Notable collections

!Women Art Revolution

First-person histories of the pioneering individuals who challenged the ways women were seen by the reigning art establishment.

Down, Marmaduke! / Brad Anderson

20th Century American Paperback Humor Collection

The collection contains 2500 individual paperback humor and joke books in a variety of subject areas.

Ma Ragtime Baby, by Fred S. Stone. NY: Myll Bros., 1899

African-American related sheet music, and sheet music written by African Americans, 1851-1974

Sheet music depicting African Americans, or written by African American composers.

Alan Farley

Alan Farley Collection

The Alan Farley Collection consists primarily of recordings made for the radio program Book Talk on KALW 91.7 FM in San Francisco, California.

Aldine printer's device

Aldine Collection

Books from the Aldine Press, founded in 1494 by Aldus Manutius and continued by his grandson, Aldo, until his death in 1597.

Ambassador Auditorium, Pasadena, CA

Ambassador Auditorium Collection

Files of the organizational departments of the Ambassador Auditorium as well as audio and video recordings.

YWCA photo

Anderson Photograph Collection of YWCA in China, 1920s-1940s

The private photography collection of Miss Elsie Anderson, who spent seventeen years in China as a Secretary for Young Women's Christian Association of China (YWCA) 中華基督教女青年會 between 1920s-1940s.

Andrei Voznesenskii at awards ceremony, 2008

Andrei Voznesenskii Papers

Andrei Voznesenskii was one of the foremost poets of post-Stalinist Russia. The collection contains manuscripts, correspondence, photograph, personal files, media materials, writings about him, and ephemera.

The Fund for the Jack and Arden Lee Baha'i Collection

Baha'i Collection

A collection of collections, originating from one of the most extensive private libraries of materials related to the Baha'i Faith, includes thousands of books, letters, newspaper clippings, photographs and early Baha’i publications from many countries and in various languages, from Urdu to Japanese to Greenlandic.

Ben Schmidt Collection of Music for Lute

The Schmidt Collection contains primarily photocopies of original and transcribed music for lute gathered from a variety of libraries and archival repositories.

Blanche Thebom as Laura, in La Gioconda

Blanche Thebom Collection

The Blanche Thebom Collection consists of scores, correspondence, publicity, production notes, and media from the mezzo-soprano's post-Met career as teacher and director.

The Williams Quartette

Bob Arnold Collection

Bob Arnold was a popular music historian and collector in Albany, California. His collection consists of his research and correspondence, and includes scrapbooks, program notes, interviews on cassette, and compilations on open reel tape drawn from his music collection. Perhaps his most successful project was about a 1930s jazz singer named Midge Williams.

Cesar Chavez, 1973

Bob Fitch photography archive

The Bob Fitch photography archive is the complete archive of activist photographer Bob Fitch of Watsonville, California.

Ambolina Snow, by Bodine and Maywood. London: Wickens & Co., 1896

Caricatures of Black Americans : sheet music, 1861-1947

White perceptions of African American as portrayed in the cover illustrations of sheet music.

Bai Mao Nü

Chinese Comic Books

Chinese comic books (连环画) are a popular medium to entertain and to educate the public in China. The collection contains about 300 comic books, the majority published after 1949, from 50s to 70s and during the Cultural Revolution.

Primavera [1928], manuscript detail

Dane Rudhyar papers, 1922-1973

Includes manuscripts of musical compositions, and correspondence (1924-1973)

Denis Condon Collection of Reproducing Pianos and Rolls

Over his lifetime, Denis Condon (1933-2012) amassed a collection of over 7500 piano rolls and ten instruments. The collection contains rolls of important composers of the period, all playing their own works.

Nemo, King of the Tramps

Dime Novels Full Text

Complete texts of 100 books from the series, Secret Service, illuminate perceptions of race in turn-of-the-century America.

Donald Pippin

Donald Pippin Collection

The Donald Pippin Collection consists primarily of Pippin's English translations of opera librettos available as pdf files.

Steve Jobs, 1986 a

Douglas Menuez Photography Collection

Photojournalism, fine art documentary work, and commercial photography capture the people and places of an emerging Silicon Valley.

The Drink Problem and its Solution

Drink and the Victorians: A History of the British Temperance Movement

This collection consists of over 1200 items, published roughly between 1800 and 1980. It contains 845 pamphlets, 110 journals and periodicals, and 325 books.

"Cuando tu vuelvas a mi," words by Fernando Fernández, music by Abel Domínguez, 1944.

Fernando Fernández music collection

Includes popular sheet music, often either in manuscript or with annotations.

Florence Underwood

Florence Underwood Collection

Florence Underwood studied with Darius Milhaud at Mills College in the 1940s. The collection consists primarily of her written music and the research she conducted to write the music. In addition, scrapbooks, personal, and legal papers make up a portion of the collection.

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Gary Hickling Collection on Lotte Lehmann

Includes correspondence and research notes related to Hickling's discography of Lehmann's performances.

Antheil's signature

George Antheil Collection

George Antheil was an avant-garde composer and pianist whose performances caused riots. The collection consists of George Antheil's correspondence. All but one of the letters are photocopies; the dates range from 1920 to 1959.

Gerhard Samuel

Gerhard Samuel Collection

Papers and recordings from American conductor and composer Gerhard Samuel (1924-2008), particularly from his years conducting the Oakland Symphony, Minneapolis Symphony, and University of Cincinnati Philharmonia Orchestra.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Hanna House Collection

Correspondence, blueprints, drawings, photographs, and other records relating to the planning, design and construction of the campus home of Professor and Mrs. Paul R. Hanna designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Anne Parker Wigglesworth, Portrait of Henry Cowell. 1964. Oil on canvas, 92 x 60 cm. Gift of Henry Cowell Coolidge Wigglesworth.

Henry Cowell Collection

This collection contains Sydney Cowell's donations of published scores and recordings of her husband's music.

Herbert Matter Photograph Collection

This is the collection of former Yale professor Herbert Matter, known for his films, photography, and experimental art printing.

Ba Xian dang an

Huang-Bernhardt Collection of Chinese Legal Documents

Philip C. C. Huang and Kathryn Bernhardt are Professors of Chinese History at UCLA who, over 25 years of research and teaching, amassed a unique collection of legal and administrative documents reproduced from Chinese archives.

Arturo Toscanini poses on a ship's deck

Jack Lund Collection

The Jack Lund Collection contains personal papers of Jack Lund, an avid classical music collector, as well as numerous newspaper and magazine clippings, photographs, and music books.

James Schwabacher

James Schwabacher Collection

The James Schwabacher Collection consists of sound recordings, correspondence, scores, scrapbooks, clippings, programs, teaching material and other papers from San Francisco philanthropist and lyric tenor James Schwabacher.

Japanese DVD and BluRay Collection

Japanese DVD and Blu-ray Collection

Starting in 2014, the Japanese collection at Stanford started acquiring noteworthy movies. Currently this collection boasts over twenty recent Japanese documentaries and award-winning films.

Japanese Juvenile Literature related to the 3/11 Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Accident

Japanese Juvenile Literature related to the 3/11 Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Accident

There have been many publications related to the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident, but among the most poignant are the efforts of authors to explain this incident to children.  Stanford is currently building a collection of these materials.

 Gōshū Karasaki Hitotsumatsu no zu

Japanese rare materials related to travel

A large collection of prints from the 17th through the mid-20th century, including souvenir images of temple-shrine complexes and other destinations, illustrating cultural changes as well as improvements in printing technology.

Japanese textbook (kyokasho) collection

Japanese textbook (kyokasho) collection

Stanford has over 400 Japanese textbooks from the early twentieth century (and some more recent ones also).

Privately produced Leopold Auer recording, signed by the artist on June 7, 1920.

Jascha Heifetz Collection

The Heifetz Collection features recordings by the violinist and a rare unpublished recording by Leopold Auer.

Detail from Lind's vocal exercise book used at the Royal Conservatory.

Jenny Lind papers, 1835-1917

The collection includes correspondence (1835-1897), financial papers, musical compositions, and other papers.

l to r: Jim Cullum Sr., Willson Davis, Louis Armstrong, Harvey Kindervater, and Jim Cullum Jr., 1965.

Jim Cullum Collection

Tape recordings of the Happy Jazz Band and the Jim Cullum Jazz Band covering over 30 years of the band's performances. The collection also contains performances by other noteworthy performers including Jack Teagarden and Bobby Hackett.

Joseph Brodsky, 1988

Joseph Brodsky Papers from the Archives of the Katilius Family

Brodsky was a Russian and American poet and essayist, awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1987. The collection includes correspondence with the Katilius family; draft and published poems; drawings; and photographs.

Grażyna Bacewicz

Judith Rosen Collection

The Judith Rosen Collection consists of unpublished recordings of performances, lectures, and radio programs concerning classical music, focusing on twentieth century composition, as well as women musicians and composers.

Detail from Danza Tropical (1922)

Julio de Osma Collection

The collection includes over 100 music manuscripts by Spanish composer Julio de Osma.

Earl Hines, New York, ca. Mar. 1947

Ken Ackerman Collection

The Ken Ackerman Collection consists of broadcast recordings of live jazz performances from the 1950s and 60s, captured at various clubs in San Francisco, particularly Club Hangover.

Kirsten Flagstad

Kirsten Flagstad Collection

Kirsten Flagstad (1895-1962) was known as the premier Wagnerian soprano of her time.

Kline Roethke Field Room collection case

Kline/Roethke Collection

Eighteenth and nineteenth century books of English literature, international politics, and illustrated works.

Kronos Quartet (l-r: Hank Dutt, David Harrington, Jeffrey Zeigler, John Sherba)

Kronos Quartet Collection

The Kronos Quartet has donated part of its collection of chamber music to the Music Library. Some scores are integrated into the general scores collection; a large part of the collection has been inventoried and is stored off site.

KSFO logo circa 1950-1965

KSFO Collection

The KSFO collection consists of audiovisual material and ephemera from this San Francisco radio station's years owned by Golden West Broadcasting, 1956-1983.

Sitsky piano roll catalogs

Larry Sitsky Piano Roll Catalog Collection

This comprehensive rollography represents years of work documenting all known reproducing piano rolls of classical music ever issued.

Leigh Ortenburger Collection

Leigh Ortenburger was an American mountaineer and photographer. He wrote the classic mountaineering guidebook, A Climber's Guide to the Teton Range. The collection includes correspondence, manuscripts, subject files, photographs, and negatives.

Leon Kolb Collection of Portraits

Engravings, etchings, mezzotints, lithographs, and acquatints, circa 1600-1850.

Melinda's Wedding Day, by Goodwin/McCarthy/Piantadosi (c. 1913)

Lucie King Harris Collection

Lucie King Harris was an arts patron, a philanthropist, and an ardent horsewoman. The Lucie King Harris Books for Music Fund was the first endowed fund in Music at Stanford University. This collection of piano/vocal and solo piano music belonging to Lucie King Harris.

Detail from engraving by P. Mignard.  In Lully, homme d'affaires, propriétaire et musicien : notes et croquis à propos de son hôtel de la rue Sainte-Anne et de son mausolée aux / Radet (1891)

Lully Archive

The Lully Archive is a repository of primary sources on microfilm originally gathered in support of publication of the complete works of Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687).

Mario Ancona

Mario Ancona Collection

The Mario Ancona Collection includes photographs, memorabilia, sound recordings, and more related to Ancona's career.

Schofield collection bookplate

Mary L. Schofield Collection of Children's Literature

Mary L. Schofield Collection of Children's Literature in Special Collections

Gaetano Donizetti. Excerpt from Betly (La capanna svizzera). Original manuscript. 1836. MLM 264

Memorial Library of Music

Scores of operas, symphonic works, chamber music, and choral works by major composers from the 17th to 20th centuries.

Law School

Morley Baer Photographs

Photographs of Stanford University buildings done by Baer for the architects for the University.

Catgut Acoustical Society logo

Musical Acoustics Research Library

The MARL collection consisting of nearly 60 linear feet of materials is dedicated to the study of all aspects of musical acoustics.

Letter from Debussy to G. Moureg, 1919

Newberry collection of eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth century composers, 1830-1930

Letters, manuscripts and printed works by composers including Brahms, Debussy, Cimarosa, Piatti, and Franchomme.

Newspapers published during the Allied Occupation of Japan, 1945-1952

A hidden jewel of the Japanese collection is the vast assortment of newspapers held at

John Perry & Ken Taylor

Philosophy Talk

Philosophy Talk is a talk radio program co-hosted by Stanford professors John Perry and Ken Taylor.

The image is the Japanese character for the term, "classified.'

Rare Japanese materials from the 1940s and 1950s

Over 2000 titles published during in the 1940s and 1950s, held by few (if any) other libraries in the world. Important primary sources for scholars of the 20th century, the titles cover topics such as colonial territories, nuclear radiation, communism, labor, industrial mobilization, agriculture.

Regina Derieva in Karaganda, Kazakhstan, 1972

Regina Derieva Papers

This collection documents the life and career of the Russian poet. It contains correspondence, manuscripts, personal papers, audio material, photographs, drawings and paintings, newspaper clippings, and printed materials.

Reid W. Dennis Collection of California Lithographs

San Francisco city views, public buildings, and landscapes, as well as San Jose, Stanford University, the U.S. Navy Yard at Mare Island, San Diego, and San Luis Rey.

Rev. Richards Zariņš

Rev. Richards A. Zariņš papers

The personal archive of Latvian American pastor, author, bibliophile and collector Richards Zariņš (1913-2006) contains his personal papers and the records of the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church of New York.

Richard Bonelli

Richard Bonelli Collection

The Bonelli Collection includes letters, programs, scores, scrapbooks, recordings, posters, and news clippings.
Richard Crooks as Pinkerton

Richard Crooks Collection

Richard Crooks was a tenor with the Metropolitan Opera Company.

Richard Finnie and colleagues

Richard Finnie Collection

Open reel tape recordings made by documentary filmmaker, photographer, ethnographer, and historian Richard Sterling Finnie.

Richard Hadlock

Richard Hadlock Annals of Jazz Collection

Open reel tape recordings of the “Annals of Jazz” radio program produced and hosted by historian and educator Richard Hadlock, broadcast on KCSM, San Mateo between 1982 and 1991.

Tape container for Wind (1961)

Richard Maxfield Collection

The Richard Maxfield Collection consists of electronic music written by Maxfield on open reel tape from 1959 to 1964.

Riverwalk Jazz logo

Riverwalk Jazz Collection

Riverwalk Jazz: Live At The Landing educated and entertained public radio listeners with a program devoted to celebrating traditional jazz and popular music of the pre-war era.

Ruth and Mario Chamlee in Manon

Ruth and Mario Chamlee Collection

Tenor Mario Chamlee sang at the leading opera houses in the United States and abroad. His wife Ruth was a soprano and noted singing teacher.

Bookplate for the Samson collection of Judaica

Samson / Copenhagen Judaica Collection

Samson collection of Judaica once belonging to the Jewish Community of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Stanford collection of juvenile literature published in Japan

Stanford collection of juvenile literature published in Japan

The East Asia Library has a robust collection of nearly 400 award-winning Japanese-language books for children.

Stanford manga collection

Stanford manga collection

Stanford has a robust manga collection boasting more than 330 titles.  To review the titles, search for "Stanford manga collection."

Stanford hanpon collection

Stanford's collection of Japanese woodblock print books

The East Asia Library has a collection of nearly 550 Japanese woodblock print (hanpon) books printed during the 18th and 19th century.

Dupuis, Charles-François. Planches de l'origine de tous les cultes, ou Religion universelle: par Dupuis. Paris: H. Agasse, 1794.
Image: Dessiné par Ducondray, gravé à l’eau-forte par Pauquet, terminé au burin par P. H. Triere.

Super-Enlightenment

Thirty-six digitized texts, written in French between 1716 and 1835, investigate the mysterious perimeters of knowledge beyond Locke.

Taube-Baron Collection of Jewish History and Culture

Taube-Baron collection of Jewish studies and culture, from the library of Professor Salo Wittmayer Baron.

Monterey Jazz Festival logo

The Monterey Jazz Festival Collection

Recordings of live performances throughout the history of this enduring American cultural institution.

A glimpse of The Women's Philharmonic scores, shelved in the Music Reference Room.

The Women's Philharmonic Collection

From 1981 to 2004, The Women's Philharmonic was a San Francisco-based professional orchestra dedicated to the promotion of women composers, conductors, and performers.

Ted Fagan

Theodore Fagan Collection

This is the personal collection of Theodore Fagan, United Nations translator, author, and music collector.

Head shot of Richard L. Venezky, a leading expert in the history of literacy and reading

Venezky Collection

The Venezky Collection contains primers and readers published in the U.S. between the end of the eighteenth century through the early decades of the twentieth century.

French Horn

William C. Lynch Dennis Brain Collection

The William C. Lynch Dennis Brain Collection principally consists of commercial and unpublished recordings of the world renowned British horn player, Dennis Brain (1921-1957).

Broadside advertising Belasco's Girl of the Golden West, at the New Alcazar Theater (San Francisco, 1908)

William R. and Louise Fielder Sheet Music Collection

2,532 individual pieces of sheet music, sheet music lithographs, and music related broadsides from the United States in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Yehudi Menuhin

Yehudi Menuhin Collection

The Menuhin Collection contains many test pressings of Menuhin's performances as a violin soloist.

Yevtushenko reading at the Library of Congress

Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Yevtushenko Papers

Yevtushenko is one of the foremost Soviet and Russian poets. He is also a novelist, essayist, dramatist, screenwriter, publisher, actor, editor, and director of several films.

Zygmunt Haupt Papers

Haupt (1907-1975) was a Polish writer and painter. The collection contains correspondence, literary manuscripts, notes, drawings and photographs.