At a glance

Special Collections & University Archives

Featured collections

Here are a few of our notable collections. Check more out on the Libraries' Collections page.

R. Buckminster Fuller

Fuller's versatile career as an architect, lecturer, mathematician, writer, and social critic is documented extensively.

Edward A. Feigenbaum, circa 1970s

Primarily concerns his work in artificial intelligence at Stanford University.

William Shockley

Professional and personal papers documenting research on transistors and electronics; genetic influences on intelligence; and science education.

Special Collections Unbound

"Becoming Artists" case in the Terraforming exhibit incorporates original materials, digital surrogates, and facsimiles of materials in the Helen and Newton Harrison archive.

As the person who serves as the liaison between exhibit “curators” (exhibit content selectors—variously students, donors, faculty, and fellow library staff) and the conservation team, I often find myself navigating the terrain between a curator’s vision for a show and the realities of protecting materials from damage. My job is to midwife the ideas presented by content creators and bring them into the world of the gallery in as creative and revealing a way possible. Often it involves negotiating between competing priorities and points of view: curatorial ambitions and desires on the one hand and protecting library resources on the other. A couple of somewhat fictionalized conversations from planning the current Terraforming exhibit in Green Library illustrate the process.