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Stanford Stories From the Archives

About this Exhibit

The University Archives celebrates Stanford’s 125th anniversary with Stanford Stories from the Archives, focusing on the rich history of student life. Cases in the Rotunda explore specific topics central to the Stanford experience: Student Traditions, Student Activism, Student Housing, Overseas Study, and the Campus itself. Those in the Peterson Gallery examine life on the Farm decade by decade, beginning with the Pioneer Class.

No single exhibit could ever hope to capture the full range and diversity of 125 years of the Stanford experience. For this reason, we have created satellite exhibits for three essentially Stanford stories: Stanford Athletic Firsts (Green East Lobby, October 6, 2016 – January 8, 2017); and Incomparable: The Stanford Band (Arrillaga Alumni Center) and Stanford Innovators (Bender Room, Green Library Bing Wing), both opening October 20, 2016. We invite and encourage you to explore these physical exhibits as well.

Student life represents one of the most difficult aspects of the Stanford experience to document. Students do not often consider their legacies or their contributions to the university they attend, and rarely save, preserve, or transfer materials documenting their stories to archives for long-term storage. As stewards of Stanford’s institutional memory, we proactively collect these stories and materials. This is especially necessary as content becomes increasingly digital and subject to the risks of hardware degradation and software and file obsolescence.


To explore additional content from the Stanford University Archives please check out these other exhibits:


Several audiovisual materials can be viewed online here.