Special Collections Unbound

In Appreciation of Peter Whidden on the Eve of His Retirement

Peter Whidden and John Mustain holding a rare book bound in medieval manuscript
August 30, 2021
by Benjamin L Albritton

John Mustain (left) and Peter Whidden (right) show off a treasure from the Rare Books Collection


“Peter’s work is exceptional”

-- Memo from Linda Long in 1994

Visitors to the basement of Green Library could easily overlook a series of small, blue arrows on the floor. They once directed colleagues toward a service elevator during a major move of materials from Green Library to the Stanford Auxiliary Library. They are the subtle reminders of the often unseen work that happens in an institution like ours: the thinking, logistics, measuring, planning, and communication that keeps things humming along smoothly and of which patrons and colleagues might not even be aware. While our colleague, Peter Holt Whidden, Rare Book Specialist in Special Collections, was not responsible for those particular arrows, he has left many similar signposts throughout the library and Special Collections when he retires on Aug. 31, 2021 after 31 years of service to Stanford Libraries. 

Updates to the Incunabula Short Title Catalog from Stanford Special Collections

Sphaera Mundi Woodcut
August 11, 2021
by Benjamin L Albritton

While Stanford audiences already know quite a bit about our wonderful rare book holdings through SearchWorks and a growing number of online Spotlight exhibits, an ongoing goal is to celebrate our collections more widely with a global audience.

Anna Cristina Lee appointed as Photography Curator for Special Collections with the Stanford Libraries

Anna Cristina Lee, newly appointed photography curator
July 15, 2021
by Robert G Trujillo

The Department of Special Collections of Stanford Libraries has appointed Anna Lee as its Photography Curator. She will begin her new assignment September 13, 2021.

New LibGuide showcases the history of the LGBTQIA+ community at Stanford University

Members of the Gay People’s Union (GPU) pose in front of the old firehouse with a sign that reads “gay freedom” during the GPU conference and gay pride week in June of 1974.
June 30, 2021
by Dinah Handel

Image credit: Members of the Gay People’s Union (GPU) pose in front of the old firehouse with a sign that reads “gay freedom” during the GPU conference and gay pride week in June of 1974. See this image in SearchWorks.

Scientific Imaging of Diego Rivera's 'Pan American Unity' Mural

Composite view of one section of the mural with full color, 3d photgrammetry, and a blend of the two.
June 28, 2021
by Benjamin L Albritton

Stanford Libraries is proud to announce a new Spotlight exhibit: Diego Rivera's San Francisco Masterpiece - Virtual Preservation of "Pan American Unity". The exhibit is devoted to rich scientific imaging of Diego Rivera's 1940 mural Unión de la Expresión Artistica del Norte y Sur de este Continente (The Marriage of the Artistic Expression of the North and of the South on this Continent), also known as Pan American Unity. It highlights 3D photgrammetric documentation of the mural created by Cultural Heritage Imaging as part of an arrangement between City College of San Franscisco and SFMOMA to display the mural at SFMOMA from 2021 to 2023. This exhibit takes advantage of both the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) and the Mirador viewer to allow users to explore the mural's colors and surface textures, the progress of the work as it was created, and work done by SFMOMA and Site & Studio Conservation to describe the condition of the mural.

Ted Nelson email archive now available

Ted Nelson
June 8, 2021
by Sally DeBauche

Stanford Libraries’ Department of Special Collections is excited to announce that the email archive of Ted Nelson is now available to researchers. Theodor Holm "Ted" Nelson is an information technology pioneer and systems humanist who began his work in these areas in the 1960s. Nelson founded Project Xanadu, a global hypertext system designed to permanently connect different types of documents. He also coined the terms hypertext and hypermedia. The Ted Nelson email archive contains 236,779 messages related to Nelson’s life and work between 2001-2019, covering his more recent work.

Launching the new Shared ePADD Discovery Module

ePADD logo
June 2, 2021
by Sally DeBauche

The ePADD Project Team and the ePADD Discovery Consortium is excited to announce the launch of a new shared ePADD Discovery websiteePADD, the free and open source software for appraisal, processing, and providing access to email archives, developed by Stanford Libraries provides a stand alone email Discovery Module that can be hosted on a public web server.