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The Something Ventured Interviews & Stanford's Silicon Valley Archives

August 6, 2018
by Michelle Paquette

This is a guest post from Special Collections Processing Assistant Brian Bethel.


Last month, Stanford Special Collections digitized and made available the collected interview footage  of Something Ventured, a 2011 documentary on the history of venture capital in Silicon Valley. The product of directors Dayna Goldfine and Daniel Geller, Something Ventured features extensive interviews with Silicon Valley luminaries such as Gordon Moore, Don Valentine, Arthur Rock, Sandy Lerner, and Nolan Bushnell. Stanford's Something Ventured collection (M2289) contains over 50 hours of raw interview footage with the film’s 15 interviewees, all available to stream on the Special Collections website.
The Something Ventured collection is one of the latest projects of the Stanford Libraries' Silicon Valley Archives, the world’s most significant repository of materials related to the history and development of Silicon Valley. With hundreds of archival holdings, the Silicon Valley Archives contains historic firsthand material on topics such as personal computing, microprocessors, integrated circuits, recombinant DNA, and video game technology, all available to Stanford affiliates and the general public alike. For more information on the Silicon Valley Archives, contact Henry Lowood, Curator for History of Science & Technology Collections.
Anyone interested in learning more about the history of Silicon Valley would do well to check out Silicon Valley Archives Project Historian and Stanford alumna Leslie Berlin’s 2017 Troublemakers: Silicon Valley’s Coming of Age, a history of Silicon Valley’s technological and entrepreneurial innovations of the 1970s and 1980s. Additionally, the book features Something Ventured interviewees such as Mike Markkula, Nolan Bushnell, Don Valentine, and Arthur Rock.
For those interested in diving even deeper into the history of Silicon Valley innovation and venture capital, Stanford holds additional archival and bibliographic materials for a number of the venture capitalists and entrepreneurs interviewed in Something Ventured. Below are nine Something Ventured interviewees with additional materials held by the Silicon Valley Archives and Stanford University Libraries.
Continue reading for profiles of selected interviews.

Visiting the Methuselah Tree on Skyline

July 25, 2018
by Glynn Edwards

Every few years, when Special Collections-Redwood City is hosting a number of summer students and interns, we make a trip to Alice’s Restaurant for lunch to celebrate their accomplishments and contributions. It’s also a way to say thank you to our Redwood City staff for a very productive year. Sadly several staff members were unable to make it at the last minute as jury duty and emergency training took precedence.

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ePADD 5.1 released!

We are very excited to announce the release of ePADD 5.1! ePADD is free and open-source computational analysis software developed by Special Collections & University Archives and partners, that facilitates screening, browsing, and access for historically and culturally significant email collections.

Read on for more about the release, and the latest news from the project team.

Bob Cooney participating in 1973 demonstration, U.S. Federal Building, San Francisco; Journal of the Institute for the Study of Non-Violence, March-April, 1973

New Anti-Vietnam War, Nonviolence archive open for research: Robert P. J. Cooney, Jr. papers on the Institute for the Study of Nonviolence, 1965-1987

May 2, 2018
by Benjamin Lee Stone

In the wake of a number of anniversaries marking fifty years since the Vietnam War, including last October’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Stop the Draft Week, the largest militant anti-Vietnam War demonstration up to that time, the Stanford Libraries are pleased to announce the acquisition and opening of the papers of activist, author, and graphic designer Robert P.J. Cooney, Jr., including a substantial amount of archival material from the Institute for the Study of Nonviolence during the 1970s.