Barack Obama: Document History from Birth to Harvard (1961-1991)
Hawaii:Barack Obama born Aug. 4, 1961
Barack Hussein Obama II was born at the Kapiolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital at 7:24 PM on Aug. 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii.His father was Barack Hussein Obama (Kenyan citizen), and his mother was Stanley Ann Dunham (US citizen).
Obama’s mother moved to Indonesia in 1967, and Barack Obama attended the following two schools in the country from age 6-11.
Fransiskus Assisi School, elementary school, Jakarta, Indonesia (age 6-8)
Barack Obama attended this Catholic school in Jakarta, Indonesia before transferring to Besuki Public School. He was registered at Fransiskus Assisi under the name Barry Soetoro by his step-father, Lolo Soetoro. The document lists Barry Soetoro as an Indonesian citizen, born on Aug. 4, 1961 in Honolulu, and shows his Muslim step-father listed Barack Obama's religion as Islam.
Published two poems(83 KB) in the Occidental College poetry journal Feast, available at the Library of Congress website, Spring 1982
Los Angeles Times article (66 KB) quotes student recollections of Obama while he was attending Occidental College, Jan. 29, 2007
New York: 1981-1983
Obama moved to New York City to attend Columbia University in 1981. He lived there until graduation in 1983 and for a period of time afterward. Obama eventually moved to Chicago where he landed a job as a community organizer. He worked for about four years before moving to Massachusetts to attend Harvard Law School.
Columbia University (1981-1983)
Barack Obama graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Political Science in 1983. His transcripts have not been made publically available.
Article written by Barack Obama and published in the Columbia University weekly magazine The Sun Dial, "Breaking The War Mentality” (1 KB) , Mar. 10, 1983
Article(344 KB) published in Columbia College Today by Shira Boss-Bicak about Obama’s background, Jan. 2005
New York Timesarticle (71 KB) with interview of Obama’s friend while at Columbia, Jan. 20, 2009
Obama moved to Massachusetts to attend Harvard Law School where he lived from 1988 to 1991.
Harvard Law School (1988-1991)
Barack Obama entered Harvard Law School at age 27 and attended from 1988 to 1991. He graduated with a JD degree in 1991. While at Harvard, he served on the board of the Black Law Students Association, and was elected President of the Harvard Law Review in spring 1990. Obama spent one summer during law school as an associate at the Chicago law firm Sidley & Austin. His transcripts have not been made publically available.