Students, alumni/ae, and families

Students

Administrative office records and faculty papers tell only part of the Stanford University story. Materials created by Stanford students are a core component of the University Archives, providing unique insight into student experiences both inside the classroom and elsewhere on campus.

The University Archives is committed to preserving documentation of the full range of Stanford student experience, including the experience of Stanford students of color, Stanford women, members of the queer community, and activists. Please see more information about this ongoing intiative.

We actively seek materials from current and former students relating to academic work, papers, course notes, extracurricular activities, athletics, and residential life. We collect materials regardless of format, including digital files. 

Items of particular interest include:

  • Diaries, journals or blogs
  • Course notes, syllabi, and assignments
  • Photographs
  • Audio and video recordings
  • Memorabilia, flyers, posters, or other promotional materials
  • Scrapbooks
  • E-mail
  • Social media

Student organizations

The Archives also collects in the records of student organizations as these materials document the cultural and social network of Stanford student life. Preserving these records not only provides documentation of the groups and the individuals who participate in them, but also the events they sponsor and the evolution of the social, cultural and political circumstances bringing them together.  These materials are of particular interest to scholars who study social and political movements, leadership, campus culture, and university policies.

The Archives would like to help Stanford student organizations document their history and their activities and invite them to donate their records for preservation and research.  The Archives is interested particularly in:

  • Constitutions and bylaws
  • Annual reports
  • Meeting minutes and supporting documentation
  • Correspondence of student organizations that documents programs, activities, and events
  • Membership rosters
  • Photographs, clippings, press releases, and scrapbooks
  • Publications/newsletters
  • Social media

Alumni/ae

The Archives collects materials documenting the intellectual, social, and cultural aspects of student and alumni/ae life on the Farm. Alumni often have key materials that help expand our documentation of student and academic life at Stanford. Unfortunately, student and alumni materials are often discarded after their immediate use, and, as a result, are lost to history.

The Archives seeks the personal papers and memorabilia of alumni focusing on their time and activities at Stanford and/or their continuing relationship with the University.

Materials of interest include

  • Diaries, correspondence, and scrapbooks
  • Records and memorabilia from student organizations and clubs
  • Flyers, posters, invitations, and other materials from events and social activities
  • Photographs and audio and video recordings
  • Alumni publications

Family and friends

The Archives collects published and unpublished materials documenting all aspects of the Stanford community, including materials from family members and friends of the University.  Through these kinds of donations, the Archives documents changes in social and cultural traditions over time, the experiences of a diverse range of individuals and groups at Stanford, and shifts in attitudes, mores and society at the University.

Materials of interest include

  • Personal and professional archives and memorabilia created by or belonging to people who have had a significant relationship to Stanford
  • Records and other materials collected or created by non-Stanford individuals and organizations enhancing our knowledge of Stanford and the surrounding community history
  • Books and publications about Stanford or the surrounding area
  • Non-Stanford but University-related collections of major research significance

How to proceed

Consult our Instructions for Preparing Material For Transfer. Archives staff are available to help evaluate the historical significance of your material and guide you through the process of transferring it to the Archives. If you have any questions, please contact us at universityarchives@stanford.edu.