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Theremin demonstrating his instrument, Stanford University, 1991

Missing footage of Theremin at Stanford found

Earlier this year, I reported on recent work the Archive of Recorded Sound (ARS) had undertaken to preserve video footage of Leon Theremin's visit to Stanford in 1991. In addition to participating in a symposium during his visit, hosted by the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), Theremin was also the guest of honor at a concert held in Frost Amphitheater on September 27, 1991 during the Stanford Centennial Finale Weekend. The video footage preserved by the ARS earlier in the year unfortunately only included part of this notable concert. It was found to be missing some key performances, including an arrangement of Rachmaninov's Vocalise, featuring Theremin's daughter Natasha Theremin playing the vocal parts on her father's instrument, accompanied by Max Mathews conducting the orchestral parts with his radio batons. This footage was presumed lost...until now. 

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Show us your favorite #StanfordStudySpot

May 29, 2015
by Kelly Fields

Have you been looking for just the right spot to study for your finals? Looking for a comfy, quiet place for just you and your laptop, perhaps a large room equipped with whiteboards and/or audiovisual equipment for your study group, or maybe an area with soft seating and an amazing view of the campus?

Welcome to New Manuscripts Cataloging & Metadata Librarian

May 22, 2015
by Glynn Edwards

Please join us in welcoming Michelle Paquette who started May 18th as our new manuscripts cataloging and metadata librarian. This fills a position vacated over a year ago when the former cataloger retired. While Michelle will be joining the Special Collection team at Stanford’s Redwood City campus, she won’t be a stranger to campus because part of her responsibilities will be managing metadata for our many digitization projects in collaboration with staff from the Metadata Department and DLSS, as well as curators and subject specialists.

Michelle received her Master of Science in Library Science degree from Simmons College and her Bachelor of Arts in English, summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  She was a metadata resident at Amherst College’s Frost Library where, in addition to her cataloging work, she planned and oversaw data migration projects working with MODS, Dublin Core, Darwin Core, XSLT, EAD and VRA Core. As a consultant for the Frost Library over the past year, Michelle developed a data model and metadata element set for the “Timeline of LGBT Political Landmarks in the Americas.” 

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Silicon Valley Gives: a 24 hour giving campaign

May 5, 2015
by Gabrielle Karampelas

Chances are high that if you live in the Bay Area, you have seen #SVGives2015 trending online.  Last year, over $8 million was raised in 24 hours to support Silicon Valley causes. The goal of Silicon Valley Gives is to inspire philanthropy--at any level--and create a community of giving for Bay Area causes.

Are you a Stanford student, alumnus, or faculty member who has relied upon services and materials from our library? Or are you a parent whose child seeks solitude and inspiration within our walls or across our online information network? Perhaps you are neither, but you’ve benefited from access to our collection or tapped into any of the open access projects we have contributed to, or you simply believe research libraries play a vital role in discovery, then join in on the day of giving to support Stanford Libraries by making a gift today.

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Celebrating 100 years of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

One hundred years ago today on April 28, 1915, the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) was formed when 1200 women from neutral and warring nations met in the Hague, Netherlands with the aim of negotiating the end of World War I, and to urge peaceful resolution and ‘continuous mediation’ to avoid future conflicts.
 
In conjunction with this centenary anniversary, the Archive of Recorded Sound (ARS) is very pleased to announce the release of 256 recordings of oral history interviews conducted with over 90 veteran members of WILPF from local California and other states’ branches in the USA. These recordings, part of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Collection, are now freely accessible to the world via Searchworks. Also featured are recordings from the 1967 WILPF National Conference at Asilomar, in Pacific Grove, CA. 

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