Books

The Stanford Historical Society publishes books and monographs on important aspects of Stanford history. Subjects include the milestones of university history, a biography of former president Donald Tresidder, the architectural and social histories of faculty and staff 's campus houses, the history of Jasper Ridge, the stories behind the names of the streets on campus, and more. SHS publications are available in the Stanford Libraries collections. Many titles are available for purchase from the Historical Society.


Selected Titles

A Chronology of Stanford University and its Founders

Edited by Karen Bartholomew, Claude Brinegar and Roxanne Nilan, this book provides a chronological listing and concise descriptions of key events and interesting moments in the development of Stanford University, from the birth of Leland Stanford in 1824 through 2001. Lots of historical photographs provide additional information about these historical moments.

The Last of Your Springs

The period from 1980 to 1992 encompassed a vast array of challenges and opportunities for higher education. It was an extraordinary time, perhaps especially for Stanford University, which had gained dramatically in distinction during the 1960s and 1970s. These commencement speeches, written by Former President Donald Kennedy, a Stanford faculty member since 1960 and university president during that period, present a chronicle of those years. It is about the life of one institution, but its themes will resonate with many others.

Stanford Street Names: A Pocket Guide. Revised and Updated

Authored by Stanford Professor of Management Science and Engineering, Emeritus, Richard W. Cottle, this handy field guide documents the who, what, why, and when behind more than 130 street names on the Stanford campus. In the process it traces Stanford's evolution from a sprawling rural estate and stock farm into a lively university and residential community.

The History of Jasper Ridge

Written by Dorothy F. Regnery, this book describes the history of Jasper Ridge, the Stanford University land that is now a biological preserve.

Trees of Stanford and Environs

This beautiful book is a detailed survey of over 350 species of trees found at Stanford University, the result of nearly 50 years of study and observation by Professor Ronald N. Bracewell. Foreword by Former President Donald Kennedy.


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