Arizona Garden

A historic garden at Stanford University

This online exhibit explores the history of Stanford's Arizona Garden, the unique plants that make up the garden, the dedicated caretakers who have ensured the garden's longevity, and the importance of the garden to the broader community.

Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies @ Stanford

A History of Local Feminist & Queer Scholarship and Community

This exhibit showcases archival materials from the history of the Stanford Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, as well as feminist studies at the University more generally.

Research from Stanford University

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.

Edward F. Ricketts

A Pioneering Marine Ecologist

Edward F. Ricketts, a pioneering marine ecologist who was also the owner of a biological supply business, named Pacific Biological Laboratories, in Monterey, California.

Asian American Advocacy at Stanford University

This exhibit explores the lesser-known history of Stanford University's Asian American activists who championed for spaces and studies to call their own.

Queer @ Stanford

Exhibit documenting the history of queer students at Stanford.

Stanford Historical Society Collections

Publications, Oral Histories, and Program Recordings

Since 1976, SHS has sponsored programs, publications, tours, and oral histories on Stanford's multi-faceted history.

Hopkins Seaside Laboratory (1892 -1917)

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.

Digitization Exemplars

Selections from the work of DLSS Digitization Services

See examples of the various collection materials digitized at Stanford Libraries and learn about the factors, decisions, and special processes that go into producing and presenting digital library content.

Latina/o/x @ Stanford

This exhibit highlights the history of Latina/o/x students, staff and organizations at Stanford University.

Black @ Stanford

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.

John W. Gardner

Statesman, Social Reformer, Public Advocate

Overview of the life and career of John W. Gardner, highlighting his papers and oral histories on his legacies.

Activism @ Stanford

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

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.

Women @ Stanford

Exhibit documenting the history of women at Stanford.

Wolfgang K. H. Panofsky Papers

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.

Becoming Stanford

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").

A Stanford Atlas

Architectural drawings, maps, prints, and aerial photographs of the Stanford University campus and associated land holdings

This exhibit showcases the growth of campus using illustrative materials from several University Archives collections, including the Maps Collection, the Architectural Drawings Collection, the Hanna House Collection, the Prints Collection, the Birge M. Clark Architectural Drawings, Peninsua-Times Tribune Photographs, Hatfield Aerial Survey Photographs, and the Stanford Historical Photograph Collection.

Images from the Stanford Medical History Center

Historical images of Stanford Medicine and of the field of medicine generally.

Hope, Resilience, and Change

Stanford in Moments of Crisis

This site explores how Stanford students, faculty, and leaders responded to transformative events in Stanford history, and the longer term impacts on Stanford, including physical changes to the campus, its programs, and its policies.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Stanford Photos

Photograph collections in the University Archives documenting Stanford.

Stanford in the News

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

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.

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.

Collecting in Life and Death

The Curatorial Legacy of Leland Stanford Jr.

Leland Stanford Jr., only son of Governor and railroad tycoon Leland Stanford Sr. and heiress Jane Lathrop Stanford, died suddenly in 1884, just shy of his 16th birthday. Renowned curators reckoned Leland Jr.’s early death a great loss to “the art-training” of the American people. Was his collecting that remarkable? Or was it a boyhood hobby amplified by his parents’ loss and remembrance?