The University Archives is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition celebrating the 25th anniversary of Stanford Women's first NCAA basketball victory.
After more than a year of intensive organizing and arranging, we are very proud to announce that the papers of artist and educator Ruth Asawa (M1585) are now available for research. The finding aid can be accessed from the Online Archive of Calfornia, and the collection record in the Searchworks catalog. A bibliography is also available from the Stanford Digital Repository.
The collection documents her commissions and other creative work as well her involvement in shaping civic arts and educational policy. Perhaps the greatest number of files contain correspondence from a remarkably diverse community of associates: friends, neighbors, artists, teachers, students, architects, designers, patrons, politicians, and philanthropists. She was also close to such major figures as Buckminster Fuller, Imogen Cunningham, Josef and Anni Albers, Ray Johnson, and countless others. In a sense, her papers can be considered a collection of collections. Scholars studying San Francisco history, art education pedagogy, fundraising for non-profits, public art, Japanese American Internment, or Black Mountain College will be rewarded by the collection's breadth.
Of course, there is also a great deal of information on Asawa's own art, particularly her unique wire constructions. The collection contains communication with galleries and museums, many photographs and slides, and insights on her artistic processes as included in portfolios and applications. For instance, here is some detail from an insert in her 1955 Guggenheim application. There are many of these halftone images of her crocheted wire shapes:
Please stay tuned: we'll be posting a few more entries on Asawa in the weeks to come.
Alert 747: Suspected Nuclear Test - A journey to uncover facts and create dialog through humanistic creative production. This February, Stanford University Libraries (SUL) highlights a special collection, Vela 6911 by Victor Gama, with an exhibit on display in the Green Library South Lobby from February 3- March 9, 2015. Vela 6911 is a multimedia musical piece created by Victor Gama, an Angolan composer and designer of contemporary musical instruments for new music. This exhibit offers a glimpse into this vast collection of research, images, video content and musical scores that reside in the SUL Archive of Recorded Sound. It also supports and coincides with the March 6th live performance of VELA 6911 by Gama, the Stanford University New Ensemble and special guests from Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). Information about the concert is at the Stanford Events Page.
The International Monetary Fund or IMF made their statistical data available for free on January 1st, 2015. Part of their plan for the transition is to introduce a new upgraded interface to improve the usability of the data.
Beginning from next week, February 2, the East Asia Library will have longer hours during the academic year. For the first time the library will open on Saturdays from 9am to 5pm. Since the library moved to its current location at Lathrop, user traffic has increased greatly, thanks to its attractive physical environment and ample study spaces. Saturday hours are expected to give users even better access to the library's collections and facilities.
Evening hours will also be extended, from 9pm to 10pm Monday to Thursday. Specific hours during the academic year are:
Monday - Thursday: 9am-10pm
The hours vary during intersession and holidays. The most current calendar information will be posted on the At a glance page.
Today's deadly attack at the offices of French satirical journal Charlie Hebdo points to the enduring importance of the free circulation of ideas in a global society. While we do not have a collection of the journal itself, Charlie Hebdo and the work of its journalists is well-represented in Stanford Libraries' collections.
- article in Slate on what it means to be a cartoonist in France
Current French Press:
France24 (French news in English, live video feeds)
Artists respond, collected in Libération
Cécile Alduy, Stanford French professor, in Al Jazeera America
Special Collections and University Archives continue to test new service hours for our reading room. For winter term (Jan. 5, 2015 through March 27, 2015) we will be open on Mondays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Tuesdays through Fridays, we will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our paging schedule for materials remains the same:http://library.stanford.edu/spc/using-our-collections/how-request-materials.