Special Collections Unbound

Remembering the Martin Luther King Jr. International Freedom Games

Rostrum Plaque, Martin Luther King Jr. International Freedom Games
January 12, 2021
by Josh Schneider

For several years in the early 1980s, Stanford hosted the Martin Luther King Jr. International Freedom Games, an invitational track meet dedicated to the legacy of MLK Jr., and benefiting the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. ...

Reading History and Culture through Performance: Jeannie Barroga and the Legacy of Asian American Theatre by Lucayo Casillas

Jeannie Barroga
November 6, 2020
by Franz Kunst

The papers of playwright Jeannie Barroga are now open for research. Lucayo Casillas processed the collection and wrote the following article.

The David Bacon Photography Archive: Capturing the struggle for social justice in photos

Poster for the David Bacon Photography exhibit, showing a pair of worker's hands.
November 2, 2020
by Robert G Trujillo

Text by Nick Rahaim

Manuel Ortiz held out his hands to the camera, revealing decades of toil — callouses, scars and creases embedded with soil that multiple hand washings wouldn’t scrub clean. Photographer David Bacon first saw him in 2015 as he pushed a shopping cart full of cans and bottles through an alley in Yakima, Washington.

Starstuff: science meets art, print meets photography, Galileo meets Linda Connor

October 25, 2020

In recent years, Prof. Elizabeth Kessler’s American Studies course, “StarStuff: Space and the American Imagination,” brought students into our Special Collections Barchas Room for hands-on viewings of antiquarian astronomy texts, 19th century lithographs and planispheres, scientific literature, and contemporary fine art photography.

New LibGuide showcases the history of the Asian and Asian American community at Stanford

Contributors to the 1976 issue of Asian American Women (SC0487)
October 19, 2020
by Josh Schneider

The University Archives is pleased to announce the publication of a new LibGuide to support research into the history of the Asian and Asian American community at Stanford. This time we enlisted Jessica Cebra, Metadata Management Librarian, who works on metadata projects for content in the Stanford Digital Repository. Read on to learn about Jessica's experience compiling content for the guide!

Don Knuth email collection now available for research

Cropped contact sheet of photos of Don Knuth.
October 8, 2020
by Annie Schweikert

Stanford Libraries’ Department of Special Collections and University Archives is pleased to announce that the email collection of Don Knuth has been processed. This collection consists of email from January 1999 through January 2019. Users can preview Knuth’s email corpus via Stanford's ePADD discovery website. The full text of the emails is only accessible on a workstation in the Field Reading Room, which is open to all members of the general public.

Stanford Historical Society and Stanford Libraries launch Hope, Resilience, and Change series

Emergency Isolation Hospital for smallpox, 1908
September 17, 2020
by Charlotte Kwok Glasser

The Stanford community has weathered many hardships, including natural disasters, world wars, and pandemics.