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Page from Irene and Bill Irby scrapbook

Agency in the Historical Record: Reflections on the Irene and Bill Irby scrapbook of the Philippines

January 30, 2018

                Earlier this month I visited a friend in Washington, D.C. for a brief vacation. We spent much of one afternoon at the National Museum of African American History & Culture. One placard in particular from the “Slavery and Freedom 1400-1877” exhibit struck me in a way that sparked a connection with a scrapbook that I cataloged for Stanford this past summer.

Grateful Dead concert contact sheet

Grateful Dead in the Bob Fitch contact sheets

December 5, 2017
by Gurudarshan Khalsa

This is a guest post from Bob Fitch Project Archivist, Gurudarshan Khalsa.

We recently completed digitizing the many contact sheets in the Bob Fitch Photography Archive. Thanks Griselda Mercado!  And thanks to Michelle Paquette and the team at the Digital Library Systems and Services, the contact sheets are now available online. The Bob Fitch Photography Archive consists of the work of photojournalist and activist Bob Fitch documenting the civil rights movement, farmworkers movement, peace movement and other social justice causes from the 1960s to the mid-2000s.

Triumph of Flora, 1980

John Fitz Gibbon and Art in California

November 30, 2017
by Franz Kunst

This post comes to you from SPEC’s current intern, Brian Adams.

For the past several weeks, I’ve been interning at Special Collections’ Redwood City facility, where the fabulous Manuscript Processing team does their work in regal silence. I’m currently enrolled in Simmons College’s Masters in Library and Information Science graduate program, and for my internship experience I have been processing my very first collection, the papers of art critic/collector/CSU Sacramento professor John Fitz Gibbon.

Pumpkin carved by Stanford professor Matt Kahn

#Spookyarchives

October 31, 2017

To celebrate Halloween the Archives has created #spookyarchives, a photo gallery of spooky/scary/macabre items from its holdings. Proceed if you dare...

 

 

Cine Accion 2004

Cine Acción, a Window into Latino Film History

September 26, 2017
by Adan Griego

San Francisco Bay Area cinephiles can enjoy an ongoing series of film festivals throughout the year showcasing a variety of themes (animation, film noir, LGBT, silent film) that supplement mainstream commercial productions. Latino movies are no exception.

In 1980 Cine Acción was founded in San Francisco “on the principle that Latin American cinema must be promoted in the United States and that Latinos in the U.S. must be actively encouraged to produce media.” It became one of the pioneering independent film festivals in the United States and for over 25 years Cine Acción captured a creative energy that provided a space for unheard Latino film voices.

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