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Army Chaplain Walter Marvine papers, 1874-1936 (M1927; Box 2, Folder 1)

Processing is now complete for the following manuscript collections. Guides are available at the Online Archive of California. 

Army Chaplain Walter Marvine papers, 1874-1936 (M1927)

Army Chaplain Walter Marvine, 1857-1945, served in the Philippines during the "Philippine Insurrection" (1899-1900), with the 9th Infantry in China at Tientsin during the "Boxer Rebellion" (1900-1901) and with the Expeditionary Brigade during World War One while serving with Coast Artillery Corps. The collection consists of nearly 3,000 letters, a diary, accounts, and sermons. Also included are lengthier accounts of his experiences, such as: "Sentinel Duty at Fort Shaw, MT, 1875," "A Story of the East TN Mountains,” "Some Incidents of My Experiences During the Campaign in China, 1900-01," and "Tome written from Ft. Huachuka from Grace to Walter in China, 2 Aug 1900."

Smedley Darlington Butler family correspondence, 1894-1957(M1975) 

Smedley Butler’s Marine Corps career lasted from 1898-1932. He then became the author of a classic antiwar tract, "War is a Racket" (1935), and leader of a veteran’s peace movement. The collection includes over 1,000 letters, photographs, and ephemera. Of particular interest in this collection are Butler's letters written to his wife from Haiti which detail his adventures in that country. In 1915, rebel Haitians known as Cacos killed the Haitian dictator Vilbrun Guillaume Sam. In response, the United States ordered the USS Connecticut to Haiti with Major Butler and a group of Marines on board. Butler put down the rebellion and subsequently organized the Haitian Gendamerie. Social order was restored and several public works projects were completed. Many of the incoming correspondent's letters are from old Philadelphia Quaker family names, Such as Biddle, Butler, Darlington, Peters, Sharpless, Willig, etc. 

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Read Compassion's Curative Power by Emma Seppala, PhD, the associate director of The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at the School of Medicine. Compassion offers tremendous health benefits and Seppala cites a study about the science behind compassion's health impact. 

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Humanitarian, hero, revolutionary, Nelson Mandela (July 18, 1918-December 5, 2013) served 27 years in prison for anti-apartheid activities in South Africa. He later served as the first black president of the same country and in 1993 was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with Frederick Willem de Klerk.

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During winter closure, December 21, 2013-January 5, 2014, patrons may submit RLCP and ILB requests.

Processing of requests submitted during the winter closure will begin on Monday, January 6, 2014. Delivery of RLCP materials requested during the closure will begin on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.

A view of the Bing Wing entrance of the Cecil H. Green Library

The entry turnstiles and other building-access card readers in Cecil H. Green Library will be upgraded during Thanksgiving Recess, starting Monday, November 25, 2013.

The new cards will have the required proximity chip that will unlock the turnstiles. You will be able to hover your card over a sensor to unlock the turnstile or open a door. The reader is sensitive enough that you will likely be able to keep your card in your wallet or bag but still have it read by the sensor.

How do I know if I need a new card?

If your university ID card was issued in 2005 or earlier, please go to the Campus Card Office for a free replacement card that will have a proximity chip in it that will provide you access to the library and gym's new card readers. If your library-only SUL card was issued before October 10, 2013, please go to the Privileges Desk in Cecil H. Green Library for a replacement card. Bring a valid government ID for all card replacements.

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The relocation for the Manuscripts Technical Unit is quickly approaching. After a few small delays, the dates have been set and our staff and collections will be moving the week of December 2nd immediately following the Thanksgiving holiday. Currently the room looks very large and very empty but the shelving (approx. 3,000 feet) will be installed over the next two weeks.

Because of pressing tasks necessary to preparing over 600 feet of collection materials and 10 staff members for the move, the Manuscripts Unit will suspend any normal activities between November 18th and December 13th – acquisitions, accessioning, cataloging, and processing. We will resume limited activities for the week before Stanford’s winter break - December 16-20. 

We're delighted to announce that Stanford Libraries is now a member of the Center for Research Libraries - Global Forum Network. This greatly expands the gamut of research materials that are available to the entire Stanford community.

CRL is a partnership of more than 275 university, college, and independent research libraries. For 60-plus years CRL has acquired and preserved newspapers, journals, documents, archives, and other traditional and digital resources from a global network of sources, and made them available to member institutions through interlibrary loan and electronic delivery.

The Center for Research Libraries provide approximately five million publications, archives, and collections and one million digital resources to its member libraries to supplement their own humanities, science, and social science holdings. CRL has in-depth holdings that support research in history of science, economics, law and government, immigration and population studies, international diplomacy, cultural studies, and more. In addition, a partnership with the Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering and Technology offers access to tens of thousands of scarce journal titles (many of them in foreign languages) to CRL members.

CRL materials can be obtained for extended loan periods and at no cost by users affiliated with member libraries. CRL resources include:

  • 6,500 international newspapers, many dating to the 1700s—the largest collection of circulating newspapers in North America.
  • 4,500 U.S. newspapers, many dating to the colonial era, including 2,000 ethnic titles. Foreign journals rarely held in U.S. libraries.
  • More than 800,000 foreign dissertations.
  • Area Studies: major microform and paper collections from Africa, Latin America, Middle East, Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia, and many other areas.
  • Access to the Linda Hall Library’s science, technology, and engineering serials.
  • Access to the Law Library Microform Consortium's (LLMC) digital resources.


For background on the Center for Research Libraries visit its website and to see what exactly is in their collection, go to the CRL online catalog.