Green Library Exhibit supporting the Black Lives Matter movement
This online exhibit is a companion to the physical exhibit in Green library. It highlights stories that represent the various types of vile attacks that have terrorized Black Americans for centuries.
Manuscripts in the Parker Library at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
Parker Library on the Web is a digital exhibit designed to support use and study of the manuscripts in the historic Parker Library at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.
An introduction to our work
As part of the Preservation Unit, Conservation Services is responsible for the physical care of Stanford Libraries' collections.
Together, we rise up to overcome anti-AAPI hate
An exhibit created to help the community understand the history of racism against AAPI individuals in this country. In highlighting the courage of AAPI activists of the past, we hope to inspire more people to continue the work to overcome AAPI racism.
An Anthology of Black Activism and Community at Stanford
A collaborative archive documenting Black activism and community at Stanford, including photographs, posters, publications, performance recordings, syllabi, and oral histories.
Statesman, Social Reformer, Public Advocate
Overview of the life and career of John W. Gardner, highlighting his papers and oral histories on his legacies.
‘Where Is My Story?’ Asked by victimized-survivors of political conflict and mass violence, this question reverberates across South Asia. This Archive is witness to systemic disfigurements, displacements and possibilities of the post/colonial condition in South Asia in the latter half of the 20th century and 21st century. It is a gathering place of counter-memory, a digital and physical repository of materials relating to political conflict, social and gendered violence, human rights crimes and people's resistance.
Work & Social Justice
This site showcases the David Bacon Photography Archive at Stanford and provides a digital companion to the 2020 Green Library exhibit of Bacon's work titled "Work and Social Justice." Bacon's photography documents the lives and social movements of migrants, farm workers, and communities impacted by globalization. His work spans multiple geographic regions including the United States, Latin America, Asia, Europe, and Iraq with an emphasis on California and the US/Mexico Border.
The Ottoman, Safavid & Mughal Empires
Maps of Ottoman Turkey, Safavid Persia, and Mughal India ca. 1500-1800.
Know Their Names - Youth Uprising in Cape Town, South Africa, 1976
An installation piece by Gavin Younge, South African artist and teacher. Younge created this artwork as a powerful sequel to the widespread images of the killings in Soweto of students and adults in June 1976.
An Introduction to Finding, Analyzing, and Using Historic Maps
Please use responsibly.
Movements for Change
Movements for Change contains iconic images of the movements for civil rights and social justice by Watsonville, California photographer Bob Fitch, spanning the period 1965-present, and includes images of Martin Luther King, Jr., Cesar Chavez, and Dorothy Day, among others.
Photographs, audiovisual materials, posters, and ephemera documenting activism at Stanford.
The World of a Renaissance Reader
Spearheaded by history professor Paula Findlen, the exhibition draws on Stanford’s Special Collections and the collections of the David Rumsey Map Center and the Lane Medical Library to reveal the authors and texts that shaped Leonardo’s world and influenced his ideas, reading habits, and understanding of books in the age of Gutenberg.
An exhibition that examines the 19th-century roots of information graphics.
Data and More from Stanford's Cutting Edge Researchers
This collection includes research outputs from Stanford-associated researchers on the wide variety of topics and fields under investigation at Stanford University, including statistics, engineering, biology, chemistry, social sciences, humanities, medicine, physics, geosciences, and the environment.
A Guide for Finding, Analyzing, and Using Maps in Projects
This website provides map-related resources for National History Day participants.
Maps of Tokyo spanning the early nineteenth and twentieth centuries
This exhibit features cartographic representation of Tokyo from 1832 to 1946, showing over a century of changes and including historical maps georeferenced onto current geographic data.
A Digital Coin Cabinet
The numismatics program at Stanford Libraries supports teaching on campus. The current focus is on the largest of our collections, the Cantor Arts Center collection of ancient coins, which contains 328 cataloged items.
Travel-related ephemera from the 17th through the early 20th century.
The study of travel is often associated with maps. And yet, many of the most precious Japanese maps were never used by travelers. This collection of prints represents materials collected by travelers or produced for travelers. It spans a period of time in which there was dramatic change in modes of travel, printing, and viewing geographic space.
A catalog of his works
James E. Allen had a 40 year career as an printmaker and illustrator, and was one of the first artists in the early 20th century whose commercial works crossed over to fine arts. This catalog includes information about known works from all aspects of his career.
A Personal Archive
Shahrokh Meskoob was one of Iran’s most acclaimed essayists, memoirists, literary critics and public intellectuals. His collected letters, notes, drafts and outlines provide a rare look into his personal and intellectual life.
The Art and Design of Expression in Historic Maps
An exhibit highlighting the symbologies, and other design elements, found within historic maps.
Hosted by the Stanford Department of Economics
Featuring papers from the Stanford Institute for Theoretical Economics (SITE) annual conference from 1993 to present.
by Esther Burgos-Bordonau, Ph.D.
The Casado García-Sampedro Piano Roll Collection is a group of 54 standard piano rolls from Spain. It is representative of a private roll collection that might be found in the home of a Spanish family in the 1920s and 1930s containing Spanish, Latin American, and other popular music of the time.
Detailed city plans created or published by the Army Map Service during World War II.
The Rodolfo Lanciani Digital Archive
The "Fondo Rodolfo Lanciani" is currently housed at the Biblioteca Nazionale di Archeologia e Storia dell’Arte at Rome’s Palazzo Venezia. Assembled over the course of Lanciani’s lifetime, the collection is akin to a “paper museum” whose size and scope compare to that of the famous seventeenth century antiquarian Cassiano dal Pozzo.
This collection focuses on mining maps throughout the western United States with an emphasis on detailed claims, locations, and bird's eye views. These materials highlight issues such as land use, resource extraction, settlement patterns, and the opening of the West.
California and the West
Special Collections holds a significant set of materials by or relating to Carleton Watkins, noted 19th century Western photographer. Especially noteworthy are three albums of mammoth albumen prints, Photographs of the Pacific Coast, Photographs of the Yosemite Valley, and Photographs of Columbia River and Oregon. These items can guide us towards an understanding of the aspirations of Watkins, his peers and supporters, and his era. Originally owned by Mary "Mollie" Latham, wife of California Governor and Senator Milton Slocum Latham, the albums came into the possession of Timothy Hopkins, an early trustee of Stanford University, who in turn gave them to the University.
The Stanford Photograph Collection contains over 16,000 images of Stanford scenes including photographs of and relating to the Stanford family, views of the campus and individual buildings, photographs of students and student life activities, and photographs of faculty and administrative staff. The majority of photographs are black and white gelatin prints but nineteenth-century albumen prints mounted on boards are also represented. The collection spans the late 1890s through the 1990s.
100 years of field mapping
From the very start of Stanford University, geology students were sent into the field to learn mapping. John Casper Branner and John Flesher Newsom taught field mapping to budding geologists first on the campus and then in the Santa Cruz mountains. In 1903, an official course was inaugurated called, "Field Geology," taught by geology and mining professors Dr. Branner and Dr. Newsom. Summer field trips took place every year until 1987.
Oakland and San Francisco transit history in photographs
Local history as seen in selected photographs from the 1870s through the mid-1930s, taken or collected by William Gardiner, a Key System employee and early rail fan. Includes rare images of street cars, workers, bridges, the 1906 earthquake, construction, roadwork, and a variety of street scenes.
Iconography from the collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France
This digital archive features over 5,000 images of the French Revolution. This project is a collaboration between Stanford Libraries and the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF).
Cette archive numérique contient plus de 5000 images de la Révolution française et fait partie d’une collaboration entre les bibliothèques de l’Université de Stanford et la Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF).
Contact Sheets: 1976 - 1987
A digital exhibit featuring the complete archive of over 3,600 contact sheets of Andy Warhol's black and white photography from 1976-1987. The images in the collection document Warhol's daily life and feature candid portraits of celebrities and artists of the era including: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Truman Capote, Jimmy Carter, Martha Graham, Halston, Keith Haring, Debbie Harry, Bianca Jagger, Grace Jones, Jackie Kennedy, Liza Minnelli, Dolly Parton, Robert Rauschenberg, Elizabeth Taylor, Diane Von Furstenberg, and more.
This exhibit features historical photographs of Wang Jingwei 汪精卫, the head of state of what came to be known as the Wang Jingwei regime (formally "the Reorganized National Government of the Republic of China") based in Nanjing in Japanese-occupied China, from 1940 to 1945. While including a relatively small number of images, this collection provides some unique insights on Wang Jingwei and his associates in a series of military and diplomatic events.
A Summer School of Science
With the financial support of Timothy Hopkins, the Hopkins Seaside Laboratory was established in 1892 on a treeless plateau in Pacific Grove, California. For the next twenty-five years, the seaside laboratory offered summer instruction to visiting students from the Pacific slope and laboratory space to visiting scientists from around the globe. This exhibit tells the history of those twenty-five years.
A collaborative effort by Stanford and Cambridge to convert analog ice sheet observations for digital analysis
This project is a collaboration between Stanford University and the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) at Cambridge University in the UK to digitize the nearly 1,000 rolls of optical film gathered in the late 1960s and 1970s as part of an Antarctic airborne geophysical survey.
Between 1865 and 1869, thousands of Chinese migrants toiled at a grueling pace and in perilous working conditions to help construct America’s first Transcontinental Railroad. The Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project seeks to give a voice to the Chinese migrants whose labor on the Transcontinental Railroad helped to shape the physical and social landscape of the American West.
The Charles N. Huggins Project
The Great Jazz Revival of the 1940s ignited popular interest in early New Orleans Jazz in a widespread movement, as much a social phenomenon driven by a dawning awareness of black culture in America as a music revolution. Fans rejected the commercial swing band sound of the day for high-energy hot jazz of the 20s, a music which had disappeared from the cultural landscape. A group of young San Francisco musicians, led by Lu Watters and Turk Murphy, are at the heart of the story documented in the Collection.
Photographs from the Ernest Nash Fototeca Unione Collection
This digital archive features over 1,295 photographs of Roman buildings, monuments, and sites taken by Ernest Nash throughout the mid-20th century. These pictures were digitized in partnership with the American Academy in Rome, which houses the Fototeca Unione, founded by Ernest Nash in 1957.
This exhibit commemorates the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. It highlights materials from the Stanford Libraries including pictures from the Alfred A. Hart photographs, maps from the David Rumsey Map Center, and materials from Special Collections.
A digital library of reference works
This is a collection of over 100 rare book catalogs and bibliographies with additional resources for scholars, collectors, and booksellers. Previously a subscription service at Rarebooks.info, Stanford Libraries has brought the materials into catalog and makes this rich resource publicly available.
Connecting the past, present and future of the automobile through the Road & Track collection
This exhibit showcases Stanford University materials related to the history and future of the automobile, currently drawn from the Road and Track Archive, held at Stanford University Libraries.
Exhibit documenting the history of women at Stanford.
Oral Histories of Semiconductor Technology
Welcome to Silicon Genesis, a unique collection of oral history interviews with pioneers of the semiconductor industry. You will find streamed video recordings of these interviews, along with transcripts, here.
Voices of a Movement
The artists’ and critics’ interviews presented here chronicle the founding years of the feminist art movement in the 1970s. Created by artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson as she developed her groundbreaking documentary, !Women Art Revolution, this archive provides the first-person histories of the pioneering individuals who challenged the ways in which women were considered by the reigning art establishment.
SLAC Director and Professor Emeritus
Highlights from the Wolfgang Kurt Hermann Panofsky Papers, 1932-2008 at the Archives, History and Records Office of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.
The History and Meaning of Stanford's Insignia
This exhibit explores the historical elements underlying the design and adoption of Stanford's symbols. Most prominently featured are Stanford's coats of arms and other heraldic symbols; the Stanford Seal, which includes the German motto “Die Luft der Freiheit weht;” and the Palo Alto tree ("El Palo Alto").