Blog topic: University Archives

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Tabletop Tuesdays: Getting Clue’d into the mysterious murder of Jane Stanford in July 2022

August 16, 2022
by Kathleen M Smith

In 1905, Jane Stanford died of strychnine poisoning while traveling in Hawaii. Books such as The Mysterious Death of Jane Stanford by Robert Cutler (2003) and, most recently, Who Killed Jane Stanford? by Richard White (2022) explore the suspicious circumstances of her death by examining archival records and surviving documents, many of which are here in the Stanford collections.

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Guest blogger: Melissa Gonzalez-Tapia (University Archives student intern)

August 10, 2022
by Hanna Ahn

Hello, my name is Melissa, and welcome to my first blog post. I am a rising senior at East Palo Alto Academy, and this internship was suggested to me by my high school counselor. I decided to join this internship because I believed that this would be a great opportunity for me during my summer break and would support me in strengthening my future goals, like helping me make more informed decisions on what I want to do with my life.

Bradley Strauss, student employee, assisting the University Archives remotely from Chicago, IL!

Guest blogger: Bradley Strauss (University Archives student employee)

July 18, 2022
by Hanna Ahn

The contemplative life, or the active one? It’s the age-old debate on what the best approach to life is. Should we be spending our limited time pursuing more real and tangible achievements, such as engineering significant structures or producing medicine that slows aging? Or, conversely, is discussion and exploring what it means to be a human more valuable?

A page from a notebook detailing a sailboat design

Alan J. Adler papers available for research

June 10, 2022
by Hanna Ahn

Authored by Hanna Ahn and Spencer Gondorf, Curatorial Assistant for the History of Science and Technology Collections

Alan J. Adler papers

What is the connection between sailboat design, a flying disc toy, and an innovative coffee press that cuts brew time from 5 minutes to 1 minute? 

Avi Udash and Rohan Cherivirala

Guest blogger: Rohan Cherivirala (University Archives student employee)

April 4, 2022
by Hanna Ahn

(University Archives student employees Avi Udash on the left and blog post author Rohan Cherivirala on the right)

Hi! My name is Rohan Cherivirala. I am currently a freshman at Stanford University. As of now, I plan on double majoring in math and computer science. Since my second quarter at Stanford, I have been working in the Stanford University Archives and have enjoyed every single minute of it.

Presley Hubschmitt and family

Bon voyage, Presley!

February 23, 2022
by Josh Schneider

It is with mixed emotions that we will bid farewell to Presley Hubschmitt, who is leaving Stanford Libraries in mid-March to begin a position as Processing Archivist at the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley, her alma mater. She will be splitting her time between the Regatta facility in Richmond and the Berkeley campus. Her passion for her work and her fabulous sense of humor will be greatly missed. We are sad to lose our dear colleague, but happy that she will be working so close to her home.

Recently processed collection materials

New collection additions available for research

December 16, 2021
by Hanna Ahn

Please pardon our radio (blog?) silence for the past several months--it’s been a whirlwind of boxes, folders, files, and finding aid updates here in University Archives! 

The Stanford Archives has been furiously processing our backlogged collection materials with the help of our new student workers for the fall quarter. Since the late summer, we have processed approximately 154.25 linear feet of archival materials. (For scale, 1 record storage carton measures 1.5 linear feet, while 1 manuscript box equals 0.5 linear feet.)

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