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Founded in 1976, the Stanford Historical Society (SHS) welcomes anyone with or without Stanford affiliation to join as a member. The society provides its members and supporters access to authentic Stanford stories, offering opportunities for preserving and sharing the university’s legacy and celebrating its history. Learn more about the society

New Stanford Historical Society Publications

Gordon Craig’s witty and elegant diary includes his experiences as a student in Germany and at Oxford, his role in Stanford's transformation into a leading research universities, and his experiences at the Free University of Berlin.

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In thi sprogram, Stanford historian Al Camarillo and journalist Frank Sotomayor (MA, Class of '67) will share personal stories about how one of these groups, Chicanas-os/Latinas-os, contributed to changing the campus culturally and academically.

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In Memoriam

In his oral history interview, Dr. Barnes describes his childhood growing up in Ohio, his professional career as a symphony musician and conductor, the Stanford Music Department from the 1960s to the mid-1990s, and his direction of the Stanford Band.

Discover History

Palo Alto Stock Farm employees in front of the Red Barn
Mailed to all SHS members, Sandstone & Tile reports on what was happening in the university and publishes research articles on various aspects of Stanford history, in addition to serving as a chronicle of the history of the society.
Mural on the side of Okada House
SHS programs address important topics including Stanford’s relationship with the Silicon Valley, the Stanford peace movement, the history of Title IX at Stanford, the Medical School, and the Stanford Prison Experiment.
Collage of oral history interviewees
The Stanford Historical Society Oral History Program explores the institutional history of the university through interviews with faculty, staff, alumni, trustees, and other members of the Stanford community.
View of the Main Quad with the foothills in the distance

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Your gifts and membership dues support the mission of the Stanford Historical Society to document, preserve, and disseminate important stories of Stanford University's rich history. Donations and membership dues are considered gifts to Stanford University and are tax-deductible.