Friday, May 10th, marks the sesquicentennial of the Golden Spike, the ceremonial completion of the first transcontinental railroad. In honor of the occasion, curators Eitan Kensky, Kathleen Smith, and Ben Stone are organizing an Open House in Green Library from 11:00am to 3:00pm. In addition to material documenting the American transcontinental railroad and railroads in the United States, this event highlights stories of other significant trains and transportation networks around the world.
Blog topic: University Archives
The completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869 marked an important milestone in the history of the United States with the joining of the populated east with the growing cities and towns of the west. Stanford University, with its connection to Leland Stanford and Timothy Hopkins, holds in its libraries an impressive array of materials related to this monumental achievement including the often overlooked contributions of the Chinese railroad workers.
We are pleased to announce that Presley Hubschmitt has joined our team as Processing Archivist! First up for Presley will be tackling collections held at our Newark facility.
Presley joins us from the Napa County Historical Society, where she has served as Research Librarian since 2017. She holds a BA in History from UC-Berkeley and a MLIS from San Jose State. She and her husband Matt live in Richmond with their dogs Ophelia and Loki. Please join us in welcoming her to the department.
Becoming Stanford: New Spotlight at Stanford exhibit explores the history and meaning of Stanford's Insignia
Have you ever wondered why Stanford is represented by the color cardinal, and not the original choice of gold? Or why the university's motto is in German?
We are pleased to announce a new Spotlight at Stanford exhibit focused on the development of Stanford's insignia: Becoming Stanford: The History and Meaning of the University’s Insignia.
Susan Ward Schofield, ’66, an accomplished oral historian and a chief force in the revitalization and growth of the Stanford Historical Society Oral History Program since 2006, is the recipient of the inaugural Susan W. Schofield Oral History Award for excellence in the practice of oral history.
The University Archives is pleased to announce the availability of the Stanford Syllabus Archive via Spotlight. Featuring more than 34,000 syllabi from 2007-2014, the site was created following the decision to sunset the old website at at syllabusarchive.stanford.edu. All items have been preserved in the Stanford Digital Repository and will also be available via SearchWorks.
Sunday November 11, 2018, Veterans Day, marks the 100th anniversary of the unofficial end of World War I. Although the actual peace treaty wasn’t signed until later, November 11, 1918 — at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month — is when a truce, known as the Armistice, was signed and the fighting stopped. In commemoration, the Department of Special Collections and University Archives presents an exhibit of WWI-related materials drawn from the University Archives’ War Records and other sources.