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Notable collections

Our Subject Librarians collect, curate, and maintain unique and important collections in all formats and subjects, ranging from rare books, maps, and manuscripts to web archives and data sets. Selected notable collections are highlighted here; SearchWorks contains many others.

Jim McRae and KZSU Project South volunteers, 1965

Transcripts and audio recordings of interviews with Civil Rights workers in the South recorded by Stanford students during the summer of 1965.

This collection includes original Muybridge glass plate negatives and prints, as well as modern day copy prints of his photographs.

Edward A. Feigenbaum, circa 1970s

Primarily concerns his work in artificial intelligence at Stanford University.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Correspondence, blueprints, drawings, photographs, and other records relating to the planning, design and construction of the campus home of Professor and Mrs. Paul R. Hanna designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

"Lunar Vehicle Remote Control" (n.d.): still from the earliest film in Stanford Collections showing a prototype lunar rover

Streaming audio and video of a variety of events and activities from Stanford, Silicon Valley, and the larger artificial intelligence community.

Jane Stanford

Documents the founding and administration of Stanford University, along with her personal and social affairs.

John McCarthy

Materials pertaining to McCarthy's research and his teaching at Stanford and MIT.

Leland Stanford, 1824-1893.

Materials relating to the construction of the Central Pacific Railroad, Stanford's political career, business and financial interests, and the founding and construction of Stanford University.

Law School

Photographs of Stanford University buildings done by Baer for the architects for the University.

Philip G. Zimbardo

Research and teaching files, professional files and correspondence, audiovisual materials, professional papers, and materials documenting the Stanford Prison Experiment.

John Perry & Ken Taylor

Philosophy Talk is a talk radio program co-hosted by Stanford professors John Perry and Ken Taylor.

1971 Rose Bowl program

Stanford football game program covers, 1892-2013.

Stanford family

More than 16,000 images documenting Stanford University and its founders.

Jing Lyman

Explores the institutional history of Stanford, with an emphasis on the tranformative post-WWII period.


Drawings of campus buildings and other properties owned by the university and faculty.

Campus planning

Audio recordings of Stanford events and activities.

Maps of campus, other lands owned by Jane and Leland Stanford or the University, and adjacent communities.

Bruce Connor, Three Films

Documents academic and student life, including athletics, drama, lectures, films, musical events, organizations, dances, parties and other social events, and political activities.

Stanford songs

Online access to selected catalogs and administrative publications of Stanford University published between 1891 and 2001.

Television in classrooms

Video recordings documenting Stanford University events, 1934- .

William Shockley

Professional and personal papers documenting research on transistors and electronics; genetic influences on intelligence; and science education.