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A Celebration of the History of the Red Barn

Co-sponsored by the Stanford Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation

 Sunday, September 14, 2014
2:00 - 4:30 pm
Stanford Red Barn, Electioneer Road (off Campus Drive), Stanford, CA 94305

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Stanford Street Names: A Pocket Guide. Revised and Updated

Stanford Street Names: A pocket Guide. Revised and Updated

Why does Stanford have streets named Electioneer,
Lasuen, Charles Marx, Olmsted, and Santa Teresa?
A revised and updated pocket guide to Stanford streets tells all

If you have ever wondered about these or other street names on the Stanford campus, you have a kindred spirit in Stanford professor Richard W. Cottle. In the early 1990s, he started exploring archival records, local histories and maps to document the who, what, why, and when behind more than 130 street names on the Stanford campus. The result was Stanford Street Names: A Pocket Guide, published in 2005. Much has changed on campus, and an enlarged version of Cottle’s guide has just been published by the Stanford Historical Society. more...

The book is available for $9.95 (plus $0.87 sales tax for CA residents and $4.00 shipping and handling fee per book) from the Stanford Historical Society, P.O. Box 20028, Stanford, CA 94309 or at the Stanford Bookstore.  

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Volume 37, Number 3

Victor Arnautoff: Art and Academic Freedom at Stanford

By  Robert W. Cherny, Professor Emeritus of History, San Francisco State University

Victor Mikhail Arnautoff, an art professor at Stanford for almost 24 years, was probably the most prolific muralist in San Francisco in the 1930s. He created the City Life mural in Coit Tower, a large mural at the Presidio’s Protestant chapel, and a series of murals on the life of George Washington at the city’s George Washington High School. He was on Stanford’s art faculty from 1938 until his retirement in 1962. In 1955 and 1957, he presented a challenge to the commitment of the university’s president, Wallace Sterling, that “no proven Communist should hold a position at Stanford.” The outcome of that dispute signaled an extension of academic freedom at Stanford. (read more)

Literary Legacy: Ivy Low Litvinov and D. H. Lawrence

Manuscript librarians collect papers in anticipation of future research, but they can never really predict who will use the archives or why. Of all the scholars who have visited the manuscript collections in the Stanford libraries over the years, one of the more vivid figures was Ivy Low Litvinov (1889–1977). A British novelist, she was married to Soviet statesman Maxim Litvinov (1876–1951), Stalin’s foreign minister and later his ambassador to Washington. Ivy had published her first novel in 1913, when she was 24. Three years later, she married Maxim, when he was a down-and-out revolutionary exile in London. In 1919, after the Russian Revolution, she and their two children joined Maxim in Moscow, where she lived as wife and then widow of a major diplomat for most of 54 years, until 1972. (read more)

Also In This Issue:

  • Stanford through the Century
  • SHS Membership Roster
  • SHS 2012-2013 Financial Summary
  • Upcoming Society Activities
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