Special Collections Unbound

Recently processed collection materials

New collection additions available for research

December 16, 2021
by Hanna Ahn

Please pardon our radio (blog?) silence for the past several months--it’s been a whirlwind of boxes, folders, files, and finding aid updates here in University Archives! 

The Stanford Archives has been furiously processing our backlogged collection materials with the help of our new student workers for the fall quarter. Since the late summer, we have processed approximately 154.25 linear feet of archival materials. (For scale, 1 record storage carton measures 1.5 linear feet, while 1 manuscript box equals 0.5 linear feet.)

Image of stack of parchment with handwriting on top showing the opening lines of Beowulf

Scribe C: Rewriting the Beowulf Manuscript - a Seminar with Cheryl Jacobsen

October 18, 2021
by Benjamin L Albritton

For the latest event in an ongoing series co-sponsored with Stanford Text Technologies, the Libraries were delighted to host Cheryl jacobsen (University of Iowa, Center for the Book) on Oct. 14, 2021 for an online seminar where she presented her work copying the Old English poem, Beowulf, in a hand and layout matched to that of the original scribe, to produce a commission for a private collector.

Phil Choy by Barre Fong

Presenting the Phil Choy Papers

October 11, 2021
by Franz Kunst

Special Collections is proud to announce the availability of the Philip P. Choy Papers. Philip Choy (1926-2017) was a historian, author, teacher, and architect who devoted himself to documenting the history of Chinese immigration to the United States. His collection reflects a deep contribution to the research, preservation and education of Chinese American history. 

Latinaox at Stanford exhibit preview

New exhibit on the history of the Latina/o/x community at Stanford

September 20, 2021
by Mario Pamplona

The Stanford Archives is ecstatic to announce that a new Spotlight exhibit on the history of Latina/o/x community at Stanford is available for public viewing. This exhibit builds on the LibGuide published last year which identified primary and secondary sources about the history of the Chicana/o-Latina/o-Latinx community at Stanford University.

Eli Waldman

Guest Blogger: Summer Intern Eli Waldman

September 20, 2021
by Emma Frothingham

As a freshman who didn’t get to experience any Stanford campus and community life this past year, I arrived on campus in June hoping to immerse myself in everything Stanford--past and present. My internship with the Stanford Historical Society Oral History Program certainly helped me accomplish this.

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Stanford's 1481 'Divine Comedy' Online

September 2, 2021
by Benjamin L Albritton

In 1987, Stanford Libraries acquired a major collection of materials by, and about, Dante Alighieri. Among these materials were nine 15th-century editions of his Comedia (more familiarly, the Divine Comedy) - editions which are constant highlights in the teaching and learning programs in Special Collections and, because of the familiarity of the text to many students and visitors, in regular use by researchers.

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