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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.

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2020 | Audio | Transcript
Alumni
Project(s): Alumni Interviews, Stanford Pride Oral History Project
Interviewer: Lin, Jason
Interview Date: 2018
Claude R. Baudoin graduated from Stanford with a master’s degree in computer science in 1974. In this interview, he shares his experience growing up in France and exploring his identity as a gay man. Remembering his time at Stanford from 1973 to 1974, he mentions early attempts to support LGBT...
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2020 | Audio | Transcript
Alumni
Project(s): Alumni Interviews, Stanford Pride Oral History Project
Interviewer: Lin, Jason
Interview Date: 2018
Bear Capron is a member of the class of 1972 at Stanford, where he studied drama and humanities. Capron begins this interview by talking about his upbringing, including growing up in Palo Alto as the son of a Stanford professor and moving to Maryland. He describes an early awareness of his...
Patrick Cordova
2020 | Audio | Transcript
Alumni
Project(s): Alumni Interviews, Stanford Pride Oral History Project
Interviewer: Lin, Jason
Interview Date: 2018
Thomas Patrick Cordova received his undergraduate degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from Stanford in 2009. He later received his JD from NYU School of Law. In this interview, Cordova speaks about his experiences growing up in different parts of the United States and coming out to his parents,...
Alan Douglas
2020 | Audio | Transcript
Alumni
Project(s): Alumni Interviews, Stanford Pride Oral History Project
Interviewer: Lin, Jason
Interview Date: 2018
Alan C. Douglas received his undergraduate degree in history from Stanford in 1963 and his law degree from Stanford Law School in 1966. In this interview, Douglas reflects on his experiences as a student before he became aware that he was gay, the complexities presented by the Vietnam War, and the...
Eric Elkin
2020 | Audio | Transcript
Alumni
Project(s): Alumni Interviews, Stanford Pride Oral History Project
Interviewer: Lin, Jason
Interview Date: 2018
Eric Elkin graduated from Stanford with a BA degree in Human Biology in 1988. In this interview, he shares what it was like navigating his gay identity at Stanford and in the San Francisco Bay Area. He begins by describing his upbringing in a Jewish family in Los Angeles. He recalls news coverage...
James Farah
2020 | Audio | Transcript
Alumni
Project(s): Alumni Interviews, Stanford Pride Oral History Project
Interviewer: Lin, Jason
Interview Date: 2018
James C. Farah graduated from Stanford with a degree in economics in 1968. In this oral history interview, he discusses his upbringing in El Paso, Texas, and describes struggling to come to terms with his sexuality both at Stanford and later when he was married and raising a family. He describes...
Braden Lake
2020 | Audio | Transcript
Alumni
Project(s): Alumni Interviews, Stanford Pride Oral History Project
Interviewer: Lin, Jason
Interview Date: 2018
In 2010, Braden Lake graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in human biology. In this interview, she talks about coming out as bisexual, dating at Stanford, her public health career, and continued exploration of her LGBTQ identity. She describes in particular her difficult...
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2020 | Audio | Transcript
Alumni
Project(s): Alumni Interviews, Stanford Pride Oral History Project
Interviewer: Lin, Jason
Interview Date: 2018
Brian Rodriguez graduated from Stanford with a bachelor’s degree in human biology in 2006. In this interview, he describes his early life in San Diego, California, the experience of coming to terms with his sexuality as an undergraduate, and his social science research career. In particular, he...
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2020 | Audio | Transcript
Alumni
Project(s): Alumni Interviews, Stanford Pride Oral History Project
Interviewer: Lin, Jason
Interview Date: 2018
Karl Sowa graduated from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1994. In this interview, he reflects on navigating his sexuality in school and in the corporate world and compares gay communities in Indiana, Houston, New York City, and West Hollywood. In particular he describes encountering the...
Sandy Fetter photo, Alexander Fetter
2020 | Audio | Video | Transcript
Physics, Applied Physics
Project(s): Faculty
Interviewer: Gamlen, Tod
Interview Date: 2018
Alexander “Sandy” Fetter, Professor Emeritus of Physics and Applied Physics, describes his family background, his undergraduate and graduate education, and his theoretical research on superfluidity and superconductivity. He also reflects on the landscape of physics at Stanford since the 1960s,...

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