The archival record of the Stanford community-letters and diaries, committee minutes, reports and other official records, monographs and journal articles, photographs, ephemeral publications, and scrapbooks--is voluminous and provides a wealth of material for study. The collection is available to the public in the Stanford University Archives.
Unfortunately, few analytical accounts of Stanford community life exist outside the realm of dissertations. Works written by those inside the community are rarely critical and are as much a reflection of the community image as they are a source of information. Works by authors looking in from the outside, in turn, are superficial and rarely understand Stanford's philosophical foundations and intrinsically Western nature. However, the following works provide background useful to any study of the Stanford community principally from 1885 to 1945.
Allen, Peter C. Stanford: From the Foothills to the Bay (Stanford: Stanford Historical Society/Stanford Alumni Association, 1980), 228 pp.
Bartholomew, Karen, Brinegar, Claude, and Roxanne Nilan. A Chronology of Stanford University and its Founders (Stanford, CA.: Stanford Historical Society, 2001).
Cavalli, Gary, Stanford Sports (Stanford: Stanford Alumni Association, 1982), 224 pp.
Davis, Margo and Roxanne Nilan. The Stanford Album (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1989), 301 pp.
Elliott, Ellen Coit, It Happened This Way (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1940), 332 pp.
Elliott, Orrin Leslie, Stanford University: The First Twenty-Five Years (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1937), 624 pp.
Jordan, David Starr, The Days of a Man: Being Memories of a Naturalist, Teacher and Minor Prophet of Democracy (New York: World Book Company, 1922), 2 vols., 906 pp.
Nash, George, Herbert Hoover and Stanford University (Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 1988), 241 pp.
Turner, Paul V., Marcia E. Vetrocq, and Karen Weitze, The Founders and the Architects: The Design of Stanford University (Stanford: Dept. of Art, Stanford University, 1976), 96 pp.
Wilbur, Ray Lyman, The Memoirs of Ray Lyman Wilbur, 1875-1949. (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1960), 687 pp.
The professional and personal papers of the Stanford family, preserved in the Stanford University Archives, include correspondence, interviews and news articles, documents, photographs, monographs, and journal articles about the family and their many business and philanthropic interests. In addition, the following titles provide background about Leland Stanford, Jane Lathrop Stanford and Leland Stanford Jr. essential to the study of their roles in creating and building Stanford University and to the development of the broader concept of a "Stanford family" of alumni, faculty, and staff.
Clark, George T., Leland Stanford: War Governor of California, Railroad Builder, and Founder of Stanford University (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1931), 491 pp.
Nagel, Gunther, Iron Will: The Life and Letters of Jane Lathrop Stanford, 2nd ed. (Stanford: Stanford Alumni Association, 1985), 224 pp.
Osborne, Carol, Museum Builders in the West : The Stanfords as Collectors and Patrons of Art, 1870-1906 (Stanford: Stanford University Museum of Art, 1870-1906 ; Stanford: Stanford University Museum of Art, 1986), 139 pp.
Tutorow, Norman, The Governor : the Life and Legacy of Leland Stanford, a California Colossus (Spokane, Wash. : Arthur H. Clark Co., 2004), 2 volumes.
Bartholomew, Karen. The Design of a University (special section, Stanford Observer, April 1987), 12 pp.