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Stanford Historical Society Elected New Board Members

July 14, 2020
by Charlotte Kwok Glasser

Stanford Historical Society Elected New Board Members

The past few months have certainly tested the resilience and flexibility of the Stanford community. The Stanford Historical Society (SHS) held its first ever electronic election due to COVID-19 and the subsequent Santa Clara County shelter-in-place protocol. SHS members enthusiastically elected four new members to the Historical Society’s Board of Directors in May.

All of the new board members are current Stanford staff members: Isabel Alvarez-Valdez, Director of Business Expense, Travel, and Payment Services; Nate Boswell, ’99 and MS ’09, Special Assistant to the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs; Jeannie Crumly Cole, Marketing Communications Manager at the Graduate School of Education; and Pat Lopes Harris, Communications Director for the Vice Provost for Student Affairs.

According to Marie Earl, ’78 and MLA ’98, recently retired SHS vice president and co-chair of the Governance Committee that oversaw board recruitment and the election process, “This incoming group of board members brings considerable expertise in financial management, student and digital engagement, marketing, and communications. These newest board members will be able to immediately contribute to the organization’s ambitions in each of these areas.”

The new board members started their three-year terms on July 1 and are eligible to serve another three years after completing the first term. In addition to serving on the Historical Society board with 18 current directors, they will also serve on at least one of the eight Historical Society committees that direct much of the work of the organization.

SHS president Rick Yuen noted, “The Historical Society has been fortunate to benefit from the contribution of exemplary board members since its founding in 1976.”


Dinah Handel, Stanford Libraries

Dinah Handel has new 20% assignment in University Archives

July 7, 2020
by Josh Schneider

We are excited to share that beginning July 13, Dinah Handel, Digitization Service Manager in DLSS, will begin a new 20% assignment with the Stanford Archives. She will be working on a variety of projects that advance the Department of Special Collections & University Archives’ commitment to anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as serving as a DLSS liaison to foster collaboration across the two departments. (...)

Natasha Porfirenko, Slavic and Eastern European expert and contributor to Stanford’s Special Collections

Irina and Leonid Yakobson: Fear, art, and "realism"

July 1, 2020
by Annie Schweikert

This guest blog was written by Natasha Porfirenko, PhD. Natasha is a long-standing and valued contributor to Stanford’s Special Collections for her expertise in Slavic and Eastern European materials. Her work in Special Collections has included processing a large volume of Slavic and Eastern European letters, postcards, objects, and ephemera preserved in Stanford’s archives of material from the committee to free Angela Davis. She is currently hard at work delving into the descriptive metadata of tapes depicting works of famous Soviet choreographer, Leonid Yakobson.

Stanford Historical Society presents Beyers Writing Prize and Schofield Oral History Award

June 24, 2020
by Charlotte Kwok Glasser

When I was writing my paper about Stanford in the 60s, I got to talk to my grandparents about what they remembered about that time. That was really wonderful.” –Molly Culhane, ’20

 “I wanted to really acknowledge what both Lorenz Eitner and Albert Elsen contributed to arts at Stanford because I think they're often overlooked.” –Betsy Fryberger 


Mario Pamplona

An Interview with Mario Pamplona

June 16, 2020
by Josh Schneider

The following is an interview with Mario Pamplona, Operations Manager for Library Privileges at Stanford Libraries. Mario has collaborated with Stanford Archives over the past several months on the development of LibGuides, including the recently published Black Students at Stanford University LibGuide.

William Carter - Discovering the World and Ourselves

June 8, 2020
by Laura Wilsey

This is a guest blog post by Esther Wan, who is working on various projects for Special Collections including the descriptive metadata for the William Carter Photographs. Esther was previously at Stanford News Service Library and has also worked for libraries in Canada, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore. She now enjoys the views of San Francisco from her windows.