The David Bacon Photography Archive at Stanford

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 Bob Fitch Photography Archive

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.

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.

Chinese Railroad Workers Project

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.

!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.

Virtual Tribunals

Public records from international criminal tribunal proceedings (1948-present)

The Virtual Tribunals Project enables research and scholarship in the area of human rights and international criminal justice. The materials in the collection are the output of temporary or permanent criminal tribunals which hear and decide cases arising from violations of international criminal law during times of violent conflict and mass atrocity.

The Baltic Video Archive

Baltic video testimonies at Stanford Libraries

This exhibit sheds light on the history of the three Baltic states, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, by sharing video testimonies of the Baltic people. The testimonies touch on the Second World War in the Baltic region, the Nazi and Soviet occupations and repressions as well as the story of the Baltic refugees. The exhibit also showcases stories told by the more recent generation, the "digital nomads," who have migrated to Silicon Valley. The testimonies in this exhibit thus reflect on the past, present, and the future of the Baltic states.

Preventing Genocide

Pioneers in the prevention of mass violence

Genocide need not happen ever again. This documentary explores three different genocides -- the Holocaust, the Armenian genocide, and the more recent Rwandan genocide --to show that we can learn the warning signals often preceding genocide, and see the possibilities for intervention and prevention.

The 1947 Partition Archive

Survivors and their Memories

On August 15, 1947 British colonial rule in the Indian subcontinent ended and the region was divided into a Hindu majority India and a Muslim majority Pakistan. Following this great Partition where approximately 14 million people found themselves on the wrong side of the newly formed borders, one of the largest mass migrations in human history occurred. It is estimated that more than 1 million people lost their lives in the ensuing violence. This exhibit contains video interviews from survivors of Partition.

Recording Civic Action in China

Chinese NGO web archiving project

This is a transnational and openly-accessible repository of Chinese nonprofit organizations. It brings together the online presence and publications of nonprofits in China, including their websites, blogs, and weibos, in order to explore how NGOs utilize digital tools and practices for public goods in a country that is going through rapid changes.

Stanford Community Centers

Exhibit documenting the history of community centers at Stanford.

Queer @ Stanford

Exhibit documenting the history of queer students at Stanford.

Activism @ Stanford

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

Project South

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.