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Beautiful books: new Spotlight exhibit showcases rare and antiquarian books

January 15, 2019
by Ann K.D. Myers

A new online exhibit, Beautiful Books: A collection of some of Stanford's rare and antiquarian books, highlights Special Collections' efforts to digitize books with unique or noteworthy features. It includes fine examples of engraved and woodcut illustrations, astronomical diagrams, typographical innovation, fine bindings, and more. The books are artifacts of multiple points throughout history, from the earliest printing in the late 1400's to the 20th century.

title poster for Scholars Select exhibit

Scholars Select exhibit for Green Library's centennial celebrates community of scholars

January 7, 2019
by Elizabeth A Fischbach

Stanford’s Main Library, known today as the Green Library Bing Wing, is one-hundred years old this year. Scholars Select: Special Collections in Action, an exhibit of books, manuscripts, and objects chosen by faculty who make frequent use of the collections will be on display in the Bing Wing January 24 — April 14, 2019. It is the first in a series of events planned as part of a yearlong “Green Library Beyond 100” celebration. The exhibit opening reception will be held on Thursday, January 24, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in Green Library's Munger Rotunda.

Becoming Stanford: New Spotlight at Stanford exhibit explores the history and meaning of Stanford's Insignia

January 7, 2019
by Josh Schneider

Have you ever wondered why Stanford is represented by the color cardinal, and not the original choice of gold? Or why the university's motto is in German?

We are pleased to announce a new Spotlight at Stanford exhibit focused on the development of Stanford's insignia: Becoming Stanford: The History and Meaning of the University’s Insignia.

Pat Devaney, Susan Schofield, Jan Thomson

Susan W. Schofield receives inaugural oral history award

December 21, 2018
by Daniel Hartwig

Susan Ward Schofield, ’66, an accomplished oral historian and a chief force in the revitalization and growth of the Stanford Historical Society Oral History Program since 2006, is the recipient of the inaugural Susan W. Schofield Oral History Award for excellence in the practice of oral history.

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Stanford Syllabus Archive now available via Spotlight

The University Archives is pleased to announce the availability of the Stanford Syllabus Archive via Spotlight. Featuring more than 34,000 syllabi from 2007-2014, the site was created following the decision to sunset the old website at  at syllabusarchive.stanford.edu. All items have been preserved in the Stanford Digital Repository and will also be available via SearchWorks.

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For France! Stanford men and women in World War I

November 9, 2018
by Elizabeth A Fischbach

Sunday November 11, 2018, Veterans Day, marks the 100th anniversary of the unofficial end of World War I. Although the actual peace treaty wasn’t signed until later, November 11, 1918 — at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month — is when a truce, known as the Armistice, was signed and the fighting stopped. In commemoration, the Department of Special Collections and University Archives presents an exhibit of WWI-related materials drawn from the University Archives’ War Records and other sources.

Rendering of Building 1 - Academic Hall (SRWC site)

Stanford Libraries Redwood City – Special Collections fall update

November 7, 2018
by Glynn Edwards

This fall is a busy one at Redwood City-Special Collections (SPEC) – and not just because we are planning for yet another relocation! FYI - We are anticipating our final move in RWC, this time across the street into Academic Hall on the new Stanford Redwood City (SRWC) campus in early July. More on that when the actual move dates are firmed up.

We have many projects underway by our regular staff. But I thought it would be nice to highlight work being done by other colleagues from the campus library and hourly staff.

Brian Bethel

Welcome to Brian Bethel, Rare Books Copy Cataloger!

November 6, 2018
by Ann K.D. Myers

We are pleased to announce that Brian Bethel has joined our Redwood City team as our Rare Books Copy Cataloger! Please join us in welcoming him to the department.

Brian will be familiar to some as he has been working as a Processing Assistant in Special Collections for about a year. He has been focusing on collections associated with Silicon Valley, and has written several blog articles about his work. He will continue that processing work, and on Nov. 19 he will add rare books cataloging to his repertoire.

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