About the Stanford University Archives
The Stanford University Archives, comprising part of Stanford University Libraries’ Department of Special Collections and University Archives, was created in 1965 by the Board of Trustees to collect, preserve, and make available the historically and legally valuable records of the University and of Stanford community members. Adjunct to this responsibility is the collecting of all materials relating to the University's founders, Leland and Jane Lathrop Stanford, and to those family members who were associated with them in business ventures or the creation of Stanford University. Over time, the collection has grown to include extensive pictorial, audiovisual, and digital materials, including materials documenting campus and student life.
The Stanford University Libraries’ Department of Special Collections and University Archives acquires, preserves, and provides access to primary source materials that support the research needs of the Stanford community and beyond, including through the creation of exhibits.