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New collections added to the Stanford Digital Repository in April and May, 2014

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In April and May, approximately 570,000 new files representing around 1700 new items were accessioned into the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR). These materials include -- but are not limited to -- items from the Caricatures of Black Americans collection, the People's Computer Company, and the Jarndyce collection.

Stanford Oral History Project

The Stanford Historical Society's Oral History Program explores the institutional history of the University, with an emphasis on the transformative post-WWII period, through interviews with leading faculty, staff, alumni, trustees, and others. The project furthers the Society's mission "to foster and support the documentation, study, publication, and preservation of the history of the Leland Stanford Junior University.
Added to SDR this month: 26 items
Collection Contact: Daniel Hartwig

Board of Trustee Meeting Minutes

The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University was established on November 11, 1885, by the Grant Founding and Endowing the Leland Stanford Junior University (the "Founding Grant"). The Board of Trustees did not hold meetings until 1898, when Jane Stanford first served as President of the Board. Regular meetings began in 1903 following Jane Stanford's decision to transfer oversight of the university to the Board.  The Board administers the university's invested funds, sets the annual budget, determines polices for operation and control of the university and has the power to appoint a president. The minutes of the Board of Trustees are a vital institutional record and are one of the must consulted resources by researchers and university staff.
Added to SDR this month: 52 items
Collection Contact: Daniel Hartwig

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Fire insurance maps are detailed plans showing building footprints, building material, height or number of stories, doors, windows, chimneys, elevators, address and lot lines, use, street widths, water pipes, hydrants and cisterns.  While originally produced for insurance purposes, the maps are now useful in disciplines such as history, architectural history, ethnic studies, and urban archaeology.
Added to SDR this month: 465 maps
Collection Contact: Jane Ingalls and G. Salim Mohammed

Caricatures of Black Americans

This collection contains items depicting white perceptions of African Americans as portrayed in the cover illustrations of sheet music. The quality of the artwork varies with its depictions; from crude racism to fairly refined perceptions of Black life over the period from the overthrow of slavery to the Great Depression.
Added to SDR this month: 117 items
Collection Contact: Glynn Edwards


The nineteenth-century novel is one of the key areas of research and teaching for the English Department at Stanford, with many faculty and graduate students concentrating on this genre and time period. The Study for the Center of the Novel, which generates much dynamic discussion and scholarship on the form, came about due to the intense engagement with this seminal form at Stanford. The single-volume novel, of the type represented in this collection from Jarndyce, was a precursor to the form of the twentieth-century novel and novella.
Added to SDR this month: 26 novels
Collection Contact: Rebecca Wingfield

People’s Computer Company

The newsletters of the People’s Computer Company and the Homebrew Computer Club are important documents of the early history of Microcomputing. Stanford University's collection is one of the most complete sets in the world. The project will produce nearly complete digitized sets of these historical publications which will be invaluable to researchers interested in the history of Silicon Valley and the history of Microcomputing.
Added to SDR this month: 5 newsletters
Collection Contact: Henry Lowood

Gaihozu Maps

Over three hundred additional "Gaihozu Maps" depicting Japan and territories outside of Japan (referred to as "Gaihozu") were added to SDR. Created between the Meiji era and the end of WWII, this collection is part of a world-wide effort to preserve this historically and scientifically important set of materials. Branner Library holds around 10,000 of these maps. This is a continuation of the digitization efforts for this collection.  For more information, please see the article on the Gaihozu maps in ReMix: The Stanford University Libraries Newsletter.
Added to SDR this month: 353 maps
Collection Contact: Jane Ingalls and G. Salim Mohammed

Inclusion in the Stanford Digital Repository ensures that these materials are available to researchers and scholars (while upholding appropriate access restrictions), now and in the future through a secure, sustainable stewardship environment. While many of these objects are already discoverable via SearchWorks others will get SearchWorks records in the coming months. All materials are currently available via the item’s PURL (a persistent URL which ensure that these materials are available from a single URL over the long-term, regardless of changes in file location or application technology).

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