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Franz Kunst

We are thrilled to announce that Franz Kunst has joined our Department as a Manuscripts Processing Archivist. Please join us in welcoming him to the fold.

This is not his first appearance in Special Collections as he has been at Stanford University since 2006, when he began working as an intern at the Hoover Institute on an assessment of their audio holdings for their Radio Free Europe collection. In 2007 he joined the Manuscripts Division in Special Collections and has worked for us and the Archives of Recorded Sound on many special projects over the past nine years. Some of these have been bulk processing projects which opened up over 80 undocumented collections in the Archives of Recorded Sound and several large collections in Special Collections, including: Douglas Engelbart, Donald McQuivey, Washington Apple Pi. Additionally Franz has completed several smaller collections: Karl Cohen, Tom Law poster collection, Fred Buenzle.

 Other notable projects are: the Riverwalk Jazz Project and the Educational Collections project where he processed several major collections, such as the papers of Ruth Asawa and Gyorgy Kepes. Franz has a B.A. from UNC, Chapel Hill in American Studies and Folklore and an MLIS from San Jose State University. 

Theremin demonstrating his instrument, Stanford University, 1991

Earlier this year, I reported on recent work the Archive of Recorded Sound (ARS) had undertaken to preserve video footage of Leon Theremin's visit to Stanford in 1991. In addition to participating in a symposium during his visit, hosted by the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), Theremin was also the guest of honor at a concert held in Frost Amphitheater on September 27, 1991 during the Stanford Centennial Finale Weekend. The video footage preserved by the ARS earlier in the year unfortunately only included part of this notable concert. It was found to be missing some key performances, including an arrangement of Rachmaninov's Vocalise, featuring Theremin's daughter Natasha Theremin playing the vocal parts on her father's instrument, accompanied by Max Mathews conducting the orchestral parts with his radio batons. This footage was presumed lost...until now. 

Chemistry of Fireworks

Swain Library News - 26 June 2015 (PDF)

  • CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, 96th edition is available
  • Electrochemical Society Publications - Open Access Fee Waived for 2015
  • - Online Video Training Library
  • American Society of Microbiology ebooks - Trial Access
  • Synthetic Reactions Updates
  • Pharmaceutical Substances version 3.8 released
  • RSC Historical Collection
  • Featured Books on the Chemistry of Fireworks


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Richard Engel

Stanford's 2015 Commencement speaker is journalist -- and Stanford alumnus -- Richard Engel. You can read about him and about Commencement Weekend both in this article from the Stanford Report and on the 2015 Commencement website. Commencement will take place in the Stanford Stadium on Sunday, June 14.

Richard Engel graduated from Stanford in 1996 with a BA in International Relations; he is currently the chief foreign correspondent for NBC News. You can check the SearchWorks catalog for titles by Engel available in the libraries. You can also view further biographical information about Richard Engel in the Biography in Context database.

A student enjoys one of the comfortable chairs in the Lane Reading Room

Have you been looking for just the right spot to study for your finals? Looking for a comfy, quiet place for just you and your laptop, perhaps a large room equipped with whiteboards and/or audiovisual equipment for your study group, or maybe an area with soft seating and an amazing view of the campus?

Please join us in welcoming Michelle Paquette who started May 18th as our new manuscripts cataloging and metadata librarian. This fills a position vacated over a year ago when the former cataloger retired. While Michelle will be joining the Special Collection team at Stanford’s Redwood City campus, she won’t be a stranger to campus because part of her responsibilities will be managing metadata for our many digitization projects in collaboration with staff from the Metadata Department and DLSS, as well as curators and subject specialists.

Michelle received her Master of Science in Library Science degree from Simmons College and her Bachelor of Arts in English, summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  She was a metadata resident at Amherst College’s Frost Library where, in addition to her cataloging work, she planned and oversaw data migration projects working with MODS, Dublin Core, Darwin Core, XSLT, EAD and VRA Core. As a consultant for the Frost Library over the past year, Michelle developed a data model and metadata element set for the “Timeline of LGBT Political Landmarks in the Americas.” 

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Chances are high that if you live in the Bay Area, you have seen #SVGives2015 trending online.  Last year, over $8 million was raised in 24 hours to support Silicon Valley causes. The goal of Silicon Valley Gives is to inspire philanthropy--at any level--and create a community of giving for Bay Area causes.

Are you a Stanford student, alumnus, or faculty member who has relied upon services and materials from our library? Or are you a parent whose child seeks solitude and inspiration within our walls or across our online information network? Perhaps you are neither, but you’ve benefited from access to our collection or tapped into any of the open access projects we have contributed to, or you simply believe research libraries play a vital role in discovery, then join in on the day of giving to support Stanford Libraries by making a gift today.