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History of science and technology: Archival Resources

A guide to collections in the Stanford Libraries, featuring the Silicon Valley Archives

In-Person Archival Resources

Listed below are detailed instructions on how to locate specific archival collections at Stanford Library. Below that, there are several examples of both physical and digital archival collections. 

Search for Archival Collections 

1. Visit SearchWorks

2. Enter a search term (e.g., the name of a company, technology, or individual) into the search box. 

3. A results list will show all items from anywhere in the library that matches your term. 

4. Click on resource type > Archive/Manuscript in the left column to limit your results to archival collections. 

5. Click on a title in the search results to see more information about the collection. 

Request Materials for Reading Room Access

All materials in the archive can only be accessed in the Stanford Special Collections reading room. You can request materials to be sent to the reading room directly from the SearchWorks record. You can request up to five boxes per day and requests must be completed at least two full business days in advance of your visit. See "Using our Collections" webpage for full details. 

Online Archival Collections

Please note that these links will take you to selected collections, not all of which are held by the Stanford Libraries.