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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.

2017 | Audio | Transcript
KZSU
Project(s): Staff
Interviewer: Steinhart, Peter
Interview Date: 2016
Mark C. Lawrence was the Chief Engineer at Stanford’s radio station KZSU for over fifty years. In this oral history, he describes how his interest in radio developed, his days as a volunteer for KZSU as a student, the evolution of the station, and some memorable broadcasting moments.
2017 | Audio | Transcript
Linguistics
Project(s): Faculty, Pioneering Women
Interviewer: Samra, Sukhi
Interview Date: 2016
Eve V. Clark, Richard W. Lyman Professor of Humanities and an internationally known linguist, reviews her life journey from the United Kingdom to the United States, discusses her research on language acquisition, teaching undergraduates, and the growth of the Department of Linguistics at Stanford....
2017 | Audio | Transcript
History
Project(s): Faculty
Interviewer: Marincovich, Michele
Interview Date: 2016
In his oral history, Van Slyke, recounts his life and career as a historian of modern China. He discusses the socio-political setting of his scholarship, the impact of global events on the campus community, his research on the Yangtze River, and the Stanford Travel/Study trips he led to introduce...
2017 | Audio | Video | Transcript
Athletics
Project(s): Athletics
Interviewer: Gamlen, Tod
Interview Date: 2016
Dick Gould, the John L. Hinds Director of Tennis at Stanford University, the men’s tennis coach for thirty-eight years, and a Stanford alum, discusses his student days at Stanford, highlights from his years as a tennis coach, and the evolution of the Stanford tennis program and the Department of...
2017 | Audio | Transcript
Economics
Project(s): Faculty
Interviewer: Thomas, Odette
Interview Date: 2017
In this oral history from 2017, the noted econometrician Takeshi Amemiya, Edward Ames Edmonds Professor of Economics, Emeritus, describes his early life in wartime Japan, his education in economics, and his years on the faculty of the Department of Economics at Stanford University. His wife,...
2017 | Audio | Video | Transcript
Anthropology
Project(s): Faculty
Interviewer: Kiefer, Joyce
Interview Date: 2015
In this 2015 oral history interview, anthropologist James Lowell Gibbs, Jr. discusses his early life and education, his fieldwork in Liberia, teaching anthropology to undergraduates, and his service as Stanford University’s first dean of undergraduate studies. Videowill be available shortly. Also,...
2017 | Audio | Video | Transcript
Economics
Project(s): Faculty
Interviewer: Marine-Street, Natalie J.
Interview Date: 2016
Gavin Wright, Stanford University’s William Robertson Coe Professor in American Economic History, Emeritus, discusses his family background, his political organizing activities during the 1960s and 1970s, and his research interests, especially in the economy of the American South. Wright provides...
2017 | Audio | Video | Transcript
Aeronautics & Astronautics
Project(s): Faculty
Interviewer: Marine-Street, Natalie J.
Interview Date: 2016
Arthur E. Bryson, Jr., a professor emeritus in the Stanford University Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics, discusses his research and teaching career in aeronautical engineering and his contributions to the fields of flight mechanics and automated control. View Video Part 1 View Video...
2017 | Audio | Transcript
Board of Trustees
Project(s): Alumni Interviews, Trustees
Interviewer: Earl, Marie
Interview Date: 2016
Linda Meier, a Stanford University alumna, former trustee, and a dedicated university leader and benefactor, provides anecdotal details and reflections on some of the iconic Stanford fundraising and outreach events that she spearheaded. She also discusses her student days at Stanford, the essential...
2017 | Audio | Video | Transcript
Chemical Engineering
Project(s): Faculty
Interviewer: DiPaolo, Andy
Interview Date: 2016
In this two-part oral history, Robertson discusses over four decades of research, teaching, and service to the university. The interview also covers Robertson’s youth in Los Angeles, his college experience at the University of California, Berkeley, and the career choices that eventually led him to...

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