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Leadership

Oral history interviews with Stanford University presidents, provosts, trustees, and more.

Oral Histories

2020 | Project: Faculty, | Project: Leadership
School of Humanities and Sciences
Interviewer: Kennedy, David
Five former deans of the Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences reflect on the nature of the dean’s job and the school’s organization; key events, accomplishments, and frustrations during their tenure; and change over time in the H&S budget, departmental evaluation, faculty recruitment, and...
2020 | Project: Faculty, | Project: Leadership
President
Interviewer: Sheehan, Jim
Gerhard Casper, the president of Stanford University from 1992 to 2000, discusses his early life and education in wartime and postwar Germany; his time at the University of Chicago as professor, dean of the Law School, and provost; and initiatives and challenges during his Stanford presidency. Of...
1988 | Project: Community, | Project: Leadership, | Project: Trustees
Stanford Community
Interviewer: Adams, Judy
John W. Dinkelspiel shares memories of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and a history of his family. Access Interview
| Project: Faculty, | Project: Leadership
Provost
Interviewer: Saller, Richard
This interview was conducted in 2020 and is currently in processing. We hope to have it up as soon as possible. Please direct any inquiries to oralhistory@stanford.edu
| Project: Faculty, | Project: Leadership
President; Electrical Engineering
Interviewer: Kennedy, David
This interview was conducted in 2019 and is currently in processing. We hope to have it up as soon as possible. Please direct any inquiries to oralhistory@stanford.edu
2016 | Project: Faculty, | Project: Leadership
President
Interviewer: Devaney, Patricia L.
This five-part oral history covers the life, career, and reflections of Stanford’s eighth president, Donald Kennedy. Kennedy’s career spanned 60 years and included academia, government service at the federal level, and editorship of a prestigious scientific journal.   Access...
1985 | Project: Leadership, | Project: Remembering Wallace Sterling
President's Office
Staff members who worked with J.E. Wallace Sterling offer recollections of the Stanford University President. Access Interview
1978 | Project: Faculty, | Project: Leadership
Provost, Electrical Engineering
Interviewer: Norberg, Arthur L. et al
Topics covered include Terman's teaching and research career at Stanford University, the National Defense Research Committee, the Harvard Radio Research Laboratory, post-war research at Stanford, and the electronics industry, especially the Hewlett-Packard Company and its founders.   Access...