Stanford Libraries Redwood City – Special Collections fall update

November 7, 2018
Glynn Edwards
Rendering of Building 1 - Academic Hall (SRWC site)

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.

Fall projects underway

Anna Levia continues to work at SRWC one day a week. She is currently processing the collection of American born painter James Leong that was acquired jointly by Vanessa Kam, Head of the Art Library, and Ben Stone, Curator of American & British History. The collection includes material relating to his childhood and early life in San Francisco's Chinatown (including rich material relating to Chinese-American life and culture); correspondence and personal writing relating to a subsequent career as an artist in Norway, Rome and Seattle. Other material includes: diaries, printed materials (publications and sales lists of Leong's art), guest books for Leong's home in Rome; slides and photos and drafts of an unpublished memoir by Leong; some works of art by James Leong, mostly works on paper (lithograph, aquatint, silkscreen, and woodblock prints, mixed media, pastel or pencil drawings, posters), collographs on Masonite, and sketchbooks.

Brian Bethel (in his processing assistant incarnation; please see recent blog regarding his hire as our rare books copy cataloger) is continuing to work on the very large Kathleen Hennessey collection. Audrey Kathleen Hennessey is an educator and researcher in computer science. She received her bachelor's degree at Stanford in 1957. Hennessey was awarded the Distinguished Information Sciences Award by the Data Processing Management Association (DPMA) in 1992. Materials in her collection consist of personal papers, including correspondence, publications, software manuals, CDs, artifacts and research materials.  

Concurrently, Brian has also started work on the Peter Conn collection. Conn graduated from Stanford in 1971 and ran the production company Homer and Associates from about 1976 to about 1996. Materials in the collection consist of documents and media related to the development of CGI (originally called "motion graphics") and the general transition from analog to digital in media.

Lisa Cardyn, who is employed by the library’s social sciences group on campus, will be embedded with Collection Services at SRWC while she is processing the papers of Cheryl Miller that were acquired by Regina Roberts, Bibliographer for Anthropology & Archaeology, Communication & Journalism, and Feminist Studies.

Cheryl D. Miller is a graphic designer and racial, cultural, and gender equity advocate. She attended the Rhode Island School of Design, graduated from Maryland College of Art, and earned her graduate degree in Communications Design from the Pratt Institute School of Art and Design. She founded her own company, Cheryl Miller Design, Inc., and has worked for non-profit organizations such as the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, NAACP, Legal Defense Fund, the United Negro College Fund, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the YWCA. Materials include personal correspondence, design files and proofs, photographs, first edition prints and taped interviews with clients and design professionals. Much of the content is related to Miller’s research and advocacy work related to racial, cultural and gender equity, diversity and inclusion.

Paul Lowood is continuing his work with Kathleen Smith, Curator of Germanic Collections & Medieval Studies, in SRWC on the National United Committee to Free Angela Davis records. Includes: letters of support to Angela Davis from prisoners in the United States, organizations in Eastern Europe, and school children in East Germany (many are form letters); news clippings (arranged chronologically) of the trial and related matters; and limited personal correspondence including a draft of a letter to the mother of George and Jonathan Jackson, and letters from James Baldwin, William Kunstler, and her parents.