Special Collections Unbound

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?).

Reunion Homecoming: Now in VR!

October 19, 2016
by Josh Schneider

From a major exhibition, to a Band performance, to free Stanford-branded Google Cardboards, to an oral history booth: this Reunion Homecoming the Archives is offering a rich variety of options for alumni and their families.

Incomparable: The Stanford Band exhibit opens at Arrillaga Alumni Center

October 19, 2016
by Josh Schneider

An exhibit focused on the incomparable Stanford Band is now on display at Arrillaga Alumni Center. One of several exhibits currently displayed on campus in celebration of Stanford's 125 anniversary, and united under the theme of "Stanford Stories from the Archives," the exhibit highlights the history of the Band from its earliest formal performances in the 1890's to the irreverent and beloved campus institution we know today.

Still from Moments of Innovation - A Stanford Virtual Experience (2016).

Watch it Online: Moments of Innovation – A Stanford Virtual Experience

October 5, 2016
by Josh Schneider

Moments of Innovation is a virtual reality film that highlights 125 years of innovation at Stanford. A collaboration between the Stanford University Archives and three graduate students in Stanford’s documentary filmmaking program, the film seamlessly weaves together historical images and audiovisual materials from the Archives with 360° video footage of iconic Stanford locations and experiences.

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