Farewell to Larry Scott

July 17, 2018
Tim Edward Noakes
Special Collections Reading Room

With great dismay I am announcing the departure of Larry Scott, who will be retiring from the Department of Special Collections on July 19th.  We are clearly losing one of the best representatives of our Department.  Larry was the face of Special Collections, welcoming a vast array of researchers: undergraduates, graduate students, outside researchers, and faculty members.  Regardless of status, each person was greeted by Larry with courtesy and respect, his professionalism and kindness setting the tone for a rewarding and often extremely fruitful research experience.  Contributing to his success in this role was his breadth of knowledge in so many fields, spanning subjects from Stanford history to Allen Ginsberg, from medieval manuscripts to Steinbeck’s correspondence, from the Stanford football team to hikes in the Sierras. Larry single-handedly established Special Collections as a place to enjoy the research experience, and for this all of us in Special Collections thank him profusely.

A Stanford University graduate, Larry has worked for nearly 31 years in the Stanford Libraries.  He has been a part of the Hoover Institution, Terman Engineering, and the Department of Special Collections.  We recognize and celebrate Larry Scott’s dedication to the Stanford Libraries, as well as to Stanford University.  He developed strong relationships with professors over the years, and consequently has been invited to join some of the Stanford Alumni travel/study trips overseas. Let us wish Larry the best on his next adventure!


Tim Edward Noakes

Head of Public Services
Department of Special Collections