There are many people to thank for making this acquisition and exhibition possible – it truly takes a village to work on a collection of this size.

Ignacio Ornelas Rodriguez was a Ph.D. candidate in American History at University of California, Santa Cruz and a staff member in the Department of Special Collections at Stanford researching the Mexican condition in the United States. In May of 2012, it was Ignacio who introduced David Bacon to Roberto Trujillo, Associate University Librarian, Director of Special Collections, and Frances and Charles Field Curator and Ben Stone, Curator for American and British History and Associate Director of Special Collections.

The forthcoming physical exhibition and catalog are the joint effort of Roberto Trujillo, Ben Stone, Deardra Fuzzell (Manager and Designer of Special Collections Exhibitions), David Bacon, and Ignacio Ornelas Rodriguez. Originally scheduled to open in May of 2020 in the Peterson & Munger galleries in Cecil H. Green Library, the exhibition has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the Spotlight exhibit, we profusely thank Laura Wilsey, Metadata and Cataloging Librarian in the Department of Special Collections for creating this online exhibit with assistance from Ben Stone and Deardra Fuzzell. Laura Wilsey performed great deal of work to facilitate the processing and description of David Bacon’s images, enabling the creation of this digital exhibition, the long term preservation of content in the Stanford Digital Repository and access via Stanford SearchWorks to the Bacon archive. Laura managed a team of staff including Lucayo Casillas, Laura Nguyen, and Christy Smith from Special Collections and the Digital Production Group as they provided preliminary description and did authority work. This work was very welcome as staff went into Shelter-in-Place during the COVID-19 crisis in March 2020. Thanks also to Cathy Aster, Spotlight Service Manager, and Gary Geisler, User Experience Designer, in the Library’s Digital Libraries Systems and Services Division, who provided valuable training, guidance, and counsel on Spotlight and its capabilities.

Thanks as well to several members of the Special Collections team on the Redwood City campus for assisting with accessioning the collection and capturing the digital files: Glynn Edwards, Assistant Director in Special Collections, Christy Smith, Manuscripts Accessioning Manager, Annie Schweikert, Digital Archivist, and Sally DeBauche, ePADD Project Manager and Digital Archivist.

Special thanks to David Bacon who worked tirelessly on curating the photographs that appear in the subjects in the browse section as well as those selected for the physical exhibit and featured digital companion. Additionally, David’s exhaustive and meticulous work in creating descriptive metadata for each image made our jobs accessioning and describing the content that much easier.