About Stanford's Collections

Many of Gardner's personal and professional records are archived at Stanford. Additionally, there is a large oral history collection consisting of interviews with family members, friends, mentees, and colleagues available through the Stanford Digital Repository. Links to the finding aids for these collections are included below. Only a fraction of the items have been digitized.

To access the papers, take a look at the Using Special Collections and University Archives guide.

Housed in University Archives, and comprising over 150 linear feet, this is the main repository of Gardner's papers covering his childhood and personal life; career at Carnegie Corporation; tenure as Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare; work with the National Urban Coalition, Common Cause, and Independent Sector; and his retirement years at Stanford. The collection includes papers, photographs, writings, and audio recordings.

Part of the Stanford Digital Repository, this collection includes oral history recordings and transcripts from interviews with Gardner's family, colleagues, and mentees conducted between 2017 and 2020.

Housed in the Manuscripts Division, these papers donated shortly after Gardner's arrival at Stanford focus on Urban Coalition and educational task forces from the 1960s.

Housed at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives this collection focuses on Common Cause.