Parker Library On the Web

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.

Leonardo's Library

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.

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.

Images of Rome

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.

Carleton Watkins at Stanford Libraries

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.

Stanford Historical Photograph Collection

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.

William Gardiner Transportation Collection

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.

French Revolution Images

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).

Andy Warhol Photography Archive

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.

Legacies of Conflict in South Asia: The Right To Heal

‘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.

Stanford University Piano Roll Archive

SUPRA

The Piano Roll Archive presents Stanford Libraries' historic piano roll collection in digital form. The archive includes archival digital images and audio file emulations of the performances providing one possible interpretation of the coding on the rolls.

The San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation Collection

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.

The Urban Legacy of Ancient Rome

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.

!Women Art Revolution

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.

Beautiful Books

A collection of some of Stanford’s rare and antiquarian books

These items are part of Special Collections' efforts to digitize and make more accessible books with unique or noteworthy features.

Sunset Magazine

A recreation of Stanford Libraries' 1998 website

This site is the recreated website version of “Sunset Magazine: 1889 -1998,” a volume published on the one-hundredth anniversary of the magazine by Stanford University Libraries.

South Africa, Greece, Rome: a digital museum

This project has grown out of a book by the same name: South Africa, Greece, Rome: classical confrontations (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017). The aim of both is to bring together instances of South Africa's engagements with ancient Greece and Rome.

Travel Through Time: Japan

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.

Mario Paci: An Italian Maestro in China

Conductor, composer, and pianist, Mario Paci (1878-1946) is best known today for transforming the Shanghai Town Band into one of the finest orchestras in East Asia, the Shanghai Municipal Orchestra, now called the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. 作为指挥家,作曲家,钢琴家,梅百器(1878–1946) 今天最为人所知的业迹, 就是将一个上海城镇乐队变为东亚地区最优秀的管弦乐团之一的上海 工部局乐团,也就是后来的上海交响乐团

Secret Service: Old and Young King Brady, Detectives

A Dime Novel Series

This collection of Dime Novels provides scholars the complete text of a selective sample from one of Stanford Libraries collection's series, Secret Service.

Herbert Matter: Modernist Photography and Graphic Design

A Stanford University Special Collections Exhibition

A digital exhibit celebrating the work of Herbert Matter (1907–1984), best known for his international contributions in photography, photomontage and graphic design.

Early Printed Leaves

From the First Years of the Printing Press

This exhibition shows a selection of leaves from early printed books. Among the treasures of this collection are woodcuts and texts from incunabula and other works which were copied during the birth of printing.

Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern Manuscripts at Stanford

Resources for Research and Pedagogy

The home for Stanford's digital manuscript collections and exhibits.

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.

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.

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.

Eadweard Muybridge Collection

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

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.

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.

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.

"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.

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

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.

Matt Kahn Papers

Exhibit documenting the life and career of Matt Kahn, Professor of Art at Stanford. Exhibit materials include professional files, teaching files (including lectures), and photographs.

Hume Center for Writing & Speaking

Stanford University

A digital archive created on 15th Anniversary of the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking to preserve the history of the Center.

The Monterey Jazz Festival Collection

Archive of the world's longest running jazz festival

This site provides historical information about the Monterey Jazz Festival, one of the premiere jazz institutions in the world, and information about the recordings from the festival that feature the most significant jazz musicians of our time.