3¢ Columbia University
Issue Date: January 4, 1954
City: New York, NY
Printed by: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Rotary Press
Perforations: 11 x 10½
U.S. #1029 commemorates the 200th anniversary of Columbia University. The stamp pictures the front view of the Low Memorial Library. The library, which serves as the school’s administrative center, was built in 1895 by then-University President Seth Low in honor of his father, Abiel Abbot Low.
Columbia was one of the first colleges formed in Colonial America. King George II founded it as King’s College in 1754. The college originally stood on the site of New York’s current city hall. After the Revolutionary War, the college was renamed Columbia College. Over the years, Columbia added many schools, including a medical school, law school, and school for architecture. In 1896, Columbia became a university. The University moved to its present-day site in upper Manhattan in 1897. Today, it’s considered a leading university in the liberal arts and professional studies.