Special Collections and Stanford Historical Society bid fond farewell to Daniel Hartwig
“We are talking about tens of thousands of documents, photographs, audio records, video records, and university records generally. That’s a lot to deal with, and that deserves a round of applause.”
In appreciation of Daniel Hartwig’s contributions to Stanford University as university archivist for the past nine years, Special Collections and Stanford Historical Society (SHS) co-hosted a farewell reception for Daniel at the Green Library on August 29, 2019.
In his remarks, Roberto Trujillo, Head of Special Collections & University Archives, complimented Daniel on his work collecting, digitizing, and making the records of faculty, administrators, and campus groups more accessible. “We are talking about tens of thousands of documents, photographs, audio records, video records, and university records generally. That’s a lot to deal with, and that deserves a round of applause,” said Roberto. While working with these documents, Daniel also handled with aplomb the requests from Roberto for information to write reports for the leadership of the Stanford Libraries. Daniel usually provided “the numbers” within 24 hours.
Another colleague recalled that Daniel was always prepared, easy-going, and flexible. She complimented him for his practical stance and his holistic vision for library services; his sensitivity to the student experience at Stanford; and his vision of greater diversity and inclusiveness in the collections.
In Daniel’s capacity as a board member of the Stanford Historical Society, SHS President Rick Yuen noted, he offered valuable support and guidance to Historical Society volunteers and staff. “Whether it was serving on the SHS board and on the Publications and Oral History committees, helping with staff interviewing and recruitment, or offering sound advice on a wide array of problems, he was a vital partner for the volunteer-supported organization.” Daniel also used his skills as an oral historian to build the historical record about Stanford. In addition to conducting life story oral histories of renowned psychologists Gordon Bauer and Phil Zimbardo, he collaborated with the community centers at Stanford to conduct important oral history interviews of Stanford’s black and Latino alumni.
In addition, Daniel and his staff put together excellent exhibits on Stanford history, including the Stanford 125th and the Transcontinental Railroad 150th Anniversary exhibits. Under his leadership, the University Archives has also engaged in important outreach efforts.
We wish Daniel great success and continued growth in leadership as he begins his new career as Head of Special Collections and University Archives at Iowa State University.