Transform Scholarship

Transform ScholarshipStanford Libraries transform scholarship by hosting the spaces, platforms and services necessary for interdisciplinary research; by providing emerging technologies for analysis of data in both the humanities and sciences; and by offering innovative solutions for sharing and publishing scholarship. Please see examples below.





Rowan W. Dorin, assistant professor of history, with the miscataloged parchments whose mystery he is working to solve.Ancient Parchments Reveal a Blend of Cultures, Knowledge During the Middle Ages, Stanford Scholar Says

Rare 14th-century manuscripts historian Rowan Dorin studied in Special Collections show an enthusiastic exchange of knowledge between medieval people, going against the belief that the Middle Ages was an ignorant time.

A female scribe and male artist present their book to the Virgin Mary in this medieval manuscript, called the Guta-Sintram Codex (c. 1154). The Codex supports Fiona Griffiths’ finding that men and women collaborated during this period of history. Priests Found Spiritual Satisfaction by Serving Nuns, Stanford Medieval Historian Says

A study of medieval texts and imagery by Professor of History Fiona Griffiths counters commonly held beliefs about misogynistic practices in medieval Europe. Griffiths' research reveals how some male clergy acknowledged and celebrated the perceived religious superiority of nuns.

Letters to Angela DavisPioneers in Politics: How the Words of Children Became the Language of War

 Skyler Samuelson, M.A. Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies ‘18, writes about her experience working with Margarita Nafpaktitis, Curator for Slavic and East European Collections, and feeling the thrill of discovery while researching the Papers of the National United Committee to Free Angela Davis housed in the Department of Special Collections.

 3D printed topographic modelThe Libraries as a Workbench: 3D Printing Prototyping

Amanda Whitmire, head librarian for Miller Library, helps us understand why 3D printers and Arduino-style hardware and software are important library tools in her scholars’ “workbench.”

Chet Van DuzerA Cartographic Manuscript Masterpiece

David Rumsey recently gave a tremendously important and valuable piece of history to Stanford’s David Rumsey Map Center: Urbano Monte’s 60-sheet planisphere—the largest known early modern manuscript map of the world completed ca. 1587. All sheets of the intricately detailed nine by nine foot map have been digitally assembled for the first time. Monte's map has been lauded by many, including National Geographic. It was on display at a recent lecture, “Making the World Go 'Round: How Urbano Monte Created his Map of 1587,” by Chet Van Duzer, a renowned history of cartography scholar currently in residence as the first fellow of the Center.

Detail from a fragment of a missal (1100–1499)The Middle Ages at Your Fingertips

In a Stanford Magazine article featuring the research of several faculty and librarians, author Cynthia Haven asserted: “Major university libraries and museums snapped up many of the best medieval manuscripts and art long ago, but Stanford is now staking its own claim in medieval studies. First, it is digitizing images from libraries around the world. Second, it has assembled a cadre of scholars who are expanding the very definition of medieval.”

3D imaging a bone3-D Bones Improve Research

A new collaborative effort at Stanford Libraries to capture 3-D models of the university’s artifacts, such as bones and art, helps scholars and students with analyzing and studying objects remotely.

Alan HarveyDigital Publishing Initiative

Alan Harvey and the Stanford University Press are redefining the world of traditional academic publishing with new digital tools and channels.

The four volumes that make up the handwritten manuscript used in the Paris premiere of Aida in 1876.Stanford Libraries’ Rare Score of Giuseppe Verdi’s Opera Aida Provides Clues to the Past

Recently acquired by the Music Library, the handwritten 1876 manuscript used in Aida’s Paris premiere is believed to be the only surviving score from a performance conducted by the opera’s composer, Giuseppe Verdi.

Detail of an 18th-century painting of the Spanish Steps by Francesco PaniniThousands of Rome’s Historical Images Digitized with Help of Stanford Researchers

Researchers digitized thousands of pieces from 19th-century archaeologist Rodolfo Lanciani’s collection to help scholars across the world study Rome’s transformation. The archive is a culmination of a two-year collaboration among Stanford's Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis, the Stanford Libraries, University of Oregon, Dartmouth College and the Italian government.

Senior Caroline Doyle and junior Jessie Dalman examine papers in the Barchas Room.

Stanford Students Praise New Hands-on Approach to Archival Research

A new archives-centric teaching approach stresses the importance of exposure to primary historical materials for students of all disciplines.

Examining some of the World’s Fair music that is part of the William R. and Louise Fielder Sheet Music Collection at Green Library.New Teaching Approach Brings More Students into Stanford’s Archives

Stanford faculty and librarians are working together to modify the curriculum of large undergraduate courses to bring more students to the special collections and archives of the libraries on campus. Video.