The Stanford Historical Society welcomes everyone with or without Stanford affiliation to become members. Currently there are over 800 members and about 200 volunteers. Many members regularly attend the exclusive members-only events and monthly programs as well as volunteer in Society projects.
The Society publishes a journal, Sandstone & Tile, three times a year and occasional books of historical interest. It presents programs on various aspects of Stanford’s history, sponsors tours of historic homes and gardens on campus, conducts and makes accessible online oral history interviews on an ongoing basis .
Founded in 1976 by Rosamond Clarke Bacon, ’32, and other faculty, staff and alumni, the Society marks its 40th anniversary in 2016. The mission of the Society is to foster and support the documentation, study, publication, dissemination, and preservation of the history of Stanford University. It encourages the study and understanding of the ideals of the University's founders, and participates in University efforts such as Founders' Celebration and Stanford's 125th anniversary celebration to recognize the historical significance of University accomplishments.
The Society supports itself financially through tax-deductible membership dues and occasional gifts.