Following a national search that attracted a pool of qualified candidates, Josh Schneider was selected to head Stanford’s University Archives, the official repository for records of the university and its institutional memory.
Schneider previously served as Stanford’s assistant university archivist for 6 years and is an active member of the Society of American Archivists and the Society of California Archivists . As assistant university archivist, Schneider was involved in appraising, processing, and providing access to archival content documenting university administration, faculty, staff, campus and student life. One example of Schneider’s work includes a recent initiative of University Archives to prioritize collecting and making available materials from historically under-documented and underserved groups, including members of the administration, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and other university affiliates, which resulted in three online exhibitions documenting the history of women, community centers and LGBTQ community members at Stanford.
“With Josh’s appointment, we will continue the excellent work started, and just as important we will have a person leading University Archives who is forward thinking and very engaged on campus and beyond, which will undoubtedly serve Stanford quite well,” said Roberto Trujillo, associate university librarian for Special Collections.
Schneider started in his new role just as the coronavirus pandemic was unfolding and initiated a program for the Stanford community to share personal experiences as it relates to local, national and global responses. The collection of stories, and other official documentation, will be added to the archives to help capture the impact of this unprecedented time.
“I am honored to hold the responsibility of preserving the history of Stanford University, as well as documenting its many contributions to society,” said Schneider. “The only way we are going to capture the diverse research efforts and student life experiences is through collaboration. I welcome the opportunity to meet with as many people across campus who will have me; each of us have a Stanford story, and I look forward to learning about the many voices that make up the Cardinal chorus.”