100 days until 100 years: Branner Earth Sciences Library Celebration

March 6, 2015

June 14, 1915 – June 14, 2015

Join us in celebrating the milestone of 100 years of collaboration, education, and experience at the Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collection.

We'll be hosting a series of anniversary events over the next 100 days that will culminate on June 11, 2015, with a public celebration, speakers, and a curator's tour of the library. In addition, each week between now and the anniversary on June 14, 2015, we'll be exhibiting items from our collection and archive. You can see these items on display in the Branner Library exhibit case on the 2nd floor of the Mitchell Earth Sciences Building. Check below for more information about our first exhibit and upcoming Branner 100 events.

The Writings of John Casper Branner, Stanford’s Second President
Friday, March 6 – Thursday, March 12
This exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of the University's purchase of John Casper Branner’s personal geological library, the foundation for the current Branner Earth Sciences Library. A prolific writer, Branner published over 400 articles and books during his lifetime, many of which are kept at Branner Library. A sampling of his writing is included in the exhibit.

John Casper Branner

About John Casper Branner:

John Casper Branner (July 4, 1850 – March 1, 1922) was a former State Geologist of Arkansas and Stanford University’s first professor and Chair of the Department of Geology. In 1913, he became Stanford’s second president. He was a member of at least fifteen scientific societies, including the National Academy of Sciences. Branner was a charter member and president (1911–1914) of the Seismological Society of America, founded after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. On June 14, 1915, the University made the purchase of Branner’s private geological book collection of 5,000 volumes for $23,500 -- making it the foundation of the Branner Earth Sciences Library.

Other upcoming #Branner100 events to look forward to:

The William Smith Map at Stanford 
Tuesday, March 31, 4 – 7pm 
Hartley Conference Center
View the extremely large, original 1815 map and accompanying memoir and learn about how Stanford Libraries digitized it and hear from Prof. Gail Mahood and GES students talk about its significance and its influence on geologic mapping. Refreshments provided.

Data Day
Monday, April 13, 8 am – 2pm 
Li Ka Shing Conference Center
The focus of this event will be around data publishing, data sharing, reproducibility, metadata, and data reuse. Note: Due to an overhwelming response, Data Day is fully capped.

'Game of Thrones' Geology
Friday, April 17, 5:30 – 7:30 pm 
Braun Hall Auditorium 105 (GeoCorner)
Miles Traer will lecture on his fantasy Game of Thrones geologic map and theories on topics such as when and how the Red Mountains formed and how the splitting of Westeros from Essos occured.

Meet Stace Maples 
Wednesday, May 13, 3 pm 
Branner Library Teaching Corner
Come meet Stace Maples, the new Stanford Geospatial Center Geospatial Manager.

Branner Coffee Break Week 
Monday, June 1- Friday, June 5, 9 am – 12 pm weekdays 
Branner Library Lobby
Quals, Exams, Finals on your mind? Come get free coffee and snacks to destress from your work. 

100th Year Anniversary of Branner Earth Sciences Library: Celebration and Tour 
Thursday, June 11, 2015 
Branner Library and Hartley Conference Center
Happy Anniversary Branner Library! This celebration is the culminating event in the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Branner Library and Stanford's second president John Casper Branner. Please join us for a public event with speakers, food, and a curator's tour of the library. All are welome.

Stay tuned for more celebration announcements.