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Faculty Spouses

Reflections on family, career, academia, and life at Stanford from spouses of Stanford faculty members.

Oral Histories

1977 | Project: Faculty Spouses
Stanford Community
Interviewer: Davis, Margo
Sculptor Carrie Abramowitz talks about her family's background, including their immigration from Russia to the United States; her education; and her career in art. Transcript coming soon.
1987 | Project: Faculty Spouses
Stanford Community
Interviewer: Webb, Mimi
Dorothea Almond speaks about the Child Care Program at Stanford.
1987 | Project: Faculty Spouses, | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Staff
Stanford Community
Interviewer: O'Donohue, Joanne
Eleanor Bark shares memories of her time at Stanford as an undergraduate student, a staff member and as a wife to a faculty member.
1987 | Project: Faculty Spouses
Stanford Community
Interviewer: Webb, Mimi
Phyllis Craig shares memories of her childhood, education, and her time as a faculty wife at Stanford.
1980 | Project: Faculty Spouses, | Project: Graduate School of Business, 1974-2003
This collection of older interviews conducted by the Graduate School of Business with its professors explores the history of the school; financial history; curriculum; International Center for the Advancement of Management Education(ICAME); the Public Management Program; and female students and...
| Project: Faculty Spouses, | Project: Faculty, | Project: Pioneering Women
History
Interviewer: Mahony, Zoe
This interview was conducted in 2018 and is currently in processing. We hope to have it up as soon as possible. Please direct any inquiries to oralhistory@stanford.edu
1986 | Project: Faculty Spouses
Stanford Community
Interviewer: O'Donohue, Joanne; Webb, Mimi
Barbara Hastorf, wife of longtime professor Albert Hastorf, reflects on her time as a member of the Stanford community. She describes raising their children in Palo Alto and the Psychology Department during the 1950s.
1987 | Project: Faculty Spouses, | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Growing Up on Campus
Stanford Community
Interviewer: Adams, Judy; Press, Harry
Olivia Johnson shares memories of growing up in Palo Alto while her father was a professor in the Latin Department at Stanford. She also shares her perspective as an alumna and as the wife of a faculty member at the university.
1977 | Project: Faculty Spouses, | Project: Pioneering Women
Stanford Community
Interviewer: Davis, Margo
Award-winning poet and writer Janet Lewis speaks about her family background and childhood; the Poetry Club at the University of Chicago; and her husband, Arthur Yvor Winters. She offers reflections on her literary work, motherhood, and life at Stanford during the Great Depression and World War II...
2010 | Project: Faculty Spouses, | Project: Presidential Families
Stanford Community
Interviewer: Wise, Christy
Jing Lyman’s oral history interviews cover the period of her life spanning her childhood to her departure from Stanford University at the time of the resignation of her husband, Richard W. Lyman, from the presidency of Stanford University. Lyman grew up in a politically...
1987 | Project: Faculty Spouses, | Project: Community
Stanford Community
Interviewer: Spears, Virginia; Williams, Gertrude
Virginia Page shares memories from the early days of the Community Committee for International Students. She also recalls her experiences at Stanford as the wife of longtime Geology professor Benjamin Markham Page.
1977 | Project: Faculty Spouses, | Project: Faculty, | Project: Pioneering Women
Medical School - Pediatrics
Interviewer: Davis, Margo
In this interview conducted late in her life, Dr. Ann Peril Purdy, Clinical Professor of Medicine, Emerita, at the Stanford School of Medicine, provides information about her childhood in Canada and her motivation for pursing a career in medicine.  In addition to her career in pediatric cardiology...
1980 | Project: Faculty Spouses, | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Presidential Families
Medical School - Hospital Medical Auxiliary
Interviewer: Chase, Ann; Hall, Marion
Mary Sloan Wilbur, Class of 1922, shares her memories of Stanford as a student, a faculty wife, and a volunteer with the Stanford Hospital Auxiliary. She was also the daughter-in-law of Stanford's third president, Ray Lyman Wilbur.