Edward H. Stone Photograph Collection (1890s1950s) contains glass and film negatives, and photographic prints related to Colgate University including images of buildings, campus landscapes, student groups, athletics, faculty, and administrators. The collection also includes images related to Madison County and the village of Hamilton, such as downtown shops and streetscapes, businesses, farms, and portraits.

137 items found in collection

Students in chemistry laboratory

Digitized versions of vintage film and video related to Colgate University's history, including promotional programs, recordings of events, documentaries, interviews with faculty and almuni, and raw footage.    

6 items found in collection

Frame still from "Colgate at War" film

First Baptist Church of Hamilton, founded in 1796, is the "mother church of Colgate University." The 13 founders were members of this church when they decided to form a Baptist seminary in Hamilton.  This collection contains text and images of important documents in the church's history.

2 items found in collection

First Baptist Church of Hamilton, NY

A digital collection covering the Hamilton Republican from 1917 to 1919, the years of the Influenza pandemic.

If you are looking for a specific issue by date, please browse the Hamilton Republican here.

134 items

Local and Regional Newspapers

This rare Chinese periodical, Modern Sketch (Shi Dai Man Hua) for 1934 to 1937 contains caricatures, cartoons, and humorous writing that defined the golden era of Shanghai’s comic art during the mid-1930’s.

In a related digital collaboration, John A. Crespi, Colgate's Luce Associate Professor of Chinese, provides scholarly analysis combined with full-color, high-resolution images from Modern Sketch at MIT’s Visualizing Cultures:

38 items found in collection

Modern Sketch