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Historical Resources

Quad construction / Stanford Historical Photograph Collection (SC1071)

Stanford Historical Society (SHS) strives to share the rich and nuanced history of Stanford University by highlighting non-SHS resources on a continuous basis.


Stanford University - Facts, History, Timelines

Explore the rich and inspiring history of the university.

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Special Collections and University Archives

The Special Collections and University Archives Department of Stanford University Libraries is committed to acquiring, preserving, and providing access to primary source materials that support the research needs of the Stanford community and beyond.

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Memorial Resolutions

The Stanford University Academic Secretary's Office ensures that memorial resolutions are prepared for each Stanford faculty member who was an active or emeritus member of the Academic Council when he or she died. The memorial resolutions, previously made accessible at the Society's web site, are now accessible at the Stanford University Libraries web site. If you have any questions, please contact the Assistant Academic Secretary at 650-723-4992.

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Stanford 125

Revisit the University-wide celebration of Stanford's 125th Anniversary.

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History of the Transcontinental Railroad

On May 10, 1869, Leland Stanford participated in the ceremonial driving of the last railroad spike, a gold spike, that made the U.S. Transcontinental Railroad possible. The Transcontinental Railroad was the source of the great private fortune that comprised the Founding Grant. Leland and Jane Stanford built the Stanford campus and endowed its operations with the profits from the vast transportation empire they controlled. Explore the rich history of the railroad in photos, oral histories, maps, survey, payroll records, and more.

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