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What Does it Take to Be a Well-rounded Digital Archivist?

Read about "What Does it Take to Be a Well-rounded Digital Archivist?" by Peter Chan in the October 7, 2014 The Signal Digital Preservatiob Blog:

Stanford Vintage: On View Now at the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center

Stanford University Print Collection
Pure Grape Brandy Senator Leland Stanford's Vina Distillery P253, circa 1890

Stanford Vintage: A Look at the Stanford Wineries

Leland Stanford: American industrialist, politician, university founder, and vintner. The Stanford's owned wineries in Tehama County, Alameda County, and produced wines on their stock farm in Palo Alto.

Records of the Stanford University LGBT Community Resources Center now available for research

Out on the Farm Queer Winter Ball

Stanford University Libraries Department of Special Collections and University Archives is pleased to announce a new up to date guide to the LGBT Community Resources Center and its predecessors, the Gay People's Union (GPU), and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance at Stanford (GLAS).

Included are correspondence, memoranda, office files, reference files on service organizations in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, notebooks, audiovisual materials, photographs, posters, and ephemera pertaining to the gay, lesbian, and transgender community at Stanford and the surrounding communities.

Call number: SC0252

Finding Aid:

Posters from the STOP AIDS Project collection available online

We are excited to announce that 187 posters from the STOP AIDS Project records have been digitized, accessioned into the Stanford Digital Repository and are now available online via the collection's finding aid.

Payson J. Treat Fund for library development awarded to Special Collections for email archive project

ePADD - landing page

Since its inception in the early 1970s, email has become a durable form of communication – one that presents a massive problem for donors, repositories, and researchers. Over 140 billion email messages are sent every day, and many, if not all have research value as part of an archival collection. Email is used for more than just communication. It is used for collaboration, planning, sharing, conducting transactions, and as an aid to memory – a self-archive. It documents relationships – personal, business, and communal. Our reliance on and daily use of email over the past 40 years has developed rich archival material with a secondary benefit of recording social networks in the header information of senders and recipients.

The Department of Special Collections at SUL proposes to address important facets of stewarding email archives that have not been tackled in previous projects. Characteristics of email such as its relatively stable format standardization as well as the inherent structure itself – header, body, attachments – make email an ideal candidate for automated tools to support archival workflows, such as appraisal and processing, as well as benefitting the user through discovery and delivery.

Rose Bowl Archives

SC0367_96-062_b3_f11_i005.jpg In honor of Stanford's 13th trip to the Rose Bowl we would like to highlight some of the historic Rose Bowl materials in our collections now available online:

Programs (1902-2000)
Photos (1902-1972)

Winter Closure 2012-2013 Dates Announced!

This year's Winter Closure dates are Monday, December 24, 2012 through Friday, January 4, 2013. Special Collections will reopen for business as usual on Monday, January 7, 2013.

Happy Holidays from Special Collections!

Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale Form L-M Test Kit

Researchers interested in Lewis M. Terman and the history of IQ testing can view the following recent addition the Stanford University Objects Collection: a 1960 Revision Houghton Mifflin Stanford-Binet Intellegence Scale test kit, L-M form. This mobile test is housed in a portable suitcase and contains test manuals written by Lewis M. Terman and Maud A. Merrill, various puzzles and tests for children, instructions for administering the test, and scoring procedures.


Stanford University Libraries acquire the archives of leading environmentalist William McDonough

Courtesy of William A. McDonough

William McDonough is one of the superstars of the environmental movement. Time magazine heralded him as a "Hero for the Planet" in 1999. President Clinton awarded him the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development in a 1996 White House ceremony. McDonough is the only individual to receive the award, the nation's top environmental honor. Now the man who has been called the leading environmental architect of our time will be donating his extensive archive and professional papers to Stanford University Libraries. (Read more)