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What Students Write Home About, Then and Now: 125 years of letters from the Farm

April 7, 2017

April 7, 2017

In her book Letters Home from Stanford, Alison Carpenter Davis, ’79, assembled correspondence sent by students to friends and family members that spans the entire history of the university.* The letters — by turns earnest and sober or playful and irreverent — are a snapshot of student life from various eras. They reveal ground-level observations about historical events and convey the often similar emotions students felt as they passed through the Farm, regardless of their generation. It’s all here — anxiety, hope, exuberance, resignation. These excerpts from Letters Home are, in their own way, a brief history of Stanford. (read more)

Bundle of letters