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September 19, 2007


NEW YORK, September 19, 2007 – A new exhibition on view in the atrium of the Morris R. Cohen Library of The City College of New York (CCNY) salutes the centenary of the Russell Sage Foundation, the principal American Foundation exclusively dedicated to research in the social sciences.  The exhibit, which runs September 17 – October 5, tells the stories of Mr. and Mrs. Sage’s lives, the foundation they created and its library collection, which is housed in the City College Libraries. 

The exhibit begins with a presentation of the interests and careers of the founder, Margaret Olivia Slocum Sage, and of her financier spouse, Russell Sage, for whom the foundation was named.  It then focuses on the philanthropic efforts of the organization, which were documented in its library.  During the early 20th century, the Foundation’s library was an important resource used by those engaged in the emerging profession of social work. 

In 1949, the Foundation moved and its library collection was donated to the New York School of Social Work (now the Columbia University School of Social Work) and the City College Library, which received 40,000 volumes and 100,000 pamphlets and reports.  This collection includes the Foundation’s publications as well as other 19th and 20th century periodicals used by scholars conducting research on the field of social work during that era.

Some of the collection has been cataloged and is now accessible through the CUNY Libraries online catalog, CUNY+.  Access to the remainder of the material is provided by the card catalogue in the Cohen Library Archives Reading Room.

For more information about the Russell Sage Foundation Library Collection at CCNY exhibit at CCNY, please call the Cohen Library at (212) 650-7271.  The Cohen Library is located in the North Academic Center building of The City College, 138th Street and Convent Avenue in Manhattan.

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