Columbia University in the City of New York

The Harriman Institute Presents


Harriman Institute Directors from the Cold War to the Present


Curated by Tanya Chebotarev, Bakhmeteff Archive, Columbia University


Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
February 15 through March 11, 2022


Harriman Institute Atrium
420 W 118th St, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10027

Visitor Information

Per current visitor guidelines, the exhibit is only open to Columbia University affiliates who are in compliance with the university’s health protocols and have a valid green pass.

No registration or tickets required.

Exhibit Information

In commemoration of its 75th anniversary, the Harriman Institute is mounting an exhibit of photographs, newspaper and journal clippings, pages from books, and artifacts to celebrate the Institute’s fifteen directors. The exhibit explores the dynamics of the Cold War, the post-World War II expansion of Russian studies in the United States, the rapid changes in the distribution of global power, and the evolution of the U.S. relationship with Russia and the other former Soviet states.

Collage-like panels dedicated to the fifteen directors reveal many more complicated stories than first meet the eye. This exhibition invites you to consider, explore, and discuss the complex ways in which the Harriman Institute became a “viable model of contemporary area studies institution.” Drawn exclusively from the collections of the Bakhmeteff Archive of Russian and East European History and Culture, the University Archives and the Harriman Institute Oral History Project, all original materials can be seen by appointment at the Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Butler Library, 6th floor East.