Manuscripts Division

The Manuscripts Division of the Department of Special Collections exists to arrange, describe, preserve, and make available documents and born-digital materials of enduring historic value, both as intellectual items and as historical artifacts, to support the research needs of the undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and other scholars at Stanford University and beyond. Stanford University Library subject curators actively seek out collections to enhance our holdings. Since 2009, Special Collections has been involved in developing a Born-Digital Program in collaboration with the Digital Library Systems and Services Department.

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Photo of packaging for software called "Appointment Calendar Plus"

Born-digital collections opened for research in 2022

November 30, 2022
by Annie Schweikert

Special Collections receives a large amount of born-digital material every year—this year, more than 10 terabytes and counting. Special Collections and Born Digital Preservation Lab (BDPL) staff work together to image and process the digital material we receive, with the ultimate goal of making this material available through Stanford’s catalog. Here are some highlights of the digital materials we’ve opened for research over the past year.

Image of Limited edition Tim Page's 'NAM box set

Tim Page and Vietnam photographs in Special Collections

September 20, 2022
by Benjamin Lee Stone

Noted British-Australian war photographer Tim Page passed away on August 22, 2022.  Page is best known for his powerful photographs documenting the Vietnam conflict, which he covered for Time and‌ Life magazines, U.P.I., Paris Match and The Associated Press.  As noted by Seth Mydans in his obituary for Page in the New York Times, Page's "photography was notable for its raw drama and its intimacy with danger, the product of the risks he took to immerse himself in combat."

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