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Franz Kunst

Processing Archivist

(650) 497-2785

As processing archivist, my main responsibility is essentially the same as when I was a project archivist: organizing and describing unique historical material. In cooperation with cataloging, conservation, accessioning, public service, and many other staff, my work assists scholars and other users with their research. I help coordinate the physical movement and disposition of collections, and publish guides that represent them intellectually.


  • MLS from San Jose State with an Archives concentration
  • BA in American Studies/Folklore from UNC-Chapel Hill

Professional activities 

I've worked at Stanford for over ten years, processing collections for Manuscripts, University Archives and the Archive of Recorded Sound. My background is in media, 20th century history, popular culture, radicalism, art, and especially music. A long time ago I catalogued sound recordings and scores, and I still have more than a little bit of cataloger in me.

More about me 

When I’m not at work I’m usually eating, playing records, or riding my bicycle. I'm addicted to Northern Californian nature, and hike and camp frequently. I also collect photographs, magazines and ephemera and try to share as much of it as possible.