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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. Read more

New Stanford Historical Society Publications

A Historian's Diary, 1935 - 1980

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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Spring/Summer 2023, Volume 47, No. 2

This issue of Sandstone & Tile includes Emily J. Levine's discussion of academic freedom, as well as Philip Taubman and John Taylor's recollections of George Shultz.

George Shultz -- Citizen of Stanford

In this program, Philip Taubman and John Taylor discussed the life and legacy of George Shultz, former U.S. Secretary of State, the Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and a GSB emeritus professor.
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Who Killed Jane Stanford?

Richard White discusses the reasons why so many people had a reason to kill Jane Stanford, how Gilded Age Stanford and San Francisco allowed the investigation of the murder to be dropped, and why the murder was covered up.

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Sandstone & Tile

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.
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Program Recordings

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.
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Oral History Program

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.
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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.