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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.

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).

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.

The National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) held its fall meeting at the National Conservation Training Center near Shepherdstown, West Virginia on September 27-28, 2016.  The NGAC is a Federal Advisory Committee (FACA) to the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC).  The role of the NGAC is to provide advice and recommendations related to the national geospatial program and the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure.  Full minutes of the meeting, PowerPoints, and lightning talks will be available on the NGAC website shortly.  

We-tripantu, Cunco, 2014. Hector González de Cunco Photographs

Stanford's libraries house an extensive collection on various aspects of Chilean culture. The personal library of Fernando Alegría, leading exile figure and Stanford professor for over 30 years, gives it in-depth humanities coverage with over 2900 unique titles of chapbooks, first editions and other literary publications. Items are located in the circulating collection with the more rare/unique placed in Special Collections. In addition, the 100 boxes containing Alegria's literary archive document many of the country's socio-political and cultural events before the 1973 coup as well as the exile years. The Hoover Archives also hold several collections from these years.

Moses Li donation

At a small ceremony held in the East Asia Library on Thursday, September 8, 2016, Dr. Moses Li, Stanford alumnus, CEO and President of the CUA (Holding) USA LLC, CUA (Holding) HKG Ltd., the Sino-America Medical Foundation, and Moses Li Medical Education Foundation, donated the first 13 volumes of the forthcoming series of Transcripts of the Collection of President Chiang Kai-shek: Chronological Events.

In recent years, there has been an increase in research interest on Chiang Kai-shek and modern Chinese history. East Asia library’s extensive collection pertinent to Chiang Kai-shek and archival materials such as Chiang Kai-shek diaries held in the Hoover Library & Archives have attracted many scholars from around the world. However, previously published Chiang Kai-shek’s Chronological Event Transcripts is a scanned edition. Many scholars have found them difficult to use since Chiang’s handwriting was often illegible and without punctuation, with marks or notes on original documents. The Moses Li Medical Education Foundation sponsored and supported its re-editing and publishing project. Dr. Moses Li also serves as the chief editor of the new series. When the project is completed, anticipated in 2 years, the series will consist of more than 250 volumes.

Dr. Jidong Yang, the head of East Asia Library, received the donation and acknowledge Dr. Li’s generosity and contribution to scholarship.

Bangladesh map

Bangladesh's present and pasts

Late Friday, July 1, 2016 gunmen stormed an upscale cafe in Dhaka, Bangladesh killing 21 hostages and two police officers over the following ten hours. One student from UC Berkeley (Tarishi Jain) and two students from Emory University (Abinta Kabir and Faraaz Hossain) were among the dead. This attack followed on the heels of other attacks in Bangladesh targeting religious minorities and progressives. Apart from such atrocities becoming "news" around the world, Bangladesh is not on most people's radars. 

For those of you who want to gain an understanding of Bangladesh, its history, and the struggle of its people the following is meant to serve, not as a comprehensive resource guide, but as a brief introduction. 

Frank Ferko

The Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound is pleased to announce the appointment of Frank Ferko to the position of Sound Archives Librarian. Recently, Frank served as the Metadata Creation Professional in Music and Media at UC Berkeley.