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Sylvan Bar, Valley of Yosemite

October 1, 2015, marks the 125th anniversary of the establishment of Yosemite National Park. To commemorate our nation’s third National Park, the University Archives has mounted an exhibition of photographs of Yosemite Valley taken by Eadweard Muybridge in 1872. On display are ten albumen photographs printed from replicated negatives made from photographs by Muybridge in 1872. This set of images comes from a limited edition printed by the Chicago Albumen Works, Inc. and published by Yosemite Natural History Association in 1977. Only 50 sets were produced. To read more about this amazing series of photographs follow this link. To view additional Muybridge photographs held by the Stanford University Libraries follow this link.

The photographs are on display in Green Library, 2nd Floor, near the Human Resources office (241) located near the middle of the Bing and East Wings. Viewing hours are Monday-Friday from 8AM to 5PM.

Don Knuth

The University Archives is pleased to announce that videotaped lectures from Don Knuth's computer science course Mathematical Writing (CS209), given in the fall of 1987, are now available online. The course focused on issues of technical writing and the effective presentation of mathematics and computer science. Guest lectures included Herb Wilf (University of Pennsylvania), Jeff Ullman (Stanford), Leslie Lamport (Digital Equipment Corporation) , Nils Nilsson (Stanford), Mary-Claire van Leunen (Digital Equipment Corporation) , Rosalie Stemer (San Francisco Chronicle), and Paul Halmos (University of Santa Clara). The class notes are available as a Stanford report, Mathematical Writing, and a published book.

Man with dog posing with cut-out of Leland Stanford Jr. at Reunion Homecoming 2014

Attending Reunion Homecoming this year? Don't forget to bring your Stanford historical materials to the University Archives table in the Ford Center to donate them or have them scanned and returned to you. While you are there, consider taking photographs with the Stanford Family!

Natalie Jean Marine-Street

The Stanford Historical Society (SHS) and University Archives are pleased to announce that Natalie Jean Marine-Street has joined our ranks as the Oral History Program Manager (OHPM) for the SHS. As OHPM, Natalie will manage current oral history projects, plan and execute new projects, and serve as steward for existing SHS oral history collections.

Natalie is a Ph.D. candidate in United States History at Stanford. Her research focuses on the interrelationships between business, gender, and politics and the role of persuasion in the economy.  Her dissertation project examines the history of female sales agents who, from the mid-nineteenth century, sought economic independence by travelling to sell new, mass-produced consumer goods. Inquiring about “lady agents” sheds light on how mass consumerism spread, how work and identity interact, and how occupations become gender-typed, contributing to economic inequality.

Please join us in welcoming Natalie to the fold.

GSB in China, 2002

The Stanford University Archives is pleased to announce that it has recently acquired, and made available, two collections from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Stanford University, Graduate School of Business, Records (SC1266)

Founded in 1925, The Stanford Graduate School of Business was formed in order to establish a West Coast alternative to the business schools of the East Coast.

Ralph Hansen, University Archivist, 1967

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the Stanford University Archives. To celebrate, the Archives has launched a 50 day Twitter campaign featuring iconic images of Stanford. Follow us on Twitter @stanfordarchive or see all of the images posted thus far via #StanfordArchive50. This fall, the Archives will formally celebrate the anniversary with an exhibit in the East Wing of Green Library. Stay tuned for more information.

Branner Geological Library bookplate

The Stanford University Archives is pleased to announce a one-week exhibit of materials relating to John Casper Branner and the Branner Library. This exhibit will be on display at Branner Earth Sciences Library from June 5-12.

Items on display include photographs and other materials relating to Branner’s inauguration; photographs of Branner and family, including some taken on the Stanford campus with Thomas Edison; and materials documenting the founding of Branner Library.

This exhibit is part of the anniversary celebration commemorating the 100th year since the founding of the Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections (June 14, 1915 - June 14, 2015). It is part of an ongoing series of anniversary events that culminates with a public celebration, speakers, and tour of the library on Thursday, June 11, 2015 from 4-6:30 pm.

For more information about John Casper Branner, or about any of the collection materials included in this exhibit, please contact the University Archives at 

John Casper Branner, Stanford Historical Photograph Collection (SC1049)

The Stanford University Archives is very glad to announce a one-week exhibit of materials relating to John Casper Branner, the first Professor of Geology at Stanford University, and its second President. This exhibit will be on display at Branner Earth Sciences Library from April 10-17.