Special Collections Unbound

Mount Broderick and Nevada Fall, Yosemite

Newly Released: Carleton Watkins photographs

March 8, 2017
by Michelle Paquette

Carleton Watkins (1829-1916) photographed some amazing landscapes throughout California and the broader West Coast, especially in Yosemite. Originally from New York, the gold rush drew Watkins to California in 1851. While he failed to strike it rich in gold, Watkins became involed in photography and became a well known landscape photographer. Stanford has newly released some of these digitized landscapes from three works by Watkins: Photographs of the Pacific coastPhotographs of the Columbia river and Oregon, and Photographs of the Yosemite Valley. Find a sampling below and we hope you'll browse through the full works as well!

Personal Digital Archiving Hackathon scheduled for March 31 - April 1, 2017

How can we best make sense of the digital strands and data that comprise a 21st century life? Explore innovative solutions to this challenge and others facing both individuals in the digital age, and scholars in the cultural heritage and digital humanities sectors, at the Personal Digital Archiving (PDA) 2017 Hackathon. The Hackathon is sponsored by Stanford University Libraries and will be held from March 31 - April 1, 2017 at the Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center on the Stanford University campus.

ePADD v3.0 release, upcoming hackathon, and spring presentations

We are thrilled to announce the final release of ePADD v3.0, which introduces an entity merge interface, unique IDs, greater customization options, UI changes, and other fixes. Grab the new version and view the complete release notes here: https://github.com/ePADD/epadd/releases. Additional updates (including news about an upcoming hackathon and spring presentations) after the jump...

Helen & Newton Harrison "Becoming Artists" exhibit case

Mediating curatorial and conservation priorities in physical library displays

February 24, 2017
by Elizabeth A Fischbach

As the person who serves as the liaison between exhibit “curators” (exhibit content selectors—variously students, donors, faculty, and fellow library staff) and the conservation team, I often find myself navigating the terrain between a curator’s vision for a show and the realities of protecting materials from damage. My job is to midwife the ideas presented by content creators and bring them into the world of the gallery in as creative and revealing a way possible. Often it involves negotiating between competing priorities and points of view: curatorial ambitions and desires on the one hand and protecting library resources on the other. A couple of somewhat fictionalized conversations from planning the current Terraforming exhibit in Green Library, which draws on the Helen and Newton Harrison Papers, illustrate the process.

Rally the Resistance Rally, 2017

Archives launches women, LGBTQ and communities of color initiative

February 14, 2017
by Daniel Hartwig

The Stanford University Archives is proud to announce an ongoing initiative to acquire, process and digitize materials documenting Stanford women, the LGBTQ community, and communities of color. Following on the heels of its Stanford Stories exhibit carried out for the University’s 125th Anniversary, the Archives seeks to expand the range of voices and materials in its collections representing Stanford’s rich history. To that extent, we are happy to share our progress thus far.

Personal Digital Archiving (PDA) submission deadline is November 25

November 22, 2016
by Josh Schneider

How do we choose to document and share information about ourselves, our activities, and our communities? What happens to all of the data people create over their lifetimes? How can an information professional or researcher make sense of the various digital strands, remnants, and data that comprise a 21st century life?

Stanford University Libraries is thrilled to be hosting Personal Digital Archiving (PDA) from March 29-31, 2017. PDA 2017 will focus on current and emerging trends and scholarship in personal information management and personal digital archiving. The deadline to submit a proposal is Friday, November 25.

former Ampex building

Manuscripts in the Ampex Orbit

November 3, 2016
by Franz Kunst

Big changes here in Redwood City’s Mid-Point Technology Park: As you may have read, the library's Manuscripts and Rare Books Cataloging division (along with Conservation, SMPL & SU Press) has just moved from one building to another across the street while a brand new campus is built. What may not be generally known, however, is that both buildings once housed the electronics corporation Ampex, whose records we happen to have. In 1944 Ampex was founded a few miles north in San Carlos, and operated there for several years before moving to larger facilities in Redwood City after the success of their pioneering audio and video tape machines. The office park's fountains were designed by architect John Carl Warnecke (’41) who also designed Stanford's post office & student store, as well as Meyer and the Cummings art building (both of which no longer exist - perhaps a comment on Modernism's unfashionability?).

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