If you see folks in the libraries wearing these green Ask Us wristbands, they're there to help! Please feel free to talk to them if you have any questions about how to make your way around the libraries.
Green Library's reference librarians have expanded their natural habitat! You can find a reference librarian near the red fountain outside Green's East Wing Monday through Friday from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Stop by with questions!
In 1886, a sixteen-year-old named Fred Buenzle did what many boys had dreamed of: joining the Navy and sailing the high seas. Recognizing that the Navy was changing rapidly, he took note of the stories and lore of old salts and devoted himself to chronicling his own adventures; training in the Caribbean, briefly leaving the service in China, and in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. A stenographer who rose in rank to Chief Yeoman, Buenzle was the court reporter for the investigation of the sinking of the U.S.S. Maine, and took dictation for many of the Navy’s highest officers, including Theodore Roosevelt when he was briefly Secretary. Buenzle also founded and edited “The Bluejacket,” the first newsletter for enlisted men, and fought against discrimination of uniformed sailors.
Special Collections has recently acquired and processed the Fred J. Buenzle papers, which contain scrapbooks, unpublished manuscripts, and hundreds of photographs documenting his naval career, family, and subsequent retirement at his ranch in Los Gatos.
Albumen print of St. Thomas from Buenzle scrapbook, May 1891.
The University Archives was pleased once again to participate in professor Bob Siegel's sophomore college class, "The Stanford Safari." Students learned about the purpose and scope of the Archives' operations and viewed select items from the University's history (yes, that's Leland Stanford's death mask).
Changes are on the horizon for Special Collections’ Technical Services Divisions - specifically the Rare Book Cataloging and Manuscripts Units. A few recent posts have referred to our imminent move to SUL’s Redwood City (RWC) location, so here finally is some information about this event. The Rare Book Cataloging Unit is the first to move and is being relocated over the Labor Day weekend; the Manuscripts Technical Services Unit will move there around the end of October.
Beginning in early 2013 a box survey of the collection was begun and has just been completed this August. Plans are now afoot to create an index of feature articles in the Road & Track magazine this fall before the Manuscripts Unit relocates to SUL’s Redwood City location.
Processing of the collection will begin after the relocation and the hiring of a project archivist. Funds for processing have been provided in part by Stanford’s Revs Program.
As quiet as she was, Jazmin's presence was all over the Lane Reading Room. She spent most mornings processing incoming new books for one of most popular sections of Green Library: Current Fiction. For the late morning hours Jazmin worked on organizing the collection of Stanford alumna Gloria Velasquez. The boxes contained photos, correspondence and other memorabilia from the Chicana writer's life in her native Colorado to her student years on campus and a successful career author of young adult novels. Everardo Rodriguez showed her how to create a preliminary listing to the collection that can easily be converted into a finding aid.
It has been a fun and rewarding experience working with and getting to know Joseph through the SUL internship program. Joseph's 'home base' was Social Science Data and Software (SSDS) and staff members welcomed his help with a number of projects. Joseph blended in quickly and we soon learned that Joseph is remarkably versatile and always willing to learn new skills. Before long, he began supporting both SSDS and SUL IT services in Green!