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Letters Home from Stanford: 125 Years of Correspondence l A Collaboration with the Stanford University Archives

Letters Home from Stanford
January 18, 2018 - 5:00pm
Stanford Law School,
F.I.R. Hall, Room 190,
559 Nathan Abbott Way,

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"All the same, I'm glad I didn't go to Berkeley." —Stanford student Hope Snedden in a letter to her father, Dec. 1, 1918

Some things at Stanford change. Others? Not so much.

In this program, Alison Carpenter Davis, '79, will discuss her recently published book Letters Home from Stanford, a collection of handwritten and electronic correspondence sent home by generations of Stanford students.

From first letters home freshman year and firsthand accounts of historical events to questions about laundry and questions about self, Letters Home evokes a sense of the heritage, history, and shared experience common to generations of Stanford students. The collection includes a letter written the day before Stanford opens in 1891; letters from student Herbert Hoover; accounts of the first Stanford-Cal football game (where's the ball?), Jane Stanford's funeral, and the 1906 earthquake; and so much more.

Letter writers and their descendants, including longtime Stanford tennis coach Dick Gould, will read correspondence from the book. Also speaking will be University Archivist Daniel Hartwig, whose department collaborated with Davis on expanding the Archives' Stanford Student Letters and Memoirs Collection. Hartwig will shed light on current and future opportunities for collaboration with the Stanford Archives.

Long after Stanford students leave the Quad, their words live.

The University Archives and Opportunities for Collaboration
Daniel Hartwig, University Archivist
Dear Mom & Dad: Highlights, Background, and Why Their Words Matter
Alison Carpenter Davis, editor, Letters Home from Stanford
Readings from Letters Home from Stanford
Letter writers and their descendants


Copies of Letters Home from Stanford will be available for purchase at the event. The book is also on sale at the Stanford Bookstore, area bookstores and online.

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Stanford Historical Society
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