Blog topic: University Archives

Image of railroad workers on the Tanzania Zambia railroad, circa 1971-1972

Open House on Trains and Railroads on May 10th, 2019


Friday, May 10th, marks the sesquicentennial of the Golden Spike, the ceremonial completion of the first transcontinental railroad. In honor of the occasion, curators Eitan Kensky, Kathleen Smith, and Ben Stone are organizing an Open House in Green Library from 11:00am to 3:00pm. In addition to material documenting the American transcontinental railroad and railroads in the United States, this event highlights stories of other significant trains and transportation networks around the world.

Snow plow at Cisco

Spotlight on the transcontinental railroad

The completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869 marked an important milestone in the history of the United States with the joining of the populated east with the growing cities and towns of the west. Stanford University, with its connection to Leland Stanford and Timothy Hopkins, holds in its libraries an impressive array of materials related to this monumental achievement including the often overlooked contributions of the Chinese railroad workers.

Presley Hubschmitt

Presley Hubschmitt joins Special Collections & University Archives

February 14, 2019
by Daniel Hartwig

We are pleased to announce that Presley Hubschmitt has joined our team as Processing Archivist! First up for Presley will be tackling collections held at our Newark facility. 

Presley joins us from the Napa County Historical Society, where she has served as Research Librarian since 2017. She holds a BA in History from UC-Berkeley and a MLIS from San Jose State. She and her husband Matt live in Richmond with their dogs Ophelia and Loki. Please join us in welcoming her to the department.

Becoming Stanford: New Spotlight at Stanford exhibit explores the history and meaning of Stanford's Insignia

January 7, 2019
by Josh Schneider

Have you ever wondered why Stanford is represented by the color cardinal, and not the original choice of gold? Or why the university's motto is in German?

We are pleased to announce a new Spotlight at Stanford exhibit focused on the development of Stanford's insignia: Becoming Stanford: The History and Meaning of the University’s Insignia.

Pat Devaney, Susan Schofield, Jan Thomson

Susan W. Schofield receives inaugural oral history award

December 21, 2018
by Daniel Hartwig

Susan Ward Schofield, ’66, an accomplished oral historian and a chief force in the revitalization and growth of the Stanford Historical Society Oral History Program since 2006, is the recipient of the inaugural Susan W. Schofield Oral History Award for excellence in the practice of oral history.

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