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Martin Luther King, Jr. at Stanford, 1967

Eleven digital Archives collections added to SearchWorks

The University Archives and DLSS are pleased to announce that eleven digital collections have been added to SearchWorks and can be accessed from the Selected Digital Collections link on the SearchWorks homepage. Representing a variety of formats ranging from manuscripts and photographs to audio and video, the collections include more than 10,000 files and span the history of the University.

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Archives celebrates Black History Month

February 19, 2014
by Josh Schneider
The Stanford University Archives is pleased to announce it will be hosting members of the campus community to view materials from Special Collections and University Archives in commemoration of Black History Month. Materials can be viewed in the Barchas Room of Green Library this Friday, February 21, 2014, from 11 AM - 1 PM.

Woodcut portrait of Adrianus Petit Coclico (1499/1500-1562)

February 14, 2014

A full-length woodcut portrait of the composer Coclico at age 52, printed in 1552, was recently purchased. It includes music notation at upper left, with the text “Desperando spero,” and identification of the composer, “Adrian Petit Coclico Mvsico. Etat: LII,” at upper right. This inscription is the only known source that states his birth year.

Fan Image

Fanning Flames : Advice for a lady -- on love, life, and happiness -- inscribed in the folds of her fan

February 14, 2014
by Astrid Johannah Smith

By Astrid J. Smith and Wayne Vanderkuil.
An object associated with demure and lady-like behavior, the captions underneath each detailed etched vignette on this 1797 fan are surprisingly wry, witty, and thought provoking. Once commonplace, no self-respecting Georgian era lady would be without such an object. As Leah Marie Brown states, “Fans were must-have accoutrements for ladies of 18th century. They were used to perform multiple functions: They could offer a gentle breeze in an overheated room, allow the user to spy on people behind her (some fans had small mirrors on their sticks), conceal gossiping lips, and convey a secret (or not so secret) message.”
See how Digital Production Group went about imaging this unique ladies' fan.

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