Stanford University Libraries. Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University Libraries. Special Collections and University Archives

Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305, USA
The Special Collections and University Archives Department of Stanford University Libraries is committed to acquiring, preserving, and providing access to primary source materials that support the research needs of the Stanford community and beyond. There are three distinct divisions in our department: Manuscripts, Rare Books and University Archives. We welcome all students, scholars and members of the general public to the Field Reading Room. Learn more about using and accessing our collections.

Our Collections

Philip G. Zimbardo papers, 1953-2011

The materials consist of research and teaching files, professional files and correspondence, audiovisual materials, professional papers and articles, and materials documenting the Stanford Prison Experiment.
Collection ID: SC0750

Helen and Newton Harrison papers, 1947-2016

The papers document the life and work of married couple Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison, leading pioneers of the eco-art movement, whose collaborative career began in the late sixties. Throughout their career, the Harrisons worked with biologists, ecologists, architects, urban planners and other artists, creating works that support biodiversity and community development. The collection contains personal papers; project files pertaining to art projects; correspondence; performance, exhibition, and presentation material; business records; research; interview transcripts; writings; material pertaining to the Harrisons’ time at both the University of California, San Diego and the University of California, Santa Cruz; photographic material; public relations material; audiovisual material; and computer media relating to the Harrisons’ professional career.
Collection ID: M1797

Photographs by and relating to Allen Ginsberg, 1926-1997

Photographs of and by poet Allen Ginsberg and colleagues.
Collection ID: MSS.PHOTO.0450

Musical Acoustics Research Library (MARL), 1956-2007

The MARL collection is dedicated to the study of all aspects of musical acoustics. The collection, established in 1996, came about through the joint effort of the representatives of the Catgut Acoustical Society (CAS), founded by Carleen M. Hutchins and devoted to the study of violin making; Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music Acoustics (CCRMA), and Virginia Benade, the widow of the wind instrument acoustician Arthur Benade. MARL consists of the research materials from acousticians around the world who were dedicated to studying different aspects of violin making, which make up the Catgut Acoustical Society papers, and the archives of three prominent wind instrument acousticians of our time, John Backus, John W. Coltman, and especially Arthur H. Benade, which deal not only wiht wind instruments, but also room acoustics, and the interplay between acoustical physics and the mechanisms of auditory processing. The collection consists of papers, photographs, media, digital materials, wood samples, clarinet mouth pieces, and lab equipment
Collection ID: M1711

Hanna House collection, 1900-1995

Correspondence, blueprints, drawings, photographs, and other records relating to the planning, design and construction of the campus home of Professor and Mrs. Paul R. Hanna.
Collection ID: SC0280

KZSU Project South interviews, 1965-1976

This collection contains transcribed meetings and interviews with Civil Rights workers in the South recorded by several Stanford students affiliated with the campus radio station KZSU during the summer of 1965. The project was sponsored by the Institute of American History at Stanford. The collection includes information relating to black history; interviews of members of the Congress of Racial Equality, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, the NAACP, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee; transcripts of formal and informal remarks of persons working with smaller, independent civil rights projects, of local blacks associated with the civil rights movement, and other people, including Ku Klux Klansmen; transcribed action tapes of civil rights workers canvassing voters, conducting freedom schools, or participating in demonstration; speeches by and/or interviews with Ralph David Abernathy, Charles Evers, James Farmer, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Hosea Williams; and a Ku Klux Klan meeting and speech made by Robert Sheldon, its Imperial Wizard.

Collection ID: SC0066

John Steinbeck collection, 1902-1979

The collection is primarily letters and documents written by Steinbeck to family, friends and business associates. Also included are letters written to Steinbeck and letters written about him. Includes manuscripts and typescripts of works by Steinbeck, proofs of books, tearsheets, and photocopies of published works by him. Reviews of Steinbeck's work, articles about him, press coverage of his travels, memorabilia, photographs, and artwork complete the collection.
Collection ID: M0263

Stanford University photograph album, 1916-1924

Photograph album documenting student life, events, athetics, campus buildings, travel, and geological expeditions.
Collection ID: A0122

Edward A. Feigenbaum papers, 1950-2007

Collection primarily concerns his work in artificial intelligence at Stanford University and includes administrative files, correspondence, project files, trip files, proposals, reports, reprints, Artificial Intelligence Lab memos, audio tapes, video tapes, and files on computer programs, mainly DENDRAL, MOLGEN, ARPA, EPAM, and SUMEX.
Collection ID: SC0340

R. Stuart Hummel Family Papers, 1860-1976, bulk bulk

The collection contains correspondence, diaries, photographs, and ephemera, documenting the Stuart and Hummel families' life and work in China as Methodist missionaries in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It also contains materials relating to R. Stuart Hummel's work as a cryptographer for the Navy during World War II, as well as his work for the U.S. government in the Office of Chinese Affairs and the Office of Civil Defense.
Collection ID: M1607

Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation Inc. collection, 1968-1994

The Huey P. Newton Foundation was started by David Hilliard and Fredrika Newton to develop and sponsor cultural, historical and educational programs and institutions consistent with the theories and teaching of Huey Newton and the philosophy and ideology of the Black Panther Party. Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale co-founded the Black Panther Party in 1966 to organize and train African Americans to protect themselves from police violence. As the Party evolved, Newton professed the development of programs for the Black community and the philosophy of self-help.
Collection ID: M0864

Ruth Asawa papers, 1926-2014, bulk bulk

The papers of sculptor Ruth Asawa relate over eighty years of her rich and varied career, with documentation concerning her art and commissions as well her involvement in arts education, civic art, and art administration.
Collection ID: M1585

Clarke Family Papers, 1904-1968

Correspondence, photographs (of China), books and pamphlets about Chinese art, etc.

Collection ID: M0292

Medieval fragments study collection, 11th-16th century

Primarily fragments, these specimens were acquired to demonstrate the development of writing in the western world. A variety of scripts are represented, from Carolingian minuscule to the humanistic hands and the "cancelleresca."

Collection ID: M0299

Audio tapes related to Robert Creeley and his personal and artistic circles, 1959-1969

Collection consists of 71 reel to reel audio tapes documenting poetry readings and lectures of many of the better known 20th century poets.
Collection ID: MSS.MEDIA.0001

Kojima family papers, c. 1931-1960

The materials include loose photographs, a photograph album, letters, ephemera such as Toshiko's school records, a "Memorial Chimes" boxed funeral album regarding Kenji Kojima, and other materials relating to the Kojima family and their struggle to re-establish their lives after World War II. Including over 120 letters, circa 1948-1960, most with their original mailing envelopes sent to Toshiko Kojima in New York City from her brother Minoru in Pasadena and other locations in California as well as when he was in the military, and letters from her mother Ichi Kojima in Pasadena.

Collection ID: M2117

Stanford University student life photograph album, circa 1900-1906

Images of students and student activities including track meets, women basketball players, dormitory rooms, picnics and off-campus excursions, commencement activities (including decoration of the arcades as parlors), and theatricals; there are also photographs of campus buildings before and after the 1906 earthquake and of Leland Stanford Jr.'s railroad track on campus. Non-Stanford images include Yosemite and scenes from a European trip.

Collection ID: A0011

The Italian or the confessional of the black penitents : typescript, 1930

Summary: THE ITALIAN OR THE CONFESSIONAL OF THE BLACK PENITENTS : A ROMANCE by Ann Radcliffe, edited with an introduction by Frederick Pond. Some pages are typed and some are pages of old editions. Includes note to the printer explaining the spacing on pages (June 14, 1930).

Collection ID: M0198

Lucena Pfuffer Parsons journal: The woman in the sunbonnet: typescript, 1850-1851, 1928

Summary: An edited version of the journal kept by Parsons during her trip overland from Wisconsin to California in 1850, edited with an introduction by Elene and Elizabeth Wilbur. The journal is the chronology of a trip undertaken by a young woman and her husband as they travelled from Janesville, Wisconsin to what was to become Oakland, California.

Collection ID: M0085