Blog topic: University Archives

Picture of SHS Administrative Officer Charlotte Glasser, summer intern Maika Jones, and program assistant Makeda Barr-Brown standing outside

Stanford Oral History Program Summer Interns

September 15, 2022
by Makeda Barr-Brown

Three Stanford students, sponsored by the Stanford Historical Society (SHS), spent the summer as interns with the Oral History Program under the supervision of program staff Natalie Marine-Street and Makeda Barr-Brown. Founded in 1978, the Oral History Program explores the institutional history of the university through interviews with faculty, staff, alumni, trustees, and other members of the community. The program relies on student and volunteer interviewers and editors who have helped complete nearly 1,000 oral history interviews since its inception.

Teiana Gonsalves

Guest blogger: Teiana Gonsalves (Women's Community Center Archivist & University Archives Student Intern)

August 31, 2022
by Josh Schneider

Aloha! ‘O wau o Teiana Gonsalves a no Kailua, Hawai‘i mai au. Hello! My name is Teiana Gonsalves and I’m from Kailua, Hawai‘i. As the Stanford Women’s Community Center’s (WCC) Archivist and Social Media Coordinator, I help develop and expand the Digital Archive of the history of the WCC. Eager to share the breadth and depth of the WCC’s legacy, I dive deep into spotlighting our galleries, documentation, testimonies, and more. After releasing the WCC Archives website in 2021 and continuing to gather research, I have the privilege of capturing and highlighting the contributions and achievements made by the WCC community throughout our incredible history.

Image of the modified game board

Tabletop Tuesdays: Getting Clue’d into the mysterious murder of Jane Stanford in July 2022

August 16, 2022
by Kathleen M Smith

In 1905, Jane Stanford died of strychnine poisoning while traveling in Hawaii. Books such as The Mysterious Death of Jane Stanford by Robert Cutler (2003) and, most recently, Who Killed Jane Stanford? by Richard White (2022) explore the suspicious circumstances of her death by examining archival records and surviving documents, many of which are here in the Stanford collections.

Photo of Melissa Gonzalez-Tapia

Guest blogger: Melissa Gonzalez-Tapia (University Archives student intern)

August 10, 2022
by Hanna Ahn

Hello, my name is Melissa, and welcome to my first blog post. I am a rising senior at East Palo Alto Academy, and this internship was suggested to me by my high school counselor. I decided to join this internship because I believed that this would be a great opportunity for me during my summer break and would support me in strengthening my future goals, like helping me make more informed decisions on what I want to do with my life.

Bradley Strauss, student employee, assisting the University Archives remotely from Chicago, IL!

Guest blogger: Bradley Strauss (University Archives student employee)

July 18, 2022
by Hanna Ahn

The contemplative life, or the active one? It’s the age-old debate on what the best approach to life is. Should we be spending our limited time pursuing more real and tangible achievements, such as engineering significant structures or producing medicine that slows aging? Or, conversely, is discussion and exploring what it means to be a human more valuable?

A page from a notebook detailing a sailboat design

Alan J. Adler papers available for research

June 10, 2022
by Hanna Ahn

Authored by Hanna Ahn and Spencer Gondorf, Curatorial Assistant for the History of Science and Technology Collections

Alan J. Adler papers

What is the connection between sailboat design, a flying disc toy, and an innovative coffee press that cuts brew time from 5 minutes to 1 minute? 

Avi Udash and Rohan Cherivirala

Guest blogger: Rohan Cherivirala (University Archives student employee)

April 4, 2022
by Hanna Ahn

(University Archives student employees Avi Udash on the left and blog post author Rohan Cherivirala on the right)

Hi! My name is Rohan Cherivirala. I am currently a freshman at Stanford University. As of now, I plan on double majoring in math and computer science. Since my second quarter at Stanford, I have been working in the Stanford University Archives and have enjoyed every single minute of it.

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