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Using Special Collections and University Archives: Welcome to Special Collections and University Archives

This guide is designed to help students prepare for conducting research with Special Collections and University Archives material.

Highlights from Special Collections and University Archives

Photographs and newsclippings

Photographs and newsclippings, Bernice Bing papers (M2651). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California

Black and white photograph of Bernice Bing posed in front of an abstract painting.

Armand Bacou correspondence to his wife and daughter, 1915-1918

Douce Rêverie, Armand Bacou correspondence to his wife and daughter (M2644). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California

Post card depicting ghost of a soldier visiting his lover in her bed.

Palo Alto and the Leland Stanford Junior University. Probably from the San Francisco News Letter. Three views of the artist’s conception of what the campus would look like when completed

Stanford University print collection (SC1039). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Poster depicting sketches of early Stanford University buildings with a photograph of Leland Stanford Sr in the center.

Stanford Black Student Union fashion show, 1969

Photograph from the Stanford University, News Service, records 1954-2010

Stanford Black Student Union fashion show, 1969, Stanford University, News Service, Records (SC0122 ). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California.

Black and white photograph of three fashionably dressed students posing at the Stanford Bookstore claw fountain as part of the Black Student Union Fashion January 21, 1969.

Brave and bold weekly

Brave and bold weekly: Collection of Dime Novels and Penny Dreadfuls (ZZ1). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California

Comic book cover depicting young man discovering an ape man jungle creature.

Center Martin Luther King Jr. singing, annual Southern Christian Leadership Conference staff workshop Penn Center, Frogmore, SC 1966

Center Martin Luther King Jr. singing, annual Southern Christian Leadership Conference staff workshop Penn Center, Frogmore, SC 1966,  Bob Fitch photography archive -- Martin Luther King Jr. gallery, 1965-1966, (M1994). Stanford University. Libraries. Department of Special Collections.

Black and white photograph of Martin Luther King Jr. singing, annual Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Boycott Non-UFW Grapes, Gallo Wine

Boycott Non-UFW Grapes, Gallo Wine, Stanford Chicano community records, 1968-1980 (SC0653). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Poster depicting UFW flag and the word

Epitoma in Almagestum Ptolemaei

 

Epitoma in Almagestum Ptolemaei, Incunabula Collection, The Samuel I. and Cecile M. Barchas Collection in the History of Science and Ideas, Barchas Collection (KA1496 .R4 F). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California.

Black and white woodcut from Epitoma in Almagestum Ptolemaei depicting armillary sphere crossed by the signs of the zodiac, with the figures of Ptolemy and the author.

Getsl der gazln

Getsl der gazln, Israeli Yiddish entertainment posters (MSS PRINTS 0511). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California.

Yiddish and English language theatre poster for Getsl der gazln

The Golden Gate from Telegraph Hill, San Francisco

The Golden Gate from Telegraph Hill, San Francisco, Photographs of the Pacific coast, Carleton E. Watkins, ( 917.94 .W335 FF BB ). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California.

Sepia toned photograph of vista facing the Golden Gate from Telegraph

The Nativity

The Nativity, Don Simone Camaldolese, 1410,  T. Robert & Katherine States Burke collection of late medieval and early Renaissance miniatures (M2223). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California.

Brightly colored illuminated miniature that depicts the scene of the Nativity within an initial H.

Ancient coin, Roman Imperatorial denarius, Julius Caesar

Ancient coin, Roman Imperatorial denarius, Julius Caesar, The Cantor Arts Center collection of ancient coins (M2208). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California.

Silver Roman Imperatorial denarius coin depicting an elephant with Caesar written below the animal's feet.

Śpiewy polskie, op. 74, no. 16

Śpiewy polskie, op. 74, no. 16, Frédéric Chopin, Memorial Library of Music Collection, MLM. Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California.

One page of handwritten sheet music from Frédéric Chopin

The hands of Ruben Barrales show the juice and dirt from tobacco plants 

The hands of Ruben Barrales show the juice and dirt from tobacco plants, David Bacon photography archive (M2468). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California.

Black and white photo of the hands of Ruben Barrales, a farm worker from Xalapa, Veracruz, shows the juice and dirt from tobacco plants.