Views: Portraying Place and Space

2nd Exhibit from the David Rumsey Map Center, January 22 - August 31, 2017

This is the second exhibit on view at the Rumsey Map Center, focused on Views.

Universe of Maps - Opening the David Rumsey Map Center

This website features the inaugural exhibit from the David Rumsey Map Center.

The American Enlightenment

Treasures from the Stanford University Libraries

This exhibition tells the story of how New World discoveries and ideas contributed to the Enlightenment and illustrates the transatlantic debates over issues of government, science, religion, and individual rights that shaped it.

Stanford Publications

Publications documenting Stanford University. Included are course catalogs, directories, newsletters, magazines, and more.

Stanford Prison Experiment

August 15-21, 1971

Materials documenting the 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment conducted by psychology professor Philip G. Zimbardo.

Stanford University Board of Trustees Records

Records of the Trustees pertaining to legal issues, financial affairs, investments, academic departments, student housing, gifts received, real estate, campus development, and other administrative concerns. Also included are records pertaining to the Leland Stanford Junior Kindergarten Trust and its major beneficiary, the Golden Gate Kindergarten Association, 1884-1979.

Stanford University Faculty Senate Records

Agendas, minutes and supporting materials created by the Stanford Faculty Senate.

Hopkins Marine Station

Stanford University

Hopkins Marine Station occupies an exposed rocky headland named China Point, as the site was once the location of the Point Alones Chinese fishing village. The University holds title to approximately eleven acres on and around the point which includes roughly one mile of shoreline. he chapters presented here outline a portion of the history of Stanford's seaside laboratory.

Rare Music Materials at Stanford

This site features digitized music manuscripts, letters, and other rare music materials held in the Department of Special Collections and the Music Library.

Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison

Project Gallery

Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison’s artistic collaboration began late 1960s. Pioneers of the eco-art movement; their work often involves co-collaborators such as biologists, ecologists, urban planners, and local citizens to support biodiversity and community development around the world. This exhibition showcases 35 projects documented by the Harrisons and their assistants.

California as an Island in Maps

Maps from the Glen McLaughlin Collection of California as an Island

California was depicted as an island on maps from 1622 until the middle of the 18th century and beyond. This collection is the most comprehensive known covering the maps of this cartographic curiosity.

The Maria Jesús Casado García-Sampedro Piano Roll Collection

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.

Hanna House Collection

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. The collection focuses on the Hanna's work with architect Frank Lloyd Wright extending from the initial planning of the house through later renovations.

Warren Heckrotte Map Collection

A collection of maps and books featuring landmark maps from the California Gold Rush, exploration of the western coast of North America amongst other maps from the 16th to the 20th centuries.

Renaissance Exploration Map Collection

Maps and Atlases from the Renaissance Period

The Renaissance Exploration Map Collection is the result of one of the largest Cartographic Digital Philanthropy projects undertaken by Stanford University Libraries. This was made possible by the generosity and commitment of an area collector who lent us the collection under our Cartographic Digital Philanthropy Program thus creating a large corpus of Cartographic Renaissance materials available for anyone to search, view and download at very high resolution.

Eadweard Muybridge Collection

Combined holdings of Muybridge material held in Special Collections and University Archives.

The Edward A. Feigenbaum Papers

Work in artificial intelligence and computer science at Stanford University

The Edward A. Feigenbaum Papers 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, including EPAM, DENDRAL, MOLGEN, MYCIN, and others.

Stanford Stories From the Archives

This exhibit showcases 125 years of Stanford Stories, illustrated using materials from the Stanford University Archives.

Opening Night!

Opera & Oratorio Premieres

This site is a cross-index of data for over 43,000 opera and oratorio premieres that received a public performance between the years 1589 and the present.

Coordinates: Maps and Art Exploring Shared Terrain

Featuring how maps and art overlap in explorations of space - both geographical and metaphorical - this exhibition took place at Stanford's David Rumsey Map Center from April 25th to September 30th, 2019, and was co-curated by Emily Prince and David Rumsey.

Incomparable: The Stanford Band

An exhibit documenting the history of the Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band and Dollies. Included are photographs taken by long-time Band photographer Robby Beyers.

Computer Science @ Stanford

Exhibit featuring faculty papers, administrative records, publications, photographs, and audio and video recordings documenting the history of computer science at Stanford.

Digital Forma Urbis Romae

The Forma Urbis Romae, or Severan Marble Plan of Rome is an enormous map, measuring ca. 18.10 x 13 meters (ca. 60 x 43 feet), that was carved between 203-211 CE and covered an entire wall inside the Templum Pacis in Rome. It depicted the ground plan of every architectural feature in the ancient city, from large public monuments to small shops, rooms, and even staircases.

Arthur Tress Photograph Collection

A Stanford Libraries Special Collections Exhibition

One of the most renowned and innovative photographers of his generation, Arthur Tress explores a world that is rich with implication and fantasy. Continually seeking what he refers to as “the hidden life of the imagination,” Tress embraces accident and chance, creating beautifully composed works that can be both playful and ominous. In 2016 Stanford Libraries received the first in a continuing series of installments that will form the Arthur Tress photography archive.

Mapping the Global Imaginary, 1500-1900

'Mapping the Global Imaginary, 1500—1900' took place February 14—15, 2019, at Stanford’s David Rumsey Map Center. This digital exhibition accompanies the papers presented at this conference.

The History of Artificial Intelligence

Stanford's library collections document the history of artificial intelligence captured on film, video and audio.

A History of KZSU

An exhibit documenting the history of Stanford's radio station KZSU.

Stanford University Syllabi

Stanford University syllabi, 2007-2016.

Service-Learning History Project

This archive contains audio and video recordings from two meetings of service-learning practitioners (The Wingspread Meeting 1995; and, The Gathering 2017) reflecting on their practice and the state of the field. Service-learning is an educational approach that seeks to incorporate community service into the life blood of academic institutions to improve instruction, empower communities and enhance the civic life and skills of young people. The recordings explore the field’s emergence and ongoing institutionalization from its beginnings in the 1960s to the current time.

Stanford University Awards

Exhibit commemorating university awards given annually during commencement, including the Cuthbertson, Dinkelspiel, and Gores awards.

Office of Strategic Services Maps

The Office of Strategic Services was created during World War II in order to gather intelligence in Europe, Asia, and North Africa. Thousands of maps were made to order and later distributed to libraries across the United States. These maps were either individually produced or were part of reports. The OSS was terminated in September 1945.

Amos Gitai

Film Archive

Israeli filmmaker, Amos Gitai, is known for his work on themes related to the Arab-Israeli conflict and the Holocaust. This exhibit showcases the Amos Gitai film archive which contains video, still images, and scripts from many of his films.

The Baltic Way

History and Culture in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania 1918–2018

This online exhibit is based on a physical exhibit that celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Baltic countries and was displayed in Cecil H. Green Library in 2018. Stanford Libraries and Hoover Institution Library & Archives staff worked together to create the exhibition using materials from their respective collections related to the history and culture of the Baltic region.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Fire insurance maps are produced to provide information to insurers about the composition and use of buildings in order to provide correct underwriting of policies. These maps, primarily produced in the United States by the Sanborn Company, are now historically important documents of the towns and cities from the start of the late 19th Century.

"The First Hebrew City"

Early Tel Aviv through the Eyes of the Eliasaf Robinson Collection

The Jewish settlement that became the city of Tel Aviv was established in 1909. Almost everything in this collection dates from before 1948, the year that the State of Israel proclaimed its independence. The collection documents a vast range of private and public activity in Tel Aviv during its first four decades. Above all, the materials in the collection demonstrate one of the twentieth century’s boldest and most effective acts of social engineering: the revival and enforced use of the Hebrew language.

Stanford Oral History Collections

Oral history collections and interviews documenting the Stanford community and associated projects.

Stanford Athletics

Exhibit documenting the storied history of Stanford Athletics.

Stanford Community Centers

Exhibit documenting the history of community centers at Stanford.

The Stanford Family

Exhibit documenting the Stanford family, including materials created by Leland, Jane, and Leland, Jr., as well as Charles Lathrop and Thomas Welton Stanford.

Barry Lawrence Ruderman Conference on Cartography Exhibits

Maps and atlases curated by conference speakers on exhibit at the David Rumsey Map Center

The Barry Lawrence Ruderman Conference on Cartography occurs every other year, beginning in 2017. The conference speakers curate a physical exhibit on view at the center. This website is a digital companion to that exhibit.

Medieval Collections at Stanford

Resources for Research and Teaching

This Spotlight Exhibition features objects and manuscripts in Stanford Collections that illuminate the history and culture of the medieval world, especially in Europe and the Mediterranean from 300-1600 CE.

The Burke Collection of Early Italian Miniatures

A selection of objects from the Burke Collection exhibit in the Field Room, Green Library

Barry Lawrence Ruderman Map Collection

A growing collection of digital scans from the late 1400s to the 1950s.

Stanford Photos

Photograph collections in the University Archives documenting Stanford.

Queer @ Stanford

Exhibit documenting the history of queer students at Stanford.

R. Buckminster Fuller Collection

Architect, Systems Theorist, Designer, and Inventor

The R. Buckminster Fuller Collection contains over 1,400 linear feet of personal and professional papers, manuscripts, drawings, blueprints, audio and video recordings, and models. Over 700 media elements have been reformatted and more than 5,000 slides as well as the clippings index and Bucky's schedule of lectures, projects, and days. All of these are available for research use in the department's reading room.

Activism @ Stanford

Photographs, audiovisual materials, posters, and ephemera documenting activism at Stanford.

Stanford in the News

Photographs, audio and video recordings, and newspapers created by the Stanford News Service.