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PowerPoint slide from SDR online deposit on Anthopleura Sea Anemone Distribution in the Rocky Intertidal at Hopkins Marine Station

Four new digital collections were added to SearchWorks via Stanford Digital Repository (SDR) online deposit during the month of March. These collections take advantage of recently released functionality that provides researchers with new rich discovery and access capabilities for finding and working with digital collection content.

After more than 37 years of service to Stanford, Sara Timby will retire from Special Collections at the end of this month. Trained in anthropology and ethnobotany at UC-Berkeley, Sara joined the Stanford Libraries staff in 1976 as a Special Collections assistant, where her duties were various, including public service, technical processing, acquisition management, and paging. In 1979, she took a position in the Department of Manuscripts and Archives working initially for Maggie Kimball, former University Archivist. In those days, the department typically acquired less than 100 feet of manuscript materials. One of the first collections she processed was the Yvor Winters and Janet Lewis papers, 1920–1970.

Current projects

Gordon Moore Papers processing project (2014-2015) 

Gordon Moore is the well-known co-founder of technology giant Intel Corporation and the proponent of Moore’s Law (predicting the doubling of silicon-chip processing power and the halving of chip cost every two years). Moore once worked with Nobel-laureate William Shockley and Robert Noyce, who, with Moore was part of the “Traitorous Eight” who left Shockley Semiconductor to start Fairchild Semiconductor. Moore and Noyce then left Fairchild to start Intel Corporation, which is now a Fortune 100 company.

The Gordon Moore archive consists of traditional papers and digital surrogates including lab notebooks, manuscripts, electronic files, photographic, and audio-visual materials. These items primarily document Moore’s work at Intel. The archival team of Penny Ahlstrand and Gurudarshan Khalsa will process this hybrid collection with special regard to confidential material and be responsible for recommending access and delivery strategies with consideration to any privacy/copyright issues. Stanford is working with Gordon Moore, Intel and colleagues at the Chemical Heritage Foundation to provide the fullest access possible to the collection by February 2015.

Benoit Mandelbrot papers - processing project underway (2012-2014)

The Benoit Mandelbrot papers (ca. 380 linear feet and 80 gigabytes) include a wide array of materials ranging from the 1930s till his death in 2010. Mandelbrot wrote everything long hand and edited typed drafts in long hand as well. The collection contains manuscripts of his articles and books as well as other publishing states and drafts including notebooks and papers from his school days in France to various versions of his memoirs; correspondence including that with prominent mathematicians; off-prints, original papers and occasional notes by others; hundreds of original renderings and print outs of early fractals and geometric diagrams; posters and other fractal art; audio, video, and still images; artifacts, and computer media including a hard drive received from IBM.

The project was begun by Laura Wilsey, currently data administrator in DLSS, and Christy Smith. Joe Geller, processing archivist for Manuscripts, will complete the project summer 2014.

Educational Collections processing project (2013-2015)

This two-year project will prioritize processing for collections that contain or focus on the history of education. Those identified at this point are the records of EdSource (educational policy and legislation, and the Amado Padilla papers (faculty in the Department of Education at SU, and the Ruth Asawa papers (San Francisco School of the Arts – SOTA 

The processing team of Franz Kunst and Liam O’Hanlon will join us at Green Library after Labor Day and relocate with us to Redwood City.