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The Louis R. Lurie Collection of press books documenting the Curran and Geary Theatre productions (M1148) has been processed and is now available for research. The catalog record is available here: https://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/4769502 This collection consists of 804 press books covering 904 productions at the Curran and Geary theatres in San Francisco from 1923 to 1976. Real estate developer, theatrical producer and philanthropist, Louis R. Lurie donated the bulk of the collection to Stanford in 1970. The press books primarily contain newspaper clippings with feature stories, advertisements, interviews, columns, and critical reviews of the productions. There are also playbills, programs, posters, menus, lists, entertainment guides, photographs, and correspondence. The productions documented in the press books include plays, dance performances, ballet, variety shows, burlesque shows, Vaudeville shows, revues, comedy shows, magic shows, opera, concerts, and films. The collection covers a large number of productions including many Pulitzer and Tony Prize winners, such as A Streetcar Named Desire, Death of a Salesman, and Harvey. The productions featured well-known actors and performers, such as Gregory Peck, Ethel Waters, Paul Robeson, Helen Hayes, Mae West, Anna Mae Wong, Tallulah Bankhead, Edith Piaf, Claudia McNeil, Marlene Dietrich, Lucille Ball, Burt Lancaster, and many others. The collection is a rich resource for research into theater, theater administration, the performing arts, and the history of San Francisco. Some of the many interesting items in the collection are Chinese language advertisements and newspaper articles. An example of an advertisement in Chinese for the comedy-thriller The Spider, written by Fulton Oursler and Lowell Brentano in 1926. This play was booked at the Geary Theatre from August 13 through September 15, 1928. There are also newspaper clippings in German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and other languages. Another set of interesting items that make this collection such a rich resource are menus and drink specials related to the productions. An example is this menus from Wilson’s Restaurant and Candies which features a special recipe for 'Journey's End', a play written by R.C. Sheriff which appeared at the Geary Theatre starting on December 2, 1929. An interesting side note to this menu is the story of Stanford graduate Ernest ‘Sticky’ Wilson (as illustrated in the advertisement below). Wilson was from Salem, Oregon, and after enrolling at Stanford in 1896, he began working at a student owned candy store on campus. He bought into ownership of this candy store, which eventually grew to become multiple stores spread throughout Northern California. We have also processed a number of other related theater collections: The Samuel Stark Theatre Program collection (M1149), San Francisco Players Guild records (M1150), Theatre Organizations: newsletters (M1151), and Theater and film ephemera collection (M2506). The Samuel Stark Theatre Program collection in particular contains a large number of programs for productions at the Curran and Geary theatres that are also documented in the Lurie Collection.
It's summertime again, and we are closing the final chapter of this pandemic. As you head off to visit family and friends, you might need a good book to travel with - something to take your mind off the anticipation. You're in luck! We have been social distancing for a year, and we like to read even when there are other things to do. These staff picks from the Science and Engineering Resource Group offer the perfect distraction. Fiction Being Dead by Jim Crace "The story of two biologists, dead, on the beach where they did their Ph.D. research. Crace masterfully intertwines timelines before and after the murder to carefully reveal the whole story. Warning: pretty morbid." Linnea Shieh, Engineering Librarian, Data & Collections Borrow Being Dead Little Eyes by Samantha Schweblin "If you like Black Mirror, you'll love this. Imagine buying a Furby, knowing a random, anonymous stranger is watching through those beady little eyes. Imagine being that Furby. The author plays with this idea, showing how tech can humanize and dehumanize." Alexandra Krogman, Engineering Librarian, Digital Services & Projects Borrow Little Eyes Pompeii by Robert Harris "This riveting thriller mixes 79 A.D.-style political intrigue, geological teasers, and mysterious failures of Roman water engineering to create an explosive page-turner. Harris artfully penetrates historical science sources to illustrate the four days surrounding Vesuvius’s eruption, rendering a highly relatable world, even as it is snuffed out." Leah Strauss, Library Specialist, Terman Engineering Library Borrow Pompeii The Quantum Spy by David Ignatius "Intelligent cyber espionage, with compellingly imperfect heroes (the most notorious/ingenious of whom connect to Stanford Engineering) are Ignatius' specialty. The Paladin has neural networks at its core; The Quantum Spy considers a national security destiny for quantum computing; The Director enlists a moralistic but wily super hacker." Leah Strauss, Library Specialist, Terman Engineering Library Borrow the Quantum Spy Shuri written by Nnedi Okorafor, illustrated by Leonardo Romero and Jordie Bellaire "A fun read for Marvel fans and novices alike. Many threads and characters keep the story moving in interesting new ways. Shuri's brother goes missing. She wants to spend time in her lab, solving the mystery, but Wakanda knows she's a leader." Alexandra Krogman, Engineering Librarian, Digital Services & Projects Borrow Shuri A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki "Ozeki’s novel brilliantly weaves quantum physics and Zen into an intriguing story connecting the past, present, and two strangers. The diary of a Japanese girl, Nao, washes ashore to be found by a writer, Ruth, who connects to Nao’s tale in mysterious ways. Superb!" Amy Clark, Library Specialist, Terman Engineering Library Borrow A Tale for the Time Being Nonfiction The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt written by Andrea Wulf, illustrated by Lillian Melcher "This engaging graphic nonfiction brings to life Alexander von Humboldt’s travels, adventures, and discoveries. It provides a fun, informative, and engaging way to learn more about von Humboldt and his long-term impact on our understanding of the natural world." Julie Sweetkind-Singer, Associate University Librarian for Science & Engineering Borrow The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt Bottle of Lies The inside story of the generic drug boom by Katherine Eban "An eye-opener about various malpractices of the pharma industry." Aparna Sharma, Operations Manager, Li and Ma Science Library Borrow Bottle of Lies Longitude by Dava Sobel "Longitude is about John Harrison’s quest to create the perfect clock. Without a clock that could work in a moving ship, it was impossible to figure out the latitude of a place. His invention revolutionized navigation. Dava Sobel is a great writer, and this story is wonderfully told." G. Salim Mohammed, Head and Curator, David Rumsey Map Center Borrow Longitude The Peregrine by J.A. Baker "This unique nature documentary covers one man’s obsessive observations and encounters with peregrine falcons near his home in England. The writing is more poetry than prose, and it shares ideas with Silent Spring." Linnea Shieh, Engineering Librarian, Data & Collections Borrow The Peregrine The Spirit and the Sky by Mark Hollabaugh "A recent SLA-PAM book club pick. Humans have wondered about the sky and beyond for as long as we have been around. This account of the Lakota and their interpretation of astronomy is among the most fascinating things I read during the pandemic." Zac Painter, Engineering Librarian, Research & Teaching Support Borrow The Spirit and the Sky Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker. "Walker makes a compelling case for why, following air and water, getting enough sleep, in particular deep sleep, is the most important activity to sustain life and keep neurons 'charged'." Aparna Sharma, Operations Manager, Li and Ma Science Library Borrow Why We Sleep