Special Collections

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.

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.

Interview with Henry Lowood on Software Preservation (Stephen Cabrinety Collection)

Henry Lowood, Curator for History of Science & Technology Collections was interviewed by Trever Owens at the Library of Congress about a current project on preserving software from the Stephen M. Cabrinety Collection in the History of Microcomputing. Stanford University Libraries are collaborating with NIST’s National Software Reference Library to create disk images and digitize related materials for a large portion of the collection.

Read full interview here.

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)

Processing Born-Digital Materials in the STOP AIDS Project Records: Finishing Up


STOP AIDS Project records now available for research


Stanford University Libraries Department of Special Collections and University Archives is excited to announce the completion of the processing of the STOP AIDS Project records.

This effort was made possible by a detailed processing grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). The records consist of over 370 linear feet of textual, audiovisual and photographic material and 5,925 megabytes of born-digital files documenting the organizational history and activities of this San Francisco-based HIV prevention non-profit. For more information on the materials now available for research, please see this post on the Special Collections and University Archives Blog.

Benoit Mandelbrot – Manuscripts launches new project this October


At the beginning of this year, the papers of Benoit Mandelbrot, the father of fractal geometry, were given to SUL’s Dept. of Special Collections. Funding for the first year has been set to begin processing this complex collection. We are happy to announce that Laura Williams has been hired as the project archivist and Christy Smith as the processing assistant. Laura, who has been with the Manuscript’s Division since 2009, is just wrapping up the processing of the Stop AIDS Project Records – another large processing and digitization project. Christy Smith has been in the department since 2000, staring as an assistant to the previous University Archivist, Maggie Kimball. In 2009 she moved to the manuscripts division as a processing assistant on the R. Stuart Hummel Family Papers processing and digitization project.

New University Archives Subject Guides

If you’ve visited the main Stanford University Libraries web site in the past month, you’ve probably noticed some major changes. An entirely new site based on the Drupal content management platform launched at the end of August.

John W. Gardner Center staff visit

This week, Stanford University Libraries Director of Communication & Development Andrew Herkovic hosted a library tour for staff from the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities (JGC), based in the School of Education here at Stanford. As stated on its web site, the center “partners with communities to develop leadership, conduct research and effect change to improve the lives of youth.”

Apports in the Archives

"What's the strangest thing in the archives?" As an archivist, I get that question a lot. My answer is always the same: the Thomas Welton Stanford apports, which are a part of the Stanford University Objects Collection in the University Archives.

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