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See the most recent additions to the Stanford Historical Society Oral History Program collections below, or use the fields at the left to search for interviews by keyword, year, project, or format.

2019 | Audio | Video | Transcript
Medical School - Biochemistry
Project(s): Faculty
Interviewer: Costello, Paul
Interview Date: 2017
In this oral history interview, biochemist Paul Berg speaks about coming to Stanford in 1959 as a faculty member in the new Department of Biochemistry. He describes some of the important initiatives in which he has been involved at Stanford, including the founding of the Beckman Center for...
2019 | Audio | Video | Transcript
History
Project(s): Faculty
Interviewer: Ornelas Rodriguez, Ignacio
Interview Date: 2018
Albert Camarillo is a professor of history emeritus at Stanford University. In this oral history, he covers his family’s immigration from Mexico; growing up in Compton, California, in the 1950s and 1960s at a time of demographic change; his undergraduate and graduate studies at UCLA as Chicano...
2019 | Audio | Transcript
Anthropology
Project(s): Faculty
Interviewer: Torre, Alicia and Asfaha, Dina
Interview Date: 2017
In this oral history, Jane Collier, professor of cultural and social anthropology, emerita, discusses her family background, her undergraduate and graduate education in anthropology, and her field work in Chiapas, Mexico. She also describes the growth of feminist thought and activity at Stanford...
2019 | Audio | Transcript
Computer Science
Project(s): Faculty
Interviewer: Schofield, Susan W.
Interview Date: 2018
In this oral history interview Donald Knuth, Stanford University Professor of the Art of Computer Programming, Emeritus, reflects on Stanford University as the setting for his career in computer science. Topics include the early days of the Stanford Computer Science Department, his writing and work...
2019 | Audio | Transcript
Medical School - Oncology
Project(s): Faculty
Interviewer: Genovese, Jacqueline and Marine-Street, Natalie
Interview Date: 2017
In this oral history Ronald Levy, professor in the Division of Oncology at Stanford University School of Medicine, discusses growing up in Palo Alto, his education at Harvard and Stanford, and his career developing immunotherapy methods for treating lymphomas. Levy’s work with monoclonal antibodies...
2019 | Audio | Transcript
Medical School - Radiology
Project(s): Alumni Interviews, Faculty
Interviewer: Scott, Kandis V.
Interview Date: 2016
In this oral history William H. Northway Jr., Professor of Medicine, Emeritus, discusses his family’s relationship to Stanford, his days as an undergraduate and medical student at Stanford in the 1950s, and his career in pediatric radiology.  
2019 | Audio | Transcript
Economics
Project(s): Faculty
Interviewer: Gwiazda, Suzanne Butler
Interview Date: 2018
In this oral history, John Pencavel, Stanford Professor of Economics, Emeritus, describes his youth in post-World War II England, his education, and his research in labor economics. He also discusses chairing the Department of Economics, service on various university committees, and participating...
2019 | Audio | Transcript
Medical School - Biochemistry
Project(s): Faculty
Interviewer: Marine-Street, Natalie
Interview Date: 2018
Robert Lesh “Buzz” Baldwin is a professor of biochemistry emeritus at Stanford University. In this oral history, he covers his childhood in Wisconsin; the work of his father, Ira L. Baldwin, for the US government during World War II; and his experiences as a student and professor. Topics covered...
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Psychology
Project(s): Faculty
Interviewer: Marine-Street, Natalie
Interview Date: 2018
In this oral history, Barbara Tversky, professor emerita in psychology at Stanford University and a highly regarded expert in visual-spatial reasoning and collaborative psychology, shares recollections of her life in both Israel and the United States, her wide-ranging research in cognitive...
2019 | Audio | Video | Transcript
Athletics
Project(s): Athletics
Interviewer: Marine-Street, Natalie
Interview Date: 2017
In this oral history, Andy Geiger describes his family, educational, and athletic background and his career in coaching and athletics administration. He focuses primarily on his decade as Stanford University’s athletic director, describing his management philosophy and innovations in facilities,...

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