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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Ed Ricketts holding a Humbolt squid

Edward Flanders Robb Ricketts, known by many simply as Ed Ricketts, was an American marine biologist, ecologist, and philosopher. He is best known for the publication Between Pacific Tides (1939), a pioneering study of intertidal ecology, and for his friendship with writer John Steinbeck, which resulted in their collaboration on the Sea of Cortez, later republished as The Log from the Sea of Cortez (1951). Steinbeck based the character “Doc” in his novel “Cannery Row” on Ed Ricketts.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

“A new and most exact map of Africa described by N.I. Vischer and don into English; Enlarged and Corrected according to J. Blaeu and Others, With the Habits of ye people, and ye manner of ye Cheife sitties ye like never before.”

Maps of Africa: Workshop
Tuesday, October 9, 2012. Noon - 1 pm

This workshop will focus on both the physical and digital collections of Maps of Africa at Stanford. We will explore ways to find Maps of Africa online; we will also have on display several of Stanford's Maps of Africa from its rare map collections.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Cynthia Haven's story in the September 12 issue of The Dish reports that Stanford University Libraries has acquired the archives of BRUCE BAILLIE, a major figure in the development of counter-cultural filmmaking in the San Francisco Bay Area. Two years ago, Special Collections acquired the archives for Canyon Cinema, one of the leading distributors of avant-garde independent films, founded by Baillie, so the pair of acquisitions effectively completes the set. The story quotes Henry Lowood in his role as curator for film & media collections.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

California as an Island

Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Glen McLaughlin Map Collection, the largest privately held collection of maps showing California as an island. The collection has been scanned and will be available through Searchworks and the collections pages.