Letters Home from Stanford: 125 Years of Correspondence

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In this program, Alison Carpenter Davis, '79, discusses 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.


Type of resource moving image
Extent 1 video file
Place Stanford (Calif.)
Language English
Digital origin born digital


Sponsor Stanford Historical Society
Speaker Davis, Alison Carpenter


Subject Stanford University
Genre Lectures

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Location https://purl.stanford.edu/qv746yy1978
Location SC0683
Repository Stanford University. Libraries. Department of Special Collections and University Archives

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The materials are open for research use and may be used freely for non-commercial purposes with an attribution. For commercial permission requests, please contact the Stanford University Archives (universityarchives@stanford.edu).
Copyright © The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University. All rights reserved.


Stanford Historical Society program recordings, 1997-2022

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