Obtaining Blue Seal Letters

The Office of the Secretary prepares Blue Seal Letters to enable university faculty to receive appropriate courtesies for observation and study while traveling. Blue Seal Letters are addressed to officials in charge of archives, government agencies, institutes of health, and institutions of learning, libraries and museums.

To obtain a Blue Seal Letter:

Please send a letter request via fax (212-854-9975) or email (secretary@columbia.edu) with the following information:

  • Name
  • Department
  • Tenure Status
  • Travel Dates and Requested Permissions
  • Contact Information

Processing of Blue Seal Letters take approximately one week.