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2017 winter close schedule

November 2, 2017

The 2017 winter close will be from Monday, December 25, 2017, through Friday, January 5, 2018, with the following dates designated as University holidays:  Monday, December 25, 2017, Tuesday, December 26, 2017, and Monday, January 1, 2018.  Regular operations will resume on Monday, January 8, 2018.  Except where operations must continue, all areas of the University are asked to close during this two-week period.  Any decision to keep a department open must be approved by the Dean, Vice President, or Vice Provost overseeing the department.

Vincent Kang

The Music Library welcomes Vincent Kang

November 1, 2017
by Ray Heigemeir

We're happy to report that Vincent Kang has joined the Music Library team as our new Operations Manager. Vincent brings excellent experience in public services, having served as Library Supervisor at Doe Memorial and Moffitt libraries at UC Berkeley, where, among other duties, he oversaw a student work force of 60, covering three service points.

Jose Guadalupe Posada collection, circa 1875-1913, Stanford Libraries

José Guadalupe Posada & Dia de muertos

October 31, 2017
by Adan Griego

When Mexican graphic artist José Guadalupe Posada died in 1913 he could not have imagined that his satirical calaveras or skulls would become such a ubiquitous presence around Halloween, which happens to coincide with Mexico’s Day of the Dead or Día de muertos, mistranslated as Día de los Muertos and horrifies language purists.

Cover of Otboi, number 3, 1906.

So many revolutions...

October 30, 2017
by Margarita Nafpaktitis

There is a new exhibit in the South Lobby/East Wing of Green Library, highlighting Stanford Special Collections’ trove of Russian satirical journals from the beginning of the 20th century:  “The Russian Revolution of 1905: Political Change Reflected in Satire & Caricature.”

Russia had a revolution in 1917. In fact, it had two revolutions in 1917 – the first one in February, and then the one in October.  But it also almost had one in 1905.

Compact discs

David R. Kessler Collection of Classical Music CDs

October 26, 2017
by Jerry L McBride

The Music Library is the recipient of a magnificent collection of classical music compact discs donated by Dr. David R. Kessler. The collection consists of 7,701 titles on 9,546 discs resulting from Dr. Kessler’s lifelong love and involvement with music. He began listening to classical music on the radio in New York in his early teens, where he listened to music several hours daily and took notes on what he heard. He also began seriously studying the piano.

Concierge keys.

Concierge 42: CIDR, what?

October 25, 2017
by Ellie Buckley

Join us to learn about the Center for Interdisciplinary Digital Research (CIDR)--a unique team of technology specialists, software developers, humanities and social science data experts, and subject librarians. We design and develop new digital tools and methods, incorporating technology and information resources, to promote innovative scholarship. Meet our team members and learn about our services, workshops and partners.

Significant music acquisitions 2016-2017

October 23, 2017
by Mimi Tashiro

Some of the significant acquisitions in music acquired last year are highlighted here. A more complete list may be found on the Music Library’s web page. We are grateful to our endowed fund donors whose contributions made most of these purchases possible.

Italian expo sheet musicExpositions and world fairs were responsible for creating a lot of popular music, as the collection recently added shows. The sheet music provides a fascinating view of these events, from the colorful cover art, to the stories and descriptions contained in the lyrics. The 1893 Chicago, 1904 St. Louis, and 1915 and 1939 San Francisco fairs are especially well represented. The collection includes more than 20 songs from the 1915 Panama-Pacific Fair held in San Francisco. Some of them are Romanoff Caviar, Meet Me in Frisco and We’ll Go to the Fair, That’s How They Spent Their Honeymoon, 1915 Rag, Frisco You’re a Bear. The earliest example in the collection is The Exhibition Quadrille, its cover shows a lithograph of the Crystal Palace of the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London.

 

  

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