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Special Collections & University Archives

Manuscripts Division

The Manuscripts Division of the Department of Special Collections exists to arrange, describe, preserve, and make available documents and born-digital materials of enduring historic value, both as intellectual items and as historical artifacts, to support the research needs of the undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and other scholars at Stanford University and beyond.

Since 2009, Special Collections has been involded in developing a Born-Digital Program in collaboration with the Digital Library Systems and Services Department. 

Stanford University Library curators actively seek out collections to enhance our holdings, primarily in the following area: African Studies, American History, American Literature, the history of the American West, Archaeology and Anthropology, Art and Architecture, British and Commonwealth History, British and Commonwealth Literary Studies, Classics, Education, Feminist Studies, Film and Media, French and Italian Studies, Germanic Studies, Judaica and Hebraica, Latin American and Iberian Studies, Medieval Studies, Mexican American Studies, Music, Religious Studies, Science and Technology, and Slavic Studies.

Featured collections

Nemo, King of the Tramps

Complete texts of 100 books from the series, Secret Service, illuminate perceptions of race in turn-of-the-century America.

Dupuis, Charles-François. Planches de l'origine de tous les cultes, ou Religion universelle: par Dupuis. Paris: H. Agasse, 1794.
Image: Dessiné par Ducondray, gravé à l’eau-forte par Pauquet, terminé au burin par P. H. Triere.

Thirty-six digitized texts, written in French between 1716 and 1835, investigate the mysterious perimeters of knowledge beyond Locke.

First-person histories of the pioneering individuals who challenged the ways women were seen by the reigning art establishment.

Steve Jobs, 1986

Photojournalism, fine art documentary work, and commercial photography capture the people and places of an emerging Silicon Valley.